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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.

@nationalguard Tweeted: Jul 24, 2014 03:51pm

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@nationalguard Tweeted: Jul 24, 2014 03:50pm

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@nationalguard Tweeted: Jul 24, 2014 03:50pm

RT @RLLracing: Our @IndyCar @NationalGuard @HondaRacing_HPD program is testing today at @Mid_Ohio http://t.co/2ZquVsSwy9

@nationalguard Tweeted: Jul 24, 2014 03:50pm

Awesome day for Indiana Guard Soldiers, @GrahamRahal @DaleJr ! grahamrahal’s video http://t.co/kKTXDiVCz5

@nationalguard Tweeted: Jul 24, 2014 07:49am

MT@RLLracing @KelliStavast @GrahamRahal @DaleJr and @JamieLittleESPN heading out from a day of training! http://t.co/5LSURNpXkn

@nationalguard Tweeted: Jul 23, 2014 05:35pm

MT @DaleJr & @GrahamRahal two really cool Dudes, thanks for hanging out with the @NationalGuard Soldiers today! http://t.co/5jPhOVUmJh”

@nationalguard Tweeted: Jul 23, 2014 05:29pm

RT @tdamico88: “@Hendrick88Team: .@DaleJr loads ammunition in an M119 Howitzer with the IN @NationalGuard. http://t.co/tKOpDki0l4” @hambybr…

@nationalguard Tweeted: Jul 23, 2014 03:50pm

rllracing’s video http://t.co/XugNVWVRLw

@nationalguard Tweeted: Jul 23, 2014 03:38pm

RT @KelliStavast: @GrahamRahal & @DaleJr recognizing @NationalGuard at Fort Atterbury & firing a 115 Howitzer. http://t.co/srLJ4Fzzln

@nationalguard Tweeted: Jul 23, 2014 01:43pm

RT @TeamHendrick: .@DaleJr and @GrahamRahal meet with @NationalGuard soldiers in Indiana. http://t.co/qUONlOoSiF

@nationalguard Tweeted: Jul 23, 2014 01:42pm

RT @INNationalGuard: A great day for training activities with @DaleJr and @GrahamRahal at Camp Atterbury. Stay tuned for photos from the da…

@nationalguard Tweeted: Jul 23, 2014 10:09am

@DaleJr & @GrahamRahal are off the track today w/ Guard Soldiers, can’t wait to hear about their day @NationalGuard! http://t.co/9xBthdjRG4

@nationalguard Tweeted: Jul 23, 2014 10:06am

RT @GrahamRahal: Off to Camp Atterbury for a day filled of training and fun with the IN @NationalGuard, @DaleJr and @JamieLittleESPN! Wish …

@nationalguard Tweeted: Jul 23, 2014 09:56am

MT Today @GrahamRahal & @DaleJr will fire off one of these! M119 Howitzer. If u live within 8 miles watch out! http://t.co/7qVgUkPmSn”

@nationalguard Tweeted: Jul 23, 2014 08:53am

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

@nationalguard Tweeted: Jul 20, 2014 12:22pm

Great pass @GrahamRahal looking great #IndyCar http://t.co/8ijQsdVnrH

@nationalguard Tweeted: Jul 20, 2014 11:29am

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@nationalguard Tweeted: Jul 15, 2014 04:32pm

MT @DaleJr starts 28th, finishes 10th, & clinches berth in Chase! Awesome job ????@TeamHendrick @MikeDavis88

@nationalguard Tweeted: Jul 13, 2014 05:28pm

RT @TeamHendrick: Recap: @DaleJr, @kaseykahne finish in the top 11 at @NHMS—> http://t.co/8F5tven6VG http://t.co/WeTMNU2hb3

@nationalguard Tweeted: Jul 13, 2014 05:15pm