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Lt. Col. Carey Merritt of the NY Air National Guard takes command in Iraq
U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Amanda Callahan
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

Associated Press -- Fri, 25 Jul 2014

Remains of northern New York soldier killed in 1953 identified, returning for military burial

MALONE, New York-- Lawrence Jock’s surviving relatives in northern New York knew next to nothing about the Army combat veteran who was declared missing in action at the end of the... (more)

Newsday -- Fri, 25 Jul 2014

Nassau Justice Stephen Bucaria named commander of New York Guard

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has named State Supreme Court Justice Stephen Bucaria as commander of the New York Guard, the state’s volunteer defense force.

Observer -- Wed, 23 Jul 2014

Dunkirk National Guard Soldiers among those at Fort Drum for training

More than 250 New York Army National Guard Soldiers from the 642d Aviation Support Battalion Rear Detachment are participating in annual training at Fort Drum this month. The soldiers arrived... (more)

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