"Homeland Defense is job number one – we 'Guard' the nation."
--LTG H Steven Blum, Chief, National Guard Bureau
Few words could more succinctly describe the importance of Homeland Defense and the National Guard’s role in defending our Homeland. America’s enemies continually seek new ways to attack America, so we must be ever adaptive in our methods of protection. Natural disasters such as the Tsunami of December 2004 and Hurricane Katrina in August 2005 challenge our capabilities. But the Guard is up to those challenges. The capabilities explained on this site demonstrate just how ready the National Guard is to defend our nation. Always Ready, Always There.