17 Apr, 2019ROUND LAKE --A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter prepares to conduct water bucket training in Round Lake N.Y. April 17 2019. The collapsible buckets which are hung underneath the helicopters can dump 560 gallons of water on a fire each time they are used. Each spring Army National Guard helicopter crew members and maintenance personnel retrain on how to attach the buckets to Black Hawk helicopters and then practice picking up water and dumping it.
16 Apr, 2019CAMP SMITH -- Col. Todd Bookless incoming commander of the 53rd Digital Liaison Detachment, New York Army National Guard, accepts the battalion colors from Brig. Gen. Michel Natali commander of the 53rd Troop Command as he assumes command of the 53rd Digital Liaison Detachment New York Army National Guard from outgoing commander U.S. Army Col. Patrick Macklin at Camp Smith Training Site Cortlandt Manor N.Y. April 14 2018.
15 Apr, 2019CAMP SANTIAGO, Puerto Rico -- New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to Alpha Company 1st Battalion 69th Infantry Regiment conduct marksmanship training here on Apr. 12, 2019. While in Puerto Rico the Soldiers honed their warfighting skills by practicing short-range marksmanship techniques.
12 Apr, 2019SAVANNAH Ga. New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to Alpha Company 1st Battalion 69th Infantry Regiment board a LC-130M Hercules Aircraft after refueling while en route to Camp Santiago Puerto Rico for a training event Apr. 11. While in Puerto Rico the Soldiers will conduct marksmanship training and hold a company morale wellness and recreation event. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Alexander RectorReleased)
11 Apr, 2019STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE -- 109th Airlift Wing Security Forces Airmen carry a stretcher case during an obstacle course challenge on April 6 2019. The airmen had to complete specific challenges that included shooting at targets working together to solve a puzzle and providing medical aid to simulated airman in addition to physical fitness challenges throughout the course.
8 Apr, 2019CAMP SMITH-- U.S. Army Spc.Joseph Ryan an infantryman assigned to Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion 69th Infantry and the winner of the junior enlisted category of the New York Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition moves under direct fire during a simulated event on March 28 2019. The Best Warrior Competition held March 28-30 2019 is an annual event in which junior enlisted Soldiers and non-commissioned officers from various New York Army National Guard units compete in several events intended to test their military skills and knowledge as well as their physical fitness and endurance.
8 Apr, 2019SARATOGA SPRINGS--Russell Terpening, a Vietnam War veteran, Paul OKeefe, a Korean War veteran, and Maj. Gen. Raymond Shield, the New York National Guard Adjutant General, cut the ribbon at the opening of the Korean and Vietnam Wars exhibit at the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs, New York, Mar 30, 2019. The exhibit honors those who served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars between 1950 and 1975.
5 Apr, 2019CAMP SMITH- Sgt. 1st Class Martin Cozen an infantryman assigned to Alpha Company 2nd Battalion 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and the winner of the New York Army National Guard Best Warrior Contest NCO category, calls in a report during the medical evacuation event of the Best Warrior Competition at Camp Smith Training Site N.Y. March 28 2019. The Best Warrior Competition held March 28-30 2019 is an annual event in which junior enlisted Soldiers and non-commissioned officers from various New York Army National Guard units compete in several events intended to test their military skills and knowledge as well as their physical fitness and endurance.
4 Apr, 2019CAMP SMITH--U.S. Army Spc. Erick Barksdale a military policeman assigned to the 107th Military Police Company 104th Military Police Battalion 369th Sustainment Brigade New York Army National Guard (NYARNG) runs through smoke during the stress shoot event of the New York Best Warrior Competition at Camp Smith Training Site N.Y. March 28 2019. The Best Warrior Competition held March 28-30 2019 is an annual event in which junior enlisted Soldiers and non-commissioned officers from various New York Army National Guard units compete in several events intended to test their military skills and knowledge as well as their physical fitness and endurance.
22 Mar, 2019BUFFALO-- New York Army National Guard Master Sgt. John DAndrea the logistics NCO for the 153rd Troop Command speaks with logistics officers and NCOS assigned to western New York Army National Guard units during a logistics workshop held at the Connecticut Street Armory in Buffalo N.Y. on March 6 2019. Thirty-five people attended the day-long workshop during which common issues common solutions and upcoming supply challenges were discussed. The plan is to have additional workshops because this one was very successful. (U.S. Army National Guard photo courtesy Master Sgt. John DAndrea.
22 Mar, 2019CLINTON, N.Y.--New York Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Sean Durst and Sgt. Madalena Noyes both members of the 24th Civil Support Team check out a suspicious truck during an nuclear biological chemical radiological response drill at Hamilton College in Clinton N.Y. on March 21 2019. Members of the New York National Guards 2nd and 24th Civil Support Team the New Jersey National Guards 21st Civil Support Team conducted drills from March 18 to 21 at Hamilton College along with members of the New York State Police Hamilton College Public Safety the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control and the 773rd Civil Support Team a United States Army Reserve unit based in Germany.
20 Mar, 2019WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE -- New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 3rd Battalion 142nd Aviation pose for a photo after completing the Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range on March 17, The team completed the grueling 26.2 mile ruck march through the New Mexico desert while carrying over 35 pounds each. They finished 24th in the Team Military Heavy Co-Ed Division. Pictured left to right CW3 Christopher Munz (HHC 3-142 AHB), SSG Jonathan Warshauer (HHC 3-142 AHB), CW2 Meghan Polis (Co A 3-142 AHB), 1LT Richard Siracusano (Co B 3-142 AHB), and SGT Douglas Chmura (Co B 3-142 AHB).
18 Mar, 2019STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE N.Y--An ATV is loaded onto a CH-47 Chinook from the New York Army National Guards Bravo Co.3rd Battalion 126th Aviation in Rochester, New York on March 18 2019. The ATV accompanied by a five person "strike team" that is part of the 2nd Civil Support Team here. The strike team concept allows for rapid deployment capabilities. The element was being flown to Hamilton College in Oneida County to take part in a four-day long drill.
17 Mar, 2019NEW YORK --New York Army National Guard Soldiers of the Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry march up 5th Avenue as they lead the St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 16 2019. One squad of Soldiers marched in tactical gear while the rest wore the Army Service Uniform. The 69th Infantry has led the St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York since 1851.
16 Mar, 2019NEW YORK-- Officers of the New York Army National Guard's 1st Battalion 69th Infantry enter St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York on March 16, 2019 to celebrate a special mass before the battalion leads the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade. The men and women of the 69th Infantry take part in a special mass celebrated by the Archbisop of New York before leading the St. Patrick's Day parade each year.
15 Mar, 2019NEW YORK--Chief of International Affairs at the Brazil Ministry of Defense Rear Admiral Guilherme Da Silva Costa(center right) and New York National Guard Adjutant Gen. Maj. Gen. Raymond Shields (right) sign a state partnership agreement on the U.S.S. Intrepid Manhattan N.Y. March 14 2019. Admiral Craig Faller the commander of the United States Southern Command ( center left) and General Joseph Lengyel Chief of the National Guard Bureau (far left) also took part in the signing event. The State Partnership between the New York National Guard and Brazil is a Department of Defense joint security cooperation program executed by the State Adjutants General in support of Combatant Commanders and U.S. Chiefs of Mission to help achieve security cooperation objectives and Department of Defense policy goals.
11 Mar, 2019As longer days begin to thaw the northeastern Unites States, many of us move outdoors to enjoy our favorite physical fitness activities. Whether outdoors for pleasure or training, the New York National Guard Safety Office reminds us that safety precautions should be taken to prevent accidents and injuries.
11 Mar, 2019Brig. Gen. Robert Kilgore chief of staff of the New York Air National Guard Latham N.Y. looks on as his one star rank is pinned on by his wife Col. Michelle Kilgore commander of the 109th Airlift Wing , based at Stratton Air National Guard Base Schenectady N.Y. and his brother retired Army Maj. Tom Kilgore during a promotion ceremony at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station N.Y. March 10 2019. Kilgore was promoted to the rank of brigadier general after commanding the 107th Attack Wing NYANG here from January of 2015 to November of 2018.
11 Mar, 2019MENANDS--Major Stephen Kitchen a member of the New York National Guards 42nd Infantry Division headquarters and a veteran of the 1st Battalion 69th Infantryand another Soldier place a memorial wreath at the Grand Army of the Republic monument in the Soldiers Lot of Albany Rural Cemetery on March 10 2019. Veterans of the New York National Guards 1st Battalion 69th Infantry who live in the Albany N.Y.- area marked the graves of Irish-American Civil War Soldiers at Albany Rural Cemetery and St. Agnes Catholic Cemetery to acknowledge the link between their service and the 69th Infantry which was historically an Irish-American unit and part of the Irish Brigade during the war. ( U.S. Army National Guard photo by Eric Durr)
22 Feb, 2019ALBANY-- New York Army National Guard Spc. Ibrahim Bakayoko and Pfc. Tiffany Joseph pose with Judge Daniel Stewart the United States Magistrate Judge for Northern District of New York at the U.S. District Court in Albany N.Y. on February 15 2019 after being sworn in as American citizens. Bakayoko is originally from Abidjan Ivory Coast and Joseph was originally from St. George Grenada. During the citizenship ceremony 49 new American citizens took the oath.
4 Mar, 2019A member of the New York Air National Guards 109th Airlift Wing performs maintenance on an LC-130 ski equipped aircraft at McMurdo Station Antarctica on December 17 2018. The 109th Airlift Wing provided aviation support to U.S. Antarctic research mission from October 2018 to February 2019 as part of Operation Deep Freeze the U.S. military support to the National Science Foundation. The mission wrapped up at the end of February.
28 Feb, 2019NIAGARA FALLS -- Airmen from the New York Air National Guard's 107th Attack Wing and the Air Force Reserve's 914th Airlift Wing display Valentine's Day cards from local school children which were delieverd to them by Erie County legislators Lynne Dixon and Ed Rath on Feb. 14, 2019. Each year local officials bring the cards to the Airmen of Niagara that are made by children from schools across the county.
26 Feb, 2019NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION--Maj. General Raymond Shields the adjutant general for New York State talks with a group of Airmen on state active duty in support of Operation February Winter Storm. This operation was the first real-world execution of JTF-5 at the 107th Attack Wing New York Air National Guard Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station Niagara Falls N.Y.
25 Feb, 2019YOUNGSTOWN, N.Y.--Spc. Kevin Morales assigned to Delta Company 427th Brigade Support Battalion 2nd Squadron 101st Cavalry Regiment New York Army National Guard Buffalo cuts into a log with a chainsaw while Spc. Ethan Brown assigned to Bravo Troop 2nd Squadron 101st Cavalry Regiment assists him during training at Youngstown Local Training Area Feb. 24 2019. The two Soldiers trained on how to use the equipment properly and safely in case they had to conduct a debris clearance mission in the wake of a wind storm hitting western New York On Feb. 24/25. The New York National Guard mobilized 250 Soldiers and Airmen to prepare to respond.
14 Feb, 2019NEW YORK-- Air Force doctors negotiating a tactical course at the New York Police Departments Rodman's Neck Outdoor Range administer treaterment to a simulated casualty on January 18 in The Bronx New York. Doctors from several Air Force and Air National Guard rescue wings and special operation squadrons took part in the two week Air Force Special Warfare Medical Officer training course which was conducted by the New York Air National Guards 106th Rescue Wing from Jan. 7 to 18. The tactical training exercise at Rodmans Neck was the climax to the course.
14 Feb, 2019Soldiers of the 369th Infantry Regiment band stand at rest as they wait to march up Fifth Avenue in New York City on Feb. 17, 1919, during a parade held to welcome the New York National Guard unit home. More than 2,000 Soldiers took part in the parade up Fifth Avenue. The Soldiers marched seven miles from downtown Manhattan to Harlem. The band was led by noted musician Lt. James Reese " Jimmie" Europe, seen at center wearing glasses.
11 Feb, 2019TROY--New York Army National Guard Staff Sergeant Mike Trask, a member of the 42nd Infantry Division's Operations Company instructs Private First Class Gary Rousseau, a member of the 42nd Infantry Division's Headquarters and Support Company on the proper way to acquire a good sight picture using the M240B machine gun during gunnery skill training in Troy New York February 9 2019.
8 Feb, 201942nd Infantry Division Soldiers (From left) Brig. Gen. Thomas Spencer, Deputy Commander for Support, Brig. Gen. Joseph Biehler, Deputy Commander for Operations, Maj. Gen. Steven Ferrari, Commanding General of the 42nd Infantry Division, Division Command Sergeant Major Corey Cush and Brig. Gen. Edward Chrystal, the Assistant Adjutant General for the New Jersey Army National Guard attend the 42nd Infantry Division Bi- Annual Training Conference and Training briefs on February 8, 2019 at the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Brigade and Division leaders discussed their upcoming training highlights for the Division Headquarters and its 7 Brigades aligned for training. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Capt. Jean Marie Kratzer.)
7 Feb, 2019Westhampton Beach --New York Air National Guard Chief Master Sgt. John Bellissimo who is retiring after 34 years in the 106th Rescue Wing displays his retirement certification with Col. Charles Killian commander of the 106th Mission Support Group during his retirement ceremony on Feb. 2 2019 at F.S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton Beach. Bellissimo who lives in Rocky Point N.Y. was most recently assigned as the wings cyber operations superintendent. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Farrell)
6 Feb, 2019NEW YORK --New York Army National Guard Col. Sondra Smith, the Judge Advocate General of the 42nd Infantry Division, administers the oath of office to new 1st Lt. Karen White at the Park Avenue Armory on Jan. 28, 2019 in New York City. White, a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Vermont Law School is the newest member of the 42nd Infantry Divisions legal team.
4 Feb, 2019STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE --Diana German pins an Air Force retired pin onto the uniform of her husband Major General Anthony P. German during his retirement ceremony at Stratton Air National Guard Base in Scotia N.Y. on Saturday Feb. 2 2019.German who served as Adjutant General of New York from April 2016 to October 2018 was commander of the 109th Airlift Wing which is based at Stratton from 2006 to 2010. German retired after 36 years of service.
31 Jan, 2019CHEEKTOWAGA-- New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo greets members of the New York Air National Guard's 107th Attack Wing at the New York State Department of Transportation garage in Cheektowaga on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. The Airmen were part of an Immediate Response Force which was on duty to provide mobility support to the New York State Police as snow and extremely cold temperatures hit Western New York.
28 Jan, 2019SARATOGA SPRINGS-- Major General Ray Shields the Adjutant General of New York speaks with Army and Air National Guard military journalists on Saturday Jan. 26 at the New York National Guards annual Public Affairs Workshop at the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs N.Y. Shields spoke to an audience of 60 people including public affairs Soldiers and Airmen from Vermont New Jersey and Rhode Island and discussed his vision for the New York National Guard and the importance of public affairs efforts.
24 Jan, 2019KUWAIT-- U.S. Army Master Sergeant Patrick ONeill assigned with 101st Expeditionary Signal Battalion, New York Army National Guard, fires the M-4 rifle during a life fire exercise at Camp Buehring Kuwait Jan. 16 2019. The 101st ESB has served nine months in support of Operation Inherent Resolve and Operation Spartan Shield providing communications support for more than a dozen operating sites in some seven countries across the Middle East as part of the coalition effort to defeat the Islamic State also known as ISIS. The unit is expected back in New York soon.
15 Jan, 2019Winter driving in the Northeastern United States can be hazardous and scary but being prepared can make your trip safer, reduce travel stress, and help you handle emergencies, should they arise. The New York National Guard Safety Office has some tips to help you prepare for winter driving.
22 Jan, 2019TROY--Soldiers assigned to the headquarters battalion of the New York Army National Guards 42nd Infantry Division check vehicles at the division headquarters in Troy N.Y. on Jan. 20 2019 as they prepare to assist local governments as a major snow storm approaches New York. The New York National Guard placed 450 Soldiers and Airmen on State Active Duty organized into immediate response forces of 200 personnel and 5 vehicles in key locations across the state in preparation for the storm. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Trevor Cullen)
19 Jan, 2019TROY-- Soldiers assigned to the headquarters battalion of the New York Army National Guards 42nd Infantry Division check vehicles at the divison headquarters in Troy N.Y. on Jan. 19 2019 as they prepare to assist local governments as a major snow storm approaches New York. The New York National Guard placed 450 Soldiers and Airmen on State Active Duty organized into immediate response forces of 20 personnel and 5 vehicles in key locations across the state in preparation for the storm.
16 Jan, 2019YOUNGSTOWN--Soldiers assigned to Charlie Troop 2nd Squadron 101st Cavalry Regiment New York Army National Guard from Buffalo off-load from a CH-47 Chinook assigned to Bravo Company 3rd Battalion 126th Aviation Regiment from Rochester in a simulated tactical environment after landing at the National Guard training site in Youngstown N.Y. Jan. 12 2019. C Troop is training on infiltration and exfiltration techniques using aviation during their cold-weather training exercises.
14 Jan, 2019ALBANY-- New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Luis Garcia, the Deputy State Surgeon speaks at the Albany Medical College Physician Assistant administration day on January 10, 2019, at the Albany Medical College in Albany, N.Y. For the event both New York Army National Guard medical providers and recruiters joined forces to address the group of students.
8 Jan, 2019BUFFALO--Col. Eric Laughton commander of the 107th Medical Group New York Air National Guard lays a wreath at the grave of President Millard Fillmore on behalf of President Donald Trump during a ceremony honoring him on his birthday Forest Lawn Cemetery Buffalo N.Y. Jan. 7 2019. Fillmore was president from 1850-1853 and has a wreath laid at his grave every year on his birthday by the 107th Attack Wing New York Air National Guard on behalf of the current president.
2 Jan, 2019Operating any motor vehicle safely in adverse conditions requires planning and awareness. Operating a tactical vehicle in these conditions also requires training and familiarity with the vehicle. But even with all the right tools, unexpected hazards may still quickly create dangerous situations. The New York National Guard Safety office reminds Soldiers to think ahead, focus on PMCS and anticipate road hazards while driving in adverse conditions.
4 Jan, 2019ROCHESTER --New York army National Guard Soldiers of Charlie Company of 1st Battalion 171st General Support Aviation stand in formation during a Yellow Ribbon Ceremony Rochester N.Y. Jan. 2 2018. The 46 Soldiers of Charlie Company were preparing to deploy to Afghanistan. The Yellow Ribbon Ceremony is a ceremony for family and friends to say goodbye their soldiers before they leave. (N.Y. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Andrew Valenza)