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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

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)

Defense Visual Information Distributions System -- Mon, 21 Apr 2014

Forging a friendship

TABUK, Saudi Arabia -- For the third time in five years, U.S. Forces conducted a joint exercise in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as part of Friendship and Ironhawk three at the Tactical Training... (more)

Times Union -- Mon, 21 Apr 2014

Duty Calls: Two airmen earn Meritorious Service Medal

Two New York Air National Guard senior master sergeants have earned a Meritorious Service Medal.

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