It is amazing and important to know that December 13, 1636, marks the beginning of our organized militia and the birth of the National Guard's oldest organized units, symbolic of the founding of all state, territory, and District of Columbia militias that collectively make up today's National Guard.
Think about it, we are part of an organization that has been upholding our peace-time and war-time rights/missions 151 years before the United States Constitution was introduced in 1787! Fast forward to 2016, the 161ARW has been part of the "Fly, Fight and Win" operation for 70 years. We are a powerful community, state, national and global force not by chance, but because of a consistent structured hierarchy that facilitates our Warriors to effectively follow, manage and lead.
Let's continue to move forward and add to our remarkable heritage. Empower yourself and the people you supervise to get the mission done. Most importantly, remember that in our world of programs, processes and procedures...it is the PEOPLE above all that are vital to our continued existence. Take care of yourself and your fellow troops...always.