11 Jun, 2015HANCOCK FIELD AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE--Congressman John M. Katko, representative of the 24th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, operates the Advanced Joint Terminal Attack Controller Training System (AAJTS) during his base visit Saturday, June 6, 2015. Katko spoke to unit members and toured the base to learn more about its missions.
25 Jun, 2015FORT DRUM --Soldiers of the New York Army National Guards 42nd Infantry Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion bunking down in tents constructed on the range June 19 2015 during annual training at Fort Drum N.Y. The sleeping tents save travel time as Soldiers fire weapons around the clock.
17 Jun, 2015LATHAM-- New York Army National Guard Command Sgt. Maj. Louis Wilson (left), Private Eric Dawson, a member of the 427th Brigade Support Battalion, (center) and Maj. Gen. Patrick Murphy cut the cake during ceremonies at the 240th Army Birthday, June 12 at Latham Headquarters. Traditionally the oldest Soldier present, in this case Wilson, is joined by the youngest Soldier present, in cutting the Army Birthday cake.
24 Jun, 2015FORT DRUM--New York Army National Guard Sgt. Jessica Gonzalez practices combat lifesaver techniques on Pfc. Derek Schneider during annual training at Fort Drum N.Y. on June 17. 2015 The two Soldiers are members of the New York National Guard 42nd Infantry Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion.
23 Jun, 2015LATHAM-- Major General Patrick Murphy the Adjutant General of New York (left) presents the flag of the New York Air National Guard to Major General Anthony German as he assumes command of the 5900-member New York Air National Guard on June 22, 2015 at New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs in Latham N.Y.
16 Jun, 2015STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE-- Members of the Alplaus Fire Department deal with a simulated casualty with a sign post in his stomach during a Major Accident Response Exercise conducted on Sunday, June 14 by the 109th Airlift Wing here. The exercise tested the ability of the wing and local first responders to deal with a tanker fire and other incidents at the base. About 50 local fire fighters, emergency medical service and police took part in the exercise.
18 Jun, 2015CAMP SMITH TRAINING SITE--New York Army National Guard Spc. David Sharbowicz a member of the 1156th Engineer Company treats a victim played by a Marine Reserve member during a joint civilian-military emergency drill at the New York National Guards Camp Smith Training Site near Peekskill N.Y. on Saturday June 13. Volunteer fire fighters and area emergency medical responders joined New York Army National Guard Soldiers in an emergency response drill designed to test their ability to deal with an incident on the post.
16 Jun, 2015LATHAM-- New York Air National Guard Commander, Major General Verle Johnston (right), receives a New York State Flag from Major General Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General of New York, during a retirement ceremony for Johnston on Friday, June 12. Johnston, whose service in the Air Force began in 1974 after he graduated from the Air Force Academy, will be replaced as Air Guard commander by Brig. Gen. Anthony German.
15 Jun, 2015NEW YORK- New York Army National Guard Spc. Michael John ( left)a member of the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry, joined Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno (center), and Staff Sgt. Edimael Aponte in cutting the Army Birthday Cake in Times Square on Friday, June 12. John was the youngest Soldier present for the traditional cake cutting. Soldiers from the 1-69th took part in the event, which marked the Army's 240th year.
11 Jun, 2015HANCOCK FIELD--Lt. Col. Michele Kilgore, right, assumes command of 174th Operational Support Group on Sunday, June 6 at Hancock Field Air National Guard Base. Kilgore is the first female group commander in the history of the 174th Attack Wing. Col. Greg Semmel, the commander of the 174th Attack Wing is at left.
12 Jun, 2015NEW YORK -- New York Army National Guard Spc. Harrison Wang, a member of the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry Battalion, explains the mechanics of the 120 mm mortar system to a visitor to the Army 240th Birthday celebration on Friday, June 12 in Times Square. The 69th Infantry supported an event featuring Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno. The mortar system was the most popular display during Army Birthday celebration at Times Square.
11 Jun, 2015WESTHAMPTON BEACH NY - Staff Sergeant Brian Alfono and Senior Airman Ian Kuhn both SERE (Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape) Specialists with the 106th Rescue Wing conduct refresher training at FS Gabreski Air National Guard Base on June 6 2015. During this training aircrew members of the 106th Rescue Wing Operations Group participated in tactical movements built shelters and trained on proper elements of cover and concealment
28 May, 2015CAMP SMITH--New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Rob Mitchell the director of G-6 for the New York National Guard presents the Adjutant Generals Award for excellent service to contractor Jeremiah Tate a communications specialist at Camp Smith. The award recognizes Tates dedication and excellent job performance during the last six years he has worked at Camp Smith Training Site.
2 Jun, 2015ROCHESTER- Naval Militia Patrol Boat 280 manuevers into the dock following operations on the Genessee River and Lake Ontario on Saturday, May 30. Naval Militia sailors spent the day developing boat handling skills to prepare themselves to operate with the Military Emergency Boat Service. The Naval Militia mans nine patrol boats to support law enforcement and federal agencies operating on New York's waterways.
8 Jun, 2015FORT DRUM-- Soldiers of Headquarters Detachment, 102nd Military Police Company, practice reacting in incoming artillery fire (simulated with yellow smoke) while conducting detainee operations at a simulated detention facility here on Friday, June 5. The unit, which specialized in detainee operations, conducted hands on training in detainee operations as part of Annual Training.
2 Jun, 2015CAMP SMITH-- Members of the Army National Guard Team from the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry which won the annual Adjutant Generals Combat Sustainment Training Exercise or "TAG Match" for 2015 are: from right Capt. Michael Sicinski, Staff Sgt. Michael Palopoli, Sgt. Mathew Melendez, and Sgt. Zachary Keckley. The previous winning team from the 107th Airlift Wing had won every year since 2009.
3 Jun, 2015WASHINGTON- New York Army National Guard Command Sgt. Major Louis Wilson speaks about Medal of Honor Winner Sgt. Henry Johnson during an event on Wednesday, June 3, marking Johnson's induction into the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes. Johnson, a member of the New York National Guard's 369th Infantry Regiment, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama on June 2. Because Johnson has no living relatives Wilson represented him at both ceremonies.
2 Jun, 2015WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama presents a posthumous Medal of Honor awarded to New York National Guard Soldier Henry Johnson for his heroism during World War I to New York Army National Guard Command Sgt. Major Louis Wilson, who represented Johnson during the Tuesday, June 2 event in the East Room of the White House. Wilson accepted the medal because Johnson, a member of the 369th Infantry --the Harlem Hell Fighters-- has no living relatives.
2 Jun, 2015WASHINGTON- New York National Guard Sgt. Henry Johnson ( pictured here) a member of the 369th Infantry Regiment, the Harlem Hell Fighters who died in 1929 will be honored with a posthumous Medal of Honor today, Tuesday June 2, at the White House. New York Army National Guard Command Sgt. Major Louis Wilson will receive the medal from President Barack Obama on his behalf. Johnson was honored with a French medal for his heroism but received no American honors at the time.
1 Jun, 2015CAMP SMITH-- Members of the New York Army and Air National Guard engage targets during the Adjutant General's Combat Sustainment Training Exercise here on Saturday May 30, 2015. The "TAG Match" is an annual exercise designed to promote marksmanship training. Teams from Army and Air National Guard units, as well as members of the New York Naval Militia and the New York Guard, participated.
28 May, 2015NEW YORK-- Members of the New York National Guards 24th Civil Support Team train at the Fire Department of New York Randalls Island training facility to hone their skills. Team members work in a subway car simulator filled with smoke. The Fort Hamilton-based team is trained to detect chemical biological and radiological agents and report their presence to law enforcement fire departments and other first responders
22 May, 2015SARATOGA SPRINGS--Video interviews with more than 600 New York Veterans of World War I World War II Korea Vietnam Iraq Afghanistan and the Cold War can now be viewed online by going to the New York State Military Museum YouTube Channel. The museum which is run by the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs has been collecting video interviews since 2000.
21 May, 2015CONCORD, MASS- New York Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Christian Hager,a member of the 2nd Battalion 108th Infantry from Batavia, runs across the Old North Bridge here at the conclusion of the Northeast Region Best Warrior competition on May 15, 2015. Hager won the New York Army National Guard Best Warrior competition in the NCO category. The competition was held at Camp Edwards May 12-15 and wrapped up with a 12-kilometer road march that ended at the historic site. The Old North Bridge marks the spot at which Massachusetts militia members fired back at British soldiers on April 19, 1775.
22 May, 2015LATHAM --Major General Patrick Murphy the Adjutant General of New York speaks during a pre-Memorial Day ceremony held on Thursday May 21 at New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs headquarters in Latham. New York National Guard members and Division of Military and Naval Affairs employees dedicated the new New York Military Forces Memorial commemorating fallen New York National Guard members of all wars and remembering the 33 New York National Guard members who died in Iraq and Afghanistan.
20 May, 2015CONCORD, Massachusetts-- New York Army National Guard Spec. Michael Rowland a member of the 501st Ordnance Battalion runs over the historic Old North Bridge here on May 15, 2015 as the Army National Guard's Northeast Best Warrior Competition wrapped up. Rowland and Staff Sgt. Christian Hager, a member of Company A, 2nd Battalion 108th Infantry represented New York at the eight-state event held May 12-15 at Camp Edwards, Massachusetts. The Old North Bridge marks the spot at which Massachusetts militia members fired back at British soldiers on April 19, 1775.
20 May, 2015SOUTHINGTON, CT-- Major General Patrick Murphy, The Adjutant General of New York, speaks at the annual Connecticut Armed Forces Day Luncheon at the Aqua Turf Club here on May 15. Murphy was the keynote speaker at the annual event, during which the Connecticut National Guard recognized outstanding Soldiers and Airmen.
18 May, 2015FORT DRUM-- A New York Army National Guard Soldier assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team draws a bead on a target downrange as the unit conducted ms individual weapons qualification during a drill at Fort Drum on May 16. Guardsman are expected to maintain a high level of marksmanship, and qualify each year on their assigned weapon.
18 May, 2015LATHAM--Col. Jack James, center, the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade commander, leads Command Sgt. Maj. Jorge Vasquez, left, and Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph Marino, right the outgoing and incoming 42nd CAB command sergeants major, respectively, in marching during a change of responsibility ceremony Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Division of Military and Naval Affairs headquarters in Latham, N.Y.
12 May, 2015LATHAM-New York Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Michael Farrel,Staff Sgt. Charles Volcheck and Sgt 1st Class David Colliton adjust a satellite dish outside Division of Military and Naval Affairs headquarters on Tuesday, May 12. Farrell, a member of the 206th Military Police Company was learning to use the system so the company could set up internet connectivity during training.
12 May, 2015NORTH KINGSTON, Rhode Island-- A Soldier of the Rhode Island Army National Guard's Company A 2nd Battalion 19th Special Forces Group exits a CH-47F Chinook helicopter flown by the New York Army National Guard's Company B 3rd Battalion 126th Aviation during flight operations in Kingston, R. I. on May 3, 2015. The New York Army National Guard Aviators provided lift support so that members of Company A could conduct required paradrop training. participating in the exercise allowed the Rochester, N.Y.- based, CH-47F unit to certify a pilot and crew chief on parachute operations.
11 May, 2015HANCOCK FIELD-- New York National Guard Leadership including The Adjutant General of New York, Maj. Gen. Patrick Murphy, New York Air National Guard Director of Operations for Air, Brig. Gen. Kevin W. Bradley and New York Air National Guard Chief of Staff, Brig. Gen. Anthony German along with 174th Attack Wing Commander, Col. Greg Semmel and other leadership from Hancock field dedicated a new training facility for the 108th Attack Squadron in memory of Retired Major General Robert Knauff on Sunday, May 3. Joining the National Guard Leadership and actually cutting the ribbon for the new facility are family members of Knauff .
8 May, 2015WESTHAMPTON BEACH--Security Forces Squadron members of the 106th Rescue Wing conduct night-firing training at the Suffolk County Police Range in Westhampton Beach, N.Y., May 7, 2015. During this training, the airmen learned small-group tactics, how to use their night-vision gear, and trained with visible and infrared designators.
6 May, 2015ELLENVILLE-- A UH-60 Blackhawk from the Army Aviation Support Facility in Latham heads out on a fire supression mission on Tuesday, May 5 while another UH-60 gets ready to go. Two UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters and crews assisted in fighting a forest fire in Shawangunk Ridge State Forest near Summitville in Ulster County.
4 May, 2015FORT DIX, NJ- New York Army National Guard Sgt. Robert Gadsden looks throught the aiming device in order to line an initial deflection prior to a live fire excersise at Artillery Firing Point 14, Fort Dix, N.J., May 2. Gadsden and other members of the 1st Battalion 258th Field Artillery were preparing for a tour at the Joint Readiness Trianing Center, Fort Polk, La. next summer.
1 May, 2015WESTHAMPTON BEACH NY - A New York Air National Guard Pararescue Jumper with the 103rd Rescue Squadron of the 106th Rescue Wing trains on the climbing wall at F.S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base here on April 30 2015.The climbing wall allows airmen to train for multiple scenarios with each color-coded grip representing various difficulty levels.
30 Apr, 2015CLIFTON PARK--Fleet Master Chief Terrence I. Molidor, Command Senior Enlisted Leader for Headquarters, North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command(center) poses with New York Army and Air National Guard members recognizedfor outstanding performance during the Enlisted Association of the New York National Guard annual awards dinner, April 25 in Clifton Park, N.Y.
21 Apr, 2015CALVERTON, NY - New York Air National Guard Staff Sergeant Michael Pennolino, a member of the 106th Rescue Wing Honor Guard, and New York Army National Guard PFC Richard Blount, a member of Company B 3rd Battalion 142nd Aviation and the New York Military Forces Honor Guard, fire a salute during funeral services at Calverton National Cemetary on April 10, 2015.
24 Apr, 2015TROY--New York Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Kenneth Geib, a member of Intelligence and Sustainment Company of the 42nd Infantry Division, uses his off-duty time to spar with Nikki Albert at the Boys and Girls Club in Troy on April 2. About a dozen kids, aged 7-16 from around the Capital region took boxing lessons from Gieb and other New York National Guardsmen who volunteered to teach them. Mission Ringside, a boxing initiative involving youth and Veterans. ( Courtesy photo.)
21 Apr, 2015LATHAM-- New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Jeffrey Baker, Commander of the 3rd Battalion, 142nd Aviation Regiment (left) presents the A. Company guidon to 1st Lt. Christopher Giunta as he assumes command of A Co. 3rd Battalion, 142nd Aviation Regiment during a change of command ceremony in Latham, April 19, 2015.Giunta is a traditional Guardsman and works full time as a systems Engineer for Commercial Avionics at BAE Systems on Endicott, NY
21 Apr, 2015LATHAM- New York Air National Guard Senior Master Sgt. Harold Erickson offers a toast to Maggie Bonner, United States Air Force Protocol and Special Events Coordinator, based in San Antonio, TX, who conducted a week-long training event on protocol for members of the New York Air National Guard and other Air Guard members at Division of Military and Naval Affairs Headquarters April 13-17.
21 Apr, 2015STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE--Airmen don their masks during the hands-on chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear training at Stratton Air National Guard Base, New York, on April 18, 2015. The training was part of the 109th Airlift Wing's first ancillary training rodeo where more than 200 Airmen were trained on CBRN as well as self-aid and buddy care.
16 Apr, 2015LATHAM-- Kerry McIntosh, a force protection trainer from the Army's Military Police School at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, speaks to students taking a week-long anti-terrorism officer course taught at Division of Military and Naval Affairs headquarters the week of April 13-17. Fifty students from the Army Reserve and Army National Guard participated in the instruction.
20 Apr, 2015CAMBRIDGE BAY, Nunavut, Canada -A ski-equipped LC-130 Hercules assigned to the New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing lands at Cambridge Bay Airport, Nunavut to drop off cargo during Operation NUNALIVUT 2015, on April 14, 2015. Two LC-130s from the 109th and their crews are supporting this annual Canadian Forces Exercise.
16 Apr, 2015U.S. Army Pfc. Dandy Beverly uses a jack hammer to break through reinforced cement April 16 at Joint Base Maguire-Dix-Lakehurst under the guidance of New Jersey Task Force One urban search and rescue instructor Bob McDermott. Beverly and fellow New York Army National Guard Soldiers from Company A, 27th Brigade Special Troops Battalion conducted breaching and breaking training using heavy concrete drills, chain saws, jack hammers and torches to better prepare for urban search and rescue. The engineers, based in Lockport, New York, are part of the National Guard Homeland Response Force that supports the Federal Emergency Management Agency Region II.
15 Apr, 2015CAMP SMITH, NY - Members of the 106th Rescue Wing Security Forces Squadron conduct their semi-annual "force on force" training at Camp Smith April 12, 2015.During the two-day long training event, security forces airmen secured "enemy" held buildings, retrieved injured allied personnel, provided first aid to the wounded and worked with pararescue jumpers from the 103rd Rescue Squadron to evacuate them to a pair of inbound HH-60 Pavehawk helicopters.
15 Apr, 2015CAMP SMITH- New York Army National Guard Pfc. Kyle Winne, a member of 42nd Inf. Div. Headquarters Services Company, egresses from a an upside down vehicle rollover training here on April 11, carrying a simulated M-16. The Soldiers participated in HMMWV (humvee) Egress Assistance Trainer (HEAT) drills during their April annual training. The device helps Soldiers learn to cope with a vehicle rollover incident.
13 Apr, 2015WESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY - Members of the New York Air National Guard's103rd Rescue Squadron,part of the 106th Rescue Wing conduct a multi-day training course at the firing range on April 9, 2015. The live-fire training consisted of multiple events, including tactical movement, responding to incoming fire, retrieving and caring for wounded individuals and night-time shooting.
13 Apr, 2015GUILDERLAND--New York Army National Guard Sgt. Andrew Mesick, left, of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade, helps Master Sgt. Gregory Martin repair part of a Command Post Tent System during training event at the Guilderland Range Saturday, April 11, 2015.
13 Apr, 2015STEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Newburgh-- New York Air National Guard Lt. Col. Linda Rohatsch receives a Bronze Star Medal with Valor awarded posthumously to her son, Staff Sgt. Todd "TJ" Lobraico, from Col. Timothy LaBarge, commandeer of the 105th Airlift Wing, during ceremonies here on Saturday, April 11. Lobraico, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in September 2013 is credited with taking actions which saved the life of other members of the 105th Security Forces Squadron. His father, Master Sgt. Todd Lobraico is also a member of the 105th.
10 Apr, 2015LATHAM- Nathanael Coons and Emily DellaRocco, children of New York National Guard members met Ruby, therapy dog, and her owner Lella Debonis during a military child day camp held at Joint Force Headquarters here on Friday, April 10. Thirty-five children took part in the event which marked the Month of the Military Child.
8 Apr, 2015CAPE COD AIR STATION--Airmen from the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing check out a Royal Canadian Air Force CH-144 Cormorant helicopter during Operation Orange Flag 2015, a joint exercise run by the United States Coast Guard. The 106th Airmen trained with Coast Guardsmen and Canadian Search and Rescue technicians during the exercise.
7 Apr, 2015CAPE COD, MA - New York Air National Guard Captain Marty Viera, a combat rescue officer with the 103rd Rescue Squadron of the 106th Rescue Wing exits a U.S. Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry during Operation Orange Flag 2015 at Cape Cod Air Sation March 31st 2015.Operation Orange Flag 2015 was a multi-service, multi-national search and rescue exercise designed to allow various rescue personnel and assets to learn to seamlessly operate together under a variety of conditions.Orange Flag featured multiple jumps out of US Coast Guard, Air National Guard and Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft, including C-144's, C-130's, H-60's and HH-60's.
3 Apr, 2015FAR ROCKAWAY, NY - New York Army National Guard 1LT Alexandria Wiedenbaum leads a Citizens Emergency Preparedness Corps session held at Beach Channel High School in Rockaway Park, NY on March 28, 2015The event is part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's continuing Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program, which gives citizens the knowledge and tools to prepare for emergencies and disasters, respond accordingly, and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions. Working with the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) and local emergency management personnel, troops are conducting these training events across the state.
2 Apr, 2015HANCOCK FIELD, SYRACUSE, NY A Member of the New York Air National Guard's 174th Attack Wing Munitions Flight train on loading procedures on March 7, 2014 at Hancock Field Air National Guard Base. The munition load crew must be certified quarterly on transporting, loading and wiring munitions onto the MQ-9 Reaper that precisely hit specific targets.
1 Apr, 2015Lt. Col. Rolfe K. Metz of the German Army presents the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge to New York Army National Guard Spc. Adilia Murillo, a member of the 107th Military Police Battalion, following the New York Army National Guard's 2015 Best Warrior Competition on Sunday, March 29, 2015. The events of the German Proficiency Badge course were integrated into the competition to introduce the competitors to a wider variety of tasks. Five of the 11 competitors received the German award.
2 Apr, 2015HANCOCK FIELD, SYRACUSE, NY Member of the 174th Attack Wing Munitions Flight train on loading procedures on March 7, 2014 at Hancock Field Air National Guard Base. The munition load crew must be certified quarterly on transporting, loading and wiring munitions onto the MQ-9 Reaper that precisely hit specific targets.
31 Mar, 2015CAMP SMITH-- New York National Guard Command Sgt. Maj. Louis Wilson (center) poses with Spc. Michael Rowland (right), a member of the 501st Ordnance Battalion ( Explosive Ordnance Disposal) and Staff Sgt. Christian Hager (left) from Company A, 2nd Battalion 108th Infantry, the winners of Soldier of the Year and NCO of the Year (respectively) after the New York Army National Guards 2015 Best Warrior Competition on Sunday March 29 2015.
30 Mar, 2015CAMP SMITH- Soldiers competing in the New York Army National Guard's Best Warrior competition engage targets with M-9 pistols on Friday, March 27. The pistol shooting event was included so that competitors had a chance to qualify for the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge during the four-day event. Specialist Michael Rowland from Glens Falls, a member of the 501st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion, was named best enlisted Soldier and Staff Sgt. Christian Hager from Batavia, a member of Company A, 2nd Battalion 108th Infantry was picked as top NCO.
27 Mar, 2015CAMP SMITH- New York Army National Guard Spc. Adilia Murillo, a military police Soldier assigned to the 107th MP Company, kicks off for the 100 m. swim in full uniform during the annual New York State Best Warrior Competition March 26, 2015, at Camp Smith, N.Y.The 100 m. swim is an event in the German army physical fitness test, and was included in the best warrior competition this year.
18 Mar, 2015HANCOCK FIELD, Syracuse-- Airmen of the New York Air National Guards 152nd Air Operations Group man their stations during Virtual Flag, a computer wargame the unit participated in Feb. 18-26 from Hancock Field Air National Guard Base. The computer hookup allowed the air war planners of the 152nd to interact with other Air Force units around the country and in Europe.
23 Mar, 2015TROY-- Major General Harry Miller, the commander of the New York Army National Guard's 42nd Infantry Division speaks to division Soldiers heading for Fort Bliss, Texas and then the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base on Sunday, March 22 at 42nd Division headquarters here. The team conducted a farewell ceremony before heading to Fort Bliss for post mobilization training.
18 Mar, 2015FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Airmen from the New York Air National Guard's 274th Air Support Operations Squadron wait to board a CH-47F 'Chinook' helicopter from Company B, 2nd Battalion, 126th Aviation of the New York Army National Guard during joint training at Fort Drum on Saturday, March 14. The two units teamed up to conduct air insertion and tactical training at Fort Drum.
18 Mar, 2015NEW YORK- Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,leads members of the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry in singing "The Fighing 69th" during unit day events following the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade,led by the battalion, on Tuesday, March 17. Dempsey, an honorary member of the regiment added a new verse to the song-- which commemorates the 69th's service in the Civil War-- which talked of the battalion's Soldiers service in Iraq and Afghanistan.
18 Mar, 2015NEW YORK--A riderless horse from the 3rd Regiment of Infantry, the Old Guard, joins members of the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry during the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade on Tuesday, March 17. The horse symbolized the 23 Fighting 69th Soldiers who lost their lives while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2004/2005 and 2008.
17 Mar, 2015LATHAM-- Soldiers assigned to the New York Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion pose with their new battalion commander, Lt. Col. James Gonyo (front kneeling left)and outgoing commander, Lt. Col. Henry Pettit (front kneeling right) following change of command ceremonies at Division of Military and Naval Affairs Headquarters on Monday, March 16. Gonyo is moving into the command after serving as commander of the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry and as deputy commander of the 369th Sustainment Brigade.
13 Mar, 2015PERRY, GA - Technical Sergeant Lindy Ross, a member of the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing demonstrates how to prepare a sample of an unidentified substance for testing during a training scenario at Global Dragon deployment for training at the Guardian Centers of Georgia, Perry, Ga., March 10, 2015. The testing 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.
12 Mar, 2015GABRESKI AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Westhampton Beach- South African Air Force Major General Wiseman Mbambo is briefed about the Gau-2 Mini Gun systems on the HH-60 Pavehawk helicopters flown by the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing here on Tuesday, March 3. Mbambo visited the base as part of a National Guard State Partnership visit to New York the week of March 1-4.
11 Mar, 2015PERRY GA - New York Air National Guard Airman First Class Bryan Chang an emergency manager from the 106th Rescue Wing strips off his Level A hazardous material suit during exercises on the first day of exercise Global Dragon here on March 9 2015. Airmen trained in Level A Hazardous Material suits used their equipment to test for chemical biological radiological and nuclear (CBRN) contamination. The training emphasized coordination within small teams with each airman working to support their wingman to accomplish the mission. Exercise Global Dragon is a two-week long course taking place at the Guardian Center in Perry Georgia. The Guardian Center houses several training fascilities that simulate demolished city blocks flooded towns and CBRN-contaiminated areas.
5 Feb, 2015CAMP SMITH--New York Army National Guard Honor Guard members Spec. Kenval Small, Sgt. James Barton and Spec. Dana Kelly, prepare their weapons during practice firing party drills during Honor Guard Academy Training at Camp Smith Training Site near Peekskill, N.Y. on Thursday, Jan. 29. Fifteen Honor Guard members attended the weeklong training academy here the week of January 26-30.
10 Mar, 2015CAMP SMITH--New York Army National Guard Spc. Nelson Guzman (left) Capt. Charles Sanders and Staff Sgt. Thomas Garbarini report enemy activity using a SALUTE report back to headquarters as part of training at Camp Smith Training Site on March 1, 2015. The three are among 56 Soldiers from the 42nd Infantry Division preparing for a deployment to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
9 Mar, 2015WESTHAMPTON BEACH NY - Airmen assigned to the 106th Rescue Wings Civil Engineering Squadron practice cutting up a tree during chainsaw training conducted at Gabreski Air National Guard Base on March 5th 2015. The day was part of a week-long course on storm damage removal. New York State Forest Rangers conducted classroom and hands-on training.
6 Mar, 2015LATHAM--Specialist Paul Neaton a New York Army National Guard Soldier assigned to Company C 1st Battalion 108th Infantry in Gloversville N.Y. (left) and Brandon Wynn a former Army Private 1st Class from Albany talk to James McDonald a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer about employment opportunities March 5 during a job fair held at New York Division of Military and Naval Affairs headquarters in Latham N.Y. The veterans joined roughly 200 fellow veterans who took advantage of the Hiring Our Heroes job fair sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
4 Mar, 2015NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION-- The New York Air National Guard's 107th Airlift Wing hosted an Instructor Certification Program for military education instructors the week of March 2-6 with 16 Guardsmen attending in order to become facilitators for courses. Master Sgt. William Conner from Knoxville Tenn. teaches one of the instructors for this course March 3 2015.
24 Feb, 2015CAMP SMITH-- Soldiers from the New York National Guard's 42nd Infantry Division conduct land navigation training at Camp Smith Training Site on Monday, Feb. 23. Fifty Soldiers from the Troy-based unit are preparing to deploy to Guantanamo Bay at the end of March and going through required individual training at Camp Smith.
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.
16 Mar, 2015CAMP SMITH- New York Guard Col. Martin Ingram is congratulated on Saturday, March 154 after receiving New York State's highest military award, the Medal of Valor, from New York Guard Commander Brig. Gen. Stephen Bucaria. Ingram received the award in recognition of his heroic actions as the fire chief of the Point Breeze Volunteer Fire Department during Hurricane Sandy.The New York Guard is the state's volunteer defense and emergency response force.