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.mil -- Wed, 01 Jul 2015 New York Army National Guard teams sharpen bomb disposal skills at Raven’s Challenge ORISKANY, N.Y. --Donning 70 pound protective suits in scorching heat, New York Army National Guard Soldiers engaged explosive devices left in banks and restaurants, utilized state-of-the-art... (more)
Sioux City Journal -- Tue, 30 Jun 2015 Military museum paints picture of National Guard history JOHNSTON, Iowa | The Iowa Gold Star Military Museum is located on the grounds of Camp Dodge, a huge 4,200-acre National Guard training facility just outside of Johnston. Master Sgt. Duff McFadden,... (more)
National Guard.mil -- Tue, 30 Jun 2015 New York Army Guard Soldiers hone mission command skills during Fort Drum exercise FORT DRUM, N.Y. - New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Kevin Ferreira maneuvered his computer-generated UH-60 helicopter above the pixelated terrain below