Airman and Family Readiness Manager
By Mary Mahoney
| Dec. 2, 2019
Happy Holidays from your Airman and Family Readiness Office
We hope that you had a relaxing Thanksgiving with your family and friends. Thank you to those who took advantage of the Ft. Drum Commissary Sale in early November! The Vermont Sale is always successful, so taking advantage of it and shopping helps keep the sale coming. Next sale will be in May 2020.
Did you know that December 13th is the 383rd Anniversary of the National Guard? The National Guard is the oldest component of the United States Armed Forces and one of the nation’s longest-enduring institutions. Yes, you are part of something that dates back to 1636! So happy birthday, National Guard! We salute you. To honor the National Guard birthday, here is a fun list of facts you may have not known.
1. A National Guard service member must swear to uphold both state and federal constitutions.
2. Founded in 1636, the National Guard is the oldest branch around – even older than our country! The Army was not formed until the Revolutionary War, but militias were used stateside to protect British colonies. Although they weren’t called the National Guard until 1916.
3. The National Guard is the second biggest when it comes to enlisted service members, the Army is number one.
4. There are two branches connected to the National Guard, Army and Air Force.
5. The National Guard motto, “Always Ready, Always There” is not just catchy – it is true! Units were originally called Minutemen because they were quick to respond and always available when needed.
6. Guardsmen have fought in every major conflict since 1637, up until the most recent.
7. Since the National Guard answers to both state and federal governments, they can be activated by both the governor of the state or by the President of the United States. The Washington DC National Guard is only controlled by the President.
8. The only territory of the United States that does not have a National Guard unit is American Samoa.
9. Only two Presidents have served in the National Guard; President George W. Bush and Harry Truman.