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NGEF will host approximately 25 guests from around the local area for a round-table discussion of Major Hegar’s fascinating autobiography, Shoot Like a Girl.  The title refers to the oft quoted rubrik that women shoot better than men because they are more inclined to finely tuned, precise hand-to-eye coordination.  As in days of old, when women spent time sewing fine needlework, they now are able to shoot well, maneuver aircraft in tight formation, and carefully fly into low visibility approaches to successful roll-outs.  MJ Hegar received the Distinguished Flying Cross with device for outstanding bravery in combat during Operation Enduring Freedom.  Her book focuses on the decision to fly, to join the California National Guard, and to come to terms with her outstanding ability to perform under pressure.

Joining us for the discussion will be Dr. Marian Moser-Jones, Associate Professor, University of Maryland School of Public Health.  The panel is ostensibly a continuation of her year long program of 100 Years of American Women in War — which included the study of National Guard participation in WW1 through present day.  (Particularly the Virginia National Guard.)  Our Museum director, retired Major Anne C. Armstrong, DC Air National Guard, also took part as a group leader in that series of four seminars.


On D-Day, June 6, 1944, the 29th Infantry Division (MD, DC, VA) stormed the beaches of Normandy, France, and changed the course of World War 2 forever.  Within days, the 29th was followed by the 30th Infantry Division (“Old Hickory”) and soon by Pennsylvania’s 28th Infantry Division.  Because of the bravery of the National Guard of the United States, allied victory was assured.  

From October 1st through October 8th, join the National Guard Educational Foundation on their annual trek around those historic beaches.  For $3600, the traveler gets round trip airfare, meals, ground transportation, and guided tours.  $500 of the fee goes directly to NGEF (a 501-c-3 non-profit organization) as a tax-free deduction.  

Your hotel stay overlooks Omaha Beach and the NGAUS Monument to the National Guardsmen who served so bravely on that fateful day.  

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Photo taken this year overlooking Omaha Beach at the NGAUS Monument to all National Guardsmen for their service in wars overseas.  June 6, 2017.


 SFC Sean M. Cooley

SFC Sean M. Cooley

SFC Sean M. Cooley

Sgt. 1st Class Sean M. Cooley, MSARNG, was killed in action in Iraq in 2005. His service was recently honored at the Legion De Lafayette Ceremony on March 11th.

The National Guard Enters World War One

On April 6, 1917, the United States entered the war in Europe that would become known as the War to End All Wars.  War was declared on Germany.  On that day, the National Guard of the United States deployed and made up 40% of the entire US fighting power in the American Expeditionary Force (AEF.)   17 Divisions supported the effort overseas and the 42d Rainbow Division made up the 18th.  From the 42d, William Donovan (to become “Wild Bill” and the founder of the CIA) received a Medal of Honor.  One of the most important young men to join the ranks was Harry S. Truman of the Missouri National Guard, 35th ID.   The “Harlem Hellfighters” 369th Infantry Regiment from New York paved the way for African American soldiers in the US Army.  Henry Johnson of the 369th would receive the Distinguished Service Cross which was reissued as a Medal of Honor in 2015.  

Although World War One was to “end all wars”, it did not.  What it did do was to usher in the conditions that led to World War II and coin the term “the lost generation.”  A devastated Europe would never be the same.  Nor would the National Guard of the United States, now having served shoulder-to-shoulder with their active duty counterparts in both support and combat.

We may safely say that the Total Force Policy, germinated in 1903 with the passage of the Dick Act, began its path to today’s modern National Guard with roots firmly planted in the Belgian fields of Flanders poppies.


 Check out our updated Medal of Honor Recipients by State page, brought to you by the National Guard Educational Foundation, in conjunction with the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation!



Artifact of the Week


Holy Water from Jordan and Colorado; State Partnership Program

Jordan gave its state partner, the Colorado National Guard, this holy water from the river Jordan. The Colorado National Guard and the country of Jordan have been state partners since 1994.









The Artifact of the Week program was initiated by NGEF in 2015.  The artifact and description can be seen here, on Twitter, and on Facebook.  All artifacts are on loan or owned by NGEF and are part of the National Guard Memorial Museum collection.