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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Concordiensis -- Thu, 26 May 2016 Second Lieutenant Interview: Stephen Hoeprich What are your plans after graduation? I was commissioned into the New York Army National Guard as an Engineer Officer. I will be a Platoon Leader with an Engineer unit in southern NY.
Stars and Stripes -- Wed, 25 May 2016 WWII U.S. spy vets group irked by cemetery name choice ALBANY, N.Y. - A new veterans cemetery to be built between Buffalo and Rochester will be named the Western New York National Cemetery, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs said Tuesday... (more)
Army.mil -- Tue, 24 May 2016 New York's 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team hones air assault skills at Fort Drum FORT DRUM, NY -- More than 3,000 members of the New York Army National Guard's 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, along with Soldiers from Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Utah, spent four... (more)