New Commander for 501st Ordnance Battalion

GLENVILLE--Major Doug Baker ( right) the incoming commander of the New York Army National Guards 501st Ordnance Battalion ( Explosive Ordnance Disposal) receives the unit colors from Col. Michael Fowler the commander of the 153rd Troop Command during change-of-command ceremonies on Saturday June 8 2019 at the Glenville Armed Forces Reserve Center in Glenville N.Y. Baker a veteran of the Iraq War and campaign against the Islamic State is a Porters Corner resident.

Jun 11, 2019

NY National Guard unit takes over Afghan EOD

BAGRAM, AFGHANISTAN-- The incoming command team from the New York Army National Guards 501st Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Maj. Robert Crudden and Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin Conklin uncased the organization colors at the Transfer of Authority ceremony on Thursday, March 29th, at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. The 501st Ordnance Battalion (EOD) sent 19 Soldiers to Afghanistan where they are responsible for overseeing Explosive Ordnance Disposal units-- both American and Coalition-- throughout the country.

Apr 03, 2018

Soldiers deploying to Afghanistan

GLENVILLE-- Soldiers of the 501st Ordnance Battalion (EOD) of the New York Army National Guard in formation during a mobilization ceremony held on Sunday Feb. 25 at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Glenville N.Y. The 501st Ordnance Battalion (EOD) is sending 19 Soldiers to Afghanistan where they will be responsible for overseeing Explosive Ordnance Disposal units-- both American and Coalition-- throughout the country.

Feb 26, 2018

Soldiers compete to be the best

GLENVILLE-- New York Army National Guard Sgt. Kevin Baker, assigned to the 1427th Medium Truck Company, and Spc. John Iseman, assigned to the 1108th Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), high-five during a 10k ruck march for the Best Warrior Competition, in Glenville, N.Y., Oct. 22nd, 2017. Baker and Iseman were competing to complete the ruck march in the fastest time possible, for the 501st EOD Battalion Best Warrior Competition.

Oct 27, 2017

New commander for 501st

GLENVILLE--New York Army National Guard Major Henry Padley, receives the colors of the 501st Ordnance (EOD) Battalion from Col. Michael Fowler Commander of the 153rd Troop Command in Glenville N.Y. Oct. 21 2017. The handing over of the flag is symbolic of the official change of command within the battalion.

Oct 23, 2017

National Guard EOD Battalion HQ Changes Leaders

New York Army National Guard Col. James Freehart transfers the unit guidon to Lt. Col. Jason Souza signifying the transfer of command of the 501st Ordnance Battalion (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) during a ceremony, Oct. 17 at the Armed Forces Readiness Center in Scotia-Glenville. Souza last served as served in the 501st EOD Battalion as the Battalion Operations Officer and the 53rd Troop Command as the Assistant Operations Officer. Photo by Sgt. Maj. Corine Lombardo, New York National Guard.

Oct 18, 2015

NY Guard Soldier Competes in Best Warrior Event

CONCORD, Massachusetts-- New York Army National Guard Spec. Michael Rowland a member of the 501st Ordnance Battalion runs over the historic Old North Bridge here on May 15, 2015 as the Army National Guard's Northeast Best Warrior Competition wrapped up. Rowland and Staff Sgt. Christian Hager, a member of Company A, 2nd Battalion 108th Infantry represented New York at the eight-state event held May 12-15 at Camp Edwards, Massachusetts. The Old North Bridge marks the spot at which Massachusetts militia members fired back at British soldiers on April 19, 1775.

May 20, 2015

EOD Battalion Changes Commanders

STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE-- New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Andrew Caliendo accepts the colors of the 501st Ordnance Battalion (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) from Col. Jim Pabis, commander of the 153rd Troop Command, during Change-of-Command Ceremonies here on Saturday, Oct. 20. Caliendo took over command of the battalion from Lt. Col. Rob Mitchell.

Oct 23, 2012

Soldier Shares Honor With Loved One

STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Scotia, NY -- Captain Mark Stetzko, an explosive ordnance officer with the 501st Ordnance Battalion pins a National Guard lapel pin on his fiancée Laura Zadzilka during his unit’s Freedom Salute ceremony here on Jan 21. Stetzko returned from Iraq with his unit on Oct 15.

Jan 21, 2012

501st Ordnance Battalion Homecoming

GLENVILLE-- Lt. Col. Rob Mitchell, commander of the 501st Ordnance Battalion (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) hugs a family member after the unit returned from its deployment in Iraq on Saturday, Oct. 15. The 501st Soldiers spent 10 months in Basra, Iraq, overseeing counter-IED operations in southern Iraq.

Oct 16, 2011

New York Guardsmen Honor Fallen EOD Soldiers

BASRA, Iraq-- New York Army National Guard Major James Wood, Operations Officer for the 501st Ordnance Battalion (Explosive Ordinance Disposal) reads the names and biographies of EOD Soldiers who gave their lives during operations in 2010 during a memorial service held at the chapel here on May 7. The 501st, based in Scotia, NY is in command of EOD Soldiers operating in Southern Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn.

May 16, 2011

Soldiers Say Hi From Iraq on the Jumbotron

ALBANY--New York Army National Guard Soldiers from the 501st Ordnance Battalion (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) say hi to their families and fans of the Albany Devils hockey team on Sunday April 3 via a live TV feed from Iraq. The Soldiers, based at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Scotia, are supporting explosive ordnance disposal operations in southern Iraq as part of operation New Dawn. The Albany Devils hosted the families of the Deployed Guardsmen for the special military appreciation night.

Apr 06, 2011

St. Patrick’s Day In Iraq

BASRA, IRAQ- Members of the New York Army National Guard’s 501st Ordnance Battalion (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) get together with members of the Texas Army National Guard’s 36th Division to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Contingency Operating Base Basra. The New York Soldiers celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in Iraq while their colleagues in the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry marched in the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City. The 501st is serving as the headquarters for Task Force Troy-South, with a mission of clearing improvised explosive devices from critical routes and infrastructure.

Mar 17, 2011

New York EOD Soldiers Demonstrate Skills to Boss

BASRA, Iraq-- Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard’s 501st Ordnance Battalion ( Explosive Ordnance Disposal) help Texas Army National Guard Major General Eddy Spurgin, the commander of the 36 Division and Task Force Troy, don the the suit EOD technicians wear when they are on a mission. The general was visiting the battalion, which provides support for his task force, on Feb. 3.

Feb 18, 2011

501st EOD Operating in Basra

BASRA, Iraq--Lt. Col. Robert Mitchell, the commander of the Scotia-based 501st Ordnance Battalion (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) poses next to the battalion’s headquarters sign here. The New York National Guard battalion is responsible for counter IED operations and training Iraqi Police counter-explosives teams as the headquarters of Task Force Troy-South. The 38 members of the units have a wide range of skills ranging from explosives experts to intelligence analysis and supply management.

Jan 18, 2011

501st Family Farewell

SCOTIA--New York Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Shawn Nethaway and his family watch the activities at the farewell ceremony for the 501st Ordnance Battalion (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) held on Monday, Oct. 25 at Stratton Air National Guard Base here. The 501st will deploy to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn.

Oct 25, 2010

Troops Train for Iraq Deployment

Soldiers from the 501st Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Battalion practice urban assault tactics during their pre-mobilization training Aug. 8, 2010 at Fort Drum, N.Y. The unit is preparing to mobilize and deploy to Iraq later this year.

Aug 12, 2010

EOD Defeats IED's with Robot's Reach

Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Joseph Ching, Space and Naval Warfare 220, from San Diego, Calif. prepares the Talon Mark 4 Explosive Ordnance Disposal robot for a demonstration June 19, 2007. The robot is used to investigate and destroy improvised explosive devises in Iraq and Afghanistan. Ching is part of an active-duty ordance training team visiting Camp Smith to provide training for New York's 501st EOD Battalion and 1108th EOD company, both headquartered in Schenectady.

Jun 19, 2007

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