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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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Department of Defense -- Tue, 24 Mar 2015 Airmen Participate in Training on Fort Drum (photo essay)

Buffalo News -- Mon, 23 Mar 2015 New videos focus on wider role for Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station LOCKPORT -- Two marketing videos, aimed at convincing Washington decision-makers to expand the role of the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, were unveiled earlier this month.

Times Union -- Mon, 23 Mar 2015 Photos: Guard deployment ceremony in Troy Fifty-six New York Army National Guard soldiers are slated to deploy to the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba in April, and their deployment ceremony took place Sunday in Troy.

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