The Delaware National Guard traces its roots to 1655, when the Swedish Colonial government formed a militia to defend itself. That tradition carried through Dutch and then English control of the colony. The militia served in all five French and Indian Wars and then distinguished itself during the Revolutionary War as the First Delaware Regiment of the Continental Army, earning its "Blue Hen" nickname. The Delaware militia continued to serve in every major war, and currently it remains in the forefront.
Brig. Gen. Kennard R. Wiggins Jr (DE ANG Retired) is a third generation Delaware Guardsman, who served in the National Guard for 37 years. Currently he serves as executive director of the Delaware Military Heritage and Education Foundation, Inc., which maintains an extensive archive of Delaware National Guard images.
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Written by Brig. General Kennard R. Wiggins Jr (DE ANG Retired)