Thursday, December 11, 2008


In a nicely wooded setting, just south of Belen, the New Mexico National Guard contingent for Valencia County has this building for their administration and training headquarters. The Governor of the state acts as commander of the Guard in times of peace, and can utilitze their manpower and equipment to fight fires in the mountains, perform flood control duties, intercede in riots or as he otherwise sees fit. In times of national emergencies and wars the Guard can be 'nationalized,' and becomes part of the regular national army. Men and women enlist voluntarily in the Guard and attend weekly or monthly training in addition to two weeks full time service yearly. They are paid the same as regular army troops for the training hours they attend.

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