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STAND-TO! Edition: Thursday, December 13 2012

Today's Focus:

The Army National Guard at 376: Always ready, always there

Senior Leaders are Saying

It is extremely gratifying to see how all of the hard work, training and dedication has paid off. It is such a great accomplishment. They are truly Ambassadors of the Army. They are not only World Champions, but three time volunteers. They all volunteered to join the Army, to go to airborne school and to attended Assessment and Selection program to qualify as a U.S. Army Parachute Team, Golden Knight.

- Lt. Col. Jose Melendez, commander of the U.S. Army Parachute Team

Golden Knights teams take gold, silver at World Parachuting Championships

What They're Saying

The key idea here, which we believe is different from the traditional methods used, is that we've decided to shape the network based on a characteristic of the entire network rather than a characteristic of a single node.

- Maj. Devon Callahan, a Signal Corps officer and instructor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, speaks during a briefing, Dec. 5, about an algorithm which could help shape future operations against terrorist organizations.

USMA team developing algorithm to help shape operations against terrorist organizations

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Today's Focus

The Army National Guard at 376: Always ready, always there

What is it?

On Dec. 13, 1636, the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony organized the separate militia companies of the colony into three regiments, the North, South, and East Regiments. Although other colonies, to include Massachusetts, had established individual militia companies based on town or county jurisdiction, the organization of regiments represented the first permanent higher level organization during peacetime. This statutory authorization marks the official beginnings of the Army National Guard as well as the birth date of the oldest units in the United States Army. The regiments formed in 1636, live on today as the 101st Field Artillery, the 101st Engineer Battalion, the 181st Infantry and the 182nd Infantry of the Massachusetts Army National Guard, all of which have deployed in the past few years for operations in Iraq or Afghanistan.

What has the Army done?

Since 1636, Americans have answered the call of their state and nation in times of conflict and crisis. For nearly four centuries, the Army National Guard has stood watch on the home front and helped defend American freedoms at home and overseas. It has been a witness to the birth of our nation, civil war and world wars and of citizen Soldiers defending American freedoms. The militia of 1636 has evolved to become an integral part of the Total Army, guaranteeing the nation's freedom in the future.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The Army National Guard will remain an integral force fully capable of supporting civil authorities at home and combatant commanders abroad. As military first responders to our governors, the Army National Guard will always be ready and available to combat domestic threats in the best tradition of the minuteman, be they terrorists or tropical storms. As the primary combat reserve of the Army, the Army National Guard will ensure ready units are available for rotations in support of global engagement and other combatant command priorities.

Why is this important to the Army?

The contributions of the National Guard and the Army's militia heritage are inseparable from the history of American arms and defense and are essential to the telling of the total Army's story in the 2,900 communities across the 54 states, territories and the District of Columbia, where the Army Guard is present today.

Resources:

Army National Guard web site

ARNG Strategic Imperatives

History of the National Guard

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