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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Defense.gov -- Fri, 15 Dec 2017 Face of Defense: Brothers End Guard Service in Joint Retirement Ceremony LATHAM, N.Y., Dec. 14, 2017 - Two brothers who deployed to Iraq together in 2005 marked the end of their service in the New York Army National Guard during a joint retirement ceremony at New... (more)
Saratoga Today -- Fri, 15 Dec 2017 Military Promotion SARATOGA SPRINGS - New York Army National Guard Major Todd Balog, an Afghanistan veteran with more than 16 years of active and Guard military service, received his promotion to the rank of... (more)
ABC news 10 -- Thu, 14 Dec 2017 NY National Guard dispatched to help California fight wildfires NY National Guard dispatched to help California fight wildfires.