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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

Military Notes -- Wed, 26 Aug 2015 Leigh Valley Live Mitchell Lango, of Knowlton Township, serving with the Joint Force Headquarters, New York Army National Guard, was recently promoted to the rank of Major.

Army.mil -- Wed, 26 Aug 2015 National Guard medic awarded state’s top military honor for heroism FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (Aug. 25, 2015) --Staff Sgt. Marlana Watson was spending a quiet night at her Syracuse home playing video games when the New York Army National Guard medic and Afghan War... (more)

Associated Press -- Mon, 24 Aug 2015 Afghan war vet to be senior enlisted advisor for NY Guard ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The New York Army National Guard is getting a new senior enlisted advisor. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that Command Sgt. Major David Piwowarski will replace Rochester resident... (more)

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