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.
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.
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.