Members of Joint Task Force Empire Shield render honors during the change of command ceremony of the New York National Guard standing security task force in New York City April 13. Some 250 members of the New York National Guard serve in the force to provide city first responders and law enforcement with enhanced security forces. Photo by Sgt. Tamara Gabbard, 42nd Infantry Division.
NEW YORK -- The New York National Guard’s Joint Task Force Empire Shield said farewell to Lt. Col. Greg Dreisbach as their commander during a change of command ceremony here at Fort Hamilton April 13.
Maj. Peter Riley, previously assigned to the 53rd Army Liaison Team in NYC, received Dreisbach’s position with the historic exchange of colors.
“I am immensely proud to have been given the opportunity to stand next to you all,” said Dreisbach. “Through out my time here with [JTF-ES] I was never in doubt because each of us was doing our part to always be ready for the fight.”
Maj. Riley served as the Deputy G1 with the 42nd ID in Tikrit, Iraq, and was a former Headquarters Detachment Commander of Camp Smith Training Site. His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, and the NYS Defense of Liberty Medal (w/ World Trade Center 9/11 service device)
“I’ll tell you that this is a great crew [that has been built],” said New York National Guard Director of the Joint Staff Brig. Gen. Renwick Payne. “The families have also been a continued excellent support of Empire Shield as well.”
Maj. Riley is currently on a leave of absence with his Civilian job with the ADP Retirement Services in Florham Park, N.J. He lives with his wife Maryanne, a special education teacher, and his son Conner and Daughter Quinn.
“Together we can be vigilant and protect this country we love so much, I look forward to working with all of [these servicemembers],” said Riley.