National Guard Celebrates 374 Years
By Army Sgt. Darron Salzer
National Guard Bureau
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2010 Air Force Lt. Gen. Harry “Bud” Wyatt, director of the Air National Guard, helped the Guard mark its 374th birthday yesterday at a Capitol Hill celebration.
Air Force Lt. Gen. Harry "Bud" Wyatt, director of the Air National Guard, speaks during a Capitol Hill ceremony commemorating the 374th birthday of the National Guard, Dec. 9, 2010. The National Guard Association of the United States hosted the event in the Rayburn House Office Building. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Darron Salzer
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“Historians have traced the origins of the National Guard to the first muster on Dec. 13, 1636, in the colony of Massachusetts, when the Massachusetts Bay Colony summoned their militia, and organized them into three regiments in the North, South and East,” Wyatt said.
“I’m sure those Guardsmen and soldiers in Massachusetts back in 1636 could not have imagined the missions that the Guard does today,” the general continued. “They would probably also be amazed to find that we now number close to half a million soldiers and airmen in service to their country.”
Other honored guests in attendance to wish the Guard a happy birthday included Congressmen Steve Buyer of Indiana, Duncan Hunter from California, Gene Taylor from Mississippi, and Christopher Bond of Missouri.
The National Guard Association of the United States hosted the event in the Rayburn House Office Building.