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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WWNY-TV -- Wed, 29 Jul 2015 National Guard Soldiers Train In Mock Combat Exercise (Video) There are troops on the ground and support from fellow soldiers on a hill above.
National Guard.mil -- Wed, 29 Jul 2015 New York Guard couple pack for South Africa to further State Partnership CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. - A New York Army National Guard couple is off to the other side of the world for two years of duty and adventure.
National Guard.mil -- Mon, 27 Jul 2015 Like father, like daughter - New York Army Guard pilots fly together FORT DRUM, N.Y. -Warrant Officer Meghan Polis, a UH-60 pilot in the New York Army National Guard, doesn’t remember it, but she logged her first three hours of helicopter flight time... (more)