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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.

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Department of Defense -- Fri, 21 Nov 2014 New York National Guard responds to historic snowfall in Western New York BUFFALO, N.Y., Nov. 20, 2014 --For some 375 or so members of the New York National Guard called out to assist in western New York’s snow emergency, the biggest impression was the stark... (more)

Buffalo News -- Fri, 21 Nov 2014 Cuomo praises Guardsmen as he again tours Buffalo area As reporters aboard a Thruway Authority dump truck trailed Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Friday on a tour of snow-socked Buffalo and its suburbs, Jim Fink of Business First may have best described... (more)

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