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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NY National Guard In the News
We Are The Mighty -- Wed, 23 Aug 2017 These are the airmen who fly to the coldest places on Earth "Pole to pole." These three words are the motto of the 109th Airlift Wing - at Stratton Air National Guard Base in Scotia, New York - and though short, it is an accurate synopsis... (more)
Times Union -- Mon, 21 Aug 2017 Saratoga Springs resident promoted to major general Raymond Shields of Saratoga Springs an Afghanistan War veteran, has been promoted to New York Army National Guard major general during a ceremony at Division of Military and Naval Affairs... (more)
army.mil -- Mon, 21 Aug 2017 New York City said goodbye to National Guard with massive parade in August 1917 NEW YORK -- Before they walked down the gangplank onto French soil in April 1918; 25,000 New York National Guard Soldiers walked down Fifth Avenue in August 1917 so New York City could say... (more)