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N.C. National Guard Celebrates 371st Birthday

Posted December 14, 2007

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— The North Carolina National Guard celebrated its 371st birthday on Thursday and honored the thousands of servicemen and women who have been deployed since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Celebrations for the country's oldest military arm were held in Raleigh and Charlotte. Gov. Mike Easley proclaimed "National Guard Week" and called on all North Carolinians to honor those in uniform.

"The Guard remains committed to the roots it planted nearly 400 years ago on the village green of the Massachusetts Bay Colony," Maj. Matt Handley said in a press release.

"Since that time the citizens who fill its ranks have protected the lives, liberty and property of friends, family and neighbors," Handley continued. "Though technology, weapons and geography may have changed, the mission remains the same."

Since Sept. 11, nearly 11,600 North Carolina National Guard soldiers and airmen have been called to active duty. Nearly every unit has been called to active duty or been recently placed on alert.

In December, servicemen and women were deployed in Rust Amiyah and Baghdad in Iraq, Djibouti along the Horn of Africa and Kosovo, as well as with the U.S. Border Patrol in support of Operation Jump Start.

The North Carolina Air National Guard also assisted in fighting the forest fires in the Southwest with its Modular Airborne Firefighting System-equipped C-130H Hercules cargo planes.


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  • MajorLeagueinfidel Dec 14, 2007

    Active Army and NC Guard veteran here....So Farcry thanks for tainting an otherwise great story of American history with a political cheapshot....
    Hey thanks for serving, I mean I know you all are wasting your time and efforts over there for a meaningless, wasted war..but oh yeah...what was the topic again?....

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Dec 14, 2007

    Wow, I didn't realize that the NC Guard is the oldest military arm in our nation. That's pretty cool.

    Thanks to all who have served to protect us here at home!

  • Humungous Dec 14, 2007

    farcry - thanks for the kind words for our troops, NG, USAR, etc. Interesting observation about why we're in Iraq. I did one tour over there and wonder about the same thing myself. If you find out why, let us all know. That being said, I finally retired after 32 years in the guard. It really feels good not having to worry about going back to the sand box.

    Thanks to all.

  • SaveEnergyMan Dec 14, 2007

    Funny, they don't look at day over 200! Thank you Guard for all you do and we wish those overseas safe return home.

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  • farcry Dec 14, 2007

    Happy B-day to the National Guard. Thank you for watching our borders and keeping us safe during times of war and disaster.
    I'm not sure why you're in Iraq fighting Bush's Oil War, but thank you for serving.