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
Concordiensis -- Thu, 26 May 2016 Second Lieutenant Interview: Stephen Hoeprich What are your plans after graduation? I was commissioned into the New York Army National Guard as an Engineer Officer. I will be a Platoon Leader with an Engineer unit in southern NY.
Stars and Stripes -- Wed, 25 May 2016 WWII U.S. spy vets group irked by cemetery name choice ALBANY, N.Y. - A new veterans cemetery to be built between Buffalo and Rochester will be named the Western New York National Cemetery, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs said Tuesday... (more)
Army.mil -- Tue, 24 May 2016 New York's 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team hones air assault skills at Fort Drum FORT DRUM, NY -- More than 3,000 members of the New York Army National Guard's 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, along with Soldiers from Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Utah, spent four... (more)