Wyoming National Guard Celebrates 135th Birthday


Courtesy of the Wyoming State Archives.

Members of the 115th Cavalry Division, Wyoming National Guard muster in Fort Lewis, Washington following activation in 1942 to conduct coastal patrol in the pacific northwest during WWII. Photo

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – A crowd gathers at the Joint Force Headquarters building to join in celebrating the rich heritage of the Wyoming National Guard. The Cowboy Guard, established 135 years ago, has served in a vital role as the Sword and Shield of Wyoming. With a history that predates Wyoming's statehood, the Guard has served domestically and abroad, protecting the homeland and contributing to the nation's efforts. From the Wyoming National Guard's earliest days to the modern era, its members have exemplified bravery, sacrifice, and dedication.

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