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
The Landmark -- Thu, 25 Aug 2016 Soldiers from Rutland, Paxton complete training exercise at Army's Joint Readiness Training Center Members of a task force with the New York Army National Guard's 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team successfully completed the rigors of a force on force training exercise in July and began... (more)
Ken -Ton Bee -- Wed, 24 Aug 2016 In the Military Paul Campise of Tonawanda, serving with the 105th Military Police Company of the New York Army National Guard, has been promoted to the rank of specialist.
Recorder News -- Tue, 23 Aug 2016 More than 200 marijuana plants eradicated in county The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office located more than 200 marijuana plants in a regular Marijuana Eradication Sweep of the county, Sheriff Michael Amato said in a press release.