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In the fight for liberty, Massachusetts is always on the front lines. When the Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth in 1620, CPT Miles Standish organized them into a militia that spawned what today are the oldest units in the U.S. Army. The state's well-trained Minutemen fired the "shot heard round the world" that started the American Revolution in 1775. Massachusetts Soldiers have fought in every American war, including a decisive role in WWII's Battle of the Bulge. Today you can join the path to honor reflected in the state motto: "By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty."

What is the National Guard?
The ARMY National Guard, founded on December 13, 1636 in Massachusetts, is one component of The Army, which consists of the Active Army, the Army National Guard and the Army Reserve. The National Guard is composed primarily of traditional Guardsmen, civilians who serve their country, state and community on a part time or as needed basis. Each state, territory and the District of Columbia has its own National Guard as provided for by the Constitution of the United States. Unlike other Armed Forces, The National Guard has a unique dual mission which consists of both Federal and State roles. Guard Soldiers can be deployed by either the governor during local or statewide emergencies such as storms, fires, and civil disturbances or by the President of the United States for participation in federal missions, both homeland and overseas. Four of the oldest units in the U.S. Army serve in the Massachusetts Army National Guard today: the 181st Infantry Regiment; the 182nd Cavalry Regiment; the 101st Field Artillery Regiment; and the 101st Engineer Battalion. The men and women of today’s Massachusetts Army National Guard will continue the proud legacy of the Citizen-Soldier as they serve and protect the people of Massachusetts.