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
Buffalo News -- Tue, 01 Sep 2015 Michael J. O’Donnell, Buffalo News pressman Michael J. O’Donnell, a pressman with The Buffalo News for more than three decades, died Aug. 15 in Hospice Buffalo in Cheektowaga. He was 56.
The Epoch Times -- Mon, 31 Aug 2015 Photo Gallery: The New York Air Show NEW WINDSOR--The New York Air Show brought thousands of people to Stewart International Airport over the weekend to watch a lineup of aerobatic pilots, parachuters from the West Point Parachute... (more)
Times Union -- Mon, 31 Aug 2015 Soldier earns New York State Medal of Valor Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Marlana Watson, a full-time recruiter with the Recruiting and Retention Battalion headquartered at Watervliet Arsenal, received New York state’s highest... (more)