Guard's Birthday Subject of Capitol Hill Gathering

NGAUS Washington Report

(Dec. 10, 2013) Gen. Frank J. Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, will speak Wednesday when the Guard’s 377th birthday is celebrated on Capitol Hill.

The event, sponsored by the National Guard Educational Foundation, will be held at 5 p.m. in the Cannon Caucus Room of the Cannon House Office Building.

Members of Congress have also been invited to speak.

The Guard marks as its birth the declaration by the Massachusetts General Court in Salem, Mass., that all able-bodied men between the ages of 16 and 60 were required to join the militia. That took place on Dec. 13, 1636.

More than 250 people have attended previous birthday ceremonies held on Capitol Hill, including service secretaries, members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and members of Congress
A cake will be cut at 6:30 p.m. The cake will be provided by Sabre Systems, Inc.

Other sponsors making the event possible are Boeing, Raydon, Sikorsky Aircraft, Textron, AM General, Cobham, Grantham University, Hendrick Motorsports, Saab Defense and Security USA, LLC, Thomas Edison State College, Humana Military Healthcare Services, Jacobs, Lockheed Martin, LORD Corporation and Transhield.