Empire Challenge tests communications skills
CAMP SMITH--New York Guard Staff Sgt. Stanley Cohen the chief signal non-commissioned officer assigned to the 56th Area Command New York Guard alongside New York Guard Spc. Richard Toscano who is assigned to the Headquarters Detachment New York Guard tests a radio system at Camp Smith Training Site Cortlandt Manor N.Y. June 26 2021. The New York National Guard worked with various New York State defense forces such as the New York Naval Militia New York Guard and Civil Air Patrol in the annual Empire Challenge to conduct training in rapid communications
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