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
Times Union -- Tue, 27 Feb 2024 Duty Calls: Three 42nd Infantry Division leaders on the move Three top leaders of the New York Army National Guards Troy-based 42nd Infantry Division are on the move. Joseph Biehler of Webster, Monroe County, a veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq wars,... (more)
The Valley Breeze -- Tue, 27 Feb 2024 Fiorentino promoted to Army National Guard One Star General WORCESTER, Mass. Peter Fiorentino, a Cumberland resident and a veteran of combat operations in Iraq, became the New York Army National Guard's newest one-star general on Jan. 26. Fiorentino,... (more)
WHAM ROCHESTER -- Sat, 24 Feb 2024 National Guard partners with Mission of Hope to host emergency preparedness event Rochester, N.Y. The National Guard and Homeland Security partnered with the Mission of Hope Friday to teach citizens how to be ready for any kind of emergency. Whether it be natural,... (more)