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The Air National Guard History Office supports present and future U.S. Warfighters by Documenting, Preserving, Interpreting, and Disseminating the history of the Air National Guard (ANG) in order to:  
  •  Preserve an official record of ANG mission accomplishment at home and around the world 
  • Make valuable information available to decision makers and action officers
  • Support professional military education
  • Promote awareness of ANG heritage
  • Provide reference material for researchers

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The Air National Guard History Program has compiled a short list of works for those interested in learning more about the National Guard. 

This list is broken down into two categories. The first focuses on the history and activities of the Air National Guard from its beginnings through operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and includes scholarly works as well as memoirs, biographies, and journal and magazine articles. 

The second section  contains works centered on the militia tradition that is strongly embedded in United States history. Works in this section cover all periods of American history and describe the political and military roles of the militia and National Guard throughout the Guard's long service to the states and nation. While many of the works in this section focus on the Army National Guard, the traditions these works describe are alive and well in the modern Air National Guard. 

Most of these works are available at local libraries or can be purchased online.
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June 1912. Beckwith Havens, a pilot employed by pioneer aircraft builder Glenn H. Curtiss, enlisted in the New York National Guard's 1st Company, Signal Corps as a private.

29 June 1916. Hiram Bingham, a history professor at Yale University who had rediscovered the largely forgotten Incan city of Machu Picchu in July 1911, joined the Connecticut National Guard as a private. A strong aviation advocate, Lt. Col. Bingham became a pilot and commanded the Army's aviation school at Issoudun, France during World War I after he transferred to the Officer Reserve Corps of the Signal Corps. While a U.S. Senator from Connecticut, he was appointed to the President's Aircraft Board by President Calvin Coolidge in 1925.

30 June 1916. The Second Aero Company, New York National Guard, was mustered in Buffalo under the command of Capt. John Sutterfield.

29 June 1921. The 104th Squadron (redesignated the 104th Observation Squadron on 25 January 1923), Maryland National Guard, received federal recognition. It emerged from a flying club active in Baltimore during 1919 and 1920. Initially, its 34 members had no uniforms or aircraft. They trained every Saturday afternoon at Logan Field in Dundalk, Maryland. Their training initially consisted of military drill and instruction about aviation topics.

30 June 1922. The Militia Bureau reported that 53 Army airplanes had been issued to 6 National Guard aviation units by this date.


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