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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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National Guard -- Tue, 01 Sep 2015 New York National Guard Combat Life Saver instructor brings passion to her teaching FORT DRUM, N.Y.-- When it comes to teaching combat lifesaving skills to her fellow New York Army National Guard Soldiers, 1st Lt. Christine Kalafut is passionate about it.

Buffalo News -- Tue, 01 Sep 2015 Michael J. O’Donnell, Buffalo News pressman Michael J. O’Donnell, a pressman with The Buffalo News for more than three decades, died Aug. 15 in Hospice Buffalo in Cheektowaga. He was 56.

The Epoch Times -- Mon, 31 Aug 2015 Photo Gallery: The New York Air Show NEW WINDSOR--The New York Air Show brought thousands of people to Stewart International Airport over the weekend to watch a lineup of aerobatic pilots, parachuters from the West Point Parachute... (more)

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