An organization that is older than the country itself, the National Guard had its roots as the militia of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Male colonists between the ages of 16-60 were required to defend the colony against attacks from the indigenous Pequot Indians. The colonists were required to train, have weapons, and participate as guards during the night or defenders during attacks.
|National Guardsman Paul Miera helping the relief effort in the|
wake of Hurricane Katrina.
To our men and women who are "Always Ready, Always There," we are 'Always Grateful' for your service. Happy Birthday National Guard!