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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

Time Warner Cable news -- Sun, 22 Jan 2017 Rochester Military Families Say Goodbye Before Deployment ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- During a ceremony Sunday at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Rochester, 20 Army National Guard soldiers said goodbye to their families before leaving for training at... (more)

WROC -- Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20 local soldiers to head to Afghanistan Even though the war in Afghanistan formally ended two years ago, the USA continues to send American troops there to maintain security.

WSYR -- Wed, 18 Jan 2017 Driver suspected of striking and killing a Rome soldier on an Albany-area roadway charged A Capital Region man who allegedly struck and killed a Rome soldier who was walking along a suburban roadway has been charged.

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