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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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Army.mil -- Thu, 08 Dec 2016 New York National Guard marks President Martin Van Buren's 234th Birthday in his hometown KINDERHOOK, N.Y. - Two dozen New York Army National Guard Soldiers honored the nation's eighth president, Martin Van Buren, during a cold and blustery winter morning in his Hudson Valley hometown,... (more)

Military.com -- Wed, 07 Dec 2016 Deep Freeze: The Air Force's Vital Mission in Antarctica The weather conditions are treacherous. But that's to be expected for members of the New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing who participate in the U.S. Air Force's Operation Deep... (more)

Associated Press -- Sat, 03 Dec 2016 NY Army National Guard support unit getting new commander CORTLANDT MANOR, N.Y. (AP) - The New York Army National Guard unit that provides military police, transportation and other support elements is getting a new commander.

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