Camp Maximiliano Luna, 1940.


Young men from all across New Mexico, from all walks of life, joined the National Guard at the end of the Great Depression. The New Mexico National Guard, the oldest in the United States, traces its origins to the Spanish Colonial Period of the 17th Century.

Camp Luna, in San Miguel County, New Mexico The Regiment's summer training grounds was named for Captain Maximiliano Luna, an officer in F Troop, 1st US Volunteer Cavalry in Cuba one of Theodore Roosevelt's "Rough Riders". Shortly after being appointed Speaker of the House, Territory of New Mexico, Captain Luna was sent to the Philippines and lost his life there crossing a river on Luzon in 1899.