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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Daily Freeman -- Fri, 05 Feb 2016 Stewart National Guard airman one of two NYPD officers shot at housing project NEW YORK--Two police officers were shot and wounded by a gunman they encountered in the stairwell of a public housing project they were patrolling, and the gunman later killed himself, authorities... (more)
Aitr Force Times -- Thu, 04 Feb 2016 Two airmen killed in Afghanistan receive Bronze Stars with Valor Two airmen killed in Afghanistan in December have been posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal with V, the Air National Guard announced Thursday.
National Guard.mil -- Thu, 04 Feb 2016 Bronze Star for Valor awarded to two New York Air National Guard Airmen killed in Afghanistan NEWBURGH, N.Y. - Two Airmen from the New York Air National Guard's 105th Airlift Wing have been posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal with "V" device for saving the lives of... (more)