ARNG celebrates 381 years
Thursday, 04 January 2018
Lt. Col. Kelvin Nichols, left, National Guard interim chief of staff and most senior guardsman present; Maj. Gen. Kent Savre, center, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general; and Pvt. Zach Spencer, Soldier in training and youngest guardsman present, cut the cake during a ceremony held Dec. 13 in the Lincoln Hall Atrium.
Story and photo by Dawn Arden
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Citizen-Soldiers have fought in every major conflict since their first muster in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1636 to the present day. On Dec. 13, Soldiers across Fort Leonard Wood gathered in the Lincoln Hall Atrium to help celebrate the National Guard’s 381st birthday.

“That’s a long time,” said Lt. Col. Kelvin Nichols, interim chief of staff Army National Guard and guest speaker. “This year is also the 100th  anniversary of U.S. early entry into World War I, even then, the National Guard provided the bulk of the U.S. forces through the summer of 1918 and was the vanguard of American might that broke the stalemate and turned the war in our favor.”

Nichols said this was an important part in the guard’s history, calling it the “birth of the modern National Guard as a dual-use, capability force unit indispensable both at home and overseas.”

Maj. Gen. Kent Savre, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general, said the National Guard has been at the forefront of protecting our security as a nation since the very beginning.

“The National Guard brings so much more capability in terms of the ability to help our government by doing things in our states and territories that the regular Army can’t do,” Savre said. “It’s critically important to our national interest as well as to the people of America.”

As part of the ceremony, the most senior guardsman present, Nichols; the youngest guardsman present, Pvt. Zach Spencer, Soldier in training; and Savre cut the birthday cake.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 17 January 2018 )