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.
DMNA Press Releases
NY National Guard In the News
Journal News -- Tue, 14 Aug 2018 Mystery woman who helped rescue boy who jumped from overpass identified The story of the hero Hastings-on-Hudson police officer who jumped off a Saw Mill Parkway overpass to help a boy who'd been injured made news around the country. There was one mystery. The... (more)
KYIV Post -- Mon, 13 Aug 2018 Rotation of US military instructors under JMTG-U takes place in Lviv Soldiers from the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment out of the Tennessee National Guard participate have replaced the New York National Guard's 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team at the Joint... (more)
Times Union -- Mon, 13 Aug 2018 Exhibit commemorates troops who lost lives since 9/11 The sister of a New York Army National Guard officer killed in the Iraq war is making it possible to commemorate all troops from New York state who have been killed during the War on Terror... (more)