MILFORD, Mass. – Maj. Gen. Joseph C. Carter, The Adjutant General, Massachusetts National Guard, and Maj. Gen. L. Scott Rice, Commander, Massachusetts Air National Guard, stand alongside senior military and civilian members of the Massachusetts National Guard and review a display highlighting examples of Massachusetts Servicemembers leading the way as the “Nation’s First” regarding diversity throughout this nation’s history at the Massachusetts National Guard's Joint Force Headquarters, Milford, Mass., Feb.6, 2012.
MILFORD, Mass. – (Left) Tech Sgt. Frank Lee, the first Asian American to enlist in the Massachusetts Air National Guard. Lee later transferred to the Mass. Army National Guard. (Right) Pvt. Nathan Badeen, the first Arab American to serve in the United States military, served in 1776 during the siege of Boston. (Historical photo and illustration provided by Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Len Kondratiuk, Director, Massachusetts National Guard Museum)