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New York Guardsman Receives USO Honor

New York, NY--General Raymond Odierno, the commander of Multi-National Forces- Iraq congratulates New York Army National Guard 1st Sgt. James Meltz following Meltz's receipt of George Van Cleave Military Leadership Award from the USO of Metropolitan New York, at the organizations annual dinner in Manhattan on Dec. 9.
Meltz, a New York State Trooper in civilian life, was serving as 1st Sgt. of D Company 108th Infantry in Afghanistan in 2008 when he was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor after rescuing Soldiers from a damaged humvee and then joining the company commander in leading the company in repelling a Taliban ambush.
This is the second year in a row in which the New York Army National Guard has represented the Army in receiving the prestigious award, which is presented to one member of each armed service annually.
In 2008 the award when to 1st Sgt. Troy Steward of Buffalo, a member of 2nd Battalion 101st Cavalry, who also served in Asfghanistan.

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Department of Defense -- Wed, 22 Apr 2015 Guardsmen Train During Force-On-Force Exercise Airmen receive a mission briefing before participating in a "force on force" exercise during training on Camp Smith, New York, April 12, 2015. The airmen are assigned to the New... (more)

Ar my.mil -- Tue, 21 Apr 2015 New York, New Jersey National Guard rehearse terror attack response JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. (April 20, 2015) -- More than 800 Soldiers and Airmen from the New York and New Jersey National Guard tested their ability to respond to terrorist attacks... (more)

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