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
nny.360.com -- Wed, 16 Oct 2019 New York Army National Guard promotions LATHAM - Major General Ray Shields, the Adjutant General for the State of New York, announces the promotion of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their capability... (more)
Newsday -- Wed, 16 Oct 2019 Long Island soldier who died in Syria did not die in vain When John Raguso tells the story of his son's life and death, a particular day in 2004 when Chris did not die in combat in Iraq is as central to the tale as the day in 2018 when he did.
Nationalguard.mil -- Tue, 15 Oct 2019 Brazilian three-star general visits New York National Guard NEW YORK, N.Y Brazilian Lt. Gen. Achilles Furlan Neto, the operations officer for the Brazilian Army, visited New York National Guard senior leaders, Soldiers and Airmen and facilities in... (more)