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My fellow Georgians, State of Georgia Department of Defense OFFICE OF THE ADJUTANT GENERAL P.O. BOX 1970 MARIETTA, GA 30061 It is with great pride and honor that I present this 2011 annual report to the General Assembly and the citizens of Georgia, outlining the accomplishments of the Georgia Department of Defense. The Citizen-Soldiers and -Airmen of the Georgia National Guard have made tremendous strides and accomplished some amazing feats this past year. This report will show you how outstanding the more than 15,000 men and women of the Georgia Army National Guard, the Georgia Air National Guard and the Georgia State Defense Force are and what they sacrifice every day for their state and country. These men and women make me feel blessed and humbled to serve as Georgia’s 41st Adjutant General. In 2011, the youngest command in the Georgia Guard, the 648th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, departed for its first deployment, while the 165th Airlift Wing deployed for the ninth time since 9/11. Our Joint STARS aircraft were called upon to assist with the conflict in Libya, while the specialty expertise of our Soldiers was called upon in countries all over the world, from Uganda to Lebanon to Kosovo Joint Staff to the nation of Georgia. Currently, we have over 800 Guardsmen deployed across the globe in support of our nation’s military efforts. When duty calls, our Guardsmen are always ready, always there, and always on target. But these deployments have a profound affect on our local communities. And with Guard units geographically dispersed throughout the state, every community feels a direct impact. We simply could not do what we do without the support of our communities and employers. Your Georgia National Guard has earned the confidence of national leadership in demonstrating its capability to respond to homeland defense needs. Our support at home and abroad is focused and dedicated. The Soldiers, Airmen, volunteers and state employees of the Georgia Department of Defense serve our state and nation with honor and professionalism. The citizens of the great state of Georgia can take pride in knowing that their Georgia Guardsmen are ready for any threat, obstacle, or challenge imposed upon this state or nation. ALWAYS READY, ALWAYS THERE, ALWAYS ON TARGET! Sincerely, MAJ. GEN. JIM BUTTERWORTH The Adjutant General of Georgia 1 | Georgia Department of Defense

Georgia Department of Defense 2011 Annual Report

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