The Army National Guard is the oldest component of the United States armed forces. Militia companies were formed with the first English settlement at Jamestown in 1607. The first militia regiments were organized by the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1636 and from the Pequot War in 1637 until the present day, the Army National Guard has participated in every war or conflict this nation has fought. The militia stood their ground at Lexington Green in 1775 when the opening shots of our War of Independence were fired. They fought the British and their Indian allies from the Great Lakes to New Orleans during the War of 1812, and provided 70 percent of the troops that fought in the Mexican War. The majority of the troops that fought in the Philippines during the Spanish American War were National Guardsmen, and the greatest number of combat divisions to fight the Germans during World War I came from the Guard - including six out of the eight that the German General Staff rated as “Excellent” or “Superior.” The Guard doubled the size of the Regular Army when it was mobilized in 1940, more than a year before Pearl Harbor, and contributed 19 divisions to that war, as well as numerous other units, to include Guard aviation squadrons. Over 138,000 Guardsmen were mobilized for Korea, followed by numerous smaller mobilizations for the Berlin Crisis, Vietnam, and numerous strikes and riots at home. Over 63,000 Army Guardsmen were called to serve in Desert Storm, and in the decade since then, Guardsmen have seen a greater role than ever before conducting peacekeeping in Somalia, Haiti, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, Bosnia, and Kosovo.
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RT @GrahamRahal: Feel incredibly lucky to meet the brave men and women of the @NationalGuard that are there training today.
RT @IndyCar: Yesterday @GrahamRahal visited @Camp_Atterbury with #NASCAR driver @DaleJr. http://t.co/dAOpHqJNB7 #IndyCar @NationalGuard
RT @INGuardsman: “@JRMotorsports: Photos from @DaleJr / @GrahamRahal visit to @INGuardsman http://t.co/SxqfBw8ERS @NationalGuard http://t.c…
RT @RLLracing: Our @IndyCar @NationalGuard @HondaRacing_HPD program is testing today at @Mid_Ohio http://t.co/2ZquVsSwy9
Awesome day for Indiana Guard Soldiers, @GrahamRahal @DaleJr ! grahamrahal’s video http://t.co/kKTXDiVCz5
MT@RLLracing @KelliStavast @GrahamRahal @DaleJr and @JamieLittleESPN heading out from a day of training! http://t.co/5LSURNpXkn
MT @DaleJr & @GrahamRahal two really cool Dudes, thanks for hanging out with the @NationalGuard Soldiers today! http://t.co/5jPhOVUmJh”
RT @tdamico88: “@Hendrick88Team: .@DaleJr loads ammunition in an M119 Howitzer with the IN @NationalGuard. http://t.co/tKOpDki0l4” @hambybr…
rllracing’s video http://t.co/XugNVWVRLw
RT @KelliStavast: @GrahamRahal & @DaleJr recognizing @NationalGuard at Fort Atterbury & firing a 115 Howitzer. http://t.co/srLJ4Fzzln
RT @TeamHendrick: .@DaleJr and @GrahamRahal meet with @NationalGuard soldiers in Indiana. http://t.co/qUONlOoSiF
RT @INNationalGuard: A great day for training activities with @DaleJr and @GrahamRahal at Camp Atterbury. Stay tuned for photos from the da…
@DaleJr & @GrahamRahal are off the track today w/ Guard Soldiers, can’t wait to hear about their day @NationalGuard! http://t.co/9xBthdjRG4
RT @GrahamRahal: Off to Camp Atterbury for a day filled of training and fun with the IN @NationalGuard, @DaleJr and @JamieLittleESPN! Wish …
MT Today @GrahamRahal & @DaleJr will fire off one of these! M119 Howitzer. If u live within 8 miles watch out! http://t.co/7qVgUkPmSn”
MT @GrahamRahal finished 6th in Race 1. Focus Forward to Race 2. Great job @RLLracing Tune in to @NBCSN at 3 PM ET. http://t.co/Fh1a5jUrIs
Great pass @GrahamRahal looking great #IndyCar http://t.co/8ijQsdVnrH
RT @NFLHSPD: “@sammyt_2 Had fun these last few days at national 7 on 7. Great experience. http://t.co/YyC17sEE9U” #NFLHSPDNational7on7
MT @DaleJr starts 28th, finishes 10th, & clinches berth in Chase! Awesome job ????@TeamHendrick @MikeDavis88
RT @TeamHendrick: Recap: @DaleJr, @kaseykahne finish in the top 11 at @NHMS—> http://t.co/8F5tven6VG http://t.co/WeTMNU2hb3