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National Guard Turns 375
LATHAM-- The National Guard of the United States turns 375 Years old today,Dec. 13. On this day in 1636 the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony passed a law establishing formal militia companies in the colony. These companies were made up of all adult males older than 16 and were expected to meet and train in military skills regularly.In New York, the first citizen-soldiers were members of the Burgher Guard, organized by the Dutch East Indian Company in 1640 to help protect New Amsterdam from their English neighbors in Massachusetts and Virginia or from hostile natives.
Citizen soldiers of the militia and National Guard have fought in all of America’s wars from King Philips War against Native Americans in the New England Colonies in 1675 to the struggle in Afghanistan today.

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WHAM TV -- Thu, 30 Oct 2014

Chinook choppers arrive in Rochester

Rochester, N.Y. - A fleet of new Chinook helicopters landed in Rochester Wednesday night.

WTEN -- Wed, 29 Oct 2014

Gov. Cuomo directs flags to half-staff on two-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Governor Andrew M. Cuomo directed that flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 in honor of the 61 men and women who lost their... (more)

Associated Press -- Wed, 29 Oct 2014

NY Army National Guard at Rochester gets 3 new Chinook helicopters

ROCHESTER, New York -- The New York Army National Guard at Rochester is getting three of the latest model Chinook helicopters.

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