17 Jun '16, 9pm

Today in History: In 1916, the "Great Mobilization" of 150,000 #NationalGuard members began

Today in History: In 1916, the "Great Mobilization" of 150,000 #NationalGuard members began

ARLINGTON, Va. – This June marks the hundredth anniversary of one of the most important months in the history of the National Guard. On June 3, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the National Defense Act and established the National Guard as first line responders during a national emergency, and then, on June 18, the President mobilized the National Guard of 44 states and the District of Columbia in preparation for a possible war with Northern Mexico. The “Great Mobilization” would eventually send over 150,000 National Guardsmen to the United States-Mexico border over the next several months and established the dual-mission of the modern National Guard. In 1910, Mexico entered a period of civil war, and in the ensuing turmoil, Francisco "Pancho" Villa rose to power in Northern Mexico serving as the Governor of Chihuahua and, eventually, as a commander in the Northern Ar...

Full article: http://www.nationalguard.mil/News/tabid/3336/Article/8023...

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