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Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard Holds Recruit Graduation



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The Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard (2GHG) Recruit graduation took place on the 2GHG grounds at Fairfield Hills on June 26. It was the culmination of five months of training, which took place each weekend beginning in February. The training included military drill, ceremony mounted and dismounted drill, and equine studies.

The cadets Josephine Fico-DiNello of Newtown, Melissa Sipos of Newtown, and Nancy Newkirk of Danbury were presented with cavalry spurs and graduation certificates. State Representative Mitch Bolinsky and Second Selectman Ed Schierloh joined with past commandants and other distinguished guests, as well as cadet families, in honor of the new troopers.

To learn more about the Horse Guard, and hear about the next recruiting class, everyone is welcome to join the 2GHG for its annual open house, which will take place at the Horse Guard grounds on Saturday, September 10. Details may be found on the Horse Guard’s Facebook page, or by calling 203-270-6203.

The 2GHG is an all-volunteer state organized militia unit, originally formed to protect and escort the governor. As an active cavalry unit, 2GHG continues to serve the governor and the state of Connecticut at the direction of the Connecticut Army National Guard, under the command of the adjutant general. The main duties of the unit are as a ceremonial unit, partaking in parades anwd public educational service to schools, scouting groups, and special needs.

One of the oldest cavalry units in continuous service in the United States, 2GHG was chartered in 1808 and has had a history throughout the years of dedicated service and to the preservation of the cavalry in Connecticut. 2GHG remains ever conscious of its responsibilities to the citizens of Connecticut and thankful to those who have made its continuing existence possible.

The Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard presented cavalry spurs and graduation certificates to Privates Josephine Fico-DiNello, Nancy Newkirk, and Melissa Sipos, all of whom participated in a ceremonial cutting of the cake at the Horse Guard’s Recruit Graduation on June 26.
Privates Nancy Newkirk, Melissa Sipos, and Josephine Fico-DiNello at the Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard’s Recruit Graduation.—photos courtesy Marleen Cafarelli, Photo and Video Art Works
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