Happy birthday, Army National Guard Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 December 2017
By Maj. Gen. Kent Savre and  Command Sgt. Maj. Jon Stanley
Special to GUIDON

On the Wednesday, we celebrate the 381st birthday of the National Guard — the oldest serving military organization in America.

The National Guard was organized in 1636 by the Massachusetts General Court in Salem to protect its families and towns. Militiamen of the bay’s settlement mustered for military training, which pioneered a lasting role for the National Guard that continues today.

Members of the National Guard have served in combat alongside our joint and combined forces throughout history.

Whether it was New York’s notorious “Harlem Hellfighters” who fought in World War I, or Soldiers of California’s “Sunshine Division” who assaulted Heartbreak Ridge in the Korean War, the National Guard has played a critical role in the defense of our Nation since its beginning.  

In addition to answering the call to conflict, today’s citizen-Soldiers and Airmen respond to natural disasters and emergencies, reconstruction missions and counternarcotic operations each year, keeping millions of Americans safe.

After three and a half centuries, the National Guard continues to accomplish the unique dual-mission of serving community and country.

The United States Armed Forces are the greatest team in the world due in large part to Guardsmen and their contributions and selfless service to America.

Happy 381st Birthday, National Guard.

We are proud to serve by your side. Victory starts here, victory through skill.

(Editor’s note: Savre is the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general. Stanley is the MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood command sergeant major.)