DVIDS – News – Georgia Department of Defense welcomes visit by Daughters of the American Revolution

The Georgia Department of Defense hosted a visit from the Fielding Lewis Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution on October 27, 2021, at the Clay National Guard Center in Marietta, Georgia.

The civic group’s visit reinforced an already established relationship between the two organizations.

The tour began with a visit to the Memorial Wall outside the State Headquarters building. Here, U.S. Army Maj.William Carraway, Georgia National Guard historian, explains the soldiers encased in the wall.

The memorial wall dedicates 43 Georgia Army National Guard soldiers who died while serving overseas during the Global War on Terrorism.

Then the tour took a short walk to the Dobbins Chapel. The chapel was originally located on the Dobbins Air Preserve base when it was built in 1945. In 2013, the chapel moved to its current location at the Clay National Guard Center.

The Daughters of the American Revolution chapter considers the chapel to be an important historical site and rededicated the chapel in March 2021.

After the chapel, the group of visitors visited the Georgia National Guard Joint Operations Center and received an information briefing, US Army Lt. Col. Pervis Brown, the officer in charge of the JOC.

“There are so many people across the state that they know the [Georgia National] Guard, but they don’t know everything about what the Guard adds to citizens of the state, ”Brown said. “We are in the communities, we have a vested interest in the success of the communities because we are neighbors. “

To end the tour, the group took buses to one of the Clay National Guard Center hangars to view static displays of Georgia National Guard vehicles and equipment.

“We learned more information than I can ever dream of about the Georgia National Guard,” said Linda Killebrew Lopez, Regent of the Fielding Lewis Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. “The helicopters, the equipment, the operations center, I had no idea all of that. I really appreciate all the work the National Guard is doing now much more. “

The Georgia National Guard is steeped in a tradition and heritage that predated the American Revolution and the founding of the United States

Georgia’s first organized militia unit, the Georgia Hussars, assembled in February 1736.

Today, the oldest and still active Georgia Guard unit is the Savannah-based Headquarters and Battery Headquarters, 1st Battalion, 118th Field Artillery Regiment.

The unit formed in April 1751 as the Chatham Artillery and fought in the War of Independence, War of 1812, Seminole Wars, American Civil War, WWI, WWII World War on Terrorism after being deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.

On December 13, the Georgia National Guard will hold a ceremony celebrating the 385th anniversary of the founding of the National Guard. The National Guard anniversary centers on the formation of the Massachusetts Bay Colony’s first militia units in 1636, celebrating the National Guard’s colonial roots.

Date taken: 27.10.2021
Date posted: 10.27.2021 15:36
Story ID: 408146
Site: MARIETTA, Georgia, United States

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