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The Massachusetts National Guard was founded as the Massachusetts Bay Colonial Militia on December 13, 1636, and contains the oldest units in the United States Army.[1] It is currently headquartered at Hanscom Air Force Base and commanded by Major General L. Scott Rice.

The Massachusetts Army National Guard reorganized in 1946 after five years of active duty.[2] The 26th Infantry Division was the largest unit; however, there were now two major non-divisional units in the state: the 182d Infantry Regimental Combat Team and the 104th Antiaircraft Artillery Brigade. The Guard was still in the process of rebuilding when the Korean War broke out in June 1950. The 26th Division was considered for active duty, but eight non-divisional units were ordered into active duty as part of the Army’s expansion instead.

Massachusetts Army National Guard

Major units of the Massachusetts Army National Guard include the following:

Camp Edwards in the Massachusetts Military Reservation, Cape Cod, Massachusetts is the major training site for Army National Guard units. Armories for the MA ARNG include Hudson Armory.

Former Units

Historical Notes:

The 26th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade is descended from the 26th Infantry Division.

The 104th Infantry Regiment was raised in 1639 as the Hampshire Regiment in Springfield, MA.

The 101st Engineer Battalion (United States), 101st Field Artillery Regiment, 181st Infantry Regiment (United States) and 182nd Infantry Regiment (United States) are the oldest combat regiments in the United States Army.

The 181st Infantry Regiment (United States), 182nd Infantry Regiment (United States), 101st Field Artillery Regiment and the 772nd Military Police Company are four of only twenty Army National Guard units with campaign credit for the War of 1812.

Coats of arms of the Massachusetts Army National Guard

Massachusetts Air National Guard

Otis Air National Guard Base and Barnes Municipal Airport, Massachusetts are the major Massachusetts Air National Guard bases.

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