1636-That's the year the National Guard began. The "MINUTEMAN" was born when they answered the call at Lexington and Concord. Since then, the National Guard has had an unbroken history of service, longer than any other military branch of the United States. That service continues to this day.
For more than a century and a half, the California National Guard has had a proud history of serving the State of California as well as the Nation.
The Air National Guard as we know it today -- a separate reserve component of the United States Air Force -- was a product of the politics of postwar planning and interservice rivalry during World War II. The men who planned and maneuvered for an independent postwar Air Force during World War II didn't place much faith in the reserves, especially the state-dominated National Guard.