Kentucky celebrates National Guard’s 377th birthday

Photos by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs

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Brig. Gen. Stephen Hogan is joined by Brig. Gen. Maria Gervais, Deputy Commanding General of Fort Knox in cutting the cake celebrating the 377th birthday of the National Guard during a ceremony at Fort Knox, Ky., Dec. 13, 2013. Soldiers from the National Guard, Reserve and Active Duty came together to honor the Guard and its role in the U.S. military. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond)

FORT KNOX, Ky. — Kentucky celebrated the 377th birthday of the National Guard with the help of Active Duty and Reserve Soldiers at Fort Knox, Ky., Dec. 13, 2013. ┬áService members from each of the three components stationed at the post gathered to pay tribute to the Nation’s oldest military force.

Brig. Gen. Stephen Hogan, assistant adjutant general for the Kentucky Guard was joined by Fort Knox Deputy Commander, Brig Gen. Maria Gervais in overseeing the event and for the ceremonial cutting of the birthday cake.

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Brig. Gen. Stephen Hogan speaks during a birthday celebration for the National Guard at Fort Knox, Ky., Dec. 13, 2013. Hogan spoke of the quality relationship the Kentucky has with the Active Duty post and how that benefits both organizations.(U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond)

Cadets from the Bluegrass ChalleNGe Academy at Fort Knox provided the Color Guard for the celebration and received rave reviews from each general and several other Soldiers in attendance.

The day honors the first muster of militiamen in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1636. That formation was created to provide defense of the local community and increase the readiness of the force, traits shared more than 350 years later by today’s National Guard.

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Cadets from the Bluegrass Challenge Academy present the Colors during a celebration in honor of the National Guard’s 377th birthday at Fort Knox, Ky., Dec. 13, 2013. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond)

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Brig. Gen. Maria Gervais, Deputy Commanding General of Fort Knox, speaks to cadets from the Bluegrass Challenge Academy during a birthday celebration for the National Guard at Fort Knox, Ky., Dec. 13, 2013. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond)

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