Nebraska celebrates the 382nd birthday of the National Guard today.
At a celebratory ceremony at the Capitol, Governor Ricketts remarks about how honored he is to be in command of troopers of the Nebraska National Guard.
“As Commander-In-Chief of the Nebraska National Guard I cannot tell you how proud I am of all the men and women…who volunteer to spend time away from their families, sacrifice their family time; their time here in the state, and put their life on the line for us.”
Ricketts cites the long history of service of Nebraska National Guard, from its first official deployment in the civil war, to recent deployments in relief efforts for national disasters.
Ricketts noted there was once a time not too long ago, where most who joined the Nebraska National Guard never expected to actually be deployed.
He says today, those who join the guard look forward to the challenge of service.
“Many people want to talk about the Millennials and where are their values” says Ricketts. “If you want to know about the Millennial Generation, just look at the men and women who continue to volunteer today; who put on that uniform and not only knowing they will be deployed, but they want to be deployed. They want to take the fight to the enemy.”