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Chairman’s Corner: Happy Birthday National Guard

By Navy Adm. Mike Mullen
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

WASHINGTON, Dec. 13, 2010 – As Americans prepare to celebrate and give thanks amidst the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I’d like to take a moment to recognize the 374th birthday of the National Guard and our Citizen-Warriors: those stationed throughout our Nation and those deployed across the globe.

Throughout your long and distinguished history, you have been a unique yet vital part of our Total Force, continually embodying your motto: Always Ready, Always There. From the front lines of the American Revolution to the shadow of the Hindu Kush, you have come from every state and territory, standing shoulder-to-shoulder and flying wingtip-to-wingtip with your brothers and sisters in arms.

The Guard’s contributions to our traditional military roles are vital, but the skill sets you bring to the fight are equally indispensible. From the State Partnership Program that conducts outreach to more than 60 partner nations to Agriculture Development Teams helping farmers in Afghanistan … whenever our Nation has called, the National Guard has answered.

Of course, these unique capabilities are only possible because of the very real service provided by those who support each member of the National Guard. For every Citizen-Warrior who serves, there is a family, an employer and a community who must also make sacrifices. Together, you demonstrate one of our country’s greatest attributes: the shared sense of responsibility and commitment that has enabled our Nation to meets its greatest challenges throughout our history.

On behalf of the Joint Chiefs, I thank the National Guard and its supporting communities for 374 years of service. Happy Birthday!


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12/13/2010 12:26:52 PM
Sir, Thank you for these words. As a retired Guardsman (22+ years of service), the wife of a retiree with Active Army and Guard service (27+ years of service) and the morther of an Illinois Guardsman with a tour in Iraq under his belt, I greatly appreciate the well-said note regarding the National Guard's birthday. I wish every American understood how much Guardsmen, their families, businesses and employers do to make their service not just possible, but successful. The Guard is one of the country's best bargains -- well-trained, mature warrorios who bring far more than their military training to the table when they are deployed at home or overseas. It was an honor and a priviledge to have been a part of this great organization.
- Peggy Pence, Goldvein, VA

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