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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

DefenseVisual Information Distribution System -- Wed, 23 Apr 2014

Deskins: Military leadership committed to fixing sexual harassment, assault

WASHINGTON - Bare walls dominate the office décor, evidence that the newest tenant has recently moved in. “I’m still getting used to it,” says Air Force Brig. Gen.... (more)

Democrat and Chronicle -- Tue, 22 Apr 2014

Retired RPD officer earns NY National Guard accolades

Retired Rochester police officer and Iraq war veteran Louis E. Wilson was named Top New York National Guard Sergeant, the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs announced in... (more)

Defense Visual Information Distribution System -- Tue, 22 Apr 2014

National Guard supports 2014 Boston Marathon

BOSTON-- More than 800 Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island National Guardsmen helped local law enforcement agencies in eight cities and towns to keep the route clear for runners as they... (more)

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