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Rose McKay and family receive the artist print of their fallen Soldier Sgt. 1st Class Joseph McKay
Photo by Lt. Col. Paul Fanning, Joint Forces HQ
JAMAICA -- Rose McKay (seated at left), son Shane and daughter Tanisha (seated at right) gather July 10 with comrades from the 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery to receive an artist's print of their loved one killed in Afghanistan last year serving with the New York Army National Guard.

Joseph McKay was among 1700 members of the New York National Guard's 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team that were mobilized and deployed to Afghanistan in 2008 as combined Joint Task Force Phoenix VII. Sergeant First Class McKay, Specialist Mark Palmateer from Poughkeepsie and Sergeant First Class Matthew Hilton of Livonia, Michigan were killed in an ambush on their convoy on June 26th 2008 when and Improvised Explosive Device struck their vehicle in Eastern, Afghanistan.

He was a career New York National Guard Soldier who first joined in 1977 and served continuously until his death last year. He was a naturalized American citizen from Guyana, South America and lived with his wife and two children in Queens.

Texas artist Phil Taylor and his wife Lisa of the American Fallen Soldiers Project presented Mrs. Rose McKay with a portrait of her late husband Joseph at a special ceremony at the Soldier's former armory in Jamaica Queens on July 10. The American Fallen Soldiers Project is a 501? 3 non-profit organization committed to honoring the memory of fallen military personnel by presenting the next of kin with custom portraits of their late loved one at no cost.

For more information go to www.americanfallensoldiers.com

NY National Guard In the News

Associated Press -- Tue, 22 Jul 2014

New York Guard members conducting annual training

CORTLANDT MANOR, N.Y. -- Two hundred members of New York state’s volunteer defense force are conducting their annual weeklong training program at a Hudson Valley military site.

Time Warner Cable News -- Mon, 21 Jul 2014

New York Army National Guard Soldiers Training on Fort Drum

It’s usually the one time out of the year that New York Army National Guard Soldiers get to train with their entire battalion. Reporter Elizabeth Jeneault was in Fort Drum, where... (more)

Watertown Daily Times -- Mon, 21 Jul 2014

National Guard soldiers test skills during annual training at Fort Drum

FORT DRUM -- It’s a long road of training ahead for the New York Army National Guard’s 27th Brigade Combat Team, but a week of work at the post’s range is seen by unit leaders... (more)

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