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Lt. Col. Carey Merritt of the NY Air National Guard takes command in Iraq
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SATHER AIR BASE, Iraq -- Col. Fred Cheney (left) the 447th Air Expeditionary Group commander, passes the 447th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron's guide on to New York Air National Guardsman Lt. Col. Carey Merritt, the 447 ECES commander, during a change of command ceremony held on May 10. Merritt is deployed from the 174th Mission Support Group, New York Air National Guard, where he commands the 174th's Civil Engineering Squadron.
Sather Air Base, located alongside Baghdad International Airport is named after Staff Sgt. SCott Sather, the first Airman to die during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

NY National Guard In the News

Army.mil -- Tue, 29 Jul 2014

New York National Guard training takes to skies

FORT DRUM, N.Y. (July 25, 2014) -- New York Army National Guard Soldiers from the 642d Aviation Support Battalion, conducted integration Annual Training in support of their fellow New York... (more)

Times Union -- Tue, 29 Jul 2014

Duty Calls: High spot in family of soldiers

Army National Guard Pfc. Michael Valenza of Queensbury could soon outrank almost everyone in his family of soldiers.

MDJ -- Mon, 28 Jul 2014

Honor quest for N.Y. WWI hero marches on

ALBANY, N.Y. --About 100 years after he single-handedly fought off a German attack and saved a comrade from capture despite suffering serious wounds, Sgt. Henry Johnson is a step closer to... (more)

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