Nation’s Oldest Military Force Turns 386

Nation’s Oldest Military Force Turns 386

Today Wisconsin joins the rest of the nation in celebrating the birthday of the National Guard — a unique, versatile and adaptive force of men and women who live and work in communities across the country. Standing ready to help when called upon, the National Guard has a dual mission, serving the governor as the state’s first military responder, and also serving as the primary combat reserve of the Army and Air Force.

Salem, Massachusetts, 1637 The history of the National Guard began on December 13, 1636, when the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony ordered the organization of the colony’s militia companies into three regiments: the North, South and East Regiments.

On this date in 1636, men from the Massachusetts Bay Colony — an English settlement spanning parts of modern Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire — assembled for their first muster. This formation of citizens to train and prepare to quickly defend their settlement by strength of arms, in addition to their regular vocations, is considered the birthday of the National Guard. CLICK HERE FOR MORE OF THE STORY.

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