Happy Birthday to the United States Army National Guard

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Today, December 13th, marks the day the first militia regiments in North America were organized in Massachusetts in 1636. By order of the Massachusetts Bay Colony’s General Court, the colony’s militia was organized into three permanent regiments to better defend the colony. These regiments are represented today by the 181st Infantry, the 182nd Infantry, the 101st Field Artillery and the 101st Engineer Battalion of the Massachusetts Army National Guard. They share the distinction of being the oldest units in the U.S. military.1

The Army National Guard is made up of traditional Guardsmen (civilians who serve their country, state and community on a part-time basis). The National Guard has a dual mission to serve both State and Federal roles. The Guard can be called into action for local or statewide emergencies or they could be activated for federal missions.2

We would like to send a special Thank You to the members of our Army National Guard today and every day for all of the work they have done and continue to do to service our communities and our country. Happy 382nd Birthday!

Soldiers of the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team 9/12/18 conducting pre-mission checks in advance of Hurricane Florence.

Photo Credit: The National Guard: Virginia National Guard, Soldiers of the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team 9/12/18 conducting pre-mission checks in advance of Hurricane Florence.

176th Wing’s 212th Rescue Squadron readying equipment during a flight to N.C. to assist in hurricane relief operations on 9/16/18.

Photo Credit: The National Guard: Alaska Air National Guard, 176th Wing’s 212th Rescue Squadron readying equipment during a flight to N.C. to assist in hurricane relief operations on 9/16/18.


[1] https://www.nationalguard.mil/About-the-Guard/How-We-Began/
[2] https://www.nationalguard.mil/About-the-Guard/Army-National-Guard/About-Us/

Released: December 13, 2018