11 Aug, 2014NIAGARA FALLS, NEW YORK - Airmen from the New York Air National Guard conduct a hazardous environment drill during a week-long Emergency Management Course at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station on August 8, 2014. In this drill one Airman simulated being overcome by the heat of the suit, which required other Airman to pick him up and take him to a wash down station for a cool down.
18 Aug, 2014LATHAM- Command Sgt. Major Louis Wilson (right) looks on as outgoing New York National Guard Command Sgt. Major Frank Wicks passes the Division of Military and Naval Affairs colors to Major General Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General, during a change of responsibility ceremony on Friday, August 15, at DMNA Headquarters. Wilson takes on the role of top enlisted advisor to the Adjutant General from Wicks, who is retiring. Wilson,an Iraq War veteran, was previously the command sergeant major for the 53rd Troop Command.
14 Aug, 2014EAST MEADOW--Soldiers of the 42nd Infantry Division Band perform a free concert at Eisenhower Park here on Wednesday, August 13. The Rainbow Division band plays at a series of venues across New York as part of its annual training program. Prior to this appearance the band performed in the Hudson Valley, Syracuse, the Finger Lakes and on Staten Island.
14 Aug, 2014CAMP SMITH--Pfc. Tyler Kinzel, a Port Jervis, N.Y., resident assigned to Medical Command, New York Army National Guard, begins bag-mask ventilating a medical mannequin after inserting an endotracheal tube through the esophagus under the direction of Dr. Anar Patel on Aug. 5, 2014, during annual training at Camp Smith Training Site, Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. The procedure would be done by Patel, an emergency room physician from Albany Medical Center who was invited to attend a day of training with the New York Army National Guard medics at the Camp Smith Training Site on Aug. 5 and give them tips on how to improve this skill.
14 Aug, 2014New York Army National Guard Soldiers from the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade conduct demobilization tasks at the Fort Hood Soldier Readiness Center. Approximately 250 New York Soldiers redeployed from their nine month mission to Kuwait Aug. 9. Another 150 are expected to return to Fort Hood from Kuwait Aug. 16. The aviation brigade task force comprised more than 1,200 Soldiers from aviation elements of the active Army and Army National Guard. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Wheeler, 1st Army Division West/released.
31 Jul, 2014CAMP SMITH- New York Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Anthony German, the Assistant Adjutant General, transfers the colors of the New York Guard to New York Guard Brig. General Stephen Bucaria during during Change-of-Command ceremonies here on Saturday, July 26. Bucaria assumed command of the volunteer state defense and emergency response force from New York Guard Major General Fergal Foley.
12 Aug, 2014CAMP SMITH TRAINING SITE -- Lt. Col. Rolf Metz German Army Liaison Officer to the United States Military Academy West Point N.Y. presents the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge to New York Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Dorvee 1427th Transportation Bn Queensbury N.Y during a ceremony here Aug. 3 2014. The decoration is traditionally awarded to German enlisted soldiers for weapons proficiency and is one of the few foreign awards approved for wear by U.S. military personnel. Metz worked with 53rd Troop Command leaders to allow New York Army National Guard Soldiers to earn the coveted award in New York.
11 Aug, 2014INDIAN LAKE, Fort Drum -- More than 80 New York Army National Guard Soldiers from C Troop, 2nd Squadron, 101st Cavalry descended onto Indian Lake on the back side of Fort Drum on Aug. 10-11 to conduct their first Zodiac boat training after a long period of preparation. The New York Naval Militia was also on hand to oversee the training and provide flotation devices and a rescue boat. The realistic training provided a morale boost as well as giving the unit a broader mission capability not only from a military aspect but also a support for humanitarian aid.
6 Aug, 2014CAMP SMITH TRAINING SITE Cortlandt Manor -- Dr. Anar Patel a resident doctor from Albany Medical Center slowly works a laryngoscope through the throat of a mannequin in order to open the air passage and place an endotracheal tube into the lungs so that bag-mask ventilator can be applied to assist the patients breathing while Col. James Coleman the newly appointed state surgeon looks on.Patel and another resident doctor were on hand at Camp Smith during the medical commands annual training. The doctors were invited to come to Camp Smith on Aug. 5 to become familiar with the Army methods and procedures of operating a field aid station and to give some professional guidance to all New York Army National Guard medics who wanted to perfect their life-saving skills.
31 Jul, 2014FARMINGDALE -- New York Air National Guard Airmen First Class Emilsi Santiago and Larissa Morales both members of the 106th Rescue Wing Honor Guard, render a final salute as the body of World War II Corporal Paul J Ricioppi is laid to rest at Long Island National Cemetery on July 28th 2014. Cpl Ricioppi was an honorably discharged member of the Army Air Corps.
5 Aug, 2014CAMP SMITH TRAINING SITE-- Col. Richard Green, the new commander of the New York Army National Guard Medical Command takes the unit guidon from Major General Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General of New York, during the Change-of-Command ceremony here on Sunday, August 3. Green replaces Col. James Coleman who has been tapped to become New York Army National Guard State Surgeon.
1 Aug, 2014SARATOGA SPRINGS N.Y.-- Japanese researcher Yukari Akatsuka the secretary general of Kuentai-USA a non governmental group which specializes in locating and retrieving the remains of World War II dead fires up her computer as New York State Military Museum Librarian Jim Gandy prepares records for her to scan on Tuesday July 29. The group which focuses on finding the remains of Japanese Soldiers killed during World War II is planning to conduct a dig where they think missing American Soldiers who fought with the New York National Guards 105th Infantry Regiment during World War II may be buried. Akatsuka and a colleague visited the museum to go through data in hopes of refining the search area.
1 Aug, 2014STEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Newburgh-- New York Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Dave Cruz a sheet metal mechanic with the 105th Maintenance Group explains the process of repairing C-5M components to General Darren W. McDew Commander Air Mobility Command during a tour of the 105th Airlift Wings Super Galaxy refurbishment facility Aug. 1 2014.
31 Jul, 2014CALVERTON,- New York Air National Guard Airmen from the 103rd Rescue Squadron of the 106th Rescue Wing, conduct a training jump on July 30th 2014. The group consisted of several Pararescue Jumpers Survival Escape Resistance and Evasion Specialists and a Combat Rescue Office. Each Airman took part in three jumps.(New York Air National Guard Senior Airman Christopher S Muncy released)
31 Jul, 2014CAMP SMITH-- Members of the New York Guard, the state's volunteer defense and emergency response force, practice distributing supplies following a natural disaster during their Annual Training here on Friday, July 25. The Point of Distribution, or POD, exercise walked New York Guard members through the process of setting up a site at which up to 5,000 people could draw food, water and emergency supplies.
25 Jul, 2014WESTHAMPTON BEACH--A Rhode Island Army National Guard Special Forces operator jumps out of a New York Air National Guard HH-60 from the 101st Rescue Squadron, an element of the 106th Rescue Wing, on July 24, 2014 during a joint training exercise with the Rhode Island Army National Guard's Company A 2nd Battalion 19th Special Forces Group. The Airmen and Special Operations Soldiers conducted joint training involving zodiac inflatable boats and a special extraction system.
28 Jul, 2014CAMP BEUHRING, Kuwait--New York Army National Guard Capt. Clinton Bailly, Commander, and Sgt. 1st Class Carona Brown, Detachment Sergeant, salute the 37th Financial Management Detachment guidon signifying the incoming unit during the Transfer of Authority Ceremony 22 July 2014, Camp Beurhing, Kuwait. The New York Army Guard unit took over duties from the Texas Army National Guard's 149th Financial Management Detachment.
28 Jul, 2014CAMP LEMMONNIER, DJIBOUTI-- New York Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 4 Dave Lewis, a C-12 pilot from Detachment 20 Operational Support Airlift, is congratulated by the commander of Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa Major General Wayne W. Grigsby, following his final flight as an Army aviator on July 25, 2014. Lewis’ last flight was back from Kenya in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. The Latham-based C-12 detachment has been serving in Djibouti for ten months and is expected home soon.
24 Jul, 2014FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Army Pvt. Ethan Taylor and his search dog sit aboard a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter piloted by the New York National Guard's 3rd Battalion, 142nd Aviation Regiment based in Ronkonkoma, N.Y. during some annual training exercises on July 23. Taylor, his dog and about 15 others are members of the 16th Military Police Brigade headquartered at Fort Bragg, N.C., an active duty unit temporarily stationed at Fort Drum for training purposes. There were five dog handlers introducing their dogs to boarding a helicopter while the aircraft was not operational. Later training would allow the dogs to ride aboard an actual flight. The 142nd was also performing annual training and assisting the 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry Regiment and the 258th Field Artillery to conduct sling load and air assault training. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Steven Petibone, 42nd Infantry Division Headquarters.
24 Jul, 2014CAMP SMITH TRAINING SITE-- Members of the New York Guard, the state's volunteer and emergency response force, train on a Mobile Emergency Command Center or MERC, during their annual training here on Wednesday, July 23. New York Guard members are uniformed volunteers who serve as part of the New York State military forces and assist and augment the New York Army and Air National Guard during state missions and emergencies. The New York Guard's week-long training period began on Sunday, July 21.
22 Jul, 2014FORT DRUM, N.Y. --The New York Army National Guard's 642d Aviation Support Battalion’s Company F, 1-169th Air Ambulance conduct Water Bucket training here July 17. Flight crews from the 1-169th flew from Wheeler Sack Airfield to Indian Lake in the Adirondacks to qualify in water bucket operations. With empty water buckets in tow, the flight crews flew filled them with 440 gallons of water and transported them prearranged drop site. In the event of a state or national emergency the unit is trained and qualified to respond and execute water bucket operations.
22 Jul, 2014FS GABRESKI, Air National Guard Base, Westhampton Beach-- Airmen assigned to the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing conduct Survival, Escape, Resistance, and Evasion refresher training during a drill weekend here on July 13, 2014. SERE training is designed to help airmen to survive in dangerous or isolated locations.
22 Jul, 2014CAMP JOSEPH T. ROBINSON, Arkansas-- New York Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Dorvee a member of the 1427th Transportation Company carries five-gallon water cans during the 2014 Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition at Camp Joseph T. Robinson Arkansas July 14 2014. Dorvee was one of 14 competitors in the competition--which tests competitors on a variety of tactical and technical skills in a physically and mentally demanding environment--vying to earn the title of Best Warrior and become the Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year for the Army Guard. The winners of the competition will go on to represent the Army Guard in the Department of the Army level Best Warrior Competition later this year.Winners are expected to be announced before the end of July.
16 Jul, 2014Soldiers from U.S. Army Central Command Warrior Leadership Course conduct their final training lanes and evaluations during the night of July 11, 2014 in Camp Buehring, Kuwait. U.S. Army National Guard photo by New York Army National Guard Sgt. Harley Jelis, 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade.
2 Jul, 2014HORSEHEADS N.Y. -- New York Army National Guard 1st Sgt. Brian Bennett teaches an emergency preparedness class during a session of New York Governor Andrew Cuomos Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program at Horseheads High School here on June 7 2014. New York National Guard troops gave disaster and emergency training to about 160 people who attended the event. The program is designed to give citizens the knowledge and tools to prepare for emergencies and disasters respond accordingly and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions. New York National Guard troops working with experts from the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Office of Fire Prevention and Control and local emergency management personnel will conduct future training sessions with the goal of teaching approximately 100000 New Yorkers during 2014. Bennett of Moravia N.Y. is the first sergeant of 222nd Military Police Company. (U.S. National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Raymond Drumsta Joint Force Headquarters New York Army National Guard).
2 Jul, 2014CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait- Brand new New York Army National Guard sergeants Fabian Bishop and Jeffrey Houck, both members of Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigde, are congratulated by 42nd CAB Command Sgt. Major Jorge Vazquez during a promotion ceremony here on June 30.
3 Jul, 2014WESTHAMPTON BEACH, NEW YORK - Members of the New York Air National Guard's 103rd Rescue Squadron train for extended patient care at FS Gabreski Air National Guard Base on July 2nd, 2014. The training is designed to allow Pararescue Jumpers, Combat Rescue Officers and other rescue-related personnel to care for injured servicemembers in geographically isolated locations. (New York Air National Guard / Senior Airman Christopher S Muncy / released)
8 Jul, 2014AUBURN-- New York Army National Guard Sgt. Juba Jefferson part of the forward detachment of the 102nd Military Police Battalion speaks with a local media reporter at the units deployment ceremony here July 6. More than 50 Soldiers will deploy to Guantanamo Bay Cuba to support JTF Gitmo later this summer.
7 Jul, 2014CAMP MARMEL, Afghanistan--Soldiers assigned to the New York Army National Guard's 1569th Transportation Company make their way out from under the Chinook. As soon as the instructors ensured the cargo was hooked up, they would signal to the crew team that everything was ready to go. The Soldiers have been in Afghanistan since May providing logistics support to coalition forces.
3 Jul, 2014CAMP MARMAL Afghanistan-- New York Army National Guard Soldiers of 3rd Platoon 1569th Transportation company take time out for a group photo as they prepare to execute a Combat Escort Team mission protecting supplies for coalition forces. The Soldiers from the New Windsor- based National Guard unit have been in Afghanistan since May providing logistics support from this German Army-run coalition Forward Operating Base. Combat Escort Teams (CET) are the fighting element of the Combat Logistics Patrols which keep forces in Afghanistan supplied.
3 Jul, 2014KANGERLUSSUAQ, Greenland--An LC-130 "Skibird" with the 109th Airlift Wing from Stratton Air National Guard Base, Scotia, N.Y., takes off from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, on June 29, 2014, for Summit Camp. Two LC-130s and 70 Airmen from the Wing recently completed the fourth rotation of the 2014 Greenland season. The unit flies supply and refueling missions to various camps in support of the National Science Foundation and also trains for the Operation Deep Freeze mission in Antarctica.
25 Jun, 2014TROY-- Lt. Col. Christopher Panzer, commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion of the 42nd Infantry Division reenlists the battalion Command Sgt. Major Anthony McLean during a drill at the Glenmore Road Armory. McLean, who has served in the Army since 1982, was due to end his service in November. He has served as a sergeant major since 2010.
29 Jun, 2014FORT DRUM, N.Y. - Retired Maj. Gen. Joseph Taluto, left, former commander of the 42nd Infantry Division and Adjutant General of the State of New York, representing the Rainbow Division Veterans Foundation, joins current Rainbow Division Commander Maj. Gen. Harry Miller unveiling a memorial that commemorates the 10th anniversary of the mobilization of the 42nd Infantry Division for combat service in Iraq. The division mobilized in 2004 to form the division base of Task Force Liberty, a force that would see more than 23,000 Soldiers serve in North Central Iraq. Photo by Master Sgt. Peter Towse, 42nd Infantry Division.
26 Jun, 2014LATHAM--Lt. Col. Stephen Howe, the Senior Army Advisor to the New York Army National Guard, administers the oath to five new officers during a short ceremony here in Latham. The new officers are ( from left) 2nd Lt. Michelle Speicher, 2nd Lt. Blair Veney, 2nd Lt. Franco Fabiani, 2nd Lt. Victor Pascual, and 2nd Lt. John Rosekranz.
25 Jun, 2014LATHAM N.Y. -- Keri ONeil (left) Colleen Casey (middle left) Lisa Hedges (middle right) and her son Jacob Hedges (far right) plant a bed of marigolds at the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs (DMNA) here June 11. The planting which resembles the shape of a yellow ribbon is the annual community service project for the New York State Family Programs Teen Council. ONeil of Rotterdam N.Y. is a Family Programs child and youth program coordinator; Casey of Granville N.Y. is a lead child and youth program coordinator for Family Programs; Jacob Hedges is the treasurer of the teen council and son of 109th Airlift Wing member Lt. Col. Jeffrey Hedges; and Lisa Hedges is a Family Programs volunteer. The Hedges live in Schoharie N.Y.
5 Jun, 2014KENYA, Africa-- A view of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa at 19,341 feet, from the window of a C-12 being operated by the New York Army National Guard aviators of Detachment 20, Operational Support Aviation Command. The unit is deployed in Djibouti supporting U.S. operations in Africa. (Courtesy CW 5 Kent Wagner)
20 Jun, 2014FORT DRUM-- These New York National Guard Soldiers of the 108th Infantry are in the field at "Pine Camp", as Fort Drum was known in 1948, while attending annual training. This image and others can be found on a series of home movie clips donated to, and digitized by the New York State Military Museum. The Soldiers are on the range, marching in a review, and eating chow in the field.
19 Jun, 2014LATHAM- Major General Patrick Murphy ( left) the Adjutant General of New York presents Divison of Military and Naval Affairs Chief Budget Analyst Tom Halabuda with a certifcate marking 30 years of service on Wednesday June 18. Halabuda, a Clifton Park resident and graduate of Siena College has worked in the DMNA budget office since 1984.
16 Jun, 2014CAMP LEMONIER, Djibouti--New York Army National Guard Warrant Officer Dave Lewis ( left) joins Brig. General Wayne Grigsby, commander of Combined Joint Task Force- Horn of Africa and a Soldier from the 1st Battalion 18th Infantry in cutting an Army Birthday cake on Saturday June 14 as the task force marked the Army's Birthday. Lewis tooks his turn cutting the cake as the oldest Soldier present. Traditionally oldest Soldier and youngest Soldier at an Army Birthday gathering join the ranking officer in cutting the cake. Lewis and seven other New York Army National Guard aviators are operting a C-12 aircraft in support of CJTF-HOA.
13 May, 2014LATHAM-- New York Army National Guard Command Sgt. Major Frank Wicks (center kneeling) with other members of Joint Force Headquarters Detachment following a physical fitness test on Thursday May 8. This was Wicks last PT test prior to his planned retirement in the fall. Wicks scored 251 out of 300 points.
16 Jun, 2014ARABIAN GULF-- An AH-64 Apache operating under the command of the New York Army National Guard's 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade lands on the British naval auxiliary ship Royal Fleet Auxiliary Cardigan during joint training on June 9. The Apache pilots from the 3rd Battalion 159th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion trained on deck landings and functioned as scouts for the Cardigan Bay during Exercise Spartan Kopis an exchange between the Cardigan Bay and both the Black Hawk and AH-64 Apache elements of the 42nd CAB. Spartan Kopis was the first time American Apaches worked with a Royal Navy ship to function as its eyes and ears during an escalation of force exercise in conjunction with the U.S.S. Thunderbolt U.S. Navy.
16 Jun, 2014LATHAM- The New York National Guard's oldest Soldier-- 65-year old Col. Joan Sullivan (right)-- joins one of its youngest Soldiers, 19-year old Pvt. 1st Class Jack Jeffers, (right) and Brig. Gen. Raymond Shields (center) the director of joint staff for the New York National Guard, in cutting a cake during a celebration of the Army's 239th Birthday on Friday, June 13 at Division of Military and Naval Affairs Headquarters. The United States Army was created on June 14, 1775.
13 Jun, 2014NEW YORK-- New York Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Daniel Dukin poses with a visitor to the weapons and equipment display the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry presented in Bryant Park on Friday June 13 as part of events commemorating the 239th Birthday of the United States Army on Saturday June 14 2014.
12 Jun, 2014SENECA ARMY DEPOT, N.Y. -- Soldiers of Company D, 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry from Ithaca,trained with two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and their crews from Bravo Company, Det. 1, 3rd Battalion, 126th Aviation out of Rochester at Seneca Army Depot, on Saturday, June 7. The depot is located in the heart of the Finger Lakes between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes. Newly trained pathfinder and air assault Soldiers trained the company on how to sling load the Co. D uparmored and soft skinned Humvees. When the CH-47s arrived, the flight crews verified the loads and gave rehearsals for the loading and unloading the aircraft. Each of the trained hook up crews rotated through hooking the sling loads up and the Chinooks flew a short pattern with the 5,000 lbs and 12, 000 lbs Humvees. Each of the four assault platoons in Co. D were flown around Canandaigua and Keuka Lakes. While aboard the helicopter Company Commander Gary Clark was able to promote Spc. Joshua Meriwether to Sergeant.
12 Jun, 2014CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait--Soldiers from the 642nd Aviation Support Battalion train with aviators from 3rd Battalion, 142nd Assault Helicopter Battalion, on night sling load operations on June 5, 2014, in Camp Buehring, Kuwait.The 642nd and 142nd, both under the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade, New York Army National Guard, are deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (N.Y. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Harley Jelis/Released)
11 Jun, 2014WATERVLIET-- Military kids whose parents serve in the New York Army National Guard's Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, Joint Force Headquarters--New York, check out the recruiting command climbing tower during family day activities on Sunday, June 8 at the Watervliet Arsenal. The annual event lets Guard families enjoy each others company in a relaxed setting.
10 Jun, 2014STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Scotia- Lt. Col. Drew Pinckney receives the guidon of the New York National Guard's 2nd Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team (CST) during change-of-command ceremonies here on Monday, June 9. Pinckney took over from Lt. Col. Tom Benton, who has commanded the team since 2011. Benton will be moving to Florida to take command of one of Florida's two CSTs.
5 Jun, 2014CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait- The Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard's 642nd Aviation Support Battalion conduct a battalion run on May 24, 2014. The unit has been deployed in Kuwait as part of the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade since December and is expected home at the end of the summer of 2014.
13 May, 2014ALBANY N.Y. -- New York Air National Guard Master Sgt. Daniel Price teaches a disaster and emergency preparedness class during a session of New York Governor Andrew Cuomos Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program at the State University of New York at Albany here on May 10 2014. New York National Guard troops gave disaster and emergency training to more than 290 people who attended the event. The program is designed to give citizens the knowledge and tools to prepare for emergencies and disasters respond accordingly and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions. New York National Guard troops working with experts from the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Office of Fire Prevention and Control and local emergency management personnel will conduct future training sessions with the goal of teaching approximately 100000 New Yorkers during 2014.
5 Jun, 2014CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait-- A Soldier from the 3rd Battalion 142nd Assault Helicopter Battalion engages targets with a 240B machine gun during gunnery training here on June 3. The company, along with other elements of the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade is deployed in Kuwait. Engaging targets on the ground is the first step in aerial gunnery training. Soldiers from 3rd Battalion 238th General Support Aviation Battalion (GSAB) from the Michigan Army National Guard , currently assigned to the brigde, also participated in the training.
4 Jun, 2014ROUND LAKE, N.Y. -- A New York Army National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk based in Latham and a New York State Police Bell Huey II helicopter hover in place while doing swift load and drop water bucket training here, June 4. Both agencies trained their helicopter crews to prepare to fight wild fires at the same time and place. In addition, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers were on site to observe and help crews maneuver to water drop points, just as they would do during a forest fire. Both aircraft use a delivery system know as the Bambi Bucket. The State Police used a bucket that holds 750 pounds of water and the National Guard used a 560 gallon bucket that weighs two tons when full. Both agencies need to conduct this training annually because each bucket weighs more than two tons when loaded with water and it is necessary to practice flying with that much extra weight under the aircraft in order to fly safely in an actual emergency.
27 May, 2014CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait--Soldiers from HHC 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade stand for a group photo after a Joint Air Attack Team exercise on May 21, 2014, near near Camp Buehring, Kuwait. The 42nd CAB, comprised of Army National Guard units from New York, Michigan, and Delaware, and active duty units from the 12th CAB from Germany, is currently deployed to Kuwait and regularly conducts joint exchanges and exercises with forces across the region.
1 Jun, 2014CAMP SMITH TRAINING SITE, CORTLANDT MANOR, N.Y. -- For the fifth year in a row, a team from the New York Air National Guard's 107th Airlift Wing has won the annual "TAG (The Adjutant General) Match," held here May 31 to June 1. The team members are, from left: Senior Master Sgt. Edward Stefik, Lewiston, N.Y.; Tech. Sgt. Ryan Mang, Niagara Falls, N.Y.; Staff Sgt. Johnathen Wagner, Buffalo; and Tech. Sgt. Warren Jones, Rochester, N.Y. Marksmanship training and competition has long been a key component of National Guard training. The modern TAG Match requires participants to employ the weapons used on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. The match consists of eight timed events that include the use of those weapons during close-quarters combat, casualty, and nuclear biological chemical (NBC) drills. About 125 New York National Guard troops from across the state took part in the match.
31 May, 2014New York Guard Staff Sgt. Joseph Dee fires an M-9 pistol during the 35th Annual "TAG (The Adjutant General) Match at Camp Smith on May 31. Dee and about 125 New York National Guard members are taking part in the match, testing their marksmanship skills with weapons like the M-16 rifle, M-9 pistol and M-249 light machine gun. Along with 25 TAG Matches, Dee has competed on the state, national and international level, taking part in shooting matches in Canada and England. He’s double-distinguished in rifle and pistol, and has earned the National Guard Chief’s 50 Marksmanship Badge three times: once in the rifle category and twice in the sniper category.
30 May, 2014CAMP SMITH TRAINING SITE, CORTLANDT MANOR, N.Y. -- Senior Master Sgt. Edward Stefik, 107th Airlift Wing, New York Air National Guard, speaks about the "TAG (The Adjutant General) Match," the annual shooting competition which is being held here May 30 to June 1. Stefik is among about 125 New York National Guard Soldiers and Airmen who will be taking part in the match and testing their marksmanship skills with the M-16 rifle, M-9 pistol and M-249 light machine gun.
29 May, 2014JONES BEACH, N.Y.-- Six pararescue jumpers frm the New York Air National Guard's 103rd Rescue Squadron prepare to exit an HH-130 flown by the 102nd Rescue Squadron during the annual Jones Beach Air Show on Saturday, May 24. The 106th Rescue Wing units normally stag a jump as part of the annual air show but couldn't participate in 2013 because of federal budget cuts. The six Airmen conducted a static line jump from 15,000 feet, landed off shore, and sawm in as part of the event.
29 May, 2014FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kansas-- Soldiers from the New York Army National Guard's 42nd Infantry Division man their command post stations during the division's Warfighter training here May 20-26. The training exercise tests the ability of a division staff to process information and make decisions in a simulated combat situation.
23 May, 2014SCHENECTADY COUNTY AIRPORT--New York Air National Guard Airmen with the 109th Airlift Wing pull an LC-130 aircraft 15 feet at Richmor Aviation Schenectady County Airport on May 22 2014 as part of the the Unified Military Association Councils Airplane Pull. The 109th team of 25 members kicked off the event pulling the aircraft in 1448 seconds. The corporate challenge included nearly 20 teams most of which were corporations throughout the community.
27 May, 2014CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait-- More than 6,800 luminaries glow in the Kuwaiti night here during a Memorial Day vigil held on May 26. New York Army National Guard Soldiers of the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade, who are currently deployed here, participated in the event as well as in a 5k run held on Memorial Day. Each light commemorated an American servicemember who died in Afghanistan or Iraq.
22 May, 2014LATHAM N.Y. -- New York Army National Guard Soldier Sgt. Charles Holmes (right) plays Taps while a firing detail presents arms (left ) during a Memorial Day Ceremony held at the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs here May 20 2014. More than 200 personnel attended the event which included speeches and the detail of Soldiers who fired volleys to salute service members who sacrificed their lives for America. Holmes is from Cobleskill N.Y.
22 May, 2014SARATOGA NATIONAL CEMETERY--F-16s from the Vermont Air National Guard's 158th Fighter Wing execute the Missing Man formation during a flyover in honor of New York Air National Guard Major General (retired) Robert Knauff who was interred here on Tuesday May 20. Knauff was a former commander of the New York Air National Guard and the 174th Fighter Wing.
20 May, 2014CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait-- New York Army National Guard Soldiers from the 642nd Aviation Support Battalion (ASB) 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade conduct a live fire of the AT-4 anti-tank weapon on May 19th 2014 near Camp Buehring Kuwait.The 642nd ASB New York Army National Guard is currently deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Over the deployment the battalion has been able to train its soldiers on each assigned weapon system including the MK-19 grenade launcher and M2 .50 caliber machine gun.
19 May, 2014CAMP ETHAN ALLEN, V.T.--New York Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Jeff Dorvee--pictured here during the road march competition-- an Active Guard and Reserve member of the 1427th Medium Truck Company, won in the NCO category of the Northeast Regional Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition at Camp Ethan Allen May 13-16. Dorvee outdid competitors from New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont,Maine, and New Hampshire to take the NCO honors. He will compete for the top spot in the Army National Guard in July.
13 May, 2014WESTHAMPTON BEACH NEW YORK - Members of the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing conduct Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape (SERE) refresher training at FS Gabreski Air National Guard Base on May 9th 2014. SERE Specialist Staff Sergeant Brian Alfono led the training showing aircrew members ways to properly cover and conceal from a pursuing enemy force and how to camoflage themselves using available materials before meeting up with Pararescue Jumpers from the 103rd Rescue Squadron.
13 May, 2014WESTHAMPTON BEACH NEW YORK - General Frank J Grass Chief of the National Guard Bureau congratulates New York Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Matt Zimmer on receving his second Bronze Star with Valor award during a visit to FS Gabreski Air National Guard Base on May 10th 2014. During his visit General Grass toured the base coined outstanding Airmen and answered questions concerning the future of the Air National Guard. Grass was in New York City to attend an event on Ellis Island and took time to visit the men and women of the 106th Rescue Wing.
13 May, 2014CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait- New York Army National Guard Captain Capt. Noelle Helgeson presents a flower to Chief Warrant Officer 4 Renee Gaudio on Mothers Day, May 11. Moms assigned to the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade headquarters received carnations to mark the day and their seperation from their children.
10 May, 2014NEW YORK- New York Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Jeff Dorvee announces that the the Oakland Raiders picked Mississippi State football player Gabe Jackson as the 81st draft pick in the 2014 National Football League Draft on Friday, May 9. Dorvee, a member of the 1427th Transportation company is the New York Army National Guard's 2014 Active Guard and Reserve NCO of the Year. Dorvee was one of 15 servicemembers who took turns announcing draft picks during the first round of the draft conducted at Radio City Music Hall.
18 Apr, 2014STEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Newburgh-- New York Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Joelle Michaud a trainer with the 105th Maintenance Squadron New York Air National Guard chats with Fernando Mejias a donor specialist with the New York Blood Center while donating the gift of life at a quarterly blood drive held at Stewart Air National Guard Base N.Y. April 18 2014.
8 May, 2014EXMOUTH, Western Australia-- New York Air National Guard Airmen assigned to the 107th Civil Engineer Squadron salute during ANZAC Day ceremonies held here on April 25. The members of the 107th Airlift Wing, based at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, were in Australia building a new facility at the H.E. Holt Naval Communications Station which will allow the installation of a new deep space surveillance radar being shipped from Antigua. ANZAC Day commemorates the heroism of the Australian and New Zealand Corps during World War I and in all conflicts since then, and is similar to Memorial Day in the United States. The New York Air National Guardsmen took part in a march through town and the ceremonies which followed
29 Apr, 2014WATERVLIET-- Recruiting and Retention Battalion Command Sgt. Major Joseph Mitchell speaks following a transition of authority ceremony at the Watervliet Arsenal on Monday, April 28. Mitchell, formerly the operations sergeant major for the battalion, replaces CSM Jared Bunch who will assume new duties as operations sergeant major of the 53rd Troop Command.
17 Apr, 2014NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION--Members of the 107th Airlift Wing participate in the “Walk A Mile” Sexual Assault Awareness Walk held here April 13, 2014. The "Walk a Mile" Awareness event was organized by the 107th Sexual Assault Prevention office to highlight the wing's commitment to eliminate incidents of sexual assault. "When we all get involved we will move the Air Force closer to a culture free of sexual assault. said Col. John Higgins, 107th AW Commander.
15 Apr, 2014KUWAIT-- AH-64 helicopters and a UH-60 under the command of the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade rendezvous with the Coast Guard cutter Maui during joint training operations in the Persian Gulf earlier this month. The 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade has been deployed in Kuwait providing support to US forces in the region.
4 May, 2014ORISKANY, N.Y. - More than 600 National Guardsmen from three states completed a five-day disaster exercise at the New York State Preparedness Training Center here May 2, and now serve as the new Region 2 Homeland Response Force (HRF). The exercise tested all the capabilities of the HRF, which is made up of National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from New York, New Jersey and Puerto Rico. In the days leading up to the final evaluation, HRF troops -- suited up in full protective suits, masks, boots and helmets -- located mock victims in a simulated disaster site, decontaminated them, treated their injuries and evacuated them for further treatment.
1 May, 2014ORISKANY, N.Y.-- New York State Commissioner Jerome Hauer, center, from the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services visits with National Guard leaders during a visit to the Homeland Response Force validation training May 1. Nearly 600 service members from the New York, New Jersey and Puerto Rico National Guard are conducting a training exercise at the New York State Preparedness Training Center here from April 28 to May 2, 2014. The National Guard members here are a part of the Region II Homeland Response team, which also covers the Virgin Islands. External Evaluators from the Joint Interagency Training and Education Center out of West Virginia trained the HRF for their upcoming validation evaluation. Civilian first responders and specially trained role-players were brought in for the exercise in order to create a more realistic environment.New York Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Patricia Austin.
1 May, 2014ORISKANY N.Y.-- Members of the Search and Extraction team assist a role-player to a safe zone during a Homeland Response Force (HRF) training exercise that took place here from April 28 to May 2 2014. The role-players are specially trained in order to give HRF members as realistic of a scenario as possible.
29 Apr, 2014FORT HOOD, TX-- New York Army National Guard Command Sergeant Major Frank Wicks (right) promotes 1569th Transportaton Company member Ronald Walker to sergeant during a visit to the unit on April 29. The 1569th Soldiers have been training at Fort Drum to prepare for deployment to Afghanistan. This was the first time in his 31-year military career that Wicks had "pinned on" a Soldiers new rank. He's always tried to have a family member or other leader do it, Wicks explained.
18 Apr, 2014TABUK, SAUDI ARABIA-- Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard's 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade pose with members of the Saudi military and Soldiers from the Delaware Army National Guard and Active Army following an awards ceremony which concluded Exercise Iron Hawk which the unit participated in on April 14, 2014.
22 Apr, 2014CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait--New York Army National Guard Chaplain (Major) Doug Brock conducts an Easter Sunrise Service for Soldiers of the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade on the flightline here on Sunday, April 20. There are 450 members of the New York Army National Guard currently deployed in Kuwait as part of the brigade.
22 Apr, 2014NEW YORK-- New York Army National Guard 1st Sgt. David Peeler, a member of Joint Task Force Empire Shield, speaks with a Metropolitan Transit Authority Police Officer during a Multi-Agency Super Surge (MASS) security exercise held here on April 21, the same date as the 2014 Boston Marathon. The MASS exercises bring together a number of city, state and federal security forces.
21 Apr, 2014JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J.- New York Army National Guard Soldiers from 4th Finance Detachment navigate a simulated casualty over a six-foot wall as part of a practical evaluation for a Combat Lifesaver course conducted on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst N.J. on April 1 2014. The Soldiers completed CLS as part of their pre-deployment training for Afghanistan
17 Apr, 2014TABUK, Saudi Arabia--NewYork Army National Guard Col. Albert J. Ricci Sr., commander of the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB), speaks to Royal Saudi Land Forces commanders after a practice air assault during Exercise Friendship and Iron Hawk 14 on April 10th, 2014, near Tabuk, Saudi Arabia. Iron Hawk and Friendship 14 involved U.S. Army forces from the 42nd CAB, New York Army National Guard, and 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, and Saudi Arabian ground and aviation forces. Over weeks of practice the two militaries focused on improving their joint operating capabilities, integrating infantry, armor, and aviation assets from both countries in the final event on April 13th, 2014. The 42nd CAB, composed of National Guardsmen from New York, Michigan, Delaware, Indiana, and Kentucky, and soldiers from 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas, is currently deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and conducts joint partnerships and exchanges with nations from across the region.
18 Apr, 2014SHERARD OSBORN ISLAND, Nunavut--An LC-130 Hercules aircraft from the New York Air National Guard’s 109th Airlift Wing flies over Ice Camp One, Sherard Osborn Island, Nunavut during Operation NUNALIVUT on April 15, 2014. The exercise tests Canadian and American forces ability to respond to threats in the high Arctic. The 109th Airlift Wing flies the only ski-equipped aircraft in the U.S. military.
15 Apr, 2014FARMINGDALE NY--Set and costume designer Stev Taylor makes an adjustment to the custom being worn by New York Army National Guard Sgt Joseph Murphy of the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry during the filming of scenes for the Universal Television TV show State of Affairs at Republic Airport here on April 3. Murphy portrayed a Navy SEAL in the TV show.
11 Apr, 2014STEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE-- New York Air National Guard Senior Master Sgt. Marc Sommers an observer with the 105th Airlift Wing Inspection Team New York Air National Guard watches Staff Sgt. Flavio Martinez Officers Joe Brescia and Scott Brownely as they respond to an active shooter incident during a base wide training exercise at Stewart Air National Guard Base N.Y. April 2 2014.
15 Apr, 2014LATHAM, N.Y. -- Members of the New York National Guard's Family Program Office -- sporting purple to represent military kids of all service members -- joined with headquarters staff members on Tuesday, April 15 to mark the Month of the Military Child. All this month, National Guard Family programs will be hosting activities to mark the sacrifices kids of military parents make.
14 Apr, 2014CAMP SMITH TRAINING SITE, N.Y. -- Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry board UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters of the 3rd Battalion, 142 Aviation here for a mock air-assault exercise at a Fort Dix, New Jersey training area on April 5, 2014. The Soldiers, who belong to the battalion's A Company, also conducted patrols and performed other task as part of the exercise.
14 Apr, 2014RESOLUTE BAY, Nunavut--In this Canadian Forces Photo An LC-130 of the New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing lands at the Resolute Bay Airport, Nunavut on April 11, during Operation NUNALIVUT 2014, an annual exercise conducted by the Canadian Forces Joint Task Force North. The 109th Airlift Wing is a New York Air National Guard unit who will be using this aircraft to position fuel and supplies for the operation. The 109th Airlift Wing employs the United States Department of Defence’s only ski-equipped aircraft capable of conducting operations in remote Polar Regions.
11 Apr, 2014Moody Air Force Base, GA --Family members of New York Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Todd "TJ" Lobraico Jr. watch as a memorial is unveiled in his honor during a dedication ceremony April 10, 2014, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Lobraico was assigned to the 105th Security Forces Squadron out of Stewart Air National Guard Base, N.Y., and died Sept. 5, 2013, from wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with small-arms fire near Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. His team was serving with Airmen from Moody's 820th Base Defense Group.
7 Apr, 2014CAMP SMITH TRAINING SITE, N.Y. -- New York Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Joseph O’ Connor re-assembles a M249 Squad Automatic Weapon during the New York Army National Guard’s Best Warrior Competition here April 5. About a dozen New York Army National Guard Soldiers from various units across the state took part in the three-day competition, which tests troops’ physical fitness, military knowledge, endurance, marksmanship, land-navigation abilities and other soldier skills. O’Connor is a Buffalo resident and member of the 427th Brigade Support Battalion.
2 Apr, 2014NEW YORK- CH-47 Chinook helicopters assigned to the New York Army National Guard's Detachment 1 Company B 3rd Battalion 126th Aviation regiment circle New York City during a training flight on Tuesday, April 1. The aviators, who are based in Rochester, were flying in the New York City area to familiarize themselves with the airspace traffic patterns there in case they needed to respond during an emergency. During the New York National Guard's response to Superstorm Sandy in 2012 CH-47s were used to airlift in supplies. (Courtesy 3-126th Aviation.)
1 Apr, 2014CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait--New York Army National Guard Sgt. Anthony Lanham, an aviation operations specialist with the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB), is awarded the personal coin of Gen. Frank J Grass, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, for exemplary service while Chief Master Sgt. Mitchell O. Brush, the Senior Enlisted Advisor for the National Guard Bureau, looks on on March 25th, 2014. The 42nd CAB, New York Army National Guard, is deployed to Kuwait to provide rotary wing assets to the region in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
30 Mar, 2014BOLTON LANDING--Major General Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General of New York (right) presents General David Perkins, the commanding general of Army Training and Doctrine Command, with a book on New York's historic armories on Saturday, March 29, during the Adjutant General's Professional Day here. Perkins spoke to more than 200 Army and Air National Guard leaders about adaptive leadership, relating it to the changes in Army doctrine.
24 Mar, 2014TROY-- Members of the Division of Military and Naval Affairs staff who attended the STRIDE Adaptive Sports Wounded Warrior Welcome dinner at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy on March 7 posed for a group photograph. STRIDE, based in East Greenbush, helps disabled children, adults and veterans enjoy sporting, exercise and recreational opportunities, Twenty wounded warriors took part inthe STRIDE Snowfest weekend and enjoyed the chance to ski and participate in other winter sports.
26 Mar, 2014ALBANY-- New York Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Raymond Presley IIIreceives the New York State Medal for Valor from Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy during Governor Andrew Cuomo's Veterans and Military Family Summit here on Thursda, March 20. Presley was honored for risking his life to save New York Army National Guard Capt. Timothy Neild on Dec. 9, 2013, after Neild's truck crashed and caught fire on the New York State Thruway. The Medal of Valor is New York's most prestigious military award.
19 Mar, 2014DOUALA, Cameroon--Congolese national police Capt. Patrick Ossate and New York Army National Guard Specialist Daren E. Mills, a member of the 369th Sustainment Brigade, process Soldiers arriving at Exercise Central Accord 14 in Douala, Cameroon, March 18. The two are part of the Joint Reception, Staging, Onward movement and Integration cell, which manages personnel arriving and departing the exercise.
18 Mar, 2014NEW YORK--Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard's 1st Battalion 69th Infantry lead the St. Patrick's Day parade here for the 163rd time on Monday, March 17.The Soldiers of the battalion were joined by the New York Army National Guard's 42nd Infantry Division Band as well as by Major General Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General of New York, and other key leaders of the New York National Guard. More than 800 New York National Guard members participated in the parade. Lieutenant General Joseph L. Lengyel, the vice chief of the National Guard Bureau joined the battalion's Soldiers during this year's march along with U.S. Representative Peter King.-
17 Mar, 2014BLOEMFONTEIN,South Africa -- Members of the joint New York Army and Air National Guard team participating in the South African Combat Rifle Competition receive their second place award during a ceremony here on March 11. The ten member New York National Guard Team--composed of five Airmen and five Soldiers--finished second place out of 35 teams and 350 individual shooters.Pictured are (from left) Tech Sgt. Weatherby, Master Sgt. Jose Pena-Rojas Staff Sgt. Mathew Zimmer, Senior Airman Mathew Rosen 1st Lt. Sean Lucas , Staff Sgt. Nicholas Hare, Sgt. Massami Yamakado, 1st Lt. Thomas Beach, 1st Lt. Wesley Roberts and Senior Master Sgt. Edward Stefik.
14 Mar, 2014STEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE--New York Air National Guard Technical Sgt. Rachel Taylor, a personnel craftsman with the 105th Force Support Squadron, shares a moment with her daughter prior to the start of a medal presentation ceremony for Airmen of the 105th Base Defense Squadron. Among those recognized was her husband Staff Sgt. Vinh Taylor who was awarded and Air Force Combat Action medal for service in Afghanistan, at Stewart Air National Guard Base, N.Y. March 2, 2014.
13 Mar, 2014BLOEMFONTEIN,South Africa-- Members of the joint New York Army and Air National Guard team participating in the South African Combat Rifle Competition receive individual marksmanship awards during the competition here. The ten member New York National Guard Team--composed of five Airmen and five Soldiers--finished second place out of 35 teams and 350 individual shooters. Army National Guard 1st Lt. Thomas Beach, the team captain finished in the number six sport out of all shooters. Air National Guard Senior Master Sgt. Edward Stefik, the team manager placed second on the NCO/Warrant officer category and Air National Guard Master Sgt. Jose Pena-Rojas and Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Matthew Zimmer, both earned qualification badges. The team competes in a final shoot-off on Saturday, March 15.
11 Mar, 2014FORT HAMILTON-- Members of the 53rd Digital Liaison Detachment gathered at Fort Hamilton on Saturday, March 8 for a brief send off ceremony prior to leaving for post-mobilization training. The five members of the team will deploy to Afghanistan. They are (from left) Maj. Robert Lathrop, Maj Philip Miller, 1st LT Teofilo Espinal, Master Sgt. Jaime Mendez and Master Sgt. Thomas London.
11 Mar, 2014BLOEMFONTEIN,South Africa-- Members of the joint New York Army and Air National Guard team participating in the South African Combat Rifle Competition here take time out to pose for a picture on Monday, March 10. The 10-member team, composed of five Soldiers and five Airmen, is competing against 350 marksmen from South Africa and other nations. So far three New York Airman and one New York Soldier have received the South African Army Rifle Qualification Badge. All the New Yorkers are in the top 509 shooters and Master Sgt. Jose Pena-Rojas from the 105th Airlift Wing is in the top six.
10 Mar, 2014STEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Newburgh--New York Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Chatfield, a memberr of the 1569th Transportation Company, with family members friends and fellow Soliders during a bendediction at a pre-deployment ceremony for the 1569th Transportation Company conducted in a hangar at the 105th Airlift Wing March 9 2014. The soldiers will conduct pre-deployment training at Fort Hood Killeen Texas before leaving for operations in Afghanistan. The mobilization and deployment of the 1569th Transportation Company is expected to last one year.
9 Mar, 2014ROME-- Newly promoted Brig. Gen. Dawne Deskins, commander of the Eastern Air Defense Sector, speaks to members of EADS and guests during her promotion ceremony on Saturday, March 8. Deskins next assignment is at National Guard Bureau, serving as special assistant to Air National Guard Director Lt. Gen. Stanley Clarke dealing with sexual assault and harassment prevention.
6 Mar, 2014FS GABRESKI AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, WESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY - Pararescue Jumpers and Combat Rescue Officers from the 106th Rescue Wing's 103rd Rescue Squadron conduct emergency medical refresher training on February 27th, 2014. The training involved PJ's and CRO's rotating through various lanes, replicating the types of injuries often seen on the battlefield.
3 Mar, 2014STEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE NEWBURGH NY -- Twenty New York Air National Guard Airmen with the 105th Airlift Wing Security Forces Squadron New York Air National Guard received 29 medals during an awards ceremony attended by Lieutenant General Stanley E. Clarke III Director of the Air National Guard.
3 Mar, 2014SCHENECTADY, NY -- New York Army National Guard Sgt. Pamela Daigle (left) and Sgt. 1st Class Karin Tirinato (right) distribute disaster and emergency response starter kits following a session of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program at Union College here on March 1. New York National Guard troops gave disaster and emergency training to more than 400 people who attended the event.
4 Mar, 2014Rochester -- Spc. Stephanie Heusinger a Soldier from the 222nd Military Police Company and her family talk to Tricare representative Barbara Veeder during the Yellow Ribbon event held at the Raddison hotel on March 1. Soldiers spoke to various network and community resource providers ranging from health and dental services to counselors and veterans affairs.Approximately 150 Soldiers Airmen and individual augmentees and family members were in attendance of the New York Army National Guards Rochester-based 222nd Military Police Companys 90-day Yellow Ribbon event.
26 Feb, 2014BETHPAGE, NY -- New York Air National Guard 1st Lt. Robert McCoy fields questions after teaching a disaster and emergency preparedness class during a session of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program at Bethpage High School here on Feb. 22. New York National Guard troops gave disaster and emergency training to about 575 people who attended the event. The program is designed to give citizens the knowledge and tools to prepare for emergencies and disasters, respond accordingly, and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions. New York National Guard troops, working with experts from the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, Office of Fire Prevention and Control, and local emergency management personnel will conduct future training sessions with the goal of teaching approximately 100,000 New Yorkers during 2014. McCoy, of New York City, belongs to the 106th Rescue Wing.
24 Feb, 2014SARATOGA SPRINGS-- Historian Harry Bradshaw Matthews, Associated Dean of Hartwick College, speaks about the place of the Civil War-era United States Colored Troops in the African American struggle for freedom during a program on Saturday, Feb. 22, at the the New York State Military Musem. Three regiments of federal United States Colored Troops were raised in New York during the Civil War. About 200,000 black men served in the Union Army during the Civil War.
24 Feb, 2014SOCHI, Russia- New York Army National Guard Sgt. Nick Cunningham, the bobsled driver, and New York Army National Guard Sgt. Justin Olsen, a pusher, along with Army Sgt. Dallas Robinson and civilian Johnny Quinn make their first Olympic four-man bobsled training run aboard USA-2 at Sanki Sliding Centre in Krasnaya Polyana Russia on Feb. 19. The three Soldiers are all part of the Army World Class Athlete Program. The team did not make the Olympic finals, although the U.S. men's two man bobsled team did medal.
21 Feb, 2014NATIONAL HARBOR Md. -- Members of the New York National Guard Counterdrug Task Force the 2013 Outstanding State National Guard Civil Operations Program Award during a ceremony here Feb. 6 2013. The New York Counterdrug Program headquartered at Stratton Air National Guard Base Scotia N.Y. was recognized by the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America for its efforts to strengthen community coalitions throughout the state.
18 Feb, 2014SOCHI, Russia--New York Army National Guard Sgt. Nick Cunningham and Army Sgt. Dallas Robinson, both with the U.S. Army World Class Program, post a time of 56.73 seconds, during the Olympic bobsled competition at the Sanki Sliding Center in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia during competition on Saturday, Feb. 16. The two men finished 13th in the two-man bobsled competition.
12 Feb, 2014THIELLS, NY -- New York Army National Guard Sgt. Erik Collado (right) gives a disaster and emergency response starter kit to Barbara Peters (left) following a session of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program at North Rockland High School here on Feb. 8. New York National Guard troops gave disaster and emergency training to about 730 people who attended events at the high school here and in Oneida County, and distributed about 630 kits. The program is designed to give citizens the knowledge and tools to prepare for emergencies and disasters, respond accordingly, and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions. New York National Guard troops, working with experts from the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, Office of Fire Prevention and Control, and local emergency management personnel will conduct future training sessions with the goal of teaching approximately 100,000 New Yorkers during 2014. Each starter kit contains a first-aid kit, face mask, pocket radio with batteries, food bars, emergency blanket and other key items to help citizens in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. Collado, of Brooklyn, belongs to the 222nd Chemical Company and Peters is a resident of Nanuet, N.Y. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Raymond Drumsta, Joint Force Headquarters, New York Army National Guard).
14 Feb, 2014SCOHI, Russia- New York Army National Guard Sgt. Matthew Mortensen (on top) and Utah Army National Guard Sgt. Preston Griffall (steering on bottom) round a curve in their first run of Olympic luge doubles at Sanki Sliding Centre in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, Feb. 12, 2014. They finished their second run with a combined time of 1:41:703 to end up in 14th place overall.
10 Feb, 2014SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Capital Region G.I. Joe collector Tearle Ashby and fellow action figure enthusiasts display hundreds of vintage to recent G.I. Joe action figures here at the New York State Military Museum as part of the program to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of G.I. Joe. Ashby also led a discussion about the origins of the toy's development from Hasbro. The action figure, first unveiled to toy buyers at the 1964 Toy Fair in New York City, led to decades of child's play with the 12" and later 3 3/4" figures. Portions of Ashby's collection has been on display at the museum since December 2012 as part of the "Toys and Tanks" exhibit, due to come down in March 2013.
11 Feb, 2014WESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY - South African Brigadier General Mashoro Abel Phala speaks with members of the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing in Westhampton Beach on February 8th, 2014. During this visit, General Phala, the South African Defense Attache to the United States and Canada, toured the 101st, 102nd and 103rd Rescue Squadrons, inspecting equipment and speaking with airmen about their mission.
11 Feb, 2014SOCHI, Russia-- New York Army National Guard Sgt. Justen Olsen (arms upraised) helps lead Team USA into Fisht Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Olympic Park in Sochi Russia Feb. 7 2014. Olsen is assigned to the Armys World Class Athlete program.
10 Feb, 2014TROY-- Soldiers of the 42nd Infantry Division's Headquarters and Service Company get in the right mood for a two-mile ruck march they conducted during drill here on Friday February 8 as part of the February drill weekend by doing push ups with full field pack. "This is a spiritual walk, a reminder of what we signed up to do," said 1st Sgt. Thomas C. Strauss.
7 Feb, 2014CAMP BUEHRING, KUWAIT--Major Gen. Patrick Murphy the Adjutant General of New York shakes hands with Col. Albert Ricci Sr. commander of the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB) during his visit of the brigade on Feb. 7 2014 on Camp Buehring Kuwait.The 42nd CAB is currently deployed to Kuwait to operate rotary winged aircraft in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
5 Feb, 2014WESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY - Senior Airman Jonathan Mazura, a member of the 106th Rescue Wing, appears to summarize the region's response to winter as more snow hits New York. The photo was taken on February 3 as Mazura and other wing members worked to keep the HC-130 rescue aircraft based at F.S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base flyable.
4 Feb, 2014PEGASUS FIELD, Antarctica- An LC-130 Skibird from the New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing is jacked up on the frozen ice shelf of Pegasus field 16 Jan 2014 after aircrew discovered a landing gear issue. The maintenance crews of the 109th Airlift Wing do not have hangars to work out of while deployed to Antarctica for Operation DEEP FREEZE and must work in the elements and handle unique challenges nearly every day.
3 Feb, 2014STATEN ISLAND, NY -- New York Army National Guard Pfc. Edwin Olivera distributes disaster and emergency response starter kits at the launch of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program here on Feb. 1. New York National Guard troops gave disaster and emergency training to more than 1,200 people who attended events at New Dorp High School here and in Suffolk County. The program is designed to give citizens the knowledge and tools to prepare for emergencies and disasters, respond accordingly, and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions. New York National Guard troops, working with experts from the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, Office of Fire Prevention and Control, and local emergency management personnel will conduct future training sessions with the goal of teaching approximately 100,000 New Yorkers during 2014. Each starter kit contains a first Aid Kit, face mask, pocket radio with batteries, food bars emergency blanket and other key items to help citizens in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. Olivera, of Queens, N.Y., belongs to the 42nd Infantry Division.
31 Jan, 2014PARK CITY, UTAH-- New York Army National Guard Sgt. Matthew Mortensen, a native of Huntingdon Station, N.Y. and a member of the 1156th Engineer Company prepares to head down the luge run during the 2013 World Cup Competition here on Dec. 10, 2013. Mortensen, who participates in the Army's World Class Athlete Program, will represent the United States in his sport during the 2014 Winter Games in Russia in February.
28 Jan, 2014CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait--Marines from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit board a UH-60 Blackhawk operated by the New York Army National Guard's A Company, 3rd Battalion, 142nd Attack Helicopter Company, 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade, on Jan. 20, 2013, near Camp Buehring, Kuwait. The Marines practiced conducting an air assault and clearing an enemy-held village as part of the joint training exercise.The 42nd CAB, New York Army National Guard, operates rotary winged aircraft in the region in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and regularly trains with other U.S. military branches to enhance joint service capabilities.
23 Jan, 2014New York Army National Guard Sgt. Nick Cunningham (front) jumps into a bobsled during competition in Utah Olympic Park in Park City Utah on Dec. 7. Cunningham, a bobsled driver, is one of four New York Army National Guard Soldiers who will participate in the Winter Olympics in February. Also on the team is Sgt. Justin Olsen, another bobsledder and 2010 Olympic Gold Medal winner, and Sgt. Tim Mortensen and Staff Sgt. William Tavares, who are both members of the luge team.
24 Jan, 2014SYRACUSE, NY--Members of the New York Army National Guard after receiving the Order of St. Maurice Medal Dec. 14. From left: Sgt. Maj. Daniel Ames, 42nd Infantry Division, Brig. Gen. Raymond Shields, the Director of the Joint Staff for the New York National Guard, Lt. Col. Aron Sacchetti, 42nd Infantry Division, and New York State Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Wicks.The Order of St. Maurice is presented by the National Infantry Association to Infantrymen who have made outstanding contributions.
17 Jan, 2014KUWAIT--New York Army National Guard Spc. Jeffrey Pieper and Spc. Sarah Bryant, soldiers with A Company, 642nd Aviation Support Battalion, 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade, fuel an AH-64 Apache operated by 4th Battalion, 227th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Cavalry, now under the 42nd CAB, during a Forward Arming and Refueling Point exercise on Jan. 15, 2014, near Camp Buehring, Kuwait. The 42nd CAB, New York Army National Guard, is based in Kuwait and has assumed command of Army aviation assets in the region as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (N.Y. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Harley Jelis/Released)
16 Jan, 2014STEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE-- A member of the New York Guard's 56th Brigade works to help a member of the United States Marine Corps Reserve preparing for a deployment prepare a will on January 6, 2014. The New York Guard, the state's volunteer defense force augments the National Guard during emergencies and assists during mobilizations. The unit traditionally helps the Marine Reserve units that are based at Stewart with their mobilizations.
16 Jan, 2014LATHAM, NY- New York Army National Guard Brig. Gen. Raymond Shields (center), Director of Joint Staff for New York, briefs his Lousiana NAtional Guard counterpart, Brig Gen. Barry Keeling during a visit to the New York National Guard's Joint Operations Center on January 15. Keeling and other members of his staff were in New York for a visit to exchange information on best practices in dealing with disasters and other state emergencies.
16 Jan, 2014SCOTIA N.Y. -- Air National Guardsmen construct a tower made of spaghetti and marshmallows during a team building exercise Jan. 11 at the 109th Airlift Wings first Leadership Development Course. The three-day course held by the 109th AW chiefs council at the Naval Operations Support Center Jan. 10-12 2014 covered topics including Profession of Arms performance review writing time management and career management.
15 Jan, 2014CAMP Buehring, Kuwait-- Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard's 3rd Battalion 142nd Aviation take a break with United States Air Force dog handlers during training here on Jan. 10. The Air Force dog handlers were familiarizing their animals with the process of getting on and off a helicopter. The 3-142nd Aviation Soldiers are deployed as part of a task force lead by the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade.
14 Jan, 2014CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait-- New York Army National Guard Soldiers of A Company 642nd Aviation Support Battalion setting up a fueling point on the flight line here during operations on January 13. The 642nd Aviation Support Battalion is in Kuwait as part of the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade's operations in support of U.S. forces in that country.
13 Jan, 2014FORT DRUM--Spc. Steven Smith, an automated logistics Soldier with the 42nd Infantry Division Headquarters Support Company, strips a M249 light machine gun while competing in a Best Warrior Competition at Fort Drum N.Y., Jan. 10. Smith, one of seven soldiers from the 42nd Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion to compete, won the competition and will proceed to the divisional level.
10 Jan, 2014BUFFALO--Col. John Higgins, commander of the New York Air National Guard's 107th Airlift Wing, placed a wreath on the grave of President Millar Fillmore on behalf of President Barack Obama at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo, N.Y., on Jan. 9, 2014. The wing places a wreath on the grave of the Fillmore, who served as president from 1850 to 1853 on the anniversary of his birth on Jan. 7, 1800. A major snow storm forced the ceremony, held in conjunction with the University of Buffalo, which Fillmore founded, to Jan 9.
10 Jan, 2014FORT HAMILTON NY-- Brig Gen. Kent D. Savre commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers North Atlantic Division listens as Major General Patrick Murphy the Adjutant General of New York makes a point during a discussion about joint responses to emergencies during a discussion here on Thursday Jan. 9. At right is Todd Rosenblum Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas Security Affairs. The participants discussed a number of issues that occurred during the combined state/federal response to Hurricane Sandy. The group was also briefed on Joint Task Force Empire Shield Operations in New York City.
9 Jan, 2014CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait-- Members of the the New York Army National Guard’s Company B 642nd Aviation Support Battalion wait to receive deployment patches during a ceremony at Camp Buehring, Kuwait on January 1. The unit, based in Ronkonkoma, deployed to Kuwait in December to provide support to U.S. Forces there.
8 Jan, 2014NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION-- A New York Army National Guard Soldier assigned to the 427th Brigade Support Battalion heads for his vehicle as he prepares to deploy with one of four New York National Guard Initial Response Forces (IRF) stood up to assist local officials as Artic cold and driving snow descend on the Buffalo NY area on Tuesday Jan. 7. At the Direction of Governor Andrew Cuomo the New York Army and Air National Guard mobilized more than 260 Soldiers and Airmen and had another 100 on standby.
7 Jan, 2014NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION, N.Y. - New York Air National Guard Technical Sgt. Richard Ball of Tonawanda, N.Y. and a member of the 107th Airlift Wing, packs his cold weather gear Jan. 7 in preparation for missions as part of the New York National Guard initial response force for Operation Polar Vortex. With heavy lake effect snows and wind chill warnings forecasting three feet of snow and temperatures at or below zero, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo mobilized 300 members of the New York National Guard to prepare to assist civil authorities during the storm’s passage this week. Members of the New York National Guard’s 107th Airlift Wing in Niagara Falls, 2nd Squadron, 101st Cavalry and 105th Military Police Company in Buffalo and the 174th Attack Wing in Syracuse will all provide Soldiers and Airmen along with vehicles to support local authorities as needed.
6 Jan, 2014STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Scotia-- U.S. Senator Charles Schumer inspects and LC-130 "Ski Bird" aircraft flown by the New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing during a visit to the base on Friday, Jan. 3. Col. Shawn Clouthier, the wing commander, provided the Senator with a tour of the aircraft and then presented a briefing on the wing's mission of support for National Science Foundation research in Antarctica and Greenland.
2 Jan, 2014USS HARPERS FERRY, Arabian Gulf--A New York Army National Guard helicopters flown by Company A , 3rd Battalion 142nd Aviation is guided onto the deck of the USS Harpers Ferry by Navy Boatswains Mate 2nd Class Brynn Proudfoot, from Houston, Mn, on Dec. 26, 2013 during deck land qualification trials. The Army National Guard aviators and Navy conducted joint training to build familiarity with each other's equipment and procedures, including landing different models of rotary wing aircraft on Navy Dock Landing Ships (LSD's).The aircraft are part of the task force lead by the New York Army National Guard's 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade in Kuwait.