1781Cowpens, SC - An American army composed of Continental soldiers and militia men from GA, SC, NC and VA under the command of General Daniel Morgan, who started the war as a captain in the Virginia militia, wins a decisive victory over a British force numbering about 950 men. Of that number 110 were killed and 730 (including 200 wounded) were captured. American losses were only 12 killed and 62 wounded. This defeat compelled the British commander, Lord Cornwallis, to move his army away from the Carolina ‘back country' and toward the Atlantic coast where Royal Navy ships could render aid if needed. He would eventually move into Virginia and occupy a small village named Yorktown.
1921St. Paul, MN - The 109th Observation Squadron, numbering 21 officers and 90 enlisted men, receives Federal recognition. Assigned to the 34th Division (IA, MN, ND, SD) this was the first Guard flying unit organized after World War I and is perpetuated by the 109th Airlift Squadron (MN), the oldest continuously serving Air Guard unit in the force today.
1991Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq - Operation Desert Storm opens with a blistering air assault on key Iraqi command and control, communications and other vital military targets as the war to liberate Kuwait from Iraqi occupation begins. Among the first combat units flying sorties were the Air Guard's 169th Tactical Fighter Group (SC) and the 174th Tactical Fighter Wing (NY), both armed with F-16 aircraft. Other Guard units participated in support roles, from in-air refueling to cargo transportation.