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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

Army.mil -- Tue, 14 Feb 2017 New York National Guard's 27th Brigade picks Best Warriors at Fort Drum competition FORT DRUM N.Y. -- Physical fitness, land navigation skills, military bearing, weapons knowledge and the ability to think under pressure all came into play Feb. 10-12 as 12 Soldiers from the... (more)

Defense.gov -- Tue, 14 Feb 2017 Guardsmen Remove Snow From Flight Lines Guardsmen clear snow from flight lines at Stratton and Stewart Air National Guard Bases in New York, Feb. 9, 2017. Photos by multiple military photographers

Madison County Courier -- Mon, 13 Feb 2017 Chief Master Sgt. Michael Will, a Remsen resident, becomes top enlisted Airman at 174th Attack Wing Saturday New York Air National Guard Chief Master Sergeant Michael Will, a Remsen resident and Iraq War veteran, will become the top enlisted Airman in the 174th Attack Wing during a change of responsibility... (more)

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Dated: Mon, Dec 12, 2011 @ 18:29