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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 615-98
December 01, 1998

NATIONAL GUARD TO CELEBRATE 362ND BIRTHDAYAT CAPITOL HILL CEREMONY

The National Guard celebrates its 362nd birthday Wednesday, Dec. 2, at noon at the Russell Senate Office Building, Room 325, on Capitol Hill.

The event commemorates the 362nd anniversary of the Massachusetts Bay Colony forming the first permanent militia regiments in colonial America. Their creation in 1636 was the birth of the state-organized defense forces known as the National Guard, now a part of the Department of Defense's Total Force.

Gen. Henry H. Shelton, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is scheduled to join lawmakers and several National Guard dignitaries (including Lt. Gen. Russell C. Davis, chief of the National Guard Bureau at the Pentagon) at the ceremony.