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RG 009. Office of the Adjutant General

 Record Group
Identifier: RG 009
The Adjutant General of the state of Rhode Island is appointed by the Governor and serves at the will of the Governor. The Adjutant General assumes three distinct roles: The Adjutant General of the state of Rhode Island, The Commanding General of the Rhode Island National Guard, and the Director of the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency. The Adjutant General is a member of the State Cabinet who is responsible for providing the overall leadership and tactical coordination for security preparedness and emergency response systems in the state. He is the strategic leader and Chief Executive Officer to the Governor for the agencies assigned and as the representative for the State to the lead Federal coordinating agencies, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, the National Guard Bureau, the Department of the Army, the Department of the Air Force, and the United States Coast Guard. Additionally, he is responsible as the lead coordinating agency within the scope of emergency preparedness for collaboration with the first response agencies and municipalities within the state, including law enforcement, fire services, emergency medical services and the military. He is responsible to support those agencies to ensure they are well equipped, trained, and prepared. The Adjutant General is the strategic leader of the State military forces. The Adjutant General directs the establishment, operation, organization, and maintenance of the military forces of the state, which are comprised of the Rhode Island Army and Air National Guard, and the State Historic Militia. The Adjutant General’s primary responsibility is to ensure that Soldiers and Airmen are well equipped, well trained, and well lead such that they can perform their federal and state military duties. The Adjutant General is responsible for mission readiness and training of Army and Air National Guard forces to conduct and perform their respective Federal missions, which includes war fighting and support to local agencies for domestic emergencies. Major responsibilities of the Adjutant General, in his capacity as the Commanding General of the Rhode Island National Guard, include: Mobilization, Force Structure, Equipment Modernization, Training Management, Facility Management, Military Construction, Officer and Non-Commissioned Officer Career Management, Personnel Administration, Family Assistance Programs, Special Programs, Military Property and Army/Air National Guard Operations. The Adjutant General maintains close association and communication with the National Guard Bureau, the Department of the Army, the Department of the Air Force, Northern Command, Air Mobility Command, First Army, Fifth Army, First Air Force, Third Air Force, Cyber Command, and Transportation Command. Associations and memberships may include all veteran’s organizations, as well as professional military organizations. Most notably he maintains active participation in the Adjutant General Association of the United States through the National Guard Association of the United States. The Adjutant General oversees the Governor's plan for Homeland Security through the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) by planning and implementing all state preparedness programs. Primary areas of responsibility include grant funding for state and local disbursement, state wide interoperability, intelligence fusion center, and plans and response teams. RIEMA is responsible for analyzing and formulating tactical state response plans to maximize the effectiveness of security systems to respond to both natural and terrorism-based state emergencies. Additionally, the Adjutant General is the primary representative of the State for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Other agencies and organizations to which the Adjutant General is the primary representative are: the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), the Governor’s Association Homeland Security Committee, the Transportation Security Agency (TSA), the United States Coast Guard (USCG), and the Northeast States Emergency Consortium (NESEC).

Found in 14 Collections and/or Records:

Army & Navy registers and journals

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 1636-1398
Overview Weekly publications dedicated to military history & the United States Armed forces

Civil War Military records

 Series
Identifier: 09.03
Scope and Contents Records of Rhode Island forces organized & engaged in the service of the Union against Confederate forces, 1861 – 1865. Includes national, executive, & military correspondence & orders, commissions, appointments & resignations, enlistment, muster & descriptive rolls, bounty & pay receipts, morning and post guard reports, monthly returns, recruits forwarded, ordnance & equipment issued, special requisitions, clothing books, field reports of casualties &...

Councils of War records

 Series
Identifier: 09.11
Scope and Contents Councils of War consisting of the Governor, members of the legislature & militia established to coordinante the manning, equipping & application of Rhode Island forces engaged during times of conflict or war. French & Indian War February 8, 1755, Committee of War appointed with “full power and authority during the recess of the General Assembly, to give out orders to such officers as may be appointed by the Assembly, for that purpose,...

Office of the Quartermaster General records

 Series
Identifier: 09.04
Scope and Contents Offices of Directory & Purveyer General of the Military Hospital, Surgeon & Physician General, Adjutant General, Quartermaster General, & Commissary General established, October 30, 1779, pursuant to “Act for Better Forming, Regulating & Conducting the Military Force of this State” (C#00210 – Acts & Resolves of the General Assembly, 1779 – 1780, Vol. 7 # 19; abstract, “Schedules”, October Session, p. 33)

Quartermaster General Special Requisitions

 Series — Box Box 1-2
Identifier: 1636-1617
Overview Articles or services furnished by the Quartermaster General’s Department to Rhode Island military forces, governmental agencies, organizations or individuals engaged in federal service during the Civil War.

Spanish American War Military records

 Series
Identifier: 09.02
Scope and Contents Records of Rhode Island units organized & engaged in United States Service during hostilities with Spain, April 21 – August 12, 1898. Includes orders issued, correspondence & reports, volunteer enlistment / recruit examination records, muster & pay rolls, morning reports & compiled & consolidated service cards pertaining to the First Rhode Island US Volunteer Infantry stationed at Camp Russell A. Alger, VA, May – July, 1898; Camp George Gordon Meade, PA, August – September,...

United States Provost Marshal (Rhode Island) records

 Series
Identifier: 09.05
Scope and Contents Records of William E. Hamlin, United States Provost Marshal & President of the Board of Military Enrollment for the first congressional district of Rhode Island. Includes correspondence & orders; board proceedings, draft rolls & returns; surgeon's reports & recruit examinations; military exemptions submitted & approved on account of medical & physical disability, son of widow or of aged or infirmed parent, non residence or allegiance to a foreign government, etc.; muster...

Volunteer Enlistment records

 Series
Identifier: 09.01
Scope and Contents Volunteer enrollments with State militia, attached chartered independent companies, National Guard, State Guard & Provision Companies of the State Guard Reserves. Includes age, residence, nativity, occupation, height, eye & hair color, complexion & signature or mark of applicant. May contain record of medical examination conducted, parent or guardian authorization or reference to prior enlistment or military service, etc. Rhode Island militia reorganized pursuant to act...