NYS DMNA Photo Archive

New York Guard Commander Honored

30 Jan, 2012

New York Guard Commander HonoredNEW YORK-- New York Guard Commander Maj. Gen. Fergal Foley is awarded the Old Guard of New York City Medal for long outstanding service to the state of New York at the annual Old Guard Ball, here Jan. 28. During his acceptance speech, Foley explained the mission of the New York Guard and added his vision for the state volunteer force, which augments and supports the New York National Guard as required with manpower and skills. In attendance were various military representatives, both retired and active.
Veterans Day Reenlistment For Deployed Troops

12 Nov, 2012

Veterans Day Reenlistment For Deployed TroopsNEW YORK-- New York Army National Guard Major General Patrick Murphy, The Adjutant General of New York, coins a National Guard Airmen during a reenlistment ceremony held at the World Trade Center Memorial on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2012. The Soldiers and Airmen are on duty in New York City in response to Hurricane Sandy. Sixteen Soldiers and Airmen from New York and 16 Soldiers from Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Ohio reenlisted during the event.
EOD Battalion Changes Commanders

23 Oct, 2012

EOD Battalion Changes CommandersSTRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE-- New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Andrew Caliendo accepts the colors of the 501st Ordnance Battalion (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) from Col. Jim Pabis, commander of the 153rd Troop Command, during Change-of-Command Ceremonies here on Saturday, Oct. 20. Caliendo took over command of the battalion from Lt. Col. Rob Mitchell.
Chasing The Sun

24 Oct, 2012

Chasing The SunKHANDAHAR, Afghanistan-- A New York Army National Guard CH-47 heads into the sun at the conclusion of a seven-hour mission conducted by Det. 1, Company B, 3-26th Aviation (Heavy Lift) earliers this month. The unit, based in Rochester, is nicknamed "Kong" and is currently in Afghanistan providing heavy lift support to coalition forces.
Soldiers Continue to Check on New Yorkers

31 Dec, 2012

Soldiers Continue to Check on New YorkersSTATEN ISLAND, NY -- Pvt. Vanessa Diaz a Soldier with the 719th Transportation Company, New York Army National Guard, uses an electronic notebook to perform wellness checks, here December 6, 2012. Diaz and other Soldiers of Team Sandy are going door to door performing wellness checks and collecting data for local authorities. Since November, New York Army National Guard Soldiers have completed over 96,000 wellness checks.
Guard Team Rings Stock Exchange Bell.

26 Dec, 2012

Guard Team Rings Stock Exchange Bell.NEW YORK-- Major General Patrick Murphy (center) the Adjutant General of New York, is joined by New York Army and Air National Guard members in ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday, Dec. 26, kicking off the trading day. The Soldiers and Airmen are assigned to Joint Task Force Empire Shield, the Guard security force in New York City, and Team Sandy, a force working with city officials on Hurricane Sandy-related assistance to citizens. The General and Guard members were invited to ring the bell to mark the New York National Guard’s response to Hurricane Sandy.
Road March honors troops for Christmas

25 Dec, 2012

Road March honors troops for ChristmasGLENS FALLS, N.Y. - New York Army National Guard Soldiers, families, friends and supporters from the community march in the the 9th annual Christmas Eve roadmarch. Carrying the banner to lead this year’s march are, from left, Pfcs. Tyler Bruce, Jacob Zabrzewksi and Matthew Herrick help carry the banner under the direction of Spc. Nicolas Cossey (not seen). The march is a tribute to all military personnel serving away from home for the holidays this year. More than 900 participants turned out for this year’s event. U.S. Army photo by Col. Richard Goldenberg, New York National Guard. (RELEASED)
Christmas Eve Homecoming

24 Dec, 2012

Christmas Eve HomecomingLATHAM-Television news cameras roll as New York Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer Christopher Lightner steps off the bus at Division of Military and Naval Affairs Headquarters here on Christmas Eve as he returns from deployment to Kuwait. More than 100 New York National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 27tgh Infantry Brigade Combat Team returned home to armories in Syracuse, Latham. Buffalo, Rochester, Newburgh, and New York City in time for Christmas with their families. The Soldiers were mobilized in January
Air Guard Members Tracking Santa

20 Dec, 2012

Air Guard Members Tracking SantaROME--New York Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Jesse Bucenec, standing, and Sr. Airman Marie Coar, rehearse their Santa-tracking tasks on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at the Eastern Air Defense Sector here. Part of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, EADS supports NORAD’s Christmas Eve NORAD Tracks Santa operations. For more information on NORAD’s Christmas Eve activities, including live updates, children and parents are encouraged to go to www.noradsanta.org.
Soldiers Back in New York.

22 Dec, 2012

Soldiers Back in New York.LATHAM-- New York Army National Guard Major Chris Guilmette greets his family as he returns home after more than 10 months away. Guilmette and other members of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team were deployed to Kuwait. More than 120 Soldiers returned home on Dec. 22 following demobilization at Camp Shelby. Mississippi.
National Guard Duty Continues through Holidays

21 Dec, 2012

National Guard Duty Continues through HolidaysNEW YORK “ New York Army National Guard 2nd Lt. Anthony Migliore, serving with the New York National Guard’s Team Sandy recovery team, demonstrates to Lt. Gen. Joseph Lengyel, Vice Chief of the National Guard Bureau, the use of an electronic tablet here at Fort Hamilton December 20, 2012. Soldiers of Team Sandy use the tablets during their missions to conduct wellness checks, going door-to-door in the boroughs of New York City hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy, providing goods and services such as water and food, and collecting data to better assess the welfare of residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Over 100,000 residents have been visited by the New York Army National Guard. Photo by Master Sgt. Peter Towse, 42nd Infantry Division. (RELEASED)
USO Visits Christmas Party

20 Dec, 2012

USO Visits Christmas PartyLATHAM, N.Y. -- Members of the Liberty Bells, a USO Show Troupe sing to New York Army National Guard Col. David Martinez during Christmas lunch festivities on Dec. 19. They are (from left) Stephanie Gerson, Karley Willocks, and Melissa VanPelt The singers performed holiday carols and a medley of World War II era classics and patriotic favorites, a USO trademark. Since 1941, the United Service Organizations Inc., a nonprofit organization, has provided programs, services and live entertainment to United States servicemen and women to boost morale.
Guard Color Guard Takes Part in Balloting Ceremony

19 Dec, 2012

Guard Color Guard Takes Part in Balloting CeremonyALBANY-A New York Army National Guard Color Guard posts the colors on Monday, Dec. 17 as the New York members of the Electoral College prepare to cast ballots in the 2012 presidential election. The Electoral College balloting, based on the popular vote in each state, officially elects the president and vice president.
Civilian Employee Earns Adjutant General's Award

18 Dec, 2012

Civilian Employee Earns Adjutant General's AwardLATHAM-- Major General Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General of New York, presents Division of Military and Naval Affairs employee Folena Schumaker with the Adjutant General's Award during the headquarters National Guard Birthday Celebration on Dec. 13. Schumaker, an employee since 2007, is responsible for ensuring that the State Active Duty pay for Soldiers and Airmen is properly calculated in a timely manner. She has "risen to the occasion in many state emergencies that DMNA participated in and goes even further to ensure the jobs gets done," her citation says.
Celebrating Guard Birthday

17 Dec, 2012

Celebrating Guard BirthdayLATHAM--The New York Army National Guard's newest brigadier general, Brig. Gen. Raymond Shields (center) joins Chief Warrant Officer 5 Brian Smith, who enlisted in 1973, and Pvt. Shelbi Vanderbogart, who enlisted Dec. 13, 2011, in cutting the National Guard's Birthday Cake during a ceremony held at New York National Guard headquarters in Latham, N.Y., Dec. 13, 2012, which marked the 376th anniversary of the birth of the National Guard. The celebration has become an annual event.
Air and Army Guard Team Up for Training

25 Oct, 2012

Air and Army Guard Team Up for TrainingNIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION-- New York Air National Guard Senior Airman Justin Babirad, a member of the 107th Airlift Wing from Cheektowaga guides New York Army National Guard Sgt 1st Class Todd Anzalone, a member of the 42nd Infantry Division Signal Company from Grand Island, as he backs a humvee into one of the wing's C-130 cargo planes . Anzalone and other members of the 42nd Infantry Division teamed up with the 107th Airmen for training on air loading techiques on Oct. 20 as they trained to deploy as part of the state's Homeland Response Force.
Artillery Troops Honored For Sandy Response

7 Dec, 2012

Artillery Troops Honored For Sandy ResponseNEW YORK - New York Army National Guard Brig. Gen. Michael Swezey, commander of the 53rd Troop Command and the dual status commander of Joint Task Force Sandy, the state’s response force following Hurricane Sandy this fall, presents a certificate of appreciation to Lt. Col. Michael Hoblin, center, and Command Sgt. Maj. Arnold Reyes to recognize the work of the 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery for their rescue and recovery efforts Dec. 4. The presentation at the unit’s annual Feast of St. Barbara here in Jamaica honored the more than 230 Soldiers ordered to state active duty for the disaster response mission. U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Mark Getman, New York Army National Guard. (Released)
Engineers Get Unique Training Opportunity

25 Oct, 2012

Engineers Get Unique Training OpportunityLATHAM--New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 827th Engineer Company prepare to hoist the AH-1S Cobra attack helicopter displayed in front of Division of Military and Naval Affairs headquarters off its pedestal on Thursday, Oct. 25. The helicopter, once flown by New York Army National Guard aviators, will be cleaned and repainted before being remounted once again. The exercise gave the engineers a chance to practice using their crane, said Lt. Col. James Freehart, the commander of the 204th Engineer Battalion.
Former Foes Exchange Salutes

11 Dec, 2012

Former Foes Exchange SalutesFREDERICKSBURG,VA-- Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers (on left) from Battery A 1st Battalion 111th Field Artillery. and the 116th Special Troops Battalion exchange salutes with New York Army National Guard Soldiers from Company A 1st Battalion 69th Infantry during a ceremony marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War Battle of Fredericksburg, which was fought on Dec. 9, 1862. The 69th Infantry, and the ancestors of the Virginia Army National Guard units, fought against each other during the battle. The members of A Company visited the battle field to commemorate the event. The unit representatives met along the "Sunken Road" where the Confederates had dug in to resist the Union assault. Members of the 69th Infantry put springs of green in their coats, to mark themselves as an Irish regiment, before they charged the Confederate lines that day.
House-to-House Checks in NYC

10 Dec, 2012

House-to-House Checks in NYCSTATEN ISLAND, NY -- New York Army National Guard Pvt. Vanessa Diaz a Soldier with the 719th Transportation Company, uses an electronic notebook to perform wellness checks, here December 6, 2012. Diaz and other Soldiers of Joint Task Force Sandy are going door to door performing wellness checks and collecting data for local authorities. Since November, New York Army National Guard Soldiers have completed over 50,000 wellness checks.
Happy Holidays

7 Dec, 2012

Happy HolidaysLATHAM-- New York Army National Guard Col. Phil Pugliese, Chief of Staff of the 42nd Infantry Division dishes out turkey to a family member during the division headquarters’ annual holiday dinner and party on Sunday, Dec. 2. Across the state New York Army and Air National Guard units are conducting their traditional annual family dinner and gathering as the Christmas/Hannakuh season opens.
Guard Lays Wreath at Van Buren Grave

6 Dec, 2012

Guard Lays Wreath at Van Buren GraveKINDERHOOK--New York Air National Guard Brigadier General Robert Lovell, Special Assistant to the commander of the New York Air National Guard , and New York Army National Guard Command Sgt. Major Frank Wicks present a wreath from the White House at a ceremony honoring President Martin Van Buren on his birthday, Dec. 5. The New York National Guard presents a wreath honoring the president at his gravesite in Kinderhook Cemetery. Van Buren, the first president born as an American Citizen , was nicknamed "Old Kinderhook" because of his residence in the village.
New York Soldier Accepted to West Point

5 Dec, 2012

New York Soldier Accepted to West PointCAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait-- New York Army National Guard Specialist Erin Colburn, an intelligence analyst in the 27th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, receives a letter of conditional acceptance to the United States Military Academy at West Point from Lt. Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, commanding general of Third Army/ARCENT, and a graduate of the Academy, himself. Colburn, who plans to study geospatial intelligence, is slated to begin her career at West Point in July 2013.
New York Shares Expertise with South Africa

3 Dec, 2012

New York Shares Expertise with South AfricaLATHAM, N.Y. - New York National Guard Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Patrick Murphy, at left, presents The Adjutant General’s Award to Maj. Gen. Mogoruti Ledwaba of the South African National Defense Force here Dec. 3. Ledwaba recently completed a tour of service as the South African Defense Attache to the United States from 2009 until 2012. During that time, his coordination, assistance and support helped grow the State Partnership Program between the New York National Guard and the South African Defense Force, conducting 33 partnership programs, including the recent participation of New York State military forces in the African Aerospace and Defense Airshow and Defense Exhibition, held in Pretoria, South Africa in September. Ledwaba was in Latham to learn more about the New York National Guard’s logistics program and the recent deployment of state military forces following Hurricane Sandy. Ledwaba next returns to South Africa for assignment as the South African Defense Force Officer Commanding Works Capability, a logistics function similar to public works. U.S. Army photo by Col. Richard Goldenberg, Joint Force Headquarters New York. (RELEASED)
New York FireFighters Serve With Air Guard

3 Dec, 2012

New York FireFighters Serve With Air GuardCAMP BASTION, Afghanistan-- (From left) New York Air National Guard Capt. Shaun Cullen, Capt. Tripp Zanetis, Tech. Sgt. Jim Denniston and Tech. Sgt. Erick Pound are all members of the 101st Rescue Squadron, an element of the 106th Rescue Wing, currently assigned to the 26th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, take turns “busting each other’s chops,” following shift-change at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan Nov. 29. They are all firefighters when not activated. Cullen, the aircraft commander, is assigned to Engine 54, in Midtown Manhattan; Zanetis, the copilot, is assigned to Ladder 11 in Lower East Manhattan; Pound, the aerial gunner, is assigned to Engine 58 in Harlem; and Denniston, the flight engineer, is assigned to Engine 285 in Queens. Together at the 26th ERQS, the team makes-up Pedro 24, a quick-response HH-60 Pave Hawk medical evacuation crew.
National Guard Partnerships Provide Support in NYC

29 Nov, 2012

National Guard Partnerships Provide Support in NYCNEW YORK -- New York Army National Guard Soldier Sgt. Alfaro Geovanny with Company C, 642nd Aviation Support Battalion and McKineley Theobald with the Americorps National Civilian Community Corps talks with a local resident of Breezy Point, N.Y. November 28. Working with local authorities in the wake of hurricane Sandy, Geovanny and other Soldiers of the 642nd are going door to door, providing goods and services, like water and food, and also collecting data to better assess the welfare of the residents.
Rainbow Commander Visits Troops in Kuwait

29 Nov, 2012

Rainbow Commander Visits Troops in KuwaitCAMP BUEHRING, KUWAIT -- Maj. Gen. Steven N. Wickstrom, commander of the New York Army National Guard’s 42nd Infantry Division (left), shakes hands with Spc. Vanessa Banks, of Niagara Falls, N.Y. (right) during Wickstrom’s visit here on Nov. 23. Banks and about 100 other troops of the New York Army National Guard’s 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team are serving with the 4th Battalion, 118th Infantry Regiment, South Carolina Army National Guard, which assumed security force and camp-operations missions in Northern Kuwait in April.
National Guard Sustains Support in NYC

26 Nov, 2012

National Guard Sustains Support in NYCNEW YORK -- New York Army National Guard Pfc. Mimmo Pirrone, an aircraft structural repairer with Company B, 642nd Aviation Support Battalion, distributes flashlights and batteries to local residents in Queens over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Nov. 25. Nearly 750 Citizen Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard remain deployed in New York City helping residents recover from the aftermath of hurricane Sandy. At its peak, more than 5,000 Soldiers, Airmen, Naval Militia Sailors, Marines and New York Guard volunteers have been on duty to assist in the relief efforts. U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Peter Towse, 42nd Infantry Division.
Joint Effort to Deliver Holiday Meals

23 Nov, 2012

Joint Effort to Deliver Holiday MealsNEW YORK - New York Naval Militia Sgt. Jonathan Morales, a U.S. Marine Corps Reservist on state active duty for the New York National Guard recovery efforts following Hurricane Sandy, helps with the distribution of Thanksgiving meals Nov. 21 as part of the National Guard delivery of more than 4,000 meals to affected families and communities of the storm. Morales is part of a joint response force that includes members of the New York Army National Guard, Air National Guard, Naval Militia and New York Guard. Photo by Warrant Officer Ubon Mendie, New York Guard.
Guard on Duty on Thanksgiving

22 Nov, 2012

Guard on Duty on ThanksgivingNEW YORK--New York Air National Guard Senior Airmen Steven Jones and New York Army National Guard Sgt. Wayne Stevens patrol the concourse of Grand Central Station on Thanksgiving Day as part of Joint Task Force Empire Shield, the New York National Guard's security augmentation force in New York City. The service members, who normally provide security at transportation hubs spent Oct. 29 to Nov. 18 responding to Hurricane Sandy. Another 100 Guardsmen were on duty as part of the response to Hurricane Sandy over Thanksgiving.
Finance Soldiers Process Hurricane Sandy Pay

20 Nov, 2012

Finance Soldiers Process Hurricane Sandy PayLATHAM -- New York Army National Guard Spec. Timothy Keaveny (right) assigned to the 4th Finance Detachment and Spec. Kingsley Anku from the 7th Finance Detachment join a dozen finance Soldiers inputting payroll for Soldiers who performed State Active Duty in response to Hurricane Sandy, here Nov 20. The Soldiers are processing 4,400 individual pay records.
New York Aviators Train At Fort Hood

15 Nov, 2012

New York Aviators Train At Fort HoodFORT HOOD, Texas-- Black Hawk helicopter crew members of Company F, 1-169th General Support Aviation Battalion (Air Ambulance), an Army National Guard unit with Soldiers from Missouri, New York, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania, prepare to medically evacuate a simulated casualty from the Army Reserve’s 311th Expeditionary Sustainment Command out of Los Angeles during training conducted by Division West’s 479th Field Artillery and 166th Aviation Brigades at Fort Hood, Texas, Nov. 2. The Reserve and National Guard units are training with Division West before deploying to Afghanistan.
President Meets New York Guard Soldiers

15 Nov, 2012

President Meets New York Guard SoldiersNEW YORK-- President Barack Obama greets members of the New York Army National Guard on duty in New York City in response to Hurricane Sandy during his visit to the city on Thursday, Nov. 15. The president visited Staten Island and other areas effected by the hurricane during his visit.
106th Rescue Wing Assists Long Islanders

15 Nov, 2012

106th Rescue Wing Assists Long IslandersBABYLON-- New York Air National Guard Airmen assigned to the 106th Rescue Wing join local police and first responders at the Babylon Town Hall, Babylon, N.Y., Nov. 13, 2012, to distribute food, water and supplies to the community following serious damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.
Top Guard NCO Visits New York

14 Nov, 2012

Top Guard NCO Visits New YorkLATHAM--Army National Guard Command Sgt. Major Brunk Conley(second from right) gets a briefing on New York National Guard operations in New York City and Long Island during a visit to the Joint Operations Center here on Wednesday, Nov. 13. Conely was hosted by New York State Command Sgt. Major Frank Wicks (right). Conley and Wicks are due to visit forces in New York City on Nov. 14.
Medical Check at Floyd Bennet Field

14 Nov, 2012

Medical Check at Floyd Bennet FieldQUEENS-- New York Air National Guard Senior Airman Abby of the 109th Medical Group, Air National Guard Base, Scotia, N.Y., and Pattersonville, N.Y., native, evaluates New York Army National Guard Pfc. Nathaly Eumana, a motor transport operator of the 719th Transportation Company, New York City, N.Y., during a routine visit to the Floyd Bennet Field aid station, New York City, on Nov. 10, 2012. Nine Students from the St. Paul School of Nursing, visited medical service members mobilized in support of Huuricane Sandy relief efforts.
101 Cav Troops Work With FEMA

13 Nov, 2012

101 Cav Troops Work With FEMAQUEENS, NY--New York Army National Guardsmen with B Troop, 2nd Squadron, 101st Cavalry Regiment, speak with FEMA community relations specialist Nora Gomez in Coney Island New York, N.Y., Nov. 9, 2012. FEMA Employees teamed up with Guardsmen to check on local residents and their needs for food, water, and clothing.
Deputy Secretary of Defense Visits Guard Troops

12 Nov, 2012

Deputy Secretary of Defense Visits Guard TroopsNEW YORK--Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter speaks with Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard’s 369th Sustainment Brigade during a visit to the Breezy Point neighborhood on Monday, Nov. 12. Carter was in New York City to get a first hand look at the National Guard and Active Duty military response to Hurricane Sandy. He met with Active Duty and Guard troops.
Guard Soldiers Honored by Mayor Bloomberg

12 Nov, 2012

Guard Soldiers Honored by Mayor BloombergNEW YORK--New York Army National Guard Soldiers of B. Troop, 2d Squadron, 101st Cavalry from Jamestown, N.Y., pose in Carl Schurz Park, Manhattan, N.Y., on Nov. 11, 2012 as they wait to attend New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's annual Veterans Day breakfast. As part of Veterans Day appreciation in the city, the Soldiers were invited to see New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg as he thanked Soldier's for their contribution in Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
Helicopter Mission in New York

10 Nov, 2012

Helicopter Mission in New YorkNEW YORK-- A New York Army National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk flies in front of the Freedom Tower, which is under construction in New York City, during a mission in support of Operation Sandy, the New York National Guard response to Hurricane Sandy's impact on New York City and Long Island. More than 3,000 New York National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are on duty and Army National Guard helicopters had flown more than 75 missions as of Nov. 9.
Engineers Clearing Roads

9 Nov, 2012

Engineers Clearing RoadsBEDFORD HILLS--Soldiers from the 827th and 1156th EN’s, comprising Task Force 204th, with assistance from the NYG discuss safely removing a downed tree on Croton Lakes Road, in Bedford, NY. The Guard’s primary role is to clear debris to allow for passage of Fire, Ambulance, and Police vehicles. In Northern Westchester, they are presently working closely with ConEd in Bedford Hills and Armonk to expedite power restoration for their customers. Upon receipt of a request originating from Westchester OEM, Joint Task Force Sandy, based at Camp Smith assigned the mission to TF 204th to assist with tree removal in over a dozen townships. Soldiers receive prioritized areas of operations and are moving from town to town once ConEd ensures lines are de-energized. The 204th EN BN is based in Binghamton, NY and this is the second consecutive year the Battalion has had a prolonged Civil Support Mission for the residents of New York State.
Engineers Clear Damage in Rockaway

9 Nov, 2012

Engineers Clear Damage in RockawayFAR ROCKAWAY, NY-- Members of the 204th Engineer Battalion work to clear streets in Far Rockaway on Nov. 8. The Queens community was battered by Hurricane Sandy when it hit on Oct. 30. The Guard engineer Soldiers have been working to clear debris left by the storm.
Fuel Operations Critical to New York City

7 Nov, 2012

Fuel Operations Critical to New York CityFLOYD BENNET FIELD, Queens-- New York Army National Guard logistics experts speak with New York City Office of Emergency Management officials at the Logistical Support Area established here on Tuesday, Nov. 5, as a FEMA tanker tops off a Guard fueler that will go on to fuel city and other government vehicles as the region recovers from Hurricane Sandy . On Nov. 5 Guard units pumped 20,000 gallons of fuel into 1750 government vehicles.
Troops Supporting Sandy Recovery

6 Nov, 2012

Troops Supporting Sandy RecoveryLONG BEACH, N.Y. - New York Army National Guard Spc. Cory Utter from South New Berlin, N.Y. helps clear debris as part of the National Guard relief support here Nov. 2 following severe damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Senior Airman Christopher Muncy, 106th Rescue Wing.
Guard Soldiers Distribute Aid

6 Nov, 2012

Guard Soldiers Distribute AidLONG BEACH-- New York Army National Guard Soldiers pass out emergency food rations to local residents here during a Point Of Distribution mission on Monday, Nov. 5. More than 3,300 New York National Guard Soldiers, as well as 800 Soldiers and Airmen from the National Guards of Pennsylvania, Deleware, Ohio, and Massachusetts are on hand to aid residents, along with federal troops in a the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
Adjutant General Hosts National Guard Chief

5 Nov, 2012

Adjutant General Hosts National Guard ChiefNEW YORK-- Army Major General Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General of New York and Army Gen. Frank Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau survey the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy while flying in a New York Army National Guard UH-60 on Friday, Nov. 2. Grass, who sits on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited New York and New Jersey to observe Guard units in action responding to Hurricane Sandy.
National Guard Continues Fuel Support to NYC

5 Nov, 2012

National Guard Continues Fuel Support to NYCNEW YORK - New York Army National Guard Soldiers provide fuel to city buses Nov. 5 at the National Guard’s logistics support base established in Brooklyn. The National Guard converted two Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) fuelers and transported them here late on Nov. 4 to pump unleaded fuel in support of the vehicle needs of New York City emergency response vehicles. The military vehicles normally contain and dispense diesel fuel. U.S. Army photo by Lt. Col. Kaarlo Hietala, New York National Guard. (RELEASED).
Guardsmen Deliver Fuel on Staten Island

3 Nov, 2012

Guardsmen Deliver Fuel on Staten IslandSTATEN ISLAND--Army Sgt. Adama Ilbouda, left, with the New York Army National Guard, and Tech. Sgt. David Tayler, with the New York Air National Guard’s 274th Air Support Operations Squadron, distribute fuel at the Staten Island Armory, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, to those affected by Hurricane Sandy. The fuel, available at no charge to those who need it, was provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and distributed at various armories throughout the New York and northern New Jersey areas.
Soldier Demonstrates Emergency Rations

2 Nov, 2012

Soldier Demonstrates Emergency RationsNEW YORK -- New York Army National Guard Spec. Eric Ramos a member of the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry, provides a class on how to use the heater in FEMA emergency rations to volunteers at Confucius Plaza . New York National Guard delivery and distribution of food and water at this one location services two buildings (44 stories and 22 stories) with a population of over 3000 people. The residents are non-english speaking and the videos and presentation will assist volunteers with safety and use as they conduct health and wellness checks daily.
Governor and Speaker Help Guard Soldiers

1 Nov, 2012

Governor and Speaker Help Guard SoldiersNEW YORK-- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver work with New York Army National Guard Soldiers of the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry at the Lexington Avenue Armory load emergency food supplies for distribution to New York City residents on Thursday Nov. 1. The governor has deployed more than 2,800 New York National Guard Soldiers and Airmen to respond to the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy
Guard Soldiers Evacuate Bellevue Hospital

31 Oct, 2012

Guard Soldiers Evacuate Bellevue HospitalNEW YORK CITY-- Soldiers assigned to the New York Army National Guard’s 3rd Platoon of Company A, 1-69th Infantry rush a patient from Bellevue Hospital on Wednesday night, Oct. 31 after the decison was made to evacuate the hospital. Despite losing power when Hurricane Sandy hit on Monday, Oct. 29, the hospital stayed open using an emergency generator on the roof which was refueled by 1-69th Soldiers carrying five gallon fuel jugs up 13 floors to keep the 1000 gallon tank filled. 150 Soldiers were called out to respond to the evacuation order to move 500 patients after millions of gallons of water were discovered in the basement.
105th Airlift Wing Rolls Out for Sandy Relief

31 Oct, 2012

105th Airlift Wing Rolls Out for Sandy ReliefSTEWART ANGB Newburgh, N.Y. --Staff Sgt’s Sean Hughes and Michael Guzman, 105 MXS, loading fellow deployers mobility bags as members of the 105th Airlift Wing and 213 Engineering Installation Squadron prepare to deploy in response to Hurricane Sandy Wednesday morning Oct. 31, 2012. The Airmen are among more than 2,400 Army and Air National Guard Soldiers deployed at the order of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. The Airmen are part of Joint Operations Area 3, Joint Task Force 3 Hurricane relief operations.
Manpower and Equipment Headed to Camp Smith

30 Oct, 2012

Manpower and Equipment Headed to Camp SmithLATHAM--Twenty members of the New York Air National Guard utilizing Army National Guard Humvee’s deployed for Camp Smith today in response to Hurricane Sandy. Upon arrival at Camp Smith, the personnel will receive their orders and be placed into action.
Governor Greets Troops Deployed For Sandy

29 Oct, 2012

Governor Greets Troops Deployed For SandyFARMINGDALE-- New York Army National Guard Spec. Lydia Graham, a member of the 442nd Military Police Company from Brooklyn New York speaks with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo as he inspected National Guard Soldiers deployed to the Farmingdale Armed Forces Reserve Center in response to Hurricane Sandy on Monday Oct. 29 250 Soldiers from the 102nd MP Battalion and another 100 from the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry are posted at the Armory to prepare to respond to local government requests for assistance when the storm passes.
Soldiers Respond to Governor’s Order

28 Oct, 2012

Soldiers Respond to Governor’s OrderLATHAM, NY--New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 206th Military Police Company prepare to move out on a road march from New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs Headquarters here to the Farmingdale Armed Forces Reserve Center as part of the New York State response to Hurricane Sandy on Sunday, Oct. 28. The Soldiers are among more than 1,100 Army and Air National Guard Soldiers and Airmen deployed at the order of New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to respond to the storm.
Getting Ready for Hurricane Sandy

26 Oct, 2012

Getting Ready for Hurricane SandyLATHAM -- New York Army National Guard Private Cory McLean, a wheeled vehicle mechanic assigned to the 206th Military Police Company prepares a M1151 HMMWV for emergency response in advance of Hurricane Sandy, Oct. 26. The New York Army and Air National Guard began preparing to respond if directed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday, Oct. 26 as the storm moved up the Atlantic coast.
New Medical Command Boss Takes Over

24 Oct, 2012

New Medical Command Boss Takes OverLATHAM-- Col. Colonel James Coleman accepts the guidon of the New York Army National Guard Medical Command from Major General Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General of New York and Commander of the New York Army National Guard, during Change-of-Command ceremonies here on Sunday, Oct. 21. Coleman a flight surgeon with four combat tours under his belt, took over from Col. Greg Meinking who is retiring after 32 years of service.
105th Puts New Skills to the Test

24 Oct, 2012

105th Puts New Skills to the TestSTEWART ANGB NEWBURGH, N.Y. -New York Air National Guard maintainers belonging to the 105th Airlift Wing watch a 17 Globemaster III, taxi out for a late morning flight Oct. 19, 2012.Only 15 months after beginning conversion to the Globemaster III, Stewart aircrew, aircraft maintainers, and logistics readiness airmen generated four C-17 aircraft launches in a 3.5 hour window late Friday morning, 19, October 2012. Of seven unit possessed aircraft, six were flying airlift for the Department of Defense highlighting the training and capabilities of the 105th Airlift Wing.
New York Guard Leaders Meet Troops

23 Oct, 2012

New York Guard Leaders Meet TroopsBAGRAM, Afghanistan-- New York National Guard Command Sgt. Major Frank Wicks and Major General Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General of New York, pose with members of HHC 427th Brigade Support Battalion during a visit to Afghanistan to meet New York National Guard Soldiers and Airmen they conducted from Oct. 13 to 19. The two leaders met Soldiers and Airmen from the Company B 3rd Battalion 126th Aviation, the 105th Security Forces Group, the 109th Airlfit Wing, the 14th Finance Detachment, Joint Force Headquarters, and the New York Strategic Transition Team, as well as the 427th. The logistics Soldiers of the 427th are playing a key role in inventorying and moving equipment out of Afghanistan.
Aviation Brigade Command Change

22 Oct, 2012

Aviation Brigade Command ChangeLATHAM-- New York Army National Guard Col. Albert Ricci accepts the colors of the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade from Major General Steven Wickstrom, the commander of the 42nd Infantry Division, during change-of-command ceremonies at the Army Aviation Support Facility here on Saturday, Oct. 20. Ricci took over command of the brigade from Col. Mark Stryker who is retiring after 31 years of service.
Naval Militia Responds to Sandy

30 Oct, 2012

Naval Militia Responds to SandyLATHAM-- CDR. David Hawley, CW03 Larry Cassidy and MT1 Robert Morisseau of the New York State Naval Militia respond to requests for assistance in response to Hurricane Sandy on Tuesday, October 30, 2012.
EOD Soldiers Participate in Family Readiness Race

22 Oct, 2012

EOD Soldiers Participate in Family Readiness RaceCOLONIE-- New York Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Eric Lautenschlager, a member of the 1108th Ordnance Company (Explosive Ordnance Disposal)crosses the finish line at the New York National Guard Family Readiness Council race at Crossings Park here on Sunday, Oct. 21 wearing a bomb suit, accompanied by 1108th 1st Sgt. Kevin Conklin. A three-man team from the 1108th participated in the fund-raising event by running the 60 pound suit for a mile each. Conklin was the first man in the relay. The race was won by Dave Thoman, an Albany resident. The top woman runner was Allison Bradley, also of Albany.
New York ’ Boss Lift’ for Employers

20 Oct, 2012

New York ’ Boss Lift’ for EmployersINDIANAPOLIS, Indiana--New York Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Kevin Bradley speaks to New York employers during an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve "Boss Lift" on Friday, Oct. 19. Twenty-seven representatives of companies which have committed to hire members of the Guard and Reserve were flown to Indianapolis on board a New York Air National Guard C-17 on a training flight and treated to a presentation on Guard capabilities and the importance of hiring Guard members put on by Panther Racing and the Indiana National Guard. The Panther Racing team is sponsored by the National Guard and conducts ESGR events as part of that relationship. The employers also got a chance to visit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as part of the trip.
Guard Soldier Works With Afghan Teachers

17 Oct, 2012

Guard Soldier Works With Afghan TeachersSPIN BOLDAK, Afghanistan-- New York Army National Guard Sgt. Andrew Brechko ( far left) leads an Afghan teachers seminar held at Forward Operating Base Spin Boldak here on Oct. 12, 2012. Brechko, a member of the the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and a Binghamton, NY native, led the class, which focused on teaching strategies like student assessment, teacher collaboration and establishing clear teaching objectives.
DMNA Staff Mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month

17 Oct, 2012

DMNA Staff Mark Domestic Violence Awareness MonthLATHAM-- Members of the Joint Forces Headquarters staff got together to collect donations for a domestic violence shelter to mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month on Wednesday, Oct. 17. They wore purple to mark the event. Soldiers, Airmen and civilians assigned to the Division of Military and Naval Affairs donated cash and canned goods for the cause.
101st Signal Takes Over Duties in Afghanistan

16 Oct, 2012

101st Signal Takes Over Duties in AfghanistanKANDAHAR, Afghanistan--A color guard stands at attention during the Transition of Authority Ceremony conducted here on Monday, Oct. 15 as the New York Army National Guard's 101st Expeditionary Signal Battalion took over the duties of providing communications support to American and Coalition forces in the country. The 101st replaced the Alabama Army National Guard's 115th Expeditionary Signal Battalion. This is the first time since the Korean War that the colors of the battalion have been unfurled in a combat zone.
PJs Test Marksmanship Skills

20 Sep, 2012

PJs Test Marksmanship SkillsWESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY -Pararescue Jumpers test their marksmanship skills on the range at FS Gabreski Air National Guard Station during a weeklong Pararescue Rodeo being hosted this week by the 106th Rescue Wing of the New York Air National Guard. Teams from across the country are participating. PJ Stands for Pararescue Jumper, the specialists trained to jump into water or hostile terrain to retrieve downed Airmen. The weeklong competition simulates real world scenarios testing the core skill sets of each rescue team. Event scenarios include Tactical Combat Casualty Care, Military Free-fall and Static-line parachuting Operations, Tactical Carbine and Pistol marksmanship, Zodiac Boat Operations, Maritime Navigation and High Angle / Confined-Space Rescue Operations. The competition works to foster teamwork, and esprit de corps among the Guardian Angels.
New Planes at 105th Airlift Wing

10 Oct, 2012

New Planes at 105th Airlift WingSTEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Newburg-- New York Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Brian Burns prepares the nose area of C-17 Tail Number 10188, formerly assigned to Joint Base Charleston , for painting with 105th Airlift Wing markings on Wednesday, October 10.The plane, the second of two extended range C-17s, arrived at the base on Tuesday, Oct. 9. The new planes can fly over 6,000 miles before refueling instead of the 4,000 a standard C-17 can fly. This makes the wing more flexible in responding to missions, said Col Timothy LaBarge, the commander of the 105th.
Albany Airport Firemen and Soldiers Train

2 Oct, 2012

Albany Airport Firemen and Soldiers TrainLATHAM--Albany International Airport Fire Captain Greg Gordon shows New York Army National Guard Private Ryan Couture, a UH-60 "Blackhawk" helicopter crew chief how to use a fire extinguisher during mutual training with Albany International Airport firefighters on Thursday, Sept. 27.
Base Defense Soldiers Say Goodbye

9 Oct, 2012

Base Defense Soldiers Say GoodbyeCAMP SMITH--New York Army National Guard Soldiers heading to Kuwait to man a Base Defense Operations Center pose for a photo on Monday, Oct. 8, during their farewell ceremony here. The Soldiers from the 369th Sustainment Brigade, will be responsible for security at U.S. military facilities in Kuwait.
New York National Guard Honors 21st President

5 Oct, 2012

New York National Guard Honors 21st PresidentALBANY, NY (Oct. 5, 2012)-- Brig. Gen. Anthony P. German, Chief of Staff of the New York Air National Guard, and Command Sgt. Major Frank Wicks, New York National Guard Command Sergeant Major, commemorate the 183rd anniversary of the birth of President Chester A. Arthur, 21st President of the United States, during a ceremony held at the Albany Rural Cemetery October 5, 2012. President Arthur, a former school teacher, lawyer, Republican politician and member of the New York National Guard, became president on Sept. 19, 1881 when President James Garfield died from a bullet wound suffered at the hands of an assassin on July 2, 1881.
105th Moving Army Vehicles

20 Sep, 2012

105th Moving Army VehiclesSTEWART ANGB, Newburgh N.Y. -- Directed by New York Air National Guard Master Sgt. Krystopher Schwandt, a Soldier from 5th Squadron 15th Cavalry, based at Fort Benning, GA, backs a Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle onto a C-17 Globemaster III assigned to the 105th Airlift Wing on Wednesday, Sept. 19. The Bradley and a Stryker Infantry Fighting Vehicle were being shown to cadets at the United States Military Academy during "Branch Week" at West Point. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael OHalloran)(Released)
442 MPs Meet U.S. Ambassador to South Africa

20 Sep, 2012

442 MPs Meet U.S. Ambassador to South AfricaPRETORIA, South Africa--U.S. Ambassador to South Africa Donald H. Gips speaks with New York Army National Guard Sgt. Anewrys Rosario, (left) and Spec. Sebastian Petion, (center), 442 Military Police Company from Queens, N.Y. during the opening day of the 2012 Africa Aerospace and Defense Airshow and Exhibition. The Soldiers are displaying their vehicle at the 2012 Africa Aerospace and Defense Airshow, Waterkloof Air Force Base. Petoria, South Africa.
New York Leaders Meet With South African Officers

26 Sep, 2012

New York Leaders Meet With South African OfficersPRETORIA, South Africa--Maj. Gen. Roy Andersen, Chief of the South African National Defence Reserve Forces, Brig. General Debbie Molefe, Director Defence Reserves, Chaplain Gen. Andrew Jamangile, Major Gen. Verle Johnston, the commander of the New York Air National Guard and Col. Ray Shields, the Director of Joint Staff for the New York National Guard, meet to discuss state partnership program initiatives.The New York National Guard Team was in South Africa as part of the United States presence at the Africa Aerospace and Defense Airshow and Exhibition.
Medivac Soldiers Deploying

2 Oct, 2012

Medivac Soldiers DeployingROCHESTER-- Family members of 43 Soldiers assigned to F Co. 1-169 General Support Aviation Battalion watch as the unit's UH-60 Blackhawks make their final fly over on their way to Ft. Hood, Texas on Saturday, Sept. 29. The Soldiers, who fly medical evacuation helicopters, will train at Fort Hood before deploying to Afghanistan.The unit conducted a farewell ceremony on Sept. 28.
Task Force Iron Soldiers Return Home

27 Sep, 2012

Task Force Iron Soldiers Return HomeSYRACUSE, N.Y. -- New York Army National Guard Spc. Josh Austin gives his daughter, Jaida, a kiss upon returning home from Afghanistan with the 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry Regiment September 26, 2012. The battalion deployed to Afghanistan as Task Force Iron, conducting security missions in various bases. The first elements of the battalion returned from demobilization at Camp Shelby, Miss., bringing some 200 Soldiers home to their families. Other Soldiers returned to their families in Newburg, Glenville, Utica, CAmp Smith and New York on Wednesday
Guardsman Supports Afghan Drug Eradication Effort

1 Oct, 2012

Guardsman Supports Afghan Drug Eradication EffortDAND DISTRICT, AFGHANISTAN - New York Army National Guard Angola, N.Y. resident Lt. Col. Russell Clark (left), poses with his interpreter in an opium poppy field as Afghan National Police (ANP) use sticks to hack off the plants' seed pods before they can be used to make heroin. The field is just one of many the Dand District ANP destroyed last spring under the mentorship of Clark and other New York Army National Guard Soldiers. Photo courtesy of Lt. Col. Russell Clark, New York Army National Guard.
New York JAGs Visit Guantanamo Bay

26 Sep, 2012

New York JAGs Visit Guantanamo BayGUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba-- Brig. Gen. James Lettko, Joint Task Force Guantanamo Deputy Commander (far left) and Col. Paul Sausville (second left), the New York National Guard's Senior Judge Advocate, Joint Force Headquarters in Latham, along with other members of the New York Army National Guard's Judge Advocate General Corps, listen to a briefing as they prepare to enter the military detention camp here on Sept. 25. The New York lawyers visited the camp to learn about the military justice issues there. Letko, is a New York Army National Guard officer on Active Duty with the Joint Task Force that runs the facility.
Air Guard Lights Up the Lake

26 Sep, 2012

Air Guard Lights Up the LakeNIAGRA FALLS--A C-130 flown by members of the New York Air National Guard’s 107th Airlift Wing lights up the sky over Lake Ontario as it drops flares during training on Sept. 25. The flares are designed to decoy a heat-seeking missile away from the aircraft. Approaching the restricted airspace over the lake reserved for military use, the navigator readied the defensive systems, the Loadmasters pulled the safety pins, and the pilots positioned the aircraft in the proper formation position. Once in the area, the aircrew dispensed their flares in reaction to simulated threats, lighting up the skies over Lake Ontario.
New York Guardsman Speaks at Fort Bliss Event

20 Sep, 2012

New York Guardsman Speaks at Fort Bliss EventFORT BLISS, TX-- New York Army National Guard Command Sgt. Major Dan Bien, the CSM of the 101st Expeditionary Signal Brigade, speaks to members of the Fort Bliss community during an event commemorating the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The 101st trainewd for deployment to Afghanistan at Fort Bliss. "...let me say thank you for not forgetting why we fight," Bien told the audience. Bien was the special guest speaker during the 9-11 Retreat and Remembrance Ceremony at Fort Bliss, Texas, Memorial Circle, Sept. 11.
New York C-17 is Air Show Attraction

24 Sep, 2012

New York C-17 is Air Show AttractionPRETORIA, South Africa--New York Air National Guard Senior Master Sgt. Jerry Ingram, a loadmaster from the 105th Airlift Wing, Newburgh, N.Y., explains the C-17 Globemaster III’s capabilities to members of the Young Lions, a South Africa youth development program. The unit is part of a U.S. military contingent displaying aircraft and equipment during the Africa Aerospace and Defense Airshow and Exhibition at the South Africa National Defense Force’s Waterkloof Air Force Base.
2-108th Soldiers Return from Deployment

24 Sep, 2012

2-108th Soldiers Return from DeploymentSYRACUSE-- The Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry Regiment and Company C of the 427th Brigade Support Battalion deployed to Afghanistan as Task Force Iron to perform a security mission in bases around that country. Another group of Soldiers arrived at Albany International Airport on Sunday night as well. The rest of the battalion is expected on Wednesday, Sept. 26.
Last C-5A Leaves Stewart Air National Guard Base

21 Sep, 2012

Last C-5A Leaves Stewart Air National Guard BaseSTEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Newburgh N.Y. --The last C-5A Galaxy assigned to the New York Air National Guard’s 105th Airlift Wing lifts off on the final flight on Sept. 19.2012. The wing began flying the massive aircraft in 1984. The wing now flies the C-17 Globemaster III.
Historic Civil War Flags Displayed at Capitol

20 Sep, 2012

Historic Civil War Flags Displayed at CapitolALBANY--New York Army National Guard Brig. Gen. Michael Swezey, commander of the 53rd Troop Command, and Rose Harvey, the commissioner of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation speak with students during a ceremony opening a historic Civil War battle flag exhibit at the State Capitol on Wednesday, Sept. 18. The exhibit " 1862: Red, White and Battered" displays the historic flags that the Division of Military and Naval Affairs holds on behalf of the state of New York. The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has been working to preserve the historic flags.
Rodeo Tests Airmen’s Rescue Skills

19 Sep, 2012

Rodeo Tests Airmen’s Rescue SkillsWESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY -- A team of Air Force Pararescue Jumpers test their water skills during a five hour Zodiac Boat race conducted on Tuesday, Sept. 18, as part of the annual PJ Rodeo Competition. The New York Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing is hosting this year’s competition. The weeklong competition simulates real world scenarios testing the core skill sets of each rescue team. Event scenarios include Tactical Combat Casualty Care, Military Free-fall and Static-line parachuting Operations, Tactical Carbine and Pistol marksmanship, Zodiac Boat Operations, Maritime Navigation and High Angle / Confined-Space Rescue Operations. The competition works to foster teamwork, and esprit de corps among the Guardian Angels.
New York Guard Unit Changes Command

19 Sep, 2012

New York Guard Unit Changes CommandTROY-- New York Guard Col. Brian Farley hands the colors of the New York Guard 10th Brigade to New York Guard Col. Larry Bishop, the Chief of Staff, during a change of command ceremony on Saturday. Sept. 15 at the South Lake Avenue Armory here. New York Guard Col. David Molik took command of the brigade.The New York Guard is the state’s defense force manned by volunteers who augment and assist the New York Army and Air National Guard.
Counterdrug Task Force at Binghamton Event

17 Sep, 2012

Counterdrug Task Force at Binghamton EventBINGHAMTON--New York Army National Guard Sgt. Scott Kramer and Spc. Robert Juliano, members of the New York National Guard Counterdrug Task Force, pose with the Binghamton Humane Society mascot during a community event on August 25. The two were manning the Counterdrug Task Force rock wall.
Naval Militia and New York Guard Train on Hudson

14 Sep, 2012

Naval Militia and New York Guard  Train on HudsonLANSINGBURGH- New York Naval Militia Patrol Boat 230 heads up the Hudson River towards Campbell Island with a New York Guard Search and Rescue Team on board during an exercise here on Friday, Sept. 14. The exercise simulated the Naval Militia and New York Guard working together to locate and rescue people stranded in a flood as part of a domestic operations exercise conducted by the 42nd Infantry Division and the 109th Airlift Wing.
107th Enlists New Airmen on Sept. 11

14 Sep, 2012

107th Enlists New Airmen on Sept. 11NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION--Seven new members join the Air National Guard on Sept. 11, 2012.Col. Jim McCready swears in the new airman while Chief Master Sgt. Dave Wohlebon holds the American flag for the ceremony. From left to right are Airman 1st Class Kirsten Peyton, Airman Lauren Libassi, Airman 1st Class Catherine Stoddard, Airman 1st Class Thomas Leaming, Senior Airman Shannon Carr, Airman Kyle Druzbik, and Airman John Danvir. (Photoby Senior Master Sgt. Raymond Lloyd.)
Guard Engineers Refurbish Mount Beacon Fire Tower

7 Sep, 2012

Guard Engineers Refurbish Mount Beacon Fire TowerBEACON, NY -- Staff Sgt. Marco Padilla and Spc Osse Jean-Pierre, Soldiers assigned to the 1156th Engineer Company, New York Army National Guard, repair and replace railings on the Mount Beacon fire observation tower, September 7, 2012. The 1156th has stayed busy over the last year providing both military and community support ranging from aid to civilian authories during Tropical Storm Irene and Tropical Storm Lee to cleaning up the old Erie Canal.
Signal Soldiers Train in New Mexico Desert

6 Sep, 2012

Signal Soldiers Train in New Mexico DesertCAMP MCGREGOR, New Mexico-- New York Army National Guard 1st Lt. Jon Santana, the commander of Company A, 101st Expeditionary Signal Battalion, answers questions from Sgt. Trisha Pinczes, a public affairs specialist with the 138th Public Affairs Detachment, during a training exercise here on August 30. Soldiers from the 101st were conducting counter-improvised explosive device training, while soldiers from the 138th were practicing their public affairs skills.
Shots on the Range

10 Sep, 2012

Shots on the RangeFORT INDIANTOWN GAP, P.A.--Brig. Gen. Harry Miller, the deputy commander of the New York Army National Guard receives a flue shot from Spec. Arthur Sievers, a medic with Headquarters Company 369th Sustainment Brigade while Sgt. Frankie Montelione watches before conducting weapons qualification at Fort Indiantown Gap on Saturday, Sept. 8. Soldiers heading to the range during the drill weekend received flu shots as part of the New York Army National Guard’s efforts to get all Soldiers immunized before flu season starts.
The 3-142nd Receives New Commander

10 Sep, 2012

The 3-142nd Receives New CommanderLATHAM, NY -- Lt. Col. Jeffery Baker, the new Battalion Commander of the 3-142nd Assault Helicopter Battalion, receives the Battalion guidon from Col. Mark Stryker, Brigade Commander of the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade during the Changing of Command of the Battalion from Lt. Col. Mark Slusar to Lt. Col. Jeffery Baker on 7 September, 2012.
Air National Guard Cargo Drop

6 Sep, 2012

Air National Guard Cargo DropFORT DRUM-- Cargo flies out of the back door of a C-130 being flown by members of the New York Air National Guard's 107th Airlift Wing above Fort Drum on August 22. The wing was practicing cargo drops in preparation for deployment to Afghanistan to support coalition forces there.
National Guard Noted for Keeping Communities Safe

5 Sep, 2012

National Guard Noted for Keeping Communities SafeCOLONIE, N.Y. - New York Air National Guard Lt. Col. Steven Fukino, center, and New York Naval Militia Lt. Commander Don McKnight speak with former New York City fireman Bill Massena and his guest at the Colonie Senior Services annual ceremony to "Remember those who keep us safe." The event highlights the contributions of local law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and other first responders who work with civic leaders to safeguard their community. Fukino, the director of domestic operations for the New York National Guard, spoke about the contributions of the National Guard’s support to first responders, providing a variety of resources and manpower during domestic emergencies. Fukino highlighted the New York National Guard’s homeland roles from September 11, 2001 through the response to Tropical Storms Irene and Lee in September 2011. Photo by Col. Richard Goldenberg, Joint Force Headquarters - NY.
Counterdrug Task Force at Schoharie Festival

4 Sep, 2012

Counterdrug Task Force at Schoharie FestivalSCHOHARIE-- Members of the New York National Guard Counterdrug Task Force help a boy get ready to negotiate the climbing wall during the "Schoharie County ~ One Year Later ~ Country Strong" festival held at the Schoharie County Fairgrounds here on August 26. The event commemorated the region's recovery from the flooding that occured on August 28, 2011 as Tropical Storm Irene hit the state. The New York National Guard responded with helicopters, troops, and supplies in response to the storm.
New York Guardsman Honored by Guard Bureau Chief

30 Aug, 2012

New York Guardsman Honored by Guard Bureau ChiefWASHINGTON-- New York Air National Guard Master Sgt. Jeffrey Lamarche ( Second from Left in the front row) was honored at a dinner held for the most outstanding members of the Army and Air National Guard by Gen. Craig McKinley, the Chief of the National Guard Bureau ( center)on August 24. Lamarche, assigned to the Eastern Air Defense Sector was recognized as Best Honor Guard Program Manager of the Year for 2012.
Adjutant General Visits Freedom Tower

29 Aug, 2012

Adjutant General Visits Freedom TowerNEW YORK-- Major General Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General of New York, (center) scrawls his name on a wall on the 39th floor of the Freedom Tower under construction at the World Trade Center location here on Wednesday, August 29. Murphy is joined by his wife Cherie and Lt. Gen. William E. Ingram, the Director of the Army National Guard. Murphy is hosting a meeting for northeastern Adjutant General's at the Lexington Avenue Armory and the group visited the Freedom Tower as part of the event.
Task Force Iron Presents Purple Heart to Soldiers

28 Aug, 2012

Task Force Iron Presents Purple Heart to SoldiersSHINDAND AIR BASE, Afghanistan - New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Joseph Bielher, commander of the 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry, Task Force Iron presents the Purple Heart to Spcs. Steven Onofrey, right, from Monroe, N.Y., and Ruben Abreu from N.Y., N.Y. at a ceremony here August 26. The two Soldiers, assigned to Company B, were recognized for wounds received during their support to OPERATION SHRIMPS NET. The Soldiers were wounded July 13 in Farah Province, Afghanistan, when insurgents attacked their M-ATV, a mine-resistant, ambush-protected all-terrain vehicle, with an IED. Also wounded was Sgt. Kieran Murphy, from Pearl River, N.Y. Murphy is now convalescing at Fort Drum. Photo courtesy of 1st Lt. Jason Uhlig, 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry.
New York Medics on Duty in Germany

24 Aug, 2012

New York Medics on Duty in GermanyHOHENFELS, GERMANY -- New York Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class William C. Vincent and Sgt. Michael P. Boulerice, medics with the 466th Area Support Medical Company from Queensbury, administer an IV to a patient at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center medical clinic here, August 22, 2012.
Guard Engineers Work at German Training Area

24 Aug, 2012

Guard Engineers Work at German Training AreaHOHENFELS, GERMANY-- A New York Army National Guard-operated construction vehicle transports gravel to deposit on the helicopter landing zone at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center here, August 15, 2012. Seventy-eight New York Army National Guard Soldiers with the 827th and 152nd Engineer Companies from the 204th Engineer Battalion from Walton, N.Y. traveled to Hohenfels to aid in troop construction projects on the base’s pre-deployment training area as part of their annual training, August 5-24.
Fire Fighting Training At 106th Rescue Wing

23 Aug, 2012

Fire Fighting Training At 106th Rescue WingWESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY - Firefighters with the New York Air National Guard's 106th Civil Engineering Squadron train with firefighters from Westhampton Beach, Brookhaven, MacArthur Airport, Manorville and East Quogue to remove victims from a burning aircraft at FS Gabreski (ANG) on August 15, 2012. Kellogg University provided the mock aircraft, which burned via propane at an estimated 1,200 degrees.
Spouses Attend PGA Miliary Appreciation Event

22 Aug, 2012

Spouses Attend PGA Miliary Appreciation EventBETHPAGE,NY - Gen. Craig McKinley, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, and Major General Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General of New York, pose with five New York Army National Guard spouses who attended a baby shower hosted by the PGA and Barclay’s Bank during Military Appreciation Day at The Barclay’s PGA Tour golf tournament at Bethpage State Park on Wednesday, August 22. They are (from left) Samantha Hahn, Kim Antal, Jessica Metzger, Nicole Campbell and her daughter Savannah Campbell, and Jennifer Lyman.
106th Rescue Wing Kicks off Air Force Week

20 Aug, 2012

106th Rescue Wing Kicks off Air Force WeekNEW YORK, NY - An HH-60 Pavehawk helicopter from the New York Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing conducts a mock water rescue in the Hudson River near the USS Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museu, during an aerial demonstration as a part of Air Force Week in New York City on Sunday, August 19. The event kicked off the week-long celebration of the United States Air Force.
Signal Soldiers Heading to Deployment

19 Aug, 2012

Signal Soldiers Heading to DeploymentSTEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Newburgh-- Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard’s 101st Expeditionary Signal Battalion board a charter plan heading for Fort Bliss, Texas, following their mobilization ceremony here on Sunday, August 19. The Soldiers bid farewell to their families and heard from Major General Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General, and other speakers--including Governor Andrew Cuomo’s representative Ms. Maryu Kaveny-- before boarding the aircraft. The battalion will deploy to Afghanistan later this month.
138th Public Affairs Det. Mobilization Ceremony

17 Aug, 2012

138th Public Affairs Det. Mobilization CeremonyThe 138th Public Affairs Detachment holds a Mobilization Ceremony at the Hotel Indigo in Latham, NY, Aug. 17, 2012. The 138th is deploying to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where they will provide media and logistical support to the task force there.
Kids Learning Climbing Skills from Air Guard

16 Aug, 2012

Kids Learning Climbing Skills from Air GuardSCOTIA, NY (08/16/12) - Megan Lambert gets prepared to climb a rock wall sponsored by the New York National Guard Counterdrug Task Force at Stratton Air National Guard Base on August 16th, 2012. Assisting Megan is Senior Airman Chris Pierson from Counterdrug. Airman Pierson said these activities are presented as an alternative to taking drugs. It’s going great today. They are learning a lot. These activities help the kids learn how to overcome the challenges in life.
42nd Division Family Day

14 Aug, 2012

42nd Division Family DayPOSTENKILL-- Children of Soldiers assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion of the Troy-based 42nd Infantry Division enjoy Family Day activities with Daisy the Clown at the Sullivan Jones Veterans of Foreign Wars Post here on Sunday August 12. The annual event brings Soldiers and their families together for food and fun.
Air and Army Guard Train Together

10 Aug, 2012

Air and Army Guard Train TogetherSTRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE , Scotia N.Y. --New York Army National Guard Soldiers from the 42nd Infantry Division load personnel and cargo onto a C-130 Hercules aircraft here on August 10th, 2012. The Soldiers were training to deploy an advance part from the division headquarters, according to Lt. Col. John Andonie, the Division Operations Officer. The 42nd were heading to Fort Pickett, Virginia to set up a Command and Control Center which would initiate communication back to Operations.
Secretary of Defense Visits Niagara Falls.

10 Aug, 2012

Secretary of Defense Visits Niagara Falls.NIAGARA FALLS-- Members of the New York Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve, Army Reserve and New York Army National Guard, listen to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta during his visit to Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station on Thursday, August 9. The Reserves and National Guard play a key role in the defense of the United States Paneta said. The Secretary visited the base at the request of local leaders. The base, run by the 914th Airlift Wing of the Air Force Reserve is home to the 107th Airlift Wing of the New York Air National Guard as well as an Armed Forces Reserve Center housing the Headquarters Troop of the Army National Guard’s 2nd Squadron 101st Cavalry and Army Reserve units.
Signal Soldiers in the Mud at Drum

10 Aug, 2012

Signal Soldiers in the Mud at DrumFORT DRUM,NY -- New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 101st Expeditionary Signal Battalion move under concertina wire while reacting to simulated direct fire while during a dismounted execution training here Aug 9th. The Soldiers of the 101st Expeditionary Signal Battalion are slated to deploy to Afghanistan later this year and are conducting pre-mobilization training at Fort Drum.
Rescue Squadron Members Training Hard

9 Aug, 2012

Rescue Squadron Members Training HardFS GABRESKI Air National Guard Station-- A New York Air National Guard Airman of the 103rd Rescue Squadron, an element of thew 106th Rescue Wing, conducts a casualty evacualtion drill here on August 1. Major General Verle Johnston, the commander of the New York Air National Guard observed the training.
New York Army Guard Blackhawks Over West Point

20 Jul, 2012

New York Army Guard Blackhawks Over West PointWEST POINT-Four UH-60 Blackhawks belonging to the New York Army National Guard’s Company B 3-142nd Assault Helicopter Battalion fly over the United States Military Academy at West Point on July 17. The NYARNG aviators were providing aviation support during cadet field training. They airlifted 160 cadets as part of aviation familiarization training. The unit has been supporting USMA training for over two decades
Signal Soldiers on Patrol

2 Aug, 2012

Signal Soldiers on PatrolFORT DRUM " New York Army National Guard Soldiers with the 101st Expeditionary Signal Battalion practice reacting to direct fire while going through obstacles during a dismounted execution training here Aug 1. The 101st Expeditionary Signal Battalion are slated to deploy to Afghanistan later this year.
Practicing Pinacle Landings

2 Aug, 2012

Practicing Pinacle LandingsDOUBLE EAGLE, N.M. - Pilots and crewmembers of Detachment 1, Company B, 1st Battalion, 126th Aviation practice a pinacle landing above a mesa rise northwest of Albuquerque near Double Eagle Airport. Detacnment 1, from Rochester, is currently stationed at Fort Hood, Texas where they linked up with the 126th Battalion headquarters from Edgewood, Md. to train up for their second deployment to Afghanistan in late August in support of Operation Endurinng Freedom.
Top Army Installation Manager Visits New York.

2 Aug, 2012

Top Army Installation Manager Visits New York.UTICA, NY- Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installation, Energy and Environment discusses New York Army National Guard facilities energy conservation initiatives with Col. Ray Shields, New York National Guard Director of Joint Staff (Right) and Lt. Col. Andrew Stewart, New York National Guard Construction and Facilities Management Officer (Center) outside the Utica Armory during an installation visit on Thursday, August 2.She also visited the Thompson Road Armory in Syracuse.
Naval Militia and New York Guard Train Together

2 Aug, 2012

Naval Militia and New York Guard Train TogetherVERPLANCK-- Members of the New York Guard’s Search and Rescue Team board New York Naval Militia Patrol Boat 301 at the Viking Boat Yard here on Wednesday August 1. The New York Naval Militia patrol boatd transported the team up the Hudson River to West Point in a joint operation conducted as part of Operation Trojan Horse, an interagency maritime security exercise conducted in New York City and on the Hudson River. The exercise gave the two state defense forces experience in working with each other.
Combatives Training for Deploying Signal Soldiers

1 Aug, 2012

Combatives Training for Deploying Signal SoldiersFORT DRUM-- New York Army National Guard 2nd lt. Alicia Seda, a member of Company C, 101st Expeditionary Signal Battalion from New York City, gets tips on combative techniques from Sgt. 1st Class Michael Benware, from Philadelphia during training here on July 30. Seda and other members of the 101st Expeditionary Signal Battalion are preparing to deploy to Afghanistan later this year.
Signal Soldiers Conduct Tactical Training at Drum

30 Jul, 2012

Signal Soldiers Conduct Tactical Training at DrumFORT DRUM-- Soldiers of the 101st Expeditionary Signal Battalion conduct training on the tactical manuever lanes here on July 26 during pre-mobilization training. The Soldiers are preparing to deploy to Afghanistan later this year.
NY Guard Completes Annual Training 2012

30 Jul, 2012

NY Guard Completes Annual Training 2012CAMP SMITH TRAINING SITE - New York Air National Guard Maj. Gen. Verle Johnston congratulates New York Guard troops on a job well done, as they stand in formation during the Annual Training 2012 graduation ceremony here, July 28. The New York Guard volunteers are part of the state defense force, augmenting and supporting Soldiers and Airmen of the New York Army and Air National Guard. Photo by Warrant Officer Ubon Mendie, New York Guard.
Signal Soldiers Train on Land Navigation

29 Jul, 2012

Signal Soldiers Train on Land NavigationFORT DRUM- Soldiers assigned to the 101st Expeditionary Signal Battalion check their location during land navigation training here on July 27. The Soldiers are conducting pre-mobilization training as they prepare to deploy to Afghanistan later this year.
NY Guard Members Learn Rescue Techniques

26 Jul, 2012

NY Guard Members Learn Rescue TechniquesCAMP SMITH TRAINING SITE -- New York Guard Search and Rescue volunteers receive emergency helicopter evacuation procedures from NY State Police Technical Sgt. Duwayne Tinsley during annual training here July 26. During the week-long training, troops excersied various response strategies to ensure the saftey of New Yorkers during a state emergency. New York Guard personnel are capable of asssiting local first responders in locating stranded persons during disaster or when otherwise tasked. Photo by Warrant Officer Ubon Mendie, New York Guard.
Adjutant General Welcomes 107th MP Company

25 Jul, 2012

Adjutant General Welcomes 107th MP CompanyLATHAM, N.Y. -- State Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Patrick Murphy, welcomes Soldiers from the 107th Military Police Company back home from their year-long deployment to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba at the Desmond Hotel in Latham during the 107ths first of three yellow ribbon events conducted for returning Soldiers and their families on July 21.
Learning to Hook Howitzers

24 Jul, 2012

Learning to Hook HowitzersFORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Two Soldiers give the pilot of a New York Blackhawk the thumbs up after they completed hooking their 105 mm howitzer to the bottom of the aircraft. The Soldiers are members of Battery B, 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery who were at Fort Drum for Air Assault training where they train to sling-load their howitzers to helicopters and move to a pre-determined area to barrage the enemy with surprise artillery strikes
Afghan Children Greet NY Soldier in Spin Boldak

24 Jul, 2012

Afghan Children Greet NY Soldier in Spin BoldakSPIN BOLDAK, AFGHANISTAN - New York Army National Guard Col. Alden Saddlemire greets Afghan children near the distric center here July 23. Saddlemire, deployed as the deputy commander of the area&rsquot;s Security Force Assistance Team, was in Spin Boldak for meetings with the U.S. State Department and the Afghan district governor Mohammad Hasim Agha, along with elders of the province. Courtesy photo.
Grenade Training at Fort Drum

19 Jul, 2012

Grenade Training at Fort DrumFORT DRUM-- New York National Guard Spec. Daniel Hoysradt, of Ancram , NY, prepares to lob a dummy hand grenade from behind cover here on July 18. He is one of the many Soldiers deploying to Afghanistan with the 101 Expeditonary Signal Battalion. �We don&rsquot;t get to do this all the time," said.
Naval Miltia on Duty on Lake Champlain

20 Jul, 2012

Naval Miltia on Duty on Lake ChamplainROUSES POINT-- New York Naval Militia Patrol Boat 230 conducts operations in support of the United States Border Patrol on Lake Champlain on Friday, June 20. The Naval Militia will be assisting the Border Patrol in ensuring that boaters entering the United States from Canada check at U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The Naval Militia will be on duty during weekends from now until August 19.
New York Guard Soldiers’ Valor Recognized

19 Jul, 2012

New York Guard Soldiers’ Valor RecognizedBAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan--Command Sgt. Maj. Charlie G. Chavez,(left) 401st Army Field Support Brigade command sergeant major and Col. Michel M. Russell Sr.,(right) 401st AFSB commander flank New York Army National Guard Soldiers Spc. David P. Clark, Spc. Justin C. Ruiz and 1st Lt. Eric J. Leon following an awards ceremony Jun. 1 when Clark and Ruiz were awarded Army Commendation Medals with the "V" device and Combat Action Badges and Leon was awarded a Combat Action Badge. The Soldiers are members of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and are temporarily assigned to the 401st AFSB.
Rainbow Band Plays the Capitol

18 Jul, 2012

Rainbow Band Plays the CapitolALBANY, N.Y. -- New York Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer Mark Kimes leads musicians of the 42nd Infantry Division Band percussion section perform at West Capitol Park at the New York State Capitol July 18. The Soldiers are performing at public venues across New York State as part of their annual training this summer. The 42nd Infantry Division Band is the musical ambassador for the 42nd Infantry Division, New York Army National Guard. The band’s base of operations is Camp Smith, Cortlandt Manor, NY.
Gear Draw at Fort Drum

17 Jul, 2012

Gear Draw at Fort DrumFORT DRUM--New York Army National Guard Sgt. Krystal Tesoriero, a member of the 101st Expeditionary Signal Brigade, draws deployment gear from the Central Issue Facilty as premobilization training begins here on Saturday, July 15. The Soldiers are preparing to deploy to Afghanistan later this year.
109th Airmen Return from Deployment

17 Jul, 2012

109th Airmen Return from DeploymentSTRATTON ANGB, Scotia NY. --New York Air National Guard Tech.Sgt Brandon Guthinger, a flight engineer with the 109th Airlift Wing, gets a warm welcome from his wife Misty and daughter Brianna as he returns from South East Asia. Guthinger had been deployed since February.
NYARNG Aviation Trains With Army Reserve and VFD

13 Jul, 2012

NYARNG Aviation Trains With Army Reserve and VFD1SG Hansen from F Company 1-169th General Support Aviation Battalion instructs the procedures of a Medevac to members of the Army Reserve’s 401st Civil Affairs Battalion, Maynard Volunteer Fire Department, and Stittville Volunteer Fire Department. F Company 1-169th flew two UH-60 Blackhawks configured for Medevac to Marcy, NY to assist in a joint training exercise between the Army Reserve and local fire departments. Members from the fire departments would later work with soldiers from the 401st CA to call in 9 line Medevac requests to the waiting helicopters.
Rainbow Division Veterans Gather for Reunion

13 Jul, 2012

Rainbow Division Veterans Gather for ReunionSARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- New York Army National Guard Col. Phil Pugliese, left, Chief of Staff of the 42nd Infantry Division Headquarters, speaks with WWII veteran of the famed "Rainbow Division" Harold Melinek at the New York State Miliitary History Museum with Maj. Benjamin Tupper, the division public affairs officer. The three were on hand for the opening ceremony of the Rainbow DivisionVeterans Memorial Foundation 92nd Annual Reunion. The reunion, held in Albany, runs from July 12-14th. Melinek served in the division’s 42nd Chemical Company during WWII. This year marks the first large-scale gathering of the division’s Iraq war veterans under the foundation leadership of its latest chairmen, retired Maj. Gen. Joseph Taluto. Taluto, the former Adjutant General for the New York National Guard, commanded the 42nd Infantry Division in Iraq in 2005. Photo by Master Sgt. Peter Towse, 42nd Infantry Division.
Mother and Daughter Team headed for Afghanistan

13 Jul, 2012

Mother and Daughter Team headed for AfghanistanCAMP SMITH -- New York Army National Guard Specialist Alexandra Lippi (left) will deploy to Afghanistan along with her mother, Sgt. Maj. Gina Lippi when the 101st Enhanced Signal Battalion mobilizes in August. The unit is currently training at Fort Drum, N.Y.
Signal Commander Promoted to Colonel

9 Jul, 2012

Signal Commander Promoted to ColonelYONKERS, N.Y. - New York Army National Guard Brig. Gen. Michael Swezey, commander of the 53rd Troop Command, right, presents the rank insignia of colonel to Greg Dreisbach at the headquarters of the 101st Enhanced Signal Battalion here June 8. Dreisbach, from Manhattan, previously led the New York National Guard security element in New York City, Joint Task Force Empire Shield and served as the signal officer of the Army Guard’s 42nd Infantry Division in Troy, N.Y.
NY Troops Become US Citizens at White House event

5 Jul, 2012

NY Troops Become US Citizens at White House eventWASHINGTON - President Barack Obama listens as Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano administers the oath of allegiance during a military naturalization ceremony for service members in the East Room of the White House, July 4, 2012. Three New York Army National Guard Soldiers participated in the ceremony, becoming U.S. citizens. Standing third from left, front row, is Spc. Alla Victorovna Ausheva, from Company G of the 427th Brigade Support Battalion. The unit supports the 1st Battalion 258th Field Artillery. Also attending was Staff Sgt. Daniel Arcenal Geneta, born in the Philippines. Geneta joined the New York Army National Guard in 2006 and is a squad leader in the 719th Transportation Company. The third Soldier to attend was Spc. Fatima Rivera Fuentes, born in El Salvador. She serves as an aviation electronics technician in the 642nd Aviation Support Battalion. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.
State Partnership Welcomes South African Leaders

5 Jul, 2012

State Partnership Welcomes South African LeadersSTEWART ANGB, NEWBURGH, N.Y. -- Lt. Gen. Justice T. Nkonyane, Chief of Logistics, South African National Defense Force representative; with 137th Airlift Squadron flight crew members Captains Paul Sloan and Ryan Dannemann during a tour of C-17 Globemaster III, July 2, 2012. The State Partnership Program association held on the African Continent and predated the establishment of USAFRICOM. Both forces are also responsible for providing assistance to state and local civilian authorities during emergencies. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael OHalloran, 105th Airlift Wing.
New State of the Art Helicopters Added to the Fleet

3 Jul, 2012

New State of the Art Helicopters Added to the FleetLATHAM, N.Y. - Mr. Jim King, Director of Business Development for National Guard and Reserve Forces hands New York State Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Patrick Murphy the keys to two Latkotas that arrived on June 29 to the Latham-based Army Aviation Support Facility. The ceremony took place Monday, July 2, to welcome the UH-72A Light Utility Helicopters to the fleet of rotary wing aircraft operated by Detachment 1, Company A, 1-224th Aviation Service and Support Battalion. The new helicopters were purchased specifically to be used in domestic operations in aid of law enforcement or during state emergencies.
EADS Crew Perfomance is Outstanding

28 Jun, 2012

EADS Crew Perfomance is OutstandingAlpha Crew earned the Outstanding Battle Manager Command award for its flawless performance in support of the North American Aerospace Defense Command’s air defense mission and Northern Commands homeland defense mission. The crew monitored air traffic over 1 million square miles of the eastern United States and sorted more than 21,000 flights that appeared as potential tracks of interest or potential airspace violators. Alpha crew also received outstanding marks from the NORAD Inspector General team during four alert force evaluations. Front Row: Lt. Col. Paul Quigley (Flight Commander), Maj. Fred Janack, Master Sgt. Robert Zecca, Capt. Kelly Williams, Senior Airman Nick Tharrett, Lt. Col. Ricardo Rivera, Senior Master Sgt. Edward Rojo (Flight Supt) 2nd Row: Master Sgt. Steve Richmond, Tech. Sgt. Chris Kent, Master Sgt. Cathy Masson, Tech. Sgt. Lena Lewis, Staff Sgt. Vincent St. Onge, Staff Sgt. Robert Crosby, Capt. Jeremy Powell Back Row: Master Sgt. Gene DeHart, Staff Sgt. Josh Barrett, Maj. Tad Stolar, Lt. Greg Wallace, Capt. Bruce Derbyshire, Tech. Sgt. Larry Thornton, Capt. Chris Crumb, Tech. Sgt. Keith Barber, Staff Sgt. Dave Gambier, Staff Sgt. Rory Lawrence
New York Welcomes New Aircraft

29 Jun, 2012

New York Welcomes New AircraftLATHAM, N.Y. -- The New York Army National Guard welcomed two UH-72 Light Utility Helicopters to the fleet of rotary wing aircraft operated by its Army aviation units here June 29. The new helicopters were purchased specifically to be used in domestic operations in aid of law enforcement or during state emergencies. The UH-72A Lakota is the newest helicopter to enter service with the U.S. Army. It is a variant of the Eurocopter EC-145 and is manufactured in Columbus, Miss. The Lakota performs light utility and medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) missions for the Army and Army National Guard (ARNG) in areas outside a combat zone. Seating capacity of the Lakota is for two pilots and six passengers. Two stretchers can be installed for MEDEVAC missions with a crew of four: pilot, co-pilot and two medics. The helicopter’s large cockpit and cabin windows provide excellent visibility through all quadrants.
Air Guard Commander Pins Another Star

28 Jun, 2012

Air Guard Commander Pins Another StarLATHAM, N.Y. - New York Air National Guard Brig. Gen. (one-star) Verle Johnston, the Commander of the New York Air National Guard, is promoted to Major General by New York Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Patrick Murphy in a ceremony at Division of Military and Naval Affairs Headquarters on June 28. Pinning Johnston is his father, Verle Johnston, Sr. (left) and his wife, Col. Ada Johnston, also a member of the 109th Airlift Wing in Scotia. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. and holds an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as well as a law degree from Albany Law School. He is a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College and the Air War College.
On Guard at 106th Rescue Wing

27 Jun, 2012

On Guard at 106th Rescue WingWESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY - New York Air National Guard Senior Airman Tara Langella works the front gate at FS Gabreski Air National Guard Station during a major thunderstorm on June 25, 2012.Langella is a member of the 106th Security Forces Squadron.
This Range is Hot

25 Jun, 2012

This Range is HotFORT DRUM, N.Y. - While the temperature reached a summer time high of 95 degrees, Soliders from Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, A, B and C Troops, 2nd Squadron, 101st Cavalry spent the week of June 18-22 at Fort Drum familiarizing with various weapon systems. It was the first time the unit was able to pull about 225 Soldiers from Niagara Falls, Geneva and Jamestown as well as some Soldiers from the Buffalo-based Company D, 427th Brigade Support Bn. for support during refocus/qualification training since standing down for an Afghanistan deployment with the 27th Infantry Bde. Combat Team last fall. The 101st also qualified on the new M2A1 .50 caliber machine gun, vehicle mounted .50 caliber, M4 rifles and sniper tactics.
Guantanamo Ceremony for 107th MP

22 Jun, 2012

Guantanamo Ceremony for 107th MPGUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA--New York Army National Guard Citizen-Soldiers of the 107th Military Police Company stand in formation during a Transfer of Authority ceremony on June 12 as the unit turned over the security mission it had been conducting to 755th MP Co., Puerto Rican Army National Guard. The Soldiers of the unit are due to return to New York on Saturday, June 23.
New York Naval Militia at Fleet Week

21 Jun, 2012

New York Naval Militia at Fleet WeekNEW YORK CITY-- New York Naval Militia Patrol Boat BP440 appears to lead the Parade of Tall Ships during Fleet Week ceremonies in New York City on May 23, 2012. The New York Naval Militia boat assisted the United States Coast Guard in escorting naval vessels visiting New York City.
New York Soldiers on Mission in Afghanistan

13 Jun, 2012

New York Soldiers on Mission in AfghanistanAFGHANISTAN-- Major Sean Flynn, the executive officer of the New York Army National Guard’s 2nd Battalion 108th Infantry and Capt. Stephen Kitchen, the Company E Commander, brief members of Company E before they move out on a mission on June 5.
Air Guard Teams Up With Naval Militia

19 Jun, 2012

Air Guard Teams Up With Naval MilitiaOSWEGO-- Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTAC) assigned to the New York Air National Guard’s 274th Air Operations Support Group on board New York Naval Militia Patrol Boat 280 during a joint Air Guard/Coast Guard/Naval Militia maritime exercise on Monday, June 18. The Air Guard ground controllers exercised with the Naval Militia and the Coast Guard and provided them with imagery of a target vessel from an MQ-9 flying above eastern Lake Ontario.
Two War Veteran Pilot Honored by Aviators

13 Jun, 2012

Two War Veteran Pilot Honored by AviatorsISLANDIA-- Retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 Herbert Dargue, whose 43-year military career started as a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War, receives a Souvenir of his service-- a customized flight helmet signed by unit members-- from Lt. Col. Mark Slusar, the commander of the 3rd 142nd Assault Helicopter Battalion during the unit Dining In on June 2. The helmet commemorated his service in both the Vietnam and Iraq wars with paintings of a UH-1 "Huey" and a UH-60 Blackhawk. Major General Steve Wickstrom, the commander of the 42nd Infantry Division looks on during the presentation. Dargue was also awarded a Meritorious Service Medal by Wickstrom.
Guardsman Celebrates Army Birthday in Times Square

14 Jun, 2012

Guardsman Celebrates Army Birthday in Times SquareNEW YORK-- New York Army National Guard Private Cheyanne Jose Pena (center, right), a member of the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry, joins General Raymond Odierno, the Chief of Staff of the Army in cutting the Army Birthday Cake during a ceremony in Times Square on Thursday, June 14, the 237th Birthday of the United States Army. Major General Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General of New York, also took part in the event. Traditionally the oldest and youngest Soldiers present at an Army Birthday celebration cut the cake. Also taking part was Buddy Valastro (right) from the television show "Cake Boss" who made the special birthday cake.
Troops Celebrate Army Birthday at Camp Smith

15 Jun, 2012

Troops Celebrate Army Birthday at Camp SmithCAMP SMITH TRAINING SITE, CORTLANDT MANOR, N.Y. -- More than 40 New York Army National Guard Soldiers gathered here June 14th at the Chaplain Duffy Chapel/Spiritual Fitness Center to celebrate the Army’s 237th Birthday with the cutting of an Army birthday cake to celebrate the event. The cake was cut by the oldest member in attendence,, Master Sgt. David McGlynn, from the Camp Smith Range Control staff, and the units youngest Soldier , Spc. Micah Hayre, Chaplain Assistant with the 204th Engineer Battalion. Looking on, on Hayre’s left is Lt. Col. Robert Epp , the Camp Smith Installation Commander and other staff and Soldiers from the post and the 204th Engineer Battalion. Photo By Sgt. 1st Class Adam Jankowski, Headquarters Company, Camp Smith Training Site.
New York Guardsman Instructs Afghan Cops

14 Jun, 2012

New York Guardsman Instructs Afghan CopsQALAT CITY, AFGHANISTAN-- New York Army National Guard Maj. Roderick J. Cassidy, center, a member of the New York Army National Guard deployed with the judge advocate general office of the U.S. Army Stabilization Transition Team, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, goes over aspects of Afghan criminal law to leaders of the Afghan Uniformed Police Qalat Substation 1 as he conducts a refresher class in Afghan criminal law at the Provincial Meeting Center in Qalat City June 5, 2012. Cassidy taught a refresher course on Afghan criminal law to the Afghan police officers as a way to build greater law enforcement capacity within the AUP.
Picnic for Families of Deployed Soldiers

13 Jun, 2012

Picnic for Families of Deployed SoldiersUTICA-- Families and friends of the New York National Guard’s Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion 108th Infantry gather at the Utica Zoo on Sunday, June 10 for a Family Readiness Group picnic. The Soldiers are currently deployed to Afghanistan. About 150 people attended the event which was sponsored by the Family Readiness Group, the Red Cross and Friends of the Utica Armory.
Engineers Working on the Erie Canal

11 Jun, 2012

Engineers Working on the Erie CanalCOHOES, N.Y. - Soldiers from New York Army National Guard’s 1156th Engineer Company and 152nd Engineer Company leveled trees and removed tons of underbrush in the ruins of the Erie Canal located in the center of the City of Cohoes on June 11 as part of a trail-clearing process. The Soldiers were conducting innovative readiness training as part of their Annual Training.
Airman on Patrol

1 Jun, 2012

Airman on PatrolWESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY - New York Air National Guard Airman First Class Luke McNamara conducts a patrol at FS Gabreski Air National Guard Station on May 29, 2012. A1C McNamara is a member of the 106th Security Forces Squadron, and training to become a civilian police officer.
New York Guard Officer Recognized

7 Jun, 2012

New York Guard Officer RecognizedNEW YORK--Major General Robert Wolfe, the commander of the New York Naval Militia, presents the New York State Defense of Liberty Medal to New York Guard Major Michael Lonski on May 23. The award recognizes the support that Lonksi, a trauma psychologist, provided to members of the National Guard and the New York Military Forces in the days following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. The ceremony took place on the HMCS Iroquois. The Canadian destroyer was docked in New York for Fleet Week ceremonies. The New York Guard is the state’s volunteer defense force.
NY National Guard Prepares Future Leaders

7 Jun, 2012

NY National Guard Prepares Future LeadersCAMP SMITH TRAINING SITE, CORTLANDT MANOR, N.Y. - New York Army National Guard Officer Candidate Brian Elliott, from North Valley Stream, N.Y., occupies a hasty defensive position during field training of the National Guard’s Officer Candidate School Class 57 here April 21. Photo courtesy of Lt. Col. Tammy Mandwelle, 2nd Battalion, 106th Regional Training Institute.
Lexington Avenue Armory Ceremony for Fire Fighters

6 Jun, 2012

Lexington Avenue Armory Ceremony for Fire FightersNEW YORK CITY-- A giant American flag hoisted between two Fire Department New York trucks marks the front door of the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs Lexington Avenue Armory on Wednesday, June 6. The Armory hosted an award ceremony for the Fire Department at which Mayor Michael Bloomberg honored outstanding firefighters.
Girl Scouts Memorialize Guard Soldiers

6 Jun, 2012

Girl Scouts Memorialize Guard SoldiersLATHAM, N.Y. -- Ariana Bletz, 6, and her mother Adrianne Bletz, from Daisy Troop 1552 in Watervliet, N.Y. help plant flowers at the flag pole of the New York National Guard Joint Force Headquarters here June 3. The Daisy Troop and its leaders volunteer to plant red, white and blue flowers at the headquarters as a tribute to the servicemen and women of the New York National Guard.
Vintage USO Show at Military Museum

1 Jun, 2012

Vintage USO Show at Military MuseumSARATOGA SPRINGS-- The Manhattan Dolls, who perform as a 1940s girl group perform for visitors at the New York State Military Museum on May 19. Friends of the New York State Military Museum, a group dedicated to helping fund exhibits at the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs, NY staged a reenactment of a 1943 USO radio show on Saturday May 19 in order to raise money for the museum.
Task Force Iron on the job in Afghanistan

2 Jun, 2012

Task Force Iron on the job in AfghanistanSHINDAND AIR BASE, AFGHANISTAN -- New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Joseph Bieler, right, and Command Sgt. Maj. David Oliver, of the Army National Guard’s 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry, uncase the battalion colors during the unit’s transfer of authority ceremony here May 26. The 2-108th is working with the Afghan National Security Forces in a Security Assistance and Advisory role.
Adjutant General Visits New York Troops

6 Apr, 2012

Adjutant General Visits New York TroopsCAMP SHELBY, Miss-- Major General Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General of New York, speaks to New York Army National Guard Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion 108th Infantry during a visit to the Joint Forces Training Center here on April 4. The Soldiers are training to prepare to deploy overseas.
Guard Chaplain Delivers Memorial Day Prayer

30 May, 2012

Guard Chaplain Delivers Memorial Day PrayerENDICOTT-- New York Army National Guard Chaplain Candidate ( 1st Lt.) Timothy Miller, a member of the 204th Engineer Battalion, delivers the invocation at the Memorial Day Ceremony in Endicott on May 28. Miller was one of several speakers at the event.
Guard Recruiter Honored by Community, Mayor

29 May, 2012

Guard Recruiter Honored by Community, MayorCOLLEGE POINT, Queens-- New York Army National Guard Master Sgt. Jessica Huff poses with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg during the College Point Memorial Day Parade on Sunday May. 27. Huff, the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of the New York Army National Guard Recruiting Station in Brooklyn and a 29-year military veteran, served as the Grand Marshall for the community’s 2012 Memorial Day Parade.
204th Engineers are "Salute" Unit of the Year

30 May, 2012

204th Engineers are LATHAM--Leaders of the New York Army National Guard’s 204th Engineer Battalion receive the Salute Magazine "Unit of the Year" award from Salute representative Johnny Underwood, during an informal event at Division of Military and Naval Affairs Headquarters. The magazine is distributed free on military bases around the country. The unit, with companies in Kingston, Horseheads, Walton, Buffalo and Binghamton, was recognized for their response to Tropical Storms Irene and Lee in 2011.Pictured are, from left: Capt. Thomas Rome, Battalion Assistant Operations Officer; Lt. Col. James Freehart, Battalion Commander; Major Erik Stevens, Battalion Executive Officer; and Sgt. 1st Class Christophere Hatala, Forward Support Company Readiness Sergeant.
Guard Air Base Serves Vice President

29 May, 2012

Guard Air Base Serves Vice PresidentSTEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Newburgh--Vice President Joseph Biden, Keynote Speaker for United States Military Academy Class of 2012 Graduation passes a New York Air National Guard Security Force Airman after speaking to the cadets at West Point on Saturday, May 26.
Fallen Guard Soldiers Remembered in Ceremony

24 May, 2012

Fallen Guard Soldiers Remembered in CeremonyLATHAM--New York Army National Guard Command Sgt. Major Frank Wicks reads the names of the 31 New York Army National Guard Soldiers and one member of the New York Naval Militia who died in a combat zone or were killed in action during the annual Division of Military and Naval Affairs Memorial Day service on May 25. The service included remarks by Major General Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General and Mary Kavaney the assistant to the state Deputy Secretary for Public Safety.
Rochester Aviators Mobilize

23 May, 2012

Rochester Aviators MobilizeROCHESTER--Members of the New York National Guard’s Detachment 1 Cpmpany B,3rd Battalion 126 Aviation (Heavy Lift) stand in formation on the hanger floor at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Rochester on Wednesday, May 23, before deploying to Afghanistan for a nine month tour in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. This is the unit’s second deployment to Afghanistan.
New York Guard Bandsman recognized

7 May, 2012

New York Guard Bandsman recognizedCAMP SMITH-- New York Guard Major Douglas Hedwig (left) poses with Maryland Defense Force Major Jari Villanueva who visited New York Guard headquarters here on Saturday, May 5 to honor Hedwig who is retiring from the state’s volunteer defense force. Hedwig has served as the commander of the New York Guard Band, joining after the 9/11 attacks, and provided advice to Villanueva on organizing a Maryland state guard band. Villanueva provided the New Yorker with Maryland Defense Force patches as a token of esteemUnder Hedwig’s leadership the New York Guard band has performed in parades and at public events, as well as for veterans. Hedwig is also the composer of the New York Naval Militia March
Joint Task Force Soldiers, Airmen On Army TV

17 May, 2012

Joint Task Force Soldiers, Airmen On Army TVFORT HAMILTON-- At an early morning formation on Thursday, May 17, members of Joint Task Empire Shield Bravo Company look on as Joint Task Force Empire Shield Commander LTC Peter Riley and Joint Forces HQ State Chaplain CH (COL) Eric Olsen coined 2LT Zadell-Scafe -369th HHC , SFC Esquilin -369th HHC (both from Bravo Company JTF-ES) and SSGT Quiroga 106 RQW Air National Guard (Charlie Company JTF-ES) for their excellence, and being selected to be interviewed to by the Center of Army Profession and Ethicss (CAPE). The film crew from CAPE filmed the coining presentation, Service members on post, and interviewed the services about their experience in receiving APET (Army Profession and Ethics training) while on Joint task Force Empire Shield. The three service members coined were selected from among 58 who were APET certified on the Task Force
Change of Command in Queensbury

21 May, 2012

Change of Command in QueensburyQUEENSBURY-- New York Army National Guard Captain Michael Manss accepts the guidon of the 1427th Transportation Company from Lt. Col. Rob Mitchell during change-of-command ceremonies at the Queensbury Readiness Center on Saturday, May 19. Manss takes over command of the company from Capt. John Klims.
New York Guard Trains at Oriskany

18 May, 2012

New York Guard Trains at OriskanyNew York State Preparedness Training Center -- Oriskany, NY -- New York Army National Guard Pfc. Alexander Ladighin of the 222 Chemical Company and New York Guard Pvt. Jose Castro, of the 88th Brigade, work together to build a decontamination tent during Homeland Response Force training here, May 16. Both decontamination teams train side-by-side to ensure the quickest and most accurate support to civil authorities in the State of New York. In the event of a chemical attack, both teams would be called to active duty by an executive order of the New York State Governor.
New Yorkers Compete in Best Warrior Contest

16 May, 2012

New  Yorkers Compete in Best Warrior ContestCAMP SMITH, NY-- New York Army National Guard Specialist Brian Lekhmus, from Salt Point, NY; and Sgt. David Martinson, from Albany, take a break on May 16 while competing in the Northeast Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition being held at Camp Smith Training Site May 15-17. The competition pits top non-commissioned officers and junior enlisted Soldiers from New England, New York and New Jersey against each other to determine who will represent the region in a national competition. The Soldiers were tested on military knowledge, physical fitness, marksmanship, land navigation, and Soldier tasks.
Moving a Block Trains Homeland Responders

17 May, 2012

Moving a Block Trains Homeland RespondersORISKANY-New York Army National Guard Sgt. John Grace, member of the 1156th Engineer Company Search and Extraction Team, places a roller in front of a two-ton block as it moves 75 feet past obstacles at the New York State Preparedness Training Center, May 14, 2012. The exercise helped train Soldiers to rescue civilians from collapsed buildings and is one component of Homeland Response Force validation training for supporting civil authorities in the event of a national disaster.
NY Guard Lends Expertise to Response Force

16 May, 2012

NY Guard Lends Expertise to Response ForceNEW YORK STATE PREPAREDNESS TRAINING CENTER, ORISKANY, N.Y. - New York Guard Staff Sgt. Francisco Hernandez of the 88th Brigade unravels water hoses used in the FEMA Region II Homeland Response Force decontamination line here May 16. About 50 state guard members train alongside their New York Army National Guard counterparts from the 222nd Chemical Company as part of the decontamination element of the Homeland Response Force. The HRF responds to Chemical, Biological, Radiological or Nuclear incidents in support of civil authorities for FEMA Region II, including New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Photo by Warrant Officer Ubon Mendie, New York Guard.
Woman World War II Pilot Visits 106th Rescue Wing

2 May, 2012

Woman World War II Pilot Visits 106th Rescue WingWESTHAMPTON BEACH--Eleanor C Faust, a Womens Air Force Service Pilot (WASP) during World War II visits the 106th Rescue Wing at F.S. Gabreski Air National Guard Station on April 10, 2012. Faust visited the wing along with members of the Civil Air Patrol. She spoke to the cadets about her experiences. During World War II WASP members acted as test pilots, ferried aircraft around the country and towed aerial gunnery targets.
Rubble Pile Ready for Disaster Training

14 May, 2012

Rubble Pile Ready for Disaster TrainingNEW YORK STATE PREPAREDNESS TRAINING CENTER, ORISKANY, N.Y. " New York National Guard Lt. Col. Matthew Cooper, Weapons of Mass Destruction Branch Chief, provides an overview of the rubble pile for members of the Homeland Response Force exercise control group here May 14. The National Guard Homeland Response Force for FEMA Region II deploys here today and will validate its ability to respond to Chemical, Biological, Radiological or Nuclear incidents using this rubble pile as a training site later this week. More than 700 members of the force will train at the Oriskany site or at the New York National Guard Armory in Utica, N.Y.
Top Guard Airman Jumps Over Long Island

15 May, 2012

Top  Guard Airman Jumps Over Long IslandWESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY - Air National Guard Command Chief Master Sergeant Christopher Muncy takes part in a tandem jump training session with Chief Master Sergeant Thomas Houghton over FS Gabreski Air National Guard Base. Muncy, the top enlisted Airman in the National Guard visited the New York Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing on Friday, May 11.
New York Naval Militia In Lake Ontario Exercise

11 May, 2012

New York Naval Militia In Lake Ontario ExerciseROCHESTER--New York Naval Militia members prepare for missions during a maritime counter terrorist drill conducted on Lake Ontario on May 10. The drill brought together local, state, federal and Canadian agencies to practice locating a terrorist vessel on Lake Ontario. Naval Militia members EO1 Scott Pease,from Macedon; EO1 Matt MacDowell, from Rochester; BU (Builder)1 Adrian Buhaj from Ilion; and EO1 Rick Stacy, from Bergen crewed two boats for the mission.Capt. Mike Tucker served as a liasion officer
Homeland Response Force Exercise Begins

15 May, 2012

Homeland Response Force Exercise BeginsNEW YORK STATE PREPAREDNESS TRAINING CENTER, ORISKANY, N.Y. -- Airman 1st Class Kevin Gwinn of the Long Island based ANG 106th Security Forces Squadron checks identification at the initial check point at the NYS Readiness Training Center, here May 15. The all-hands NY State military forces Homeland Response Force training is held in preparation for various disaster scenarios, ensuring the best response in the event of an emergency. The National Guard Homeland Response Force for FEMA Region II deploys here today and will validate its ability to respond to Chemical, Biological, Radiological or Nuclear incidents using this rubble pile as a training site later this week. More than 700 members of the force will train at the Oriskany site or at the New York National Guard Armory in Utica, N.Y.
105th Airlift Wing holds Yellow Ribbon Event

11 May, 2012

105th Airlift Wing holds Yellow Ribbon EventWEST HARRISON, N.Y. -Maj Chiu, 5th Legal Detachment 56th Brigade NY Guard, providing free legal assistance to Senior Airman Daniel Catapano, a member of the 105th Airlift Wing, at a Yellow Ribbon Reintegration event held here on May 5, 2012.
42nd Headquarters Battalion Preps for Digital Age

3 May, 2012

42nd Headquarters Battalion Preps for Digital AgeFORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion Soldiers on the advance party get one of eight Command Post of the Future tents up at a training area near Fort Drum’s Division Hill on April 18. The 42nd recieved the new equipment and is preparing for a two-event training phase throughout the month of May in order to digitally transition to an integrated division.
Pre- Mobilization Training at Camp Smith

9 May, 2012

Pre- Mobilization Training at Camp SmithCAMP SMITH--Members of the New York Army National Guard Premobilization Training Assistance Team demonstrate the proper method for evacuating a casualty from the battlefield during the lifesaving measures during pre-mobilization training taking place at Camp Smith Training Area, Cortlandt Manor, NY, May 6-15, 2012. Soldiers assigned to the 138th Public Affairs Detachment, Company B 3-126 Aviation, and 101 Expeditionary Signal Battalion are all taking part in the required training in preparation for upcoming deployments.
Ability to Survive Exercise at Stewart

8 May, 2012

Ability to Survive Exercise at StewartSTEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD, NEWBURGH, N.Y. -- Senior Airman Jade Nolcox, a member of the New York Air National Guard’s 105th Airlift Wing, assists a buddy in donning protective gear during a base exercise May 4, 2012.
New York Guard Engineers at Work

7 May, 2012

New York Guard Engineers at WorkCAMP SMITH-- New York Guard Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Lewis, a member of the 102 Engineer Battalion of the 10th Brigade works on a building during a mission at Camp Smith Training Site on May 5. The New York Guard is the state’s all-volunteer, defense force which augments and assists the New York Army and Air National Guard.
New Commander at 109th Airlift Wing

7 May, 2012

New Commander at 109th Airlift WingSTRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Scotia--Major General Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General of New York, passes the unit flag over to Colonel Shawn Clouthier, the incoming commander of the 109th Airlift Wing on Saturday May 5th 2012 at Stratton Air National Guard base, Scotia New York.
Western New York Guardsmen Represent State.

4 May, 2012

Western New York Guardsmen Represent State.CAMP ROBINSON, ARKANSAS-- Eight Army and Air National Guardsmen from Western New York represented New York at York at the annual Winston P. Wilson National shooting competition in Arkansas the last week in April. The Airmen from the 107th Airlift Wing at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station and the Soldiers from the 152nd Engineer Company, headquartered at the Connecticut Street Armory in Buffalo, were among 400 participants in the annual Skill at Arms Match held at Camp Robinson in Little Rock from April 22 to 28. Members of the New York National Guard Winston P. Wilson Match Team are, from left rear row: Air National Guard Master Sgt. Edward Stefik, Army National Guard Sgt. Timothy Jacobson, Army National Guard Sgt. John Row, Air National Guard Tech Sgt. Christopher Doherty, Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Brian Aldinger and New York State Command Sergent Major William Wicks who was not a team member. The members in the front row are, from left to right: Air Natonal Guard Tech Sgt. Warren Jones, Army Guard Staff Sgt. Michael Kapela, and Army National Guard Staff Sgt. William Snyder
Task Force On Duty On Bin Laden Death Anniversary

2 May, 2012

Task Force On Duty On Bin Laden Death AnniversaryNEW YORK-- New York Army National Guard Sgt. Leopoldo DeSilva (left) pulls security duty in Pennsylvania Station on Wednesday, May 2 with an Amtrack Police Officer. The Soldiers are members of the New York National Guard’s Joint Task Force Empire Shield which provides security augmentation to law enforcement agencies at transportation hubs in the New York metro area. The team was part of a Multi-Agency Super Surge (MASS) in which police saturate key transportation nodes to deter attacks. The May 2 MASS was the 100th time the New York National Guard supported that kind of security operation.
101st Signal Battalion Soldier Going to West Point

1 May, 2012

101st Signal Battalion Soldier Going to West PointMASTIC BEACH--New York Army National Guard Spec. Tyler Faulkner, a Soldier in the 101st Expeditionary Signal Battalion, has been selected to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point. Faulkner is one of 15 members of the Army National Guard who will be part of the Academy’s class of 2016. The Military Academy makes 85 slots available annually to Guardsmen and Reservists.
Buffalo Bills Player Participates in Freedom Salute

30 Apr, 2012

Buffalo Bills Player Participates in Freedom SaluteBUFFALO-- Buffalo Bills tight end Scott Chandler poses with New York Army National Guard Soldiers during a Freedom Salute event for the 105th Military Police Company held April 22 at the Connecticut Avenue Armory here. The Soldiers are, from left, Staff Sgt. Joseph Belmonte, a member of the 105th Military Police Company from Rochester; Sgt. Angie Mariano, a member of Company B 27th Brigade Special Troops Battalion from the Bronx; and Staff Sgt. Amanda Wheeler, a member of the 105th Military Police Company from East Aurora. The 105th Soldiers were recognized for service in Iraq in 2011.
Naval Militia Training on Hudson River

27 Apr, 2012

Naval Militia Training on Hudson RiverVERPLANCK--New York Naval Militia Member Steelworker First Class Jeff Alexander, from Berne, NY, coils a rope on board Naval Militia Patrol Board PB 400, whileconducting qualifications on the Hudson River at Verplanck on April 17, 2012.
106th Security Forces Help Wounded Warrior

25 Apr, 2012

106th Security Forces Help Wounded WarriorNEW YORK, NY - Members of the New York Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing Security Forces Squadron volunteered their time to help move in furniture to an apartment bought through the Wounded Warrior Project for an Iraq War veteran. The team also helped clean up on April 15
Personnel Recovery Training For Army Guard Soldiers

25 Apr, 2012

Personnel Recovery Training For Army Guard SoldiersFORT A.P. HILL, Va. - New York Army National Guard 1st Lt. Amy Bonilla (right), Sgt. Keith Burd and Spc. Matt Cordaro from 3rd Battalion, 142nd Assault Helicopter Battalion, orient themselves in the woods before trekking to a clear landing area for a UH-60 Blackhawk during Personal and Recovery training on Apr.18. The training is one of their Mission Essential Task List and they took the opportunity to conduct it after completing their annual aerial door gunnery training.on UH-60 Blackhawks.
Company B Aviators Change of Command

23 Apr, 2012

Company B Aviators Change of CommandRONKONKOMA -- The leadership of Company B, 642nd Aviation Support Battalion held a change of command ceremony on Apr. 15 at Army Aviation Support Facility located in Ronkonkoma. During the ceremony, 642nd commander Lt. Col. Jack James, who recently took command of the 642nd, was on hand to pass the Co. B colors between out-going commander Maj. Jason Lefton (at left) and in-coming commander, Maj. Shawn Hatch. 1st Sgt. Michael Burrow (at right) received the colors for safe keeping at the end of the ceremony. The 642nd is the aviation support unit for the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade.
Teen Volunteer works with Guard Kids

19 Apr, 2012

Teen Volunteer works with Guard KidsHALFMOON, N.Y. -- Matt Murray, a Boy Scout from Brunswick, helps 9-year olds, Kristen Rossler of Scotia and Katie Hibbard of Binghamton build a project during the 2012 New York National Guard Family and Volunteer Training Workshop at the Edge, an outdoor climbing gym, April 14. Murray volunteered as a youth mentor for the day focusing on team building activities.
Army Reservists at Stewart

19 Apr, 2012

Army Reservists at StewartSTEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, NEWBURGH, N.Y. -Soldiers of the Army Reserve’s 411th Engineering Brigade marches past the 105th Airlift Wing’s aircraft ramp to a passenger holding area April 19, 2012 following their deployment ceremony at the base. The 411th will train at a stateside location prior to deploying to Afghanistan.
Gunnery Training at Fort AP Hill

19 Apr, 2012

Gunnery Training at Fort AP HillFORT AP HILL-- Soldiers from the 3rd Battalion 142nd Assault Helicopter Battalion engage targets from a hovering UH-60 during aerial gunnery training here on Apr. 17. The unit enlisted gunners qualified by hitting stationary and moving targets with an M-240 machine gun mounted to the side of a UH-60 Blackhawk.
NY Guard Remembers Comrade lost on RMS Titanic

17 Apr, 2012

NY Guard Remembers Comrade lost on RMS TitanicMOUNT HOPE CEMETERY, Greenburgh -- Members of the New York Guard’s 88th Brigade Honor Guard present the colors during the opening of the memorial ceremony here April 14 for a former Soldier lost a century ago aboard the RMS Titanic. The memorial commemorated the service of a New York Guard member who perished while serving in his postal duties on the doomed ship 100 years ago. The troops joined two descendents and a postal service representative with local officials to remember the tragedy of the Titanic and the devotion of duty of New York Guard Pvt. William Logan Gwinn.
Aviation Soldiers Train At Fort AP Hill

18 Apr, 2012

Aviation Soldiers Train At Fort AP HillFORT A.P. HILL, Va. -- Aviation Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 142nd Assault Helicopter Battalion spent the afternoon of Apr. 17 qualifying the units enlisted Soldiers on their annual door gunnery training. The qualification consists of hitting stationary and moving targets with an M-240 machine gun mounted to the side of a UH-60 Blackhawk.
106th Rescue Wing Trains on Plum Island

16 Apr, 2012

106th Rescue Wing Trains on Plum IslandPLUM ISLAND, NY - Pararescue jumpers, combat rescue officers and Airmen from the New York Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing conduct casualty recovering training at artillery emplacements which were once part of Fort Terry, an old coast defense installation, on April 13. Located east of Long Island’s north fork the U.S. government-owned island is also home to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Plum Island Animal Disease Center.
State Emergency Official Speaks to Guard Leaders

14 Apr, 2012

State Emergency Official Speaks to Guard LeadersSARATOGA SPRINGS-- Jerome Hauer,Commissioner of the New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services receives a token of thanks from Major General Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General of New York, following a talk to the leaders of the New York Army and Air National Guard on Saturday, April 14. More than 300 National Guard Officers, as well as members of the New York Guard and New York Naval Militia participated in the annual Adjutant General’s Professional Day event held April 13 and 14 at the Saratoga Springs Convention Center.
Talk Show Host Invites Guardsmen and Families

12 Apr, 2012

Talk Show Host Invites Guardsmen and FamiliesNEW YORK--Family members and Soldiers of the 727th Military Police Law and Order Detachment, the 369th Sustainment Brigade and 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment gather around Stephen Colbert, host of The Colbert Report after his conversation with first lady Michelle Obama, on the first anniversary promoting Joining Forces, a national initiative led by the first lady and Dr. Jill Biden that mobilizes all sectors of society to give our service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned. The New York National Guard families and Soldiers were invited as special guests on the show.
Taking a Dip From the Hudson

10 Apr, 2012

Taking a Dip From the HudsonTROY, N.Y. -- Aviators from Army Aviation Flight Facility 3 based in Latham spent the morning of Apr. 10 conducting water-bucket training along the Hudson River. Water-bucket training is mandatory for each of the three flight facilities based in New York. Each facility uses a Bambi-bucket that is deployed on the ground near a water source before being immersed and can hold approximately 660 gallons of water.
Civil Air Patrol Cadets Get a Ride

10 Apr, 2012

Civil Air Patrol Cadets Get a RideWESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY - Cadets belonging to the Leroy R. Grumman Cadet Squadron, Civil Air Patrol board an HC-130 belonging to the 106th Rescue Wing at F.S. Gabreski ANG on April 6, 2012 for an orientation flight.
27th IBCT Soldiers Learn Combat Lifesaver Skills

21 Feb, 2012

27th IBCT Soldiers Learn Combat Lifesaver SkillsCAMP SHELBY, Miss. -- Spc. Michael Fornbacher treats a mock casualty, played by Spc. Brent Gorman, during a Combat LifeSaver class here Feb. 9. Combat Lifesavers are non-medical Soldiers who provide lifesaving measures as a secondary mission as their primary and combat missions allow. The Soldiers belong to A Company, 4-118th Infantry Battalion, which is part of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. Brigade troops are here preparing to deploy overseas.
2-108th Soldiers Train for Afghanistan

19 Mar, 2012

2-108th Soldiers Train for AfghanistanCAMP SHELBY, Miss. -- Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry, 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team move and treat mock casualties during a mass casualty exercise here March 7. Brigade Soldiers are here preparing to deploy overseas. The casualty exercise and others like it took place during a larger field training exercise which tested the battalion&rsquot;s ability to perform its Afghanistan mission.
107th Security Forces Leave for Training

25 Feb, 2012

107th Security Forces Leave for TrainingNIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION--Thirteen members of the New York Air National Guard’s 107th Airlift Wing departed Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station on Saturday, February 25 for a three week intensive training event at Fort Bliss, Texas. At Fort Bliss they will hone their combat skills prior to forward deploying overseas to Afghanistan. Family members, friends and fellow airmen gathered to bid them farewell as they boarded an aircraft to depart for their six month tour of duty.
New York Army Guard Best Warriors Named

29 Mar, 2012

New York Army Guard Best Warriors NamedLATHAM, N.Y.--A Korean-American police officer, a community college student, and a human resources NCO were named as the Best Warriors for the New York Army National Guard following a weekend event March 24-25 at state headquarters. They are, from left: Staff Sgt. Sihoon Chung, the traditional part-time Non-commissioned Officer of the Year; Sgt. David Martinsen,the outstanding Active Guard and Reserve Non-commissioned Officer of the Year and Spc. Brian Lekhmus, the junior enlisted Soldier of the Year.
New York Stability Team On Duty in Afghanistan

28 Mar, 2012

New York Stability Team On Duty in AfghanistanSHARABOT, Afghanistan-- New York Army National Guard Col. Alden Saddlemire (Center), a member of the New York Stability Transition Team, drinks chia(tea) with local leaders here during a shura held on March 21. Saddlemire is flanked by the local governor and police chief and was accompanied by Army Col. Gary Johnson, commander of the 504th Battlefield Survelliance Brigade. Saddlemire and two other members of the New York STT are assigned to work with local officials and NATO and US military units to build governance and police capacity.
New York Soldiers Training on New Night Googles.

16 Mar, 2012

New York Soldiers Training on New Night Googles.CAMP SHELBY, MS-- Soldiers of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team training on the new AN/PSQ-20 Enhanced Night Vision Googles as they prepare to deploy overseas.The AN/PSQ-20 is a hybrid night sight that utilizes image intensificaiton (like traditional night vision equipment, PVS-7 / 14, etc.) and thermal imaging to create a combined view that provides a Soldier with a hightened situational awareness at night. The system was issued to troops in the 2nd Battalion 108th Infantry. A half day block of instruction trained the Soldiers on use of the PSQ-20 and included a simulated patrol to show the capabilities of the new ENVG’s. Soldier reception of the new PSQ-20’s was enthusiastic.
Soldiers Train At Mississippi Airport

20 Mar, 2012

Soldiers Train At Mississippi AirportHATTIESBURG, Miss -- Spc. Matthew Shearer, of Voorheesville, N.Y., inspects the exterior of an airliner following a flight. Shearer belongs to C Company, 27th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, which used the airport to learn airport security operations March 12 to 14. Airport security is one of several missions C Company may be performing when it deploys to Bahrain. The unit is part of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, and brigade Soldiers are at Camp Shelby, Mississippi preparing to go overseas.
106th MPs Receive Specialized Training

26 Mar, 2012

106th MPs Receive Specialized TrainingRODMANS NECK, Bronx - Two military police Soldiers assist Staff Sgt. Steven Seidenstein into a Humvee during a simulated training exercise at the ’shoot house’ in Rodman’s Neck, Bronx on March 20 while being evaluated by Tony Cortina of A3 Tactics. Military Police Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 106th Regiment, Regional Training Institute based at Camp Smith conducted specialized training from A3 Tactics, a California-based specialized tactical training company that specializes in high risk, close personal protection techniques for corporation, law enforcement and the military.
Family Readiness Training in New York City

26 Mar, 2012

Family Readiness Training in New York CityNew York City and Long Island New York Army National Guard Family Readiness Program volunteers listen to Lt. Col. Gary Hoffman, an Army National Guard lawyer,explain what Family Readiness Groups can and cannot do legally during training at the Lexington Avenue Armory on March 24.
105th AW Trains to Load Civil Support Vehicles

23 Mar, 2012

105th AW Trains to Load Civil Support VehiclesSTEWART ANGB NEWBURGH, N.Y. -- 105th Airlift Wing loadmasters, aerial port personnel and members of the New York National Guard’s 2nd Civil Support Team (CST) practice loading their response package vehicles aboard a C-17 Globemaster III, Mar. 21, 2012. The CST is composed of Army and Air National Guard members who are trained to identify chemical, radiological, and biological agents. The 2nd CST, based at Stratton Air National Guard Base, must be able to deploy on any Guard aircraft and the training exercise on March 21 gave 105th Airlift Wing loadmasters the chance to practice the best way to position CST vehicles on the C-17.
174th Security Forces Deploy

22 Mar, 2012

174th Security Forces DeployHANCOCK AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Syracuse--Airman 1st Class Jeremy Quesada, of the New York Air National Guard’s 174th Fighter Wing Security Forces Squadron, glances back to friends and family that are seeing him off at Hancock field in Syracuse NY, on 21 March 2012. A1C Quesada along with 30, 174th FW security forces airman are deploying to Afghanistan for six months.
Guardsman and Bobsledder

20 Mar, 2012

Guardsman and BobsledderLAKE PLACID-- New York Army National Guard Sgt. Nick Cunningham, a member of the United States Bobsled Team and the 1156th Engineer Company, sets off on a run during competition here February, 17-19. Cunningham placed ninth in the two-man sled races out of 29 sleds and finished at the number 13 spot in the four-man sled race. Cunningham, a member of the Army National Guard for two years was on the last Winter Olympics Team and is expected to compete in the next Winter Olympics.
Base Defense Team Deploys to Kuwait

19 Mar, 2012

Base Defense Team Deploys to KuwaitCAMP SHELBY MS--New York Army National Guard Soldiers of the Base Defense Operations Cell (BDOC) pose outside the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum here. The Soldiers, who left here for Kuwait on March 17, are the first 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team troops to undertake an overseas mission since the brigade deployed to Afghanistan in 2008. The BDOC’s overall mission will be to oversee other Soldiers and contractors providing force protection at bases in Kuwait. Other brigade Soldiers are here preparing to deploy for overseas missions as well.
Joint Chief’s Boss Visits 69th Infantry

19 Mar, 2012

Joint Chief’s Boss Visits 69th InfantryNEW YORK CITY-- General Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff leads members of the New York Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion 69th Infantry in a chorus of "The Fighting 69th", an Irish folk song about the regiment, at the Lexington Avenue Armory on March 17 during St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations. Dempsey joined the Soldiers to recognize the 69ths unique role in leading the St. Patrick’s Day Parade each year.
69th Infantry Leads St. Patricks Day Parade

19 Mar, 2012

69th Infantry Leads St. Patricks Day ParadeNEW YORK CITY-- Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion 69th Infantry lead the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade up Fifth Avenue on Saturday March 17. The 69th, which was born as a New York Militia regiment of Irish immigrants, has led the annual parade since the 1850s.
69th Commander Helps Close Stock Exchange

16 Mar, 2012

69th Commander Helps Close Stock ExchangeNEW YORK CITY-- New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. James Gonyo, the commander of the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry, joins members of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee in ringing the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday, March 15. On St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday March 17, the "Fighting 69th" will once again lead the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
New Combat Arms Instructor at 106th Rescue Wing

15 Mar, 2012

New Combat Arms Instructor at 106th Rescue WingFS GABRESKI FIELD,WESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY - New York Air National Guard Senior Airman Tara Langella sights a .50 caliber sniper rifle at F.S. Gabreski ANG on March 14, 2012. She recently graduated from the Air Force’s Combat Arms Training and Maintenance Academy and will instruct fellow Airmen in weapons handling.
2-108th Infantry Trains for Overseas Mission

14 Mar, 2012

2-108th Infantry Trains for Overseas MissionCAMP SHELBY, Miss. -- Sgt. Tony Shelton (right) speaks with a role player in a mock village during a field training exercise here March 9. Taylor belongs to the 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry, 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, and brigade Soldiers are here preparing to deploy overseas. Soldiers like Shelton learned how to gather information by making friendly conversation with civilians, and the exercise tested the battalion&rsquot;s ability to perform its Afghanistan mission.
Naval Militia Maintenance

13 Mar, 2012

Naval Militia MaintenanceVERPLANCK-- New York Naval Militia Chief Mike Porter, from Forestport (top) and Petty Officer Bharath Bhola, from Cohoes, conduct pre-operations checks on the engine of Naval Militia Patrol Boat 400 prior to conducting a security mission in the Hudson River at the Indian Point nuclear power plant facility on March 9.
Soldier Goes All Out for ’Operation Cookie’

12 Mar, 2012

Soldier Goes All Out for ’Operation Cookie’CAMP SHELBY, Miss. -- New York Army National Guard Soldier Sgt. 1st Class Walter Meshenberg poses with some of the 3,600 boxes of cookies the Girl Scout Council of Suffolk County, N.Y. recently delivered to 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Soldiers, who are here preparing to deploy overseas. The cookies were delivered under �Operation: Cookie," which allows people to buy boxes of Girl Scout cookies to be donated to members of U.S. Armed Forces. Meshenberg is also here preparing to deploy with a brigade unit, and he organized the donation with his cousin Jonathan Chekin, who works for the Suffolk County Girl Scout Council. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Raymond Drumsta, 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.
109th Airlift Wing Deploys Airmen to Combat

9 Mar, 2012

109th Airlift Wing Deploys Airmen to CombatSTRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE--Members from the 109th Airlift Wing, New York Air National Guard load personnel onto a C-130 Hercules aircraft on 9 March 2012 at Stratton Air National Guard Base, Scotia, New York. The 109th deployed 30 members to support Operation EDURING FREEDOM. Members of the 109th will be deployed for at least 60 days.
Army Football Team Flies on 105th Planes

9 Mar, 2012

Army Football Team Flies on 105th PlanesSTEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE--Members of the United States Military Academy Football Team board a C-17 Globemaster III assigned to the New York Air National Guard’s 105th Airlift Wing on Thursday, March 8. The members of the Army Team, all cadets at West Point, were flown to Fort Benning, Georgia aboard two of the wing’s C-17s for a training event.
New York Guard Soldiers Train As Lifesavers

6 Mar, 2012

New York Guard Soldiers Train As LifesaversCAMP SHELBY, --Sgt. Andrew Brechko, left, and Spc. Travis Wood, right, treat a mock casualty at a casualty collection point during combat lifesaver training here on Feb. 11. Brechko belongs to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, and Wood belongs to A Company of the 2-108th Infantry Battalion. Brechko is from Windsor, N.Y. and Wood is from Bloomingdale, N.Y.
Cardinal Speaks with 105th Airlift Wing Members

6 Mar, 2012

Cardinal Speaks with 105th Airlift Wing MembersSTEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE--Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York greets guests and members of the 105th Airlift Wing military community at the conclusion of the 7th Annual Prayer Breakfast. Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, was the featured speaker at Stewart Air National Guard Base’s event on Friday, March 2.Dolan breakfasted with Air National Guard, Marine Corps Reserve and civilian support personnel as well as their family members. In times of trouble and trial; we turn to our faith, or whatever we believe deeply, for reassurance, comfort, and direction, Dolan said. His message emphasized reaffirming the importance of emotional and spiritual well being and faith in our lives.
Stability and Transition Team Members Training

6 Mar, 2012

Stability and Transition Team Members TrainingFORT POLK, LA -- Stabilization and Transition Team (STT) members Capt. Keun-Wan Park (middle) and Maj. Luis Marquez (right) dine on Afghan dishes with a former Afghan National Army officer during cultural awareness training here in January. The team, which departed here for Afghanistan on Feb. 29, will be mentoring Afghan National Army soldiers and police officers to create local police in areas where the Taliban has influence
New Commander At Hancock Field

5 Mar, 2012

New Commander At Hancock FieldHANCOCK FIELD AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Syracuse--New York Air National Guard Col. Greg A. Semmel addresses members of Hancock Field Air National Guard Base as the newly selected 174th Fighter Wing Commander on February 4, 2012. Semmel has served as Assistant Vice Commander and Operations Group Commander for the 174th Fighter Wing, as well as an operational test/evaluation pilot at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida and an instructor at the U.S. Air Force Fighter Weapons School at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. He will assume commander during a ceremony held on March 4, 2012.
Senator Meets 106th Rescue Wing Airmen

2 Mar, 2012

Senator Meets 106th Rescue Wing AirmenGABRESKI AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Westhampton Beach--Senator Kirsten Gillibrand speaks with members of the New York Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing during a visit here on Friday, March 2. Gillibrand and Holly Petraeus, head of the Office of Servicemember Affairs for the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau met with Airmen here for an hour to discuss military budget cutbacks and servicemember financial issues. Rep.Tim Bishop also participated in the visit.
New York Stability Transition Team Heads to Afghanistan

1 Mar, 2012

New York Stability Transition Team Heads to AfghanistanGULFPORT, MISSISSIPPI--Members of the New York Army National Guard Stability Transition Team pose with Major General Steven Wickstrom, the commander of the 42nd Infantry Division, at the Army National Guard Readiness Center here prior to departing for Afghanistan on Wednesday, Feb. 29. The team of senior officers and non-commissioned officers will advise and train Afghan National Army and Police units during their nine month deployment. Wickstrom and Col Ray Shields, the chief of staff of the Army National Guard, and Col. Gary Yaple, 42nd Infantry Division Chief of Staff, traveled to Gulfport to wish the Soldiers goodbye. The team has been training at nearby Camp Shelby.
Troops Help Students Stay on Track

19 Jan, 2012

Troops Help Students Stay on TrackCOHOES, N.Y. - New York Air National Guard Master Sgt. Marlene C. Frankovic, a Stay on Track instructor with the New York National Guard Counterdrug Task Force, speaks to a classroom of children at Cohoes Middle School here Jan. 18. Frankovic, who has worked with the Counterdrug Task Force since 1996, told students various ways to say "no" to drug dealers. The Counterdrug Task Force reached more than 8,000 middle school students (grades 6,7 and 8) in 100 different schools in 2011 as part of its Drug Demand Reduction efforts.
MQ-9 Flight Time At Fort Drum

17 Feb, 2012

MQ-9 Flight Time At Fort DrumFORT DRUM--Members of the New York Air National Guard’s 174th Fighter Wing place chalks on an MQ-9 returning from a training mission at Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield in Fort Drum NY, on 14 Feb 2012. The 174th FW uses the airfield as their launch and recovery site.
CAB Soldier of the Year Competition

16 Feb, 2012

CAB Soldier of the Year CompetitionLATHAM - Thirteen Soldiers participated in this years Soldier/Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) of the Year board at the State headquarters in Latham on Feb. 11-12. The Soldiers represented various units within the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade. Back row: Sgt. Matthew Flower from 69th Infantry, Sgt. James Brogile from 642nd Aviation Support Battalion (ASB), Spc. Harley Jelis from 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB), Spc. Michael Domingos from 142nd Assault Helicopter Battalion (AHB) and Spc. Nathan Archer from 101st Cavalry. Middle Row: Spc. Joshua Lord from 69th Inf., Sgt. Brian Davis from 101st Cav., Sgt. 1st Class Armando Torres-Bonilla from 69th Inf. and Staff Sgt. Edward Rose from 142nd AHB. Front row: Sgt. Susan Carrier from 642nd ASB, Pfc. Steven Smith from 42nd Inf. Div. and Sgt. Michelle Early from 42nd CAB. Not in photo: Spc. Joshua Rosenthal from 42nd CAB. Winners in each of three categories were: Rose-NCO of the Year, Torres-Bonilla-Active Guard and Reserve Soldier of the Year and Jelis-Soldier of the Year. Each winner will receive an Army Commendation medal from the 42 CAB. The winners will participate against more New York Army National Guard Soldiers in the State-level Soldier/NCO of the Year board next month. To view more than 100 photos of this event, go to the 42nd CAB Facebook.
On Target

17 Feb, 2012

On TargetFRANCIS S. GABRESKI AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Westhampton Beach-- New York Air National Guard Airman First Class Luke McNamara, a security forces member, sights an empty rifle during training on February 16th, 2012.
Job Fair Support Recognized

16 Feb, 2012

Job Fair Support RecognizedFARMINGDALE--Retired Command Sgt. Major Bob VanPelt, Program Coordinator of the New York National Guard Job Zone, presents David Rivera, Program Manager of the Suffolk County Veteran’s Service Agency, with a keepsake to thank him for his support of a job fair held for veterans and serving New York National Guard Soldiers at the Farmingdale Armed Forces Reserve Center on Feb 10. Looking on is New York Army National Guard 1st Lt. David Myones, supervisor of the Field Maintenance Shop at Farmingdale and commander of Company F 427th Brigade Support Battalion. Eighty employers took part in the event which was visited by 175 Soldiers and Veterans.
New Commander at Eastern Air Defense Sector

17 Feb, 2012

New Commander at Eastern Air Defense SectorROME-- Col. Dawne L. Deskins receives the Eastern Air Defense Sector guidon Friday morning from Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke, Commander, Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region (CONR)/1st Air Force (Air Forces Northern). The passing of the guidon of the New York Air National Guard unit symbolizes Col. Deskins assumption of command. Also pictured is Command Chief Master Sergeant Richard King, the Command Chief Master Sergeant of the New York Air National Guard.
Air Combat Command Leader Visits Hancock Field

16 Feb, 2012

Air Combat Command Leader Visits Hancock FieldHANCOCK FIELD AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Syracuse --U. S. Air Force Gen. Mike Hostage, Air Combat Command (ACC) Commander, speaks to the Men and Woman of the 174th Fighter Wing and other New York Air National Guard units at Hancock Field in the Main Hanger on 9 Feb. 2012. The visit by the ACC Commander was an opportunity for Hostage to meet with the unit members on a more basic level. Hostage spoke on the relevance of the MQ-9 Reaper Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) mission at Hancock Field. All base personnel were invited and encouraged by Gen. Hostage to ask him questions openly.
369th Soldiers Train in Mali

16 Feb, 2012

369th Soldiers Train in MaliMOPTI, Mali--New York Army National Guard Command Sgt. Maj. Justin Lenz, a Bellmore, N.Y. native with the 369th Sustainment Brigade and Malian army Lt. Abdrahamane Kone, a native from Mopti, Mali acting as Security Operations for Malian Defense Force, have a discussion after the opening ceremony of Atlas Accord ’12 Feb. 9, at Mopti Airfield. Coordinating operations and exchanging ideas for Atlas Accord ’12, a U.S. Army Africa-sponsored bilateral humanitarian and partnership exercise focusing on aerial resupply to remote areas. The 369th sent 35 Soldiers to participate in the logistics exercise.
Flight Training on Long Island

14 Feb, 2012

Flight Training on Long IslandWESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY - Airmen from the 103rd Rescue Squadron prepare for a flight aboard an HH-60 Pavehawk at Francis S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base here on Feb. 9. The 103rd Rescue Squadron is part of the 106th Rescue Wing of the New York Air National Guard
National Guard Responders Train at Fort Hamilton

14 Feb, 2012

National Guard Responders Train at Fort HamiltonFORT HAMILTON, Brooklyn - The 24th Civil Support Team conducts training by identifying agents and substances, assessing current and projected consequences here. The 24th CST is based at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn. Their mission is to support civil authorities at a domestic Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Enhanced high-yield explosives (CBRNE) incident site with identification and assessment of hazards, advice to civil authorities and facilitating the arrival of follow-on military forces during emergencies and incidents of weapons of mass destruction terrorism, intentional and unintentional release of CBRNE materials and natural or man-made disasters in the United States the result in, or could result in, catastrophic loss of life or property.
New York Air Guardsman Gives Time To Orphans

13 Feb, 2012

New York Air Guardsman Gives Time To OrphansMANAS, Kyrgyzstan-- New York Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Michal Pietkiewicz, a member of the 105th Airlift Wing, and a child rest after playing at the Belovodosky Orphanage during a Manas Area Benefit Outreach Society visit on Nov. 28, 2011. Pietkiewicz is a member of MABOS, which is a private, nonprofit volunteer organization that works with local charities to support the greater Bishkek area and communities near the Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan. Pietkiewicz is a 376th Logistic Readiness Squadron vehicle maintenance supervisor deployed from Stewart Air National Guard Base, N.Y.
New Commander for 42nd CAB Headquarters

11 Feb, 2012

New Commander for 42nd CAB HeadquartersLATHAM - 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade commander, Col. Mark Stryker, conducts the Headquarters and Headquarters Company change of command ceremony between out going commander Capt. Michael Squires (not shown) and 1st Lt. Brandon Reynolds (at left) on Feb. 11 at the CAB’s headquarters in Latham. Squires had commanded HHC for more than two years. To view all photos of this event, go to the 42nd CAB Facebook.
Guard Rescue Jumpers Practice Skills

13 Feb, 2012

Guard Rescue Jumpers Practice SkillsWESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY - A Pararescue Jumpers 103rd Rescue Squadron of the New York Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing comes in for a landing during tandem jump training here on February 9, 2012.
He Warrants a Promotion

30 Jan, 2012

He Warrants a PromotionLATHAM - Chief Warrant Officer Aaron Teichner, an OH-58 pilot with Detachment 1, Company A, 1-224th Aviation Service and Support Battalion and a full-time technician at Army Aviation Support Facility 3 in Latham gets promoted to Chief Warrant Officer 4 on Feb. 27. The ceremony was attended by the Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Patrick Murphy and Teichner’s mother, Joan Teichner, who did the pinning.
New York Soldiers Watch Super Bowl at Camp Shelby

8 Feb, 2012

New York Soldiers Watch Super Bowl at Camp ShelbyCAMP SHELBY, MS -- Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard’s 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, which is at Camp Shelby preparing to deploy overseas, took time out Feb. 5 to watch Super Bowl XLVI and root for the New York Giants. Soldiers of the Brigade Special Troops Battalion, above, react as the Patriots fail to score in the final seconds of the game, clinching the Giants’ victory. The battalion’s units are based in Buffalo, Rochester, Lockport and Syracuse, N.Y.
New York Army Guard Pilot Interviewed on Fox TV

7 Feb, 2012

New York Army Guard Pilot Interviewed on Fox TVNEW YORK-- New York Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer Michelle Roxby, a helicopter pilot in Company B 3rd Battalion 142nd Assault Helicopter Battalion speaks to Jenna Lee, the anchor of the Fox News show Happening Now about jobs for veterans on Monday, Feb. 6. Roxby outlined the skills military members bring to employers and spoke about her own efforts to get a civilian job.
Gold Bar Commission for New York Soldier

20 Jan, 2012

Gold Bar Commission for New York SoldierWATERVLIET ARSENAL - New York Army National Guard Lt. Tracy Pauquette receives her gold bar as a newly commissioned second lieutenant from Capt. John Klimes during a commissioning ceremony here Jan. 19. Pauquette, from Granville, N.Y., recently graduated from the National Guard Accelerated Officer Candidate School. She was previously assigned as a sergeant in the 1427th Transportation Company in Queensbury and will remain in the same company, serving now as an officer in charge of Soldiers. Klimes, from Clifton Park, N.Y., commands the 1427th and was joined by Maj. Michael Alfano, from Guilderland, N.Y., the New York Army National Guard officer accessions team chief. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Steven Petibone, Joint Force Headquarters. (RELEASED)
Soldiers Mobilize in Syracuse

29 Jan, 2012

Soldiers Mobilize in SyracuseHANCOCK FIELD AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Syracuse-- Soldiers of Headquarters Company 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, the 27th Special Troops Battalion and the 427th Brigade Support Battalion stand in formation during ceremonies held here on Sunday, Jan. 29 to mark their mobilization. The Soldiers will deploy to Camp Shelby Mississippi for post-mobilization and deployent to Kuwait and other locations.
Congresswoman Visits Niagara Base

1 Feb, 2012

Congresswoman Visits Niagara BaseNIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION-- Representative Kathy Hochul speaks to the media during a visit to the New York Air National Guard’s 107th Airlift Wing and the Air Force Reserve’s 914th Airlift Wing here. Hochul discussed the impact that defense spending reductions might have on the base. On Tuesday, Jan 31st, Congresswomen Kathy Hochul representing the 26th District of New York visited the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.
Deputy Secretary Inspects Army Guard Helicopter

1 Feb, 2012

Deputy Secretary Inspects Army Guard HelicopterSTRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Scotia-- New York State Deputy Secretary for Public Safety Elizabeth Glazer sits at the controls of an New York Army National Guard OH-58 helicopter during a visit to the New York National Guard Counter Drug Task Force on Tuesday, Jan. 31. Glazer also visited the 2nd Civil Support Team, which is located at the air base, and inspected an LC-130 "Ski Bird" aircraft used in the Antarctica and Greenland by the New York Air National Guard’s 109th Airlift Wing, during her base visit.
Guard Soldiers Heading Out from Hancock Field

31 Jan, 2012

Guard Soldiers Heading Out from Hancock FieldHANCOCK FIELD AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE--Members of the New York Army National Guard&rsquot;s 2nd Battalion 108th Infantry board a JetBlue Aircraft at Hancock Field in Syracuse, NY on January 31, 2012 beginning their long journey to Kuwait. The battalion is part of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. The Guardsmen will receive conduct a security force mission in Kuwait.
Soldiers Mobilize in Syracuse

30 Jan, 2012

Soldiers Mobilize in SyracuseHANCOCK FIELD AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE Syracuse-- Soldiers of Headquarters Company 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, the 27th Special Troops Battalion and the 427th Brigade Support Battalion stand in formation during ceremonies held here on Sunday, Jan. 29 to mark their mobilization. The Soldiers will deploy to Camp Shelby Mississippi for post-mobilization and deployent to Kuwait and other locations.
Plenty of Activity at Stewart

20 Jan, 2012

Plenty of Activity at StewartSTEWART ANGB NEWBURGH, N.Y. --Staff Sgt. Jonah Johnson reviews a drill plan during a 105th Honor Guard training session while members of the NY Guard’s 5th Legal Service Detachment 56th Brigade, provide free legal assistance to Marines of MALS49 during a Yellow Ribbon event session in the base dining facility on January 20.
Adjutant General Meets MPs at Guantanamo Bay

24 Jan, 2012

Adjutant General Meets MPs at Guantanamo BayGUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba-- Major General Patrick Murphy,the Adjutant General of New York, meets with members of the New York Army National Guard’s 107th Military Police Company during a visit to the unit at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base on Jan. 19. The Utica-based MPs are providing security at the detention facility there.
End of a Leadership Era

19 Jan, 2012

End of a Leadership EraWEST POINT-- New York Army National Guard Maj. Gen. Steven Wickstrom, at right, commander of the 42nd Infantry Division, presents a historic print of the division’s Iraq deployment signed by many of the veterans of the unit as a retirement gift to Brig Gen. Paul Genereux during Genereux’s retirement ceremony here on Saturday, Jan. 14. Genereux is the past commander of the 42nd Infantry Division and former Deputy Commander of the division during the unit’s deployment to Iraq in 2005. Genereux retires with nearly 40 years of military service. U.S. Army photo by Lt. Col. Richard Goldenberg, New York National Guard.
Guard Soldier Learns Naval Chores

19 Jan, 2012

Guard Soldier Learns Naval ChoresVERPLANCK--New York Naval Militia Aviation Boatswains Mate Christian Diamante, demonstrates mooring procedures for Patrol Boat 400 to New York Army National Guard Spec. Matthew Mercurio. Both men are assigned to the Joint Task Force Empire Shield mission at the Indian Point Nuclear Power plant.
Soldier Shares Honor With Loved One

21 Jan, 2012

Soldier Shares Honor With Loved OneSTRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Scotia, NY -- Captain Mark Stetzko, an explosive ordnance officer with the 501st Ordnance Battalion pins a National Guard lapel pin on his fiancée Laura Zadzilka during his unit’s Freedom Salute ceremony here on Jan 21. Stetzko returned from Iraq with his unit on Oct 15.
105th Airmen Honored

13 Jan, 2012

105th Airmen HonoredSTEWART ANGB, NEWBURGH N.Y. --Brig. Gen. Verle L. Johnston, Jr. commander of the 105th Airlift Wing and 105th Command Chief Master Sgt. Joseph Rizzo pose with the 2012 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for the wing. They are, (Left to Right) : Master Sgt. Theodore Speiss, Senior NCO, Staff Sgt. Anthony Rivera, NCO, Master Sgt. Brian Reynolds, 1st Sgt and Airman 1st Class Kurtis Holzapfel, Honor Guard. 105Airlift Wing Outstanding Airman of the Year, SrA Michael Derasmo was not available.
New York Guard Aids Marine Reservists

20 Jan, 2012

New York Guard Aids Marine ReservistsSTEWART ANGB NEWBURGH, N.Y. --New York Guard 1Lt Paul Clewell, a member of the 5th Legal Services detachment N.Y. Guard helps Marine Corps Reserve members of MALS49 with free legal assistance at a Yellow Ribbon session held in the base dining facility Jan 20, 2012.
Departing Soldier Tells His Story

15 Jan, 2012

Departing Soldier Tells His StoryCAMP SMITH--New York Army National Guard Major Luis Marquez speaks with Cable Channel News 12 Reporter Chelsea Edmonds during a farewell ceremony for the New York Stability Transition Team held here on Sunday, Jan. 15. The team, composed of 48 Army National Guard Senior officers and non-commissioned officers will work with Afghan National Army and police force units to help prepare for the withdrawal of U.S. and allied forces. The team will train at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, and deploy to Afghanistan later this year. Major General Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General, and other senior leaders took part in the event, which included a lunch for team members and their families
Learning the Art of Fighting

9 Jan, 2012

Learning the Art of FightingLATHAM - Soldiers of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade undertake guidance in combative maneuvers from 2nd Lt. Dawn Hersey on Jan. 8 at the Latham headquarters. The course was instructed by Sgt. 1st Class Luis Barsallo (not shown). To view all photos of this training, go to the 42nd CAB Facebook.
Greene County Honors Soldiers for Flood Response

9 Jan, 2012

Greene County Honors Soldiers for Flood ResponseKINGSTON, N.Y.-- New York Army National Guard Capt. Dan Colomb, commander of the 1156th Engineer Company, displays the Greene County Proclamation presented by Legislative Chairman Wayne Speenburgh and members of the Greene County Legislature, at left, following a honors ceremony here at the Kingston Armory Jan. 7. About 120 Soldiers from the 1156th Engineers staged with other New York National Guard troops prior to the landfall of Hurricane Irene August 26, 2011 at Camp Smith and Kingston, N.Y. When flooding occurred in Windham and other communities, Soldiers were sent to aid civil authorities., Assigned to rescue trapped civilians in Windham, the Soldiers had to get out of their vehicles, lock arms, enter the sometimes waist-deep water, and use baby steps to find safe fording sites free of drop-offs or other hazards, Colomb said. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Brian Godette, 138th Public Affairs Detachment.
Air Guard Honors 13th United States President

6 Jan, 2012

Air Guard Honors 13th United States PresidentBUFFALO-- New York Air National Guard Colonel John Higgins, vice commander of the 107th Airlift Wing, salutes the gravesite of President Millard Fillmore, after presenting a wreath on behalf of President Barak Obama on Friday, Jan. 6, 2012. Military officers lay a wreath from the current President on the grave of past presidents on the anniversary of their birth. Fillmore, who died in 1874 and served as president from 1850 to 1853 was born on Jan. 7. The wreathlaying was held in conjunction with the University of Buffalo which honors Fillmore, one of its founders, every year.
Guard Soldiers, Airmen in the Lime Light.

5 Jan, 2012

Guard Soldiers, Airmen in the Lime Light.ALBANY-- New York Army National Guard Soldiers and Airmen stand as they are recognized by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, along with other responders to the twin disasters of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, during the governor’s State-of-the-State Address on Wednesday, Jan. 4.
Guard Officer Helps Open State-of-State

4 Jan, 2012

Guard Officer Helps Open  State-of-StateALBANY- New York Army National Guard Major Denise Sherman leads the Pledge of Allegiance during ceremonies that kicked off Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo&rsquot;s State-of-The-State at the Empire State Convention Center on Wednesday January 4. A New York Army National Guard Honor Guard also participated in the event and 50 members of the New York Army and Air National Guard, representing the 4,000 Guard members who responded to Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, were honored by the governor during his remarks.
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