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New York Guardsman Receives USO Honor
Photo by Lt. Col. Paul Fanning, Joint Forces Headquarters-NY (Released)
New York, NY--General Raymond Odierno, the commander of Multi-National Forces- Iraq congratulates New York Army National Guard 1st Sgt. James Meltz following Meltz's receipt of George Van Cleave Military Leadership Award from the USO of Metropolitan New York, at the organizations annual dinner in Manhattan on Dec. 9.
Meltz, a New York State Trooper in civilian life, was serving as 1st Sgt. of D Company 108th Infantry in Afghanistan in 2008 when he was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor after rescuing Soldiers from a damaged humvee and then joining the company commander in leading the company in repelling a Taliban ambush.
This is the second year in a row in which the New York Army National Guard has represented the Army in receiving the prestigious award, which is presented to one member of each armed service annually.
In 2008 the award when to 1st Sgt. Troy Steward of Buffalo, a member of 2nd Battalion 101st Cavalry, who also served in Asfghanistan.

NY National Guard In the News

Oneonta Daily Star -- Wed, 22 Oct 2014

National Guard to offer disaster training

The National Guard will be at the State University College at Oneonta on Thursday to present a Citizen Preparedness Corps Training, according to a recent release

midHudsonnews.com -- Tue, 21 Oct 2014

Naval Militia practices coastal searches on Hudson

PEEKSKILL -- New York Naval Militia sailors are spending the weekend practicing day and night searches of coastal areas of the Hudson off Peekskill and Haverstraw.

WSYR -- Mon, 20 Oct 2014

Seven good Samaritans honored for helping rescue National Guard Officer in fiery Thruway crash

Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Two New York Army National Guard soldiers along with five civilians are being honored for risking their lives to save a National Guardsman from a fiery car crash on the... (more)

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