5 Feb, 2016BUFFALO-- Col. Robert Kilgore, commander of the 107th Airlift Wing (left) welcomes home members of the 107th Security Forces Squadron following a deployment to Kuwait at the Buffalo International Airport on Friday, Feb. 5. The Airmen were greeted by friends and family. Another group of 107th Security Forces Squadron members returned on Thursday, Feb. 4.
4 Feb, 2016CAMP SMITH--New York Army National Guard Command Sgt. Major James Meltz (left) and Lt. Col. Sean Flynn commander of the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry display Meltzs retirement gift following battalion change of responsibility ceremonies in Friday Jan. 29 2016 at Camp Smith Training Site. Meltz, a New York State Trooper in civilian life, received the Bronze Star with V for valor following an Afghan deployment in 2008 as first sergeant of D Co. 2nd Battalion 108th Infantry.
4 Feb, 2016NEWBURGH--Staff Sgt. Louis Bonacasa (left) and Tech Sgt. Joseph Lemm, both members of the New York Air National Guard's 105th Airlift Wing's 105th Base Defense Squadron, who were killed in action in Afghanistan on Dec. 21 2015, have been awarded the Bronze Star with V for Valor for their actions that day. The two Air Guardsmen were honored for giving their lives to save other Airmen from a suicide bomber. Four other Airmen died alongside them.
29 Jan, 2016NEW YORK-- Leaders of Joint Task Force Empire Shield the New York National Guard security force in New York City display an agency partnership award the task force received from the Transportation Security Administration recognizing the New York National Guard support for the security mission a JFK International Airport on Friday Jan. 29.
29 Jan, 2016COOPERSTOWN--Major General Patrick Murphy the Adjutant General of New York congratulates Dr. Vance Brown the CEO of Bassett Healthcare Network after presenting him with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Above and Beyond Award to on Thursday January 28 in Cooperstown N.Y as Lt. Col. (Dr.) William LeCates looks on. LeCates who recently returned from a deployment to Liberia recommended Bassett Healthcare--his employer-- for the ESGR award for their support of his part-time military career during three deployments.
29 Jan, 2016HOMESTEAD AIR FORCE BASE--New York Air National Guard Maj. Dave Sumwalt, center,a medmber of the 106th Rescue Wing, helps build a small fire during a combat and water survival training course on Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla., Jan. 20, 2016. Sumwalt is a pilot assigned to the 101st Rescue Squadron.
28 Jan, 2016LATHAM, N.Y. -- New York Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Theresa Barone-Lopez embraces her daughter Juliana at the Albany International Airport here on Jan. 27 2016. Barone-Lopez was among 50 Soldiers of the 42nd Infantry Division who deployed to Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in April 2015. They served as members of the headquarters element for Joint Task Force Guantanamo and provided administrative support to the task force. Barone-Lopez lives in Amsterdam N.Y.
29 Jan, 2016STEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE-- Soldiers assigned to the 369th Sustainment Brigade, known as the "Harlem Hellfighters," load aboard a C-130 to depart from the 105th Airlift Wing, Stewart Air National Guard Base for a Warfighter training exercise in Fort Carson, Colorado on Wednesday, Jan. 27.
22 Jan, 2016FORT DRUM--Col. Joseph Biehler( right) commander of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat TEam , congratulates Specialist Dylan Lunde, from Patchogue, on being selected as the brigade's best enlisted Soldier for 2016. Lunde is a member of Battery B 1st Battalion 258th Field Artillery. Another member of the battery, Staff Sgt. Atrem Feldman, was selected as the brigade's non-commissioned officer of the year.
22 Jan, 2016HOMESTEAD AIR RESERVE BASE FLORIDA - Members of the 106th Rescue Wing conduct Combat and Water survival training at Homestead Air Reserve Base Florida January 18 2016.During this training aircrew members gained refresher training on using their emergency radios tactical movements through difficiult terrain how to build shelters ways to build fires and methods for evading the enemy.
24 Jan, 2016STATEN ISLAND--Soldiers assigned to the New York Army National Guards 145th Maintenance Company ready their vehicles for deployment on at the Manor Road Armory on Staten Island on Saturday Jan. 23 2016 as a blizzard pummeled New York City. Eighty-nine of the units Soldiers were placed on state active duty at the direction of the governor in case New York City officials required assistance in dealing with the blizzards aftermath.
23 Jan, 2016FORT HAMILTON--Soldiers assigned to the New York National Guards Joint Task Force Empire Shield clear snow from Humvees at Fort Hamilton Brooklyn on Saturday Jan. 23 as a major blizzard hits New York City. The task force which augments law enforcement in providing security at New York City transportation hubs had more than 100 Soldiers and Airmen on standby to support civil authorities in New York City if necessary.
22 Jan, 2016FS GABRESKI AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Westhampton Beach, NY -- Members of the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing prepare snow removal equipment for deployment on the base as Winter Storm Jonas approaches the northeast. Eastern Long Island is expected to receive 6-8 inches of snowfall on January 23. The heavy equipment provides snow removal to support flight operations at the airfield. New York Air National Guard Master Sergeant Cheran Cambridge/released
21 Jan, 2016ANTARCTICA-- The view from theflight deck of a New York Air National Guard LC-130 "Skibird" as aircrew assigned to the 139th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron fly a mission in support of Operation Deep Freeze in Antarctica Dec. 2 2015. A total of seven LC-130s are deployed from the New York Air National Guards 109th Airlift Wing in Scotia New York this season and about 330 missions planned through the season which ends in February.
14 Jan, 2016WESTHAMPTON BEACH NY - Staff Sgt. Callie A Rank a Combat Arms Training and Maintenance (CATM) instructor with the 106th Rescue Wing Security Forces Squadron poses for a portrait at the firing range at Francis S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base Jan. 09 2015.CATM instructors ensure that airmen understand how to properly use and maintain their weapons both locally and while on deployment.(US Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Christopher S. Muncy released)
5 Jan, 2016CAMP SMITH TRAINING SITE, N.Y. -- New York Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Santo Villar, a member of the 442nd Military Police Company, enjoys a moment with his son after the company's deployment ceremony here on Jan. 3. The unit, based in Queens, N.Y., is heading to Fort Hood, Texas for training before deploying to conduct security operations at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba in early 2016.
6 Jan, 2016Newburgh, N.Y.-- Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard's 442nd Military Police Company board an aircraft at Stewart International Airport on Tuesday, Jan. 5, en route to Fort Bliss, Texas. The MPs, who mobilized for federal duty at Camp Smith Training Site on Jan. 3 will train at Fort Bliss before deploying to Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba, where they will serve as part of Joint Task Force Guantanamo.
5 Jan, 2016CALVERTON--Honor Guard members carry the coffin of New York Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Louis Bonacasa to his final resting place at Calverton National Cemetery on Saturday, Jan. 2 during funeral services. Bonacasa, a member of the 105th Base Defense Squadron, was killed in action outside Bagram Airfield Afghanistan on Dec. 21. along with Tech Sgt. Joseph Lemm, another member of the squadron and four other Airmen. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by SSgt Julio Olivenciareleased)
8 Jan, 2016Technical Sergeant Timothy Cotterall an Air National Guard Emergency Manager is decontaminated following attempts to identify multiple biological contaminants in a simulated lab during a Global Dragon training event at Perry GA on March 18 2015. Held at the Guardian Centers of Georgia Global Dragon Deployment For Training provides a refresher course for Airmen allowing them to put their skills to use to identify live chemical biological radiological and nuclear agents and materials. Air National Guard emergency management technicians from more than 20 individual units participated in Global Dragon.Cottterall is a member of the 137th Air Refueling Wing in New Jersey.(New York Air National Guard Staff Sergeant Christopher S Muncy released)