Jackson Barracks: The Readiness Centers and the Barracks' place in the Community

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The Washington Artillery, now known as the 141st Field Artillery Regiment, is Louisiana's most historic military unit. Jackson Barracks has been its home since 1923. Part of the post-storm construction was a new and improved readiness center. Unless they are on federal overseas duty, the soldiers of the 141st drill monthly at the Barracks and mobilize for local emergencies, often in support of NOPD and by assisting citizens with commodity distribution.

The 139th Regional Support Group is also headquartered on site. It consists of a variety of support units including transportation, intelligence, military police, medical, and other functions.

Major General Glenn Curtis commands the Louisiana National Guard through emergencies and day to day activities from his office at Jackson Barracks.

After Katrina, some questioned if the barracks should be rebuilt. Since then, however, the facility has proven essential for the Southeast portion of the state during several disasters, including the Gulf Oil Spill, the river flood of 2011, the marsh fires of 2011, and Hurricane Isaac in 2012.

Since it has been a National Guard facility, Jackson Barracks has played an important role in the New Orleans community as an emergency response and military support center, and a job creator.

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141st Field Artillery Regiment Readiness Center

141st Field Artillery Regiment Readiness Center

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Washington Artillery Pass in Review, circa 2000

Washington Artillery Pass in Review, circa 2000

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141 Readiness center, from Claiborne Avenue

141 Readiness center, from Claiborne Avenue

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Gulf Oil Spill, 2010

Gulf Oil Spill, 2010

Louisiana Guardsmen join local fishermen in response to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, St. Bernard Parish. Image courtesy Louisiana National Guard Archives View File Details Page

Braithwaite, Hurricane Isaac, 2012

Braithwaite, Hurricane Isaac, 2012

Jackson Barracks was a major first reponse hub. Image courtesy Louisiana National Guard Public Affairs Office View File Details Page

Marsh Fire response, 2011

Marsh Fire response, 2011

The marsh fire of 2011 blanketed the metro area in foul smelling smoke. Image courtesy of Louisiana National Guard Public Affairs Office. View File Details Page

Family Day at Jackson Barracks, 2010

Family Day at Jackson Barracks, 2010

Following the rededication of the Barracks as Louisiana National Guard Headquarters, the post welcomed Guardsmen and employees' families, as well as the surrounding community, to celebrate. Sir Saint of the New Orleans Saints made an appearance. Photo courtesy of the Louisiana National Guard Public Affairs Office View File Details Page

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Rhett Breerwood, “Jackson Barracks: The Readiness Centers and the Barracks' place in the Community,” New Orleans Historical, accessed March 30, 2017, http://neworleanshistorical.org/items/show/759.

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