Seattle Armory

81st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 96th Troop Command

1601 W Armory Way, Seattle, WA 98119
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The Seattle Armory is an Army National Guard facility in King County, Washington. It was originally built as a World War II Navy Supply Depot and converted to an Armory in 1970. The facility houses an 87,000 square foot Readiness Center with an assembly hall, kitchen, arms room, administrative space, and training space. In addition to the Readiness Center is an 8,000 square foot Field Maintenance Shop. The Seattle Armory has 27 Active Guard & Reserve, 11 Field Maintenance Shop Technicians, and 1 State Maintenance Employee assigned for full-time duty, as well as 660 part-time soldiers from the 81st Armored Brigade Combat Team and 96th Troop Command.

Headquartered in Seattle, but with units spread across the state, the 81st Brigade Combat Team (BCT) makes up nearly one half of the Washington Army National Guard, with 2,900 citizen soldiers from every community in Washington State filling their ranks.


These citizen-soldiers have been significant during multiple state emergencies over the past 30 years, including supporting local authorities during the Mt. St. Helens Eruption (1980), FireStorm (1994), World Trade Organization Riots (1999), 2001 Fires, Operation Noble Eagle (2001-2002), Hamilton Floods (2007), State Route 530 Slide (2014) and Chiwaukum River Fire (2014).


Federally, the 81st BCT has deployed multiple times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom since 2001. From February 2004 to May 2005, more than 3,000 citizen-soldiers from the 81st BCT deployed to Kuwait and Iraq, and once again in August 2008 to August 2009, supporting the federal mission of stability to Iraq. Missions for 81st units in Iraq typically focused on convoy security, force protection, provincial reconstruction and base operations.


The Washington Army National Guard’s 96th Troop Command is comprised of more than 2,000 citizen soldiers filling the ranks of very diverse and specialized units. The 96th has everything from cavalry scouts to public affairs; chemical decontamination to engineer capabilities. Since September 11, 2001, more than 20 separate units and more than 800 citizen soldiers within the 96th have deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. The 96th has also contributed to Operation Noble Eagle, the Hurricane Katrina relief mission, Operation Jump Start (Southwest Border Mission), and numerous state missions here in Washington State.



The closest airport is the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.


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In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit


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Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.


Military Children and Teens Resource Guide


Washington Department of Social and Health Services 1-800-865-7801


Washington State Department of Health


Seattle Humane Society  425-641-0080


Washington State Patrol (360) 596-4000

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In Seattle, the summers are short, warm, dry, and partly cloudy and the winters are very cold, wet, and mostly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 37°F to 79°F and is rarely below 28°F or above 88°F.


The warm season lasts for 2.8 months, from June 21 to September 13, with an average daily high temperature above 72°F. The hottest day of the year is August 1, with an average high of 79°F and low of 59°F. The cool season lasts for 3.6 months, from November 12 to March 1, with an average daily high temperature below 53°F. The coldest day of the year is December 23, with an average low of 37°F and high of 46°F.


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The overall cost of living index in Seattle, WA is 159, which is 38% higher than the Washington average and 59% higher than the national average. The cost of living index is created from the following categories: goods/services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). As you can see, goods/services and housing make up the majority of the overall cost of living index. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Seattle, WA are 27% higher than the Washington average and 35% higher than the national average.

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