The Tennessee Military Department is a department within the Executive Branch of Tennessee State Government with four major components. The Tennessee Army National Guard and the Tennessee Air National Guard constitute the National Guard in Tennessee. The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), and the Tennessee State Guard are the other major components of the Military Department.
The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) provides state-level emergency management, coordinating federal assistance through FEMA, tasking state agencies for resources, and supporting local government emergency management agencies.
The department has over 550 state employees plus over 12,000 federal employees. The five Guard components have over 16,000 officers and enlisted personnel with a $450+ million dollar budget. The Adjutant General heads the Department and is appointed by the governor. Beside the five commands, the Bureau of War Records reports to the Adjutant General. The Joint Public Affairs Office maintains the organization's social media presence, official website and magazine
The Military Department headquarters is located in Nashville, Tennessee. Guard units and state armories are located in each county. TEMA has staff and facilities located across the state.
The military department, through the National Guard, runs the Tennessee National Guard Volunteer ChalleNGe Academy.
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