Twelve hundred Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard?s 27th Brigade Combat Team form the Brigade?s Orion shoulder patch insignia as they complete training for deployment to Afghanistan in April.
The picture, taken on March 19 2008, echoes a photograph that 10,000 members of the New York National Guard?s 27th Division, the ancestor of the 27th BCT, posed for on March 19, 1918, prior to the division?s embarkation for France in World War I.
The division and now the brigade, took it's name from Major General John F. O'Ryan the divison commander. The star's in the patch represent the constellation Orion, while the combined letters stand for New York Divison (NYD).
The Soldiers of the 27th BCT will become the headquarters of Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix VII responsible for training the Afghan National Army and Police.
The brigade will hold its departure ceremony at Fort Bragg, N. C. on March 27.
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Army.mil -- Tue, 26 Jul 2016 New York Cavalry Scouts are early warning for 27th Infantry Brigade at JRTC FORT POLK, La. -- Hidden deep in the tree line of Fort Polk, La., are dozens of cavalry scouts, watching and waiting for enemy forces to move through their area, July 23, 2016.
Time Warner Cable News -- Mon, 25 Jul 2016 Historic Promotion in New York Air National Guard A Ballston Spa woman made New York history Monday, as she reached the top enlisted rank of the New York Air National Guard.
Defense.gov -- Mon, 25 Jul 2016 Soldiers Participate in Mass Casualty Exercise Soldiers participate during a mass casualty exercise at the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, La., July 16, 2016. Photos by Army National Guard Sgt. Harley Jelis