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Honors for a Hero

PLATEKILL, NY- Members of the New York Army National Guard?s Honor Guard prepare to lay to rest the remains of New York Army National Guard Sgt. Mark Palmateer, at the New Hurley Cemetery on July 11, while family, friends and fellow Soldiers look on.

Sergeant Palmateer, of Poughkeepsie, and Sgt. 1st Class Joseph McKay, of Queens, were killed when their humvee struck an improvised explosive device while on patrol in Logar Province, eastern Afghanistan. Both men were assigned to B Troop, 2nd Squadron 101st Cavalry, which deployed to Afghanistan as part of the 27th Brigade Combat Team. Sgt. Palmateer had previously been assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion 69th Infantry, while Sgt. 1st Class McKay had been a member of the 427th Brigade Support Battalion.

Sergeant First Class McKay was interred on July 10 at Long Island National Cemetery in Farmingdale.

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NY National Guard In the News

Ithaca Journal -- Thu, 30 Jul 2015 Citizen soldiers: Local guard unit trains at Fort Drum FORT DRUM Each of the nearly 80 members of Delta Company, 2nd Battalion,108th Infantry Regiment, the Ithaca-area based New York National Guard unit,has a similar reason for their service -... (more)

Department of Defense.gov -- Thu, 30 Jul 2015 Face of Defense: Father, Daughter Helicopter Pilots Fly Together FORT DRUM, N.Y., July 30, 2015 - Army Warrant Officer Meghan Polis, a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter pilot in the New York National Guard, doesn’t remember it but she logged her first... (more)

Nationalguard.mil -- Thu, 30 Jul 2015 New York pararescueman is Air National Guard’s Outstanding NCO of the Year JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. - The drive to succeed in a job he thoroughly enjoys while being able to serve others is what fuels Staff Sgt. Douglas Kechijian,the Air National Guard’s... (more)

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