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Major General Anthony P. German is the 53rd Adjutant General of New York. He is responsible to the governor for the training and readiness of the and training of the 10,300 members of the New York Army National Guard, and the 5,600 members of the New York Air National Guard.
He also serves as the commander of the New York Air National Guard.
He is also responsible for the New York Naval Militia, a force of 2,900 personnel, the bulk of whom are currently serving members of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Reserve who also volunteer to serve on state duty during emergencies. Another 600 people serve as volunteers in the New York Guard, a state force that assists the National Guard during emergencies.
The Adjutant General is simultaneously the commissioner of the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs and a federally recognized military officer in the Army or Air Force.
Prior to assuming his duties as Adjutant General, German served as Assistant Adjutant General of the New York Air National Guard.
General German was commissioned in 1983 through Officer Training School and received his navigator wings the same year. Prior to becoming the Chief of Staff, he served as the Commander of the 109th Airlift Wing, located in Scotia, New York. He is a Master Navigator with over 4,900 hours flying time. He spent six years on active duty before joining the Guard in 1989. He has had numerous assignments in the squadron, group and wing level. In addition, he worked at the Joint Force Headquarters Latham, New York as the Executive Support Staff Officer, and for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Reserve Affairs as the Department of Defense Liaison officer to the National Science Foundation in Washington District of Columbia.