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Mom Follows Son Into National Guard
By Lt. Col. Richard Goldenberg, 42nd Infantry Division
SARATOGA SPRINGS--New York Army National Guard Specialist, Juanita Locke, age 37, and her son Specialist Jason Van Deusen, 19, stand outside the New York State Military History Museum.
Locke, a personnel specialist working in the Army National Guard's military personnel office, enlisted in the National Guard after her son, joined at age 17 in 2006.

She showed up at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, for Basic Training as he was finishing up Advanced Individual Training.

Van Dusen serves as personel specialist for Company C, 2nd Battalion 108th Infantry following a 2008 combat tour in Afghanistan.

NY National Guard In the News

Associated Press -- Thu, 24 Apr 2014

NY Army Guard helicopter unit gets new commander

ALBANY, N.Y. -- A 22-year veteran of the U.S. military has been named commander of an upstate New York-based Army National Guard aviation unit with elements currently serving in the Persian... (more)

Army Times -- Wed, 23 Apr 2014

Ex-cop named N.Y. Army Guard’s top enlisted soldier

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- A retired Rochester police officer who served in the Iraq War has been selected to become the next senior enlisted soldier in the New York Army National Guard. Officials... (more)

DefenseVisual Information Distribution System -- Wed, 23 Apr 2014

Deskins: Military leadership committed to fixing sexual harassment, assault

WASHINGTON - Bare walls dominate the office décor, evidence that the newest tenant has recently moved in. “I’m still getting used to it,” says Air Force Brig. Gen.... (more)

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