The National Guard Celebrates 376 Years

Soldiers from the Florida National Guard's 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team conduct a change of command ceremony in Pinellas Park, Fla., Dec. 1, 2012. Photo by Debra Cox

Soldiers from the Florida National Guard’s 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team conduct a change of command ceremony in Pinellas Park, Fla., Dec. 1, 2012. Photo by Debra Cox

The National Guard celebrated its 376th birthday today, Dec. 13, 2012. The Florida National Guard currently includes 12,000 citizens – 10,000 Soldiers and 2,000 Airmen.

These part-time professional Soldiers and Airmen have civilian careers but spend weekends and evenings training and practicing their military specialties. The Florida Guard reached an important milestone, marking 16,000 deployments since Sept. 11, 2001.

The Florida¬† Guard also plays a key role during hurricanes, helping to patrol the southwest border, supported the nation’s space launch program and provided support at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

The Guard’s History

The Florida National Guard remains a community cornerstone with a heritage established back in 1636 now with 61 armories in 39 Florida counties.

Guard Soldiers and Airmen live and work in your towns, their children go to school with your children. The motto: Always Ready – Always There.

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