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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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27 July 1911. Eugene Ely, a private in the California National Guard Aeronautical Detachment of its 7th Coast Artillery Company and a pioneering civilian aviator, was commissioned.

15 July 1915. The Nebraska National Guard organized a small "Aviation Corps."

13 July 1916. The First Aero Company, New York National Guard, was mobilized during the border crisis with Mexico precipitated by Pancho Villa's raid on Columbus, New Mexico. This was the first time that a Guard aviation unit was called into federal service. It trained at Mineola, New York but did not deploy to the Mexican border.

July 1921. Maryland's 104th Squadron received several of its allotted 13 Curtiss JN-4Ds, becoming the first postwar National Guard aviation unit to obtain planes from the Army Air Service.

July 1922. Maryland's 104th Squadron became the first postwar National Guard flying unit to participate in an annual summer training encampment. The training was conducted at Langley Field, Virginia.

6 July 1925. The 116th Observation Squadron, Washington state National Guard, hired its first six full-time "caretaker" personnel under the authority of the National Defense Act of 1916. They maintained the unit's airfield and equipment between drills as well as when the unit was not conducting its annual training encampment.


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