Preserving the History and Legacy of the Guard
The National Guard Educational Foundation (NGEF) was established in 1975 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization to educate the public about the heritage of the citizen-soldier and the role of the National Guard in the U.S. military.
Originally named the Historical Society of the Militia and the National Guard, NGEF operates and raises funds independently of NGAUS and is sustained solely by charitable contributions. NGEF welcomes support from NGAUS members to accomplish our shared goals.
Today’s National Guard Educational Foundation achieves its educational mission through:
The crown jewel of NGEF’s public outreach initiatives is the National Guard Memorial Museum. It is the country’s only national museum that preserves and showcases the history of the Guard from colonial times to present day engagement in domestic and overseas missions. The museum brings history to life with timelines, photographs and artifacts, as well as through the stories of ordinary men and women who have made extraordinary contributions to their communities and their country.
The library is a comprehensive research facility rich with primary and secondary sources, archives and books that document the National Guard history and traditions. The library is open to everyone. Individuals interested in conducting archival research can do so by appointment. Contact us at 202-789-0031.
The Guard Muster is the permanent national register of Guardsmen past and present. Anyone who is serving or has served in the National Guard, is a relative of a Guard member, or is a friend or supporter of the Guard is eligible for inclusion in the Muster. Individuals may enroll themselves or may be registered by others who wish to honor them.
Names in the Muster are displayed online on the NGEF website. Visitors can search for individual records which display a person’s name, state, unit, place of birth and Guard duties performed.
The Legion de Lafayette is an order established for the largest benefactors to the National Guard Educational Foundation. Donors of at least $10,000 or more to the Foundation are inducted into the Legion de Lafayette annually.
Donors are designated as Legion de Lafayette Companion for donations of $10,000 and the Order of Governor Patrick Henry for donations of more than $30,000. The names of these donors are prominently displayed in the National Guard Museum.
The Order of President George Washington recognizes donors of $50,000 or more. Members of this Order may request dedication of a room within the museum.
Founded in 2011, the scholarship was established to honor the sacrifice of Guardsmen who volunteered to serve their country during a time of war and paid the ultimate price. Twelve scholarships were awarded in 2014. The scholarship is funded by DRS Technologies, Inc. of Parsippany, N.J., and administered by the National Guard Educational Foundation.
National Guard Monument in Normandy, France
NGEF maintains the National Guard Monument in Normandy, France, dedicated on the 25th anniversary of the D-Day invasion to the Guardsmen who landed on Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944. The monument receives nearly one million visitors every year.