SARATOGA SPRINGS-- The last draftee Soldier on active duty, United States Army Material Command Sgt. Major Jeffery Mellinger (left), presents a United States Flag to outgoing New York State Command Sgt. Major Robert Van Pelt during his retirement dinner here on May 6. Mellinger was drafted into the Army in 1972. He and Van Pelt,also a draftee, were in the same class in the Sergeants Major Academy.
Van Pelt retired from the New York Army National Guard after serving as New York State Command Sergeant Major for ten years. Van Pelt, a veteran of the Vietnam War served in the Active Army, Army Reserve and New York Army National Guard for 42 years.
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Nationalguard.mil -- Fri, 23 Jun 2017 New York Army National Guard pilot makes last landing after 31 years of flying LATHAM, N.Y.In the summer of 1985, Warrant Officer Charles "Chuck" Rodda took off for the first time as an Army helicopter pilot at Fort Rucker, Alabama. On June 22, 2017, 31 years... (more)
Defense.gov -- Fri, 23 Jun 2017 Guardsmen Illustrate Air Assault and Howitzer Skills New York Army National Guardsmen practice an artillery air assault raid at Fort Drum, N.Y., June 9, 2017. Photos by Army National Guard Sgt. Alexander Rector
defense.gov -- Wed, 21 Jun 2017 Face of Defense: Guardsman Trains Next Generation of Shooters For New York Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Michael Kapela, his seventh Adjutant General's Combat Sustainment Training Exercise -- known as the "TAG Match" -- was more meaningful... (more)