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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NY National Guard In the News
Batavia Daily News -- Wed, 17 Oct 2018 Seven local National Guard members receive promotions Seven local members of New York National Guard have been promoted in recognition of their "capability for additional responsibility and leadership," Major General Ray Shields,... (more)
Times Union -- Wed, 17 Oct 2018 Glenville Guardsman named top enlisted soldier for 53rd Troop Command COLONIE A Glenville resident who is a veteran of the Iraq War was named the New York Army National Guard 53rd Troop Command's top enlisted soldier.
Nationalguard.mil -- Tue, 16 Oct 2018 New York National Guard, South African MPs conduct exchange PRETORIA, South Africa - Forty Military Police Soldiers and Airmen from both the New York National Guard and the South Africa National Defence Force (SANDF) exchanged policing, force protection... (more)