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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Army.mil -- Tue, 18 Apr 2017 New York National Guard trains for real-world dangers TROY, N.Y. -- It was another day and another conspicuous venue for members of the New York National Guard's 2nd Civil Support Team as they trained to track down and identify hazards at Joseph... (more)
WRGB -- Wed, 12 Apr 2017 HVCC hosts emergency response drill TROY, NY (WRGB) Police and school staff worked together Wednesday morning in Troy for an emergency response drill at Hudson Valley Community College. The drill's commander says it's a chance... (more)
Associated Press -- Wed, 12 Apr 2017 NY National Guardsman Named Army Photographer of the Year ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A member of the New York Army National Guard has been named the U.S. Army's Military Photographer of the Year.