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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.

NY National Guard In the News

Fiscal Times -- Fri, 18 Apr 2014

States Decry Proposed Cuts to National Guard

Reducing overall U.S. troop levels may put a strain on states’ resources, particularly when they need to respond to natural disasters.

Army.mil -- Thu, 17 Apr 2014

N.Y. Guard Soldiers support filming of new TV thriller

EAST FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (April 15, 2014) -- The Soldiers of the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry aren’t Navy SEALs, but now they’ve played them on TV. Nine members of the battalion... (more)

Niagara Frontier Publications -- Tue, 15 Apr 2014

Niagara Falls Air Guard engineers helping to move massive radar to Australia

35 members of the 107th Airlift Wing will work on a building that will house Space Surveillance Network radar

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