2 Mar, 2015STEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE-- New York Air National Guard Capt. Patrick Gillen leads South African Maj Gen Wiseman Simo Mbambo on a tour of a C-5M Super Galaxy cargo bay undergoing refurbishment at the base on Monday, March 3. Mbambo visited Stewart Air National Guard Base as part of the State Partnership Program between the New York National Guard and the South African National Defence Force.
19 Feb, 2015SYRACUSE-- New York Army National Guard Col. Joseph Biehler, commander of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team speaks to company commanders and first sergeants about recruiting and retention during a meeting on Feb. 19 at brigade headquarters. Beihler emphasized the importance of unit level retention efforts during his discussion.
27 Feb, 2015CAMP SMITH-- New York Army National Guard 1st Lt. Yvette Valle assists her group in starting to plot out points on the map they were just given in preparation for a snowy land navigation course at Camp Smith Training Site on Feb. 23. Valle is among a group of 42nd Infantry Division Soldiers that are preparing to deploy to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
26 Feb, 2015STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE--New York Air National Guard Master Sgt. Shawn Talbota member of the 109th Maintenance Squadron talks to the media after his flight home from McMurdo Station Antarctica to Strattion Air National Guard Base outside Schenectady N.Y. on Tuesday Feb. 24 2015. Talboty and 29 other Airmen returned home after supporting Operation Deep Freeze in Antarctica. More Airmen and LC-130 ski-equipped aircraft will return throughout the week following the the 109th Airlift Wings 27th year supporting the National Science Foundation.
25 Feb, 2015CAMP SMITH-- A 42nd Infantry Division Soldier prepares to throw a training grenade during basic skills training at the Camp Smith Training Site on Feb. 22. Fifty 42nd Infantry Division Soldiers are going through basic deployment training here to prepare for a deployment to Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba, in March.
24 Feb, 2015McMurdo Station, Antarctica--Secretary of the Air Force, Deborah Lee James, greets 109th Airlift Wing members Airman 1st Class Wyatt Peters and Lt. Col. Kurt Bedore in Antarctica on 25 January, 2015. Both Airmen were supporting transportation operations in Antarctica as part of Operation Deep Freeze. The first of seven deployed LC-130s returned to Stratton Air National Guard base early on Tuesdaymorning, Feb. 24 and Airmen and plans will be arriving back in New York all week.
11 Feb, 2015SARATOGA SPRINGS --This painting by 19th century military artist James Walker, depicting the May 13-14, 1864 Battle of Resaca, in Georgia, was "lost" following the demolition of a New York National Guard armory in New York City in 1959. The painting, stored at West Point before being turned back over to the New York National Guard, was actually mislabeled as the "Battle of Gettysburg." The challenge now is where to display the 12-foot-long artwork held by the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs.
19 Feb, 2015Col. Joseph Biehler, commander of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team presents the 200 Years of Service Award to Lt. Col. Feeley and Command Sgt. Maj. Reyes of the 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery in recognition of its official effective date during an address to Commanders and First Sergeants at latest commanders call on the importance of recruiting and retention at brigade headquarters.
19 Feb, 2015WASHINGTON--Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia, senior enlisted advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, congratulates New York Air National Guard Master Sergeant Kimberly Carmody, after recognizing her efforts in coordinating the Air National Guard Chiefs Executive Course, at National Defense University's Lincoln Hall, on Fort Lesley J. McNair, in Washington, D.C., Feb. 13, 2015.Battaglia was a guest speaker for the one-week course run by the Air National Guard Readiness Center. Carmoody, a 19-year Air Force and Air National Guard veteran, is a member of the New York Air National Guard's Headquarters Staff.
9 Feb, 2015WESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY - Pararescue Jumpers and Combat Rescue Officers with the 103rd Rescue Squadron of the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing board a United States Coast Guard HC-130 during a vist of Coast Guardsmen from Air Station Elizabeth City to discuss possible joint training, compare rescue tactics and showcase squadron equipment and training on February 5th, 2015.
10 Feb, 2015NEW YORK- Major General Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General of New York, speaks to New York Army National Guard Non-Commissioned Officers interested in becoming Warrant Officers Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Lexington Avenue Amory in New York. Murphy and other speakers discussed the role of the Warrant Officer and their importance to the Army National Guard, as well as outlining the process of becoming a Warrant Officer. Similar meetings are set for March 7 at Joint Force Headquarters in Latham, and at the Patriot Way Armory in Rochester on April 11.
9 Feb, 2015HANCOCK FIELD, Syracuse--Spec. Dylan Lunde, from Yaphank, New York, a cannon crew member assigned to the 1st Battalion 258th Field Artillery Regiment, performs a functions check on a M249 Squad Automatic Weapon during the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team's Best Warrior Competition at Hancock Field on Feb. 07.
5 Feb, 2015WARREN GROVE, NJ -An HH-60 Pavehawk rescue helicopter assigned to the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing flares for a landing at the Warren Grove Gunnery Range here on January 23, 2015 during a Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) exercise. During the exercise, two 106th personnel acted as a pair of downed pilots in a hostile area while two Pennsylvania Army National Guard AH-64 attack helicopters provided cover .
22 Jan, 2015BINGHAMTON-- Representatives from the American Legion, Southern Tier Veterans Support Group, BAE Systems and Professional Lighting and Sound, and the American Red Cross display certificates of support presented to them by 204th Engineer Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Christopher Guilmette, in recognition of their support to the battalion and the battalion's Family Readiness Group. These donors and volunteer groups enabled the Family Readiness Group to hold a picnic and Christmas Party and the battalion's Engineer Ball.
3 Feb, 2015Members of the New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team train in a mock drill with members of the New York National Guard's 2nd Civil Support Team from Stratton Air National Guard Base in Scotia, NY. The teams worked together in a simulated response to a potential Weapon of Mass Destruction (WMD) lab, mitigating the situation and collecting evidence on Thursday, Jan. 29
2 Feb, 2015CAMP SMITH--New York Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Luis Pagan, an instructor at the week-long Honor Guard Academy held at Camp Smith Training Site near Peekskill N.Y. the week of Jan. 26-30,watches as Spec. Sebastian Rivera and PFC Alex Spencer begin folding the flag covering a casket during training on Thursday Jan. 29.
29 Jan, 2015WESTHAMPTON BEACH-- Airmen from the New York Air National Guards 106th Rescue Wing begin digging out F.S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base on Tuesday, Jan. 27 after a snow storm pummeled eastern Long Island. Members of the 106th also provided mobility support to local police agencies during the storm.
28 Jan, 2015LINDENHURST-- New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 204th Engineer Battalion join New York Governor Andrew Cuomo during a press conference here on Tuesday, Jan. 27. The governor outlined the efforts New York State was making to assist Suffolk County governments in snow removal following the snowstorm that hit the region on Jan. 26-27.
27 Jan, 2015NEW YORK - New York Army National Guard Staff Sergeants Adrian McLaughlin and Kehinde Ayeni discuss the deployment of National Guard vehicles and crews with New York Fire Department Captain Joseph Pataky on Monday Jan 26 2015. Thirty-one National Guard humvees and trucks were assigned to provide mobility support to Fire Department Emergency Medical Technicians as New York City braced for a storm.
26 Jan, 2015STEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Newburgh-- Ramp operations continue at the 105th Aiflit Wing here as snow begins to hit the Hudson Valley on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015 as the region braces for a major blizzard. Members of the 105th also manned a National Guard Initial Response Force in the Hudson Valley as state agencies, including the National Guard, prepared to deal with heavy snowfall.
26 Jan, 2015LATHAM--New York National Guard staff at the Joint Operation Center in Latham get the situation update Monday morning January 26 as 260 New York Army and Air National Guard members were called out to assist in the New York State response to a massive blizzard hitting New York City Long Island and the Hudson Valley.
13 Jan, 2015CAMP SMITH TRAINING SITE, CORTLANDT MANOR, N.Y. New York Army National Guard members listen to the East Ward Missionary Baptist Church Choir singing during a Prayer Breakfast held on Sunday, Jan. 11 at the Chaplain Duffy Chapel and Spiritual Fitness Center which brought together Soldiers and Chaplains of all faiths and denominations to discuss Spiritual Readiness and Soldier resiliency. New York Army National Guard and New York Guard members participated in the event.
22 Jan, 2015WESTHAMPTON BEACH NY - 106th Rescue Wing Operations Group Commander Colonel Brian Rex Reilly accepts a folded American flag during his retirement ceremony from the New York Air National guard at FS Gabreski Air National Guard Base on Jan. 11 2015. Col. Reilly retires following over 28 years of military services.
16 Jan, 2015FORT DIX, N.J. -- New York Army National Guard Sgt. Stephen Anderson, a gunner with Battery A of the New York Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery Regiment pulls on a hand spike to lower the trails of the howitzer so the other crew members can remove the tire and spin the tube into position on Jan. 10, 2015. Soldiers from the 258th Field Artillery conducted dry firing drills on their M119 howitzer during training at Fort Dix on Saturday Jan. 10. 373 members of the battalion, as well as fire support specialists from other New York Army National Guard units conducted training to prepare for live fire exercises in May Jan.9-11.
15 Jan, 2015BAGRAM, Afghanistan-- New York Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Richard Perec, a motor transport operator, attached to the 4th Resolute Support Sustainment Brigade from Fort Hood, Texas, monitors the download of munitions during a recent demilitarize operation near Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Saturday, Jan. 10.Perec's mission that day was to destroy 6,000 pounds of unneeded ammunition. Its safer to blow the ammunition up than to let it fall into the hands of the enemy or try to ship it home and risk it detonating in transit, he said.
14 Jan, 2015MCMURDO STATION, Antarctica-- New York Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Peck, a member of the 109th Airlift Wing, runs the annual McMurdo Marathon in Antarctica on Jan. 11, 2015. He and Master Sgt. Michael Lazzari, also a 109th Airlift Wing member both ran the 26.2-mile course -- a feat few in the world can say they accomplished. The wing rotates Airmen and ski-eqipped LC-130 planes into and out of the United States McMurdo Station to support Antarctic research duiing the Antarctic summer from the wing's home at Stratton Air Natinal Guard Base in Scotia.
13 Jan, 2015BUFFALO--New York National Guard response forces from the 105th Military Police Company provide traffic control near Buffalo, New York following substantial lake effect snowfall across Western New York January 9. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo activated approximately 100 National Guard members to provide augmentation to law enforcement during the snowfall, which forced the closure of the New York State Thruway and local roads in the region. The Guard employed three initial response forces with humvees and personnel for the traffic control missions, ensuring motorists avoided the closed roads.
13 Jan, 2015HOUMA, Louisiana --A Soldier lays a wreath in front of a memorial to a fallen comrade to mark the 10th anniversary of the Louisiana National Guards C Co., 2nd Battalion, 156th Infantry Regiment, 256th Brigade Combat Teams 2004-2005 deployment to Iraq where eight of the units soldiers lost their lives while serving with the New York Army National Guard's 1st Battalion 69th Infantry.Lt.Col. Sean Flynn, the commander of the 69th Infantry and other crrent and former members of the unit, took part in the ceremony here here on Jan. 10, 2015.
12 Jan, 2015ROME-- New York Air National Guard Commander Maj. Gen. Verle Johnston hands the guidon of the 224th Air Defense Group to Col. Wade Dewey, the Title 32 Commander at the Eastern Air Defense Sector during ceremonies here on Jan. 10. Dewey assumed command of the newly-activated 224th Air Defense Group as the Easter Air Defense Sector reorganized its structure.
11 Jan, 2015New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Peter Riley, commander of the Guards Joint Task Force Empire Shield, speaks with Israeli Defense Force Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City January 9. Gantz visited New York following meetings in Washington with Gen. Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs as part of his transition out after his service as the IDFs 20th Chief of Staff. Riley provided an overview of the National Guards response after 9/11 and its ongoing role to augment law enforcement agencies at critical transportation sites in New York during Gantz visit.
9 Jan, 2015CHEEKTOWAGA-- Two New York Army National Guard Soldiers from the 2nd Squadron 101st Cavalry man a traffic control point along the New York State Thruway in Cheektowaga on Friday, Jan. 9. After Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo ordered the Thruway closed due to road conditions on Thursday night, Jan.8, New York National Guard members on State Active Duty assisted the Thruway Authority and the New York State Police in closing the highway to traffic. The 107th Airlift Wing and 105th Military Police company also took part in the mission.
7 Jan, 2015BUFFALO-- New York Air National Guard Col. Kevin Rogers, the Inspector General of the 107th Airlift Wing, places a wreath from President Barak Obama on the grave of President Millard Fillmore at Forest Lawn Cemetery here on Wednesday, Jan. 7. The military traditionally places a wreath from the sitting president at the graves of past presidents on the anniversary of their birth.
5 Jan, 2015NEW YORK- Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard's 1st Battalion 258th Field Artillery pose after receiving the Order of St. Barbara during the unit St. Barbara's Ball on Dec. 20, 2014. The Saint Barbara Award was presented to Major Richard W. Powell, Captain Nicholas Tommaso, Sergeant First Class Alexander Vargas, Sergeant first Class Garth Harris, and Staff Sergeant Felix Camacho. Recipients of the award, named after the patron saint of artillerymen, are recognized for excellence.