National Guard celebrates 381 years

U.S. Army Europe marked the 381st birthday of the Army National Guard Dec. 14.

Maj. Gen. John Gronski, U.S. Army Europe deputy commanding general for the Army National Guard, honored the contributions of the Guard during a ceremony in the Mission Command Center on Clay Kaserne.
Gronski recognized the National Guard as the combat reserve of the United States Army and highlighted the civilian skills of the Guard and its dual mission—state disaster relief and combat.

“Because 85 percent of National Guardsmen do have full time civilian jobs, many of them bring their civilian skills to bear too,” Gronski said.

Gronski, along with Sgt. Maj. Dianne Ellwein, USAREUR G1, and 1st Lt. Scott Standridge, USAREUR G6, cut a cake in honor of National Guard service members past, present and future who uphold the spirit and tradition of the citizen Soldier.

National Guard Soldiers help USAREUR meet mission requirements, while at the same time gaining beneficial training that they can take back to their home states, said Ellwein, the USAREUR reserve component command career counselor.