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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.

NY National Guard In the News

OC Breeze -- Thu, 28 Aug 2014

JFTB Soldiers deploy in Cuba after training in Ft. Bliss

Two National Guard units, the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 40th Infantry Division, Los Alamitos, California and the Forward Detachment, 102nd Military Police Battalion, 153rd MP... (more)

DVIDS -- Wed, 27 Aug 2014

104th MP Battalion Certified to Operation on Fort Drum

FORT DRUM, N.Y.--More than 100 New York Army National Guard MPs from the 104th Military Police Battalion are now certified to enforce the law on post here after 12 days of tough, intensive... (more)

Capital New York -- Wed, 27 Aug 2014

WW1 Veteran from Albany in line for Medal of Honor

ALBANY--;On May 15, 1918, while fighting in France during World War 1, Army Pvt. Henry Johnson of Albany single-handedly fended off an attack by a group of about 20 German soldiers, fighting... (more)

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