By Lt. Col. Richard Goldenberg, 42nd Infantry Division
SARATOGA SPRINGS--New York Army National Guard Specialist, Juanita Locke, age 37, and her son Specialist Jason Van Deusen, 19, stand outside the New York State Military History Museum.
Locke, a personnel specialist working in the Army National Guard's military personnel office, enlisted in the National Guard after her son, joined at age 17 in 2006.
She showed up at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, for Basic Training as he was finishing up Advanced Individual Training.
Van Dusen serves as personel specialist for Company C, 2nd Battalion 108th Infantry following a 2008 combat tour in Afghanistan.
NY National Guard In the News
Newsday -- Thu, 16 May 2013
Warrior competition begins at Camp Smith
Members of the Army National Guard participate in the Northeastern Best Warrior Competition at Camp Smith in Cortlandt. The competition will continue for three days at the camp testing soldiers’... (more)
YNN -- Thu, 16 May 2013
National Guard members compete to become best warrior
Sixteen National Guard soldiers from the North East, labeled as the best of the best, are all aiming to become the Army’s warrior of the year. YNN’s John Wagner reports on one... (more)
NewsOne -- Wed, 15 May 2013
Henry L. Johnson Fends Off German Captors During World War I On This Day In 1918
United States Army soldier Henry L. Johnson (pictured), also known as “Black Death,” earned his fearsome nickname in France during World War I. After being ambushed by German forces and... (more)