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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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NY National Guard In the News

Saratogian -- Wed, 18 Oct 2017 Saratoga Springs resident to take command of guard battalion LATHAM, N.Y. --New York Army National Guard Maj. Todd Balog, a Saratoga Springs resident and Afghanistan veteran, will take command of the 369th Special Troops Battalion, on Sunday, Oct. 22... (more)

Daily Gazette -- Wed, 18 Oct 2017 Wheels up: 109th Airlift Wing begins latest Antarctica mission (Video) Snow and wind are in the forecast for Major Suzy Nielson, and that's OK; Nielson and her friends packed winter coats - and their skis.

Watertown Daily Times -- Tue, 17 Oct 2017 Watertown resident takes lead of New York National Guard battalion A Watertown resident has taken the lead for a New York Army National Guard battalion based in Binghamton.

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