Photo by Spec. Jeremy Bratt, Joint Force Headquarters-NY
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.
NY National Guard In the News
Army.mil -- Tue, 29 Jul 2014
New York National Guard training takes to skies
FORT DRUM, N.Y. (July 25, 2014) -- New York Army National Guard Soldiers from the 642d Aviation Support Battalion, conducted integration Annual Training in support of their fellow New York... (more)
Times Union -- Tue, 29 Jul 2014
Duty Calls: High spot in family of soldiers
Army National Guard Pfc. Michael Valenza of Queensbury could soon outrank almost everyone in his family of soldiers.
MDJ -- Mon, 28 Jul 2014
Honor quest for N.Y. WWI hero marches on
ALBANY, N.Y. --About 100 years after he single-handedly fought off a German attack and saved a comrade from capture despite suffering serious wounds, Sgt. Henry Johnson is a step closer to... (more)