RI National Guard to hold 375th celebration
PROVIDENCE, R.I.—The Rhode Island National Guard is preparing to celebrate the 375th anniversary of the guard's founding.
A ceremony Monday afternoon at the Statehouse will highlight the service of the oldest veteran in the Rhode Island National Guard, a 94-year-old who joined before World War II and retired as a colonel.
It will also feature the newest recruit, who will be sworn into service on the spot.
The 102nd Network Defense Squadron will be recognized with the National Guard Unit of the Year award. The unit is based at the air base at Quonset and is part of the Pentagon's cyber-warfare efforts.
The state National Guard was founded in 1638 and is one of the oldest militias in the country.