In each state with recognized State Guards, the State Guard belongs to the office of the Governor; sometimes they are separate forces available to the governor, and sometimes auxiliaries or reserves of the state's National Guard and are directed by the state's Adjutant General. Some states (Colorado, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania) have State Guards or State Military reserves not recognized in statutes; others (i.e., Florida) are recognized in statutes but not yet officially by the present state government.
State Guards sometimes duplicate the role of the National Guard, sometimes have completely separate and distinct roles, or serve their state somewhere in between. Many serve in Civil Defense or Emergency Management roles.
More information about the America's State Guards is available at http://www.sgaus.org/ Information about other states' units is at http://www.sgaus.org/states.htmSome representative examples of other state guards are figured below. These are the Alaska State Defense Force, Alabama Stahe Defense Force, California State Military Reserve, Colorado State Defense Force, Florida Guard, Georgia State Defense Force, Indiana Guard Reserve, Maryland Defense Force, Mississippi State Guard, New York State Guard, Ohio Military Reserve, Oklahoma Reserve Force, Oregon State Guard, Pennsylvania Military Reserve, Tennessee State Guard, Texas State Guard, and Virginia Defense Force.