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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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WNY. com -- Wed, 22 Mar 2017 Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station's 107th redesignates as attack wing Local officials joined members of the New York Air National Guard's 107th Airlift Wing to acknowledge the venue's redesignation as the 107th Attack Wing. The ceremony was held Tuesday at the... (more)

Rome Sentinel -- Wed, 22 Mar 2017 EADS airman receives award; named best senior NCO Master Sgt. James Burke of the Eastern Air Defense Sector's (EADS) 224th Air Defense Group has been named the North American Aerospace Defense Command's (NORAD) outstanding Senior Noncommissioned... (more)

Army.mil -- Tue, 21 Mar 2017 Brooklyn leader takes command of historic New York National Guard infantry company NEW YORK -- New York Army National Guard Capt. Dennis Tierney, a Brooklyn resident and Afghan War veteran, took command of Alpha Company, 1st Battalion 69th Infantry-known as the "Fighting... (more)

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