National Guards 383rd Birthday Marked

LATHAM-- Major General Timothy LaBarge(center) the Commander of the New York Air National Guard joins Army National Guard Master Sgt. Roger Townsend age 59 (left); and Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Caleb Lapinel age 21( right) in cutting the National Guard Birthday Cake at a ceremony marking the 383rd birthday of the National Guard held on Friday Dec. 13 at New York National Guard Headquarters in Latham N.Y. The cake cutters traditionally include an older service member symbolizing the history of the National Guard an a young serice member who represents the future of the Guard.

Dec 13, 2019

Brazilian General visits New York National Guard

CAMP SMITH--Lt. Gen. Achilles Furlan Neto, the Brazilian Army's Operations Officer shares a laugh with New York Army National Guard Soldiers while touring a static display of equipment on the parade field at the Camp Smith Training Site in Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. on October 8, 2019. Furlan visited New York Army National Guard locations in the Albany area, Camp Smith and New York City during an Oct. 6-11 visit. The New York Army National Guard has had a partnership with Brazil since March of 2019.

Oct 11, 2019

NY National Guard honors President Chester Arthur

MENADS--Brig. Gen. John Andonie the New York National Guard Director of Joint Staff and New York Command Sgt. Major David Piwowarski present arms while Taps is played after laying a wreath at the grave of President Chester Arthur, who served from 1881 to 1885, during a memorial ceremony at Albany Rural Cemetery in Menands N.Y. on October 5 2019. The military honors past presidents by laying a wreath from the current inhabitant of the White House on their graves on their birthday. The New York National Guard honors Arthur and Presidents Martin Van Buren and Millard Fillmore.

Oct 07, 2019

Counterdrug headquarters reopened

STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE--New York National Guard leaders cut the ceremonial ribbon at the renovated New York Counterdrug Task Force building at Stratton Air National Guard Base in Scotia, N.Y. on Sept. 27, 2019. Cutting the ribbon are (from left) Brig. Gen. John Andonie, Director of Joint Staff; Major General Timothy LaBarge, commander of the New York Air National Guard; Brig. Gen. Michel Natali, assistant Adjutant General Army; and Col. Robert Epp, Commander of the New York Counterdrug Task Force.

Oct 04, 2019

Soldiers honored at Albany event

ALBANY-- New York Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Martin Cozens and Cpl. Joseph Ryan display the awards they received for representing the Army National Guard in the northeast at the nationwide Army National Guard Best Warrior competition in 2019 at the Association of the United States Army 11th Annual Soldier Recognition Dinner in Albany N.Y. Sept. 21 2019.

Sep 30, 2019

Adjutant General honors Hoosick Falls vets

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y.-- Major General Ray Shields the Adjutant General of New York speaks with World War II Navy veteran Edward G. Taylor during an awards ceremony at the former New York State Armory in Hoosick Falls N.Y. on Wednesday August 28 2019. Shields honored 10 local veterans with New York state awards recognizing their military service during the event.

Aug 29, 2019

NY Honor Guard honors Vermont Guardsman

LATHAM--Members of the New York Army National Guard's Military Forces Honor Guard conducted a dignified transfer of the remains of Sgt. Willard Magoon from the Vermont National Guard on Thursday, June 13 at the Albany International Airport. Magoon was a member of B Company, 186th Brigade Support Battalion, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team who was killed during a training accident at Fort Polk, Louisiana.

Jun 18, 2019

Leaders practice new fitness teset

LATHAM --New York Army National Guard Command Sgt. Maj. David Piwowarski the New York Army National Guard Command Sgt. Major drags a weighted sled for 50 meters during the sprint drag carry event for the Army Combat Test on April 27 2019 at the Division of Military and Naval Affairs in Latham N.Y. Major General Ray Shields the Adjutant General of New York held a Commanders Call for all New York Army National Guard Brigade and Battalion commanders and command sergeants major to discuss the implementation of the ACFT across the force and to walk the commanders through the process.

Apr 29, 2019

New Exhibit at New York State Military Museum

SARATOGA SPRINGS--Russell Terpening, a Vietnam War veteran, Paul OKeefe, a Korean War veteran, and Maj. Gen. Raymond Shield, the New York National Guard Adjutant General, cut the ribbon at the opening of the Korean and Vietnam Wars exhibit at the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs, New York, Mar 30, 2019. The exhibit honors those who served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars between 1950 and 1975.

Apr 08, 2019

NY leaders Ink State Partnership with Brazil

NEW YORK--Chief of International Affairs at the Brazil Ministry of Defense Rear Admiral Guilherme Da Silva Costa(center right) and New York National Guard Adjutant Gen. Maj. Gen. Raymond Shields (right) sign a state partnership agreement on the U.S.S. Intrepid Manhattan N.Y. March 14 2019. Admiral Craig Faller the commander of the United States Southern Command ( center left) and General Joseph Lengyel Chief of the National Guard Bureau (far left) also took part in the signing event. The State Partnership between the New York National Guard and Brazil is a Department of Defense joint security cooperation program executed by the State Adjutants General in support of Combatant Commanders and U.S. Chiefs of Mission to help achieve security cooperation objectives and Department of Defense policy goals.

Mar 15, 2019

Lawyer joins 42nd Infantry Legal Team

NEW YORK --New York Army National Guard Col. Sondra Smith, the Judge Advocate General of the 42nd Infantry Division, administers the oath of office to new 1st Lt. Karen White at the Park Avenue Armory on Jan. 28, 2019 in New York City. White, a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Vermont Law School is the newest member of the 42nd Infantry Divisions legal team.

Feb 06, 2019

Adjutant General speaks to Public Affairs group

SARATOGA SPRINGS-- Major General Ray Shields the Adjutant General of New York speaks with Army and Air National Guard military journalists on Saturday Jan. 26 at the New York National Guards annual Public Affairs Workshop at the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs N.Y. Shields spoke to an audience of 60 people including public affairs Soldiers and Airmen from Vermont New Jersey and Rhode Island and discussed his vision for the New York National Guard and the importance of public affairs efforts.

Jan 28, 2019

Martin Van Buren honored in Kinderhook

KINDERHOOK--New York Army National Guard Command Sgt. Major David Piwowarski and Brig. Gen. John Adonie render honors to President Martin Van Buren the 8th president of the United States during a Dec. 5 2018 ceremony at his gravesite at Kinderhook Reformed Church Cemetery in Kinderhook N.Y. The U.S. military presents wreaths from the current occupant of the White House at the gravesites of former presidents on the anniversary of their birth. Van Buren was born in Kinderhook in 1782.

Dec 06, 2018

Korean War Soldier laid to rest

SCHYULERVILLE-New York Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Artem Feldman holds the flag as it is folded during a funeral service for Pfc. John Martin, Schuylerville, N.Y., Dec. 2, 2018. Martins remains were being laid to rest after being missing in action from the Korean War.

Dec 04, 2018

Anti-drug week recognized

LATHAM--New York Army National Guard Maj. Gen. Ray Shields, the Adjutant General of the New York National Guard, stands with employees and Soldiers at the Division of Military and Naval Affairs Headquarters on October 24, 2018 in Latham, N.Y. This week is the 2018 Red Ribbon Week where personnel participated in wearing a red piece of clothing to help raise awareness on the fight against drugs.

Nov 01, 2018

NY National Guard Marks Red Ribbon Week

LATHAM- New York Army National Guard Maj. Gen. Ray Shields, the Adjutant General of the New York National Guard, stands with employees and Soldiers at the Division of Military and Naval Affairs Headquarters on October 24, 2018 in Latham, N.Y. This week is the 2018 Red Ribbon Week where personnel participated in wearing a red piece of clothing to help raise awareness on the fight against drugs.

Oct 24, 2018

New Adjutant General Recognized

LATHAM -- New York Army National Guard Major General Ray Shields is congratulated by New York Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul following a change of command ceremony at New York National Guard headquarters in Latham, N.Y. on Oct. 19, 2018. Shields took over as the 54th Adjutant General of New York from Major General Anthony German who is now serving at Air National Guard headquarters.

Oct 19, 2018

NY National Guard conducts South African exchange

Master Sgt. Luis Barsallo, a certified hand-to-hand tactics instructor demonstrates a move to members of the South African National Defense Forces during an exchange visit on October 10, 2018. Soldiers from the New York Army National Guard took part in an exchange program at the South African National Defense Forces Military Police School during an exchange visit there on Oct. 10-11, 2018. Twelve New York Army National Guard experts in civil support operations, military police, law enforcement, and self-defense took part in the exchange visit.

Oct 12, 2018

Ceremony marks Warrant Officer 100th birthday

LATHAM--New York National Guard Soldiers sing the Army Song during the 100th Warrant Officer Birthday ceremony Latham N.Y. July 9 2018. A short ceremony was held to celebrate the centennial of the Warrant Officer Corps.

Jul 12, 2018

Soldiers, Airmen Race for the Fourth

Members of the New York National Guard Joint Force Headquarters in Latham participated in the Firecracker 4 road race in Saratoga Springs July 4. From left Army National Guard Master Sgt. Luis Barsallo Air National Guard Lt. Col. Peter Keegan his son Conor Keegan Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Christopher Gerardi Army Guard Sgts. Adam Sisson and Steven Waite and Army National Guard Sgt. Maj. Daniel Brunner. The team participated in the race effort to raise funds for a local Saratoga charity Saratoga Warhorse a non-profit group that served veterans at risk. Courtesy photo.

Jul 06, 2018

NY National Guard HQ marks Army Birthday

LATHAM-- The Youngest and oldest Soldiers present cut the birthday cake during an Army birthday ceremony at the New York National Guard Headquarters in Latham N.Y. on June 14 2018. Cutting the cake are from left Sgt. Tyler Center the youngest Soldier Maj. Gen. Raymond Shields commander of the New York Army National Guard and Master Sgt. John Batza the oldest Soldier present. New York Army National Guard members celebrated the 243rd Birthday of the United States Army.

Jun 14, 2018

24 CST gets wet for readiness

NEW YORK--A member of the New York National Guards 24th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team exists a hovering HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter assigned to the 106th Rescue Wing during helocasting training off Fort Hamilton Brooklyn in Gravesends Bay on June 6 2018.

Jun 14, 2018

CST trains in helocasting at Fort Hamilton

FORT HAMILTON-- New York Army National Guard Capt. Robert Freed a mem ber of the 24th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team (CST) assists Sgt. 1st Class Jonathan Morris a combat medic assigned to the 24th CST rides in exiting a UH-60G Pavehawk helicopter during their annual helocasting certification event held at Fort Hamilton New York June 6 2018. Helocasting is a technique for inserting personnel in which they jump into water from a hovering helicopter.

Jun 11, 2018

NY National Guard marks Memorial Day

LATHAM --New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Scott Ehler State chaplain with Joint force Headquarters-N.Y. reads the invocation for a Memorial Day service at Joint Force Headquarters Latham N.Y. May 24 2018. Ehler led service members and civilians in a prayer for fallen soldiers as part of the service.

May 25, 2018

Civil Support Team Trains at research facility

PLUM ISLAND --New York National Guard Soldiers and Airmen of the 24th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team (CST) and 106th Rescue Wing prepare to identify and classify several hazardous chemical and biological materials during a collective training event at the Plum Island Animal Disease Research Facility New York May 2 2018. The CST insterted by helicopter and was responsible for establishing communications and mission command for the event which brought together the resources of several fire departments the 106th Air Rescue Wing and the Department of Homeland Security to respond to a simulated containment breach at the research facility.

May 23, 2018

Troops Assist in Upstate Storm Recovery

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo directed the National Guard to deploy personnel to Washington County May 5 to assist local emergency responders with tree and debris removal. National Guard personnel are prepared to assist additional storm impacted areas as necessary. The Governor also issued an update on the severe storms that moved through the eastern portion of upstate New York on Friday, May 4. Storms accompanied by strong, gusty winds of 40 mph to 60 mph knocked out power to over 100,000 customers and toppled trees and limbs, damaging some homes in these regions. Courtesy photo.

May 05, 2018

Homeland Response Force training in Connecticut

CAMP HARTELL, CONNECTICUT-- Soldiers and Airmen from the New York National Guard prepare for their Homeland Response Force exercise on April 13th, 2018 at Camp Hartell, C.T. Each of the 10 HRF teams in the United States is trained to assist state officials and local responders with chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear incidents.

Apr 16, 2018

NY Guard Soldiers heading for Iraq, Kuwait

FORT DRUM--Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Shields, the Commander of the New York Army National Guard and Command Sgt. Major David Piwowarski, the Command Sergeant Major of the New York Army National Guard, (center) pose with members of the New York Army National Guard's Main Command Post Operational Detachment (MCP-OD) at Fort Drum, Watertown, N.Y., February 27, 2018. The MCP-OD Soldiers are preparing to deploy to Iraq and Kuwait with the 10th Mountain Divisions command post this month.

Mar 02, 2018

New York Soldiers going to Olympics

LAKE PLACID-- New York Army National Guard Sgt. Matt Mortensen gives a "thumbs up" to the home fans at the 2017 World Cup competition in Lake Placid, New York, Dec. 16 after he and his partner won the luge doubles competition. Mortensen is one of four New York Army National Guard Soldiers slated to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea

Jan 22, 2018

JFHQ- NY Soldier headed for Olympics

LAKE PlACID- New York Army National Guard Sgt. Emily Sweeney, assigned to Joint Force Headquarters, will be representing the United States in the women's luge competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Sweeney is enrolled in the Army's World Class Athletes Program which lets Soldiers serve and prepare for the Olympics.

Jan 11, 2018

Former Adjutant General honored

SARATOGA NATIONAL CEMETERY--Soldiers of the New York Army National Guards Honor Guard fold an American flag for the family of Maj. Gen. Lawerence Flynn a former Adjutant General who died on Nov. 12 2017 during his burial ceremony at Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery on November 17th 2017. In 1986 Maj. Gen. Flynn was appointed by Governor Mario Cuomo as the Adjutant General and Commander of the New York Army National Guard where he served until his retirement in June 1992.

Nov 20, 2017

Students learn about Army Aviation

LATHAM--New York Army National Guard, Sgt. 1st Class Jessica Girard, a Recruiting non- commissioned officer, speaks with students from the Shenendehowa High School, aerospace engineering class about the National Guard at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Latham, N.Y., on October 27, 2017. The students visited the facility to learn more about Army Aviation and were hosted by recruiters from the New York Army National Guard.

Nov 08, 2017

President Chester Arthur Honored on Birthday

MENANDS--Major General Raymond Shields commander of the New York Army National Guard; right and New York Army National Guard Command Sgt. Major David Piwowarski salute after placing a wreath at the grave of Chester A. Arrthur president of the United States from 1881 to 1885 during a ceremony in Albany Rural Cemetery in Menands N.Y. on Oct. 5 2017 . The United States Military honors deceased presidents with a wreath from the sitting president at their gravesite on the anniversary of the past presidents birth.

Oct 06, 2017

Warrant Officers Get Training

LATHAM-- New York Army National Guard Warrant Officers from around New York attending a Professional Development Workshop at Joint Force Headquarters, in Latham N.Y., on September 7, 2017 pose for a group photograph.

Sep 14, 2017

NY Army Guard commander promoted to Major General

LATHAM N.Y.-- Army National Guard Maj. Gen. Raymond Shields, the assistant Adjutant General of the Army National Guard, assigned to Joint Force Headquarter-N.Y., unfurls his new Major General Flag during his promotion ceremony in JFHQ, Latham, N.Y., Aug 10, 2017. Shields was being promoted to the rank of Major General, the unfurling of his general officers flag is a tradition for generals.

Aug 11, 2017

NBA Pro Joins the Guard Team

New York Army National Guard 2nd Lt. Marshall Plumlee visits with kids at the Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC) Basketball Camp in Troy, N.Y. Tuesday, July 11, 2017. Plumlee, who earned his commission through ROTC at Duke University, is a Center for the New York Knicks professional Basketball team. He shared tips and hints with the kids.

Jul 11, 2017

Memorial Day Marked

LATHAM--U.S. Army National Guard Soldier Sgt. Taylor Kuchera from Joint Force Headquarters-N.Y. plays Taps at a Memorial Day service at Joint Force Headquarters Latham N.Y. May 24 2017. Kuchera took part in a service to honor fallen New York National Guard Soldiers and Airmen.

May 24, 2017

ARNG Director greets NY Guard Soldiers

NEW YORK-- Lt. Gen. Timothy Kadavy, the Director of the Army National Guard meets Soldiers assigned to the New York National Guard's Joint Task Force Empire Shield, a state active duty force providing security at New York City transportation hubs prior to the broadcasting of a segment of the Fox and Friends morning television show on May 21, 2017. Kadavy was outlining his vision for the Army National Guard and also saluted the members of the task force.

May 22, 2017

Honor Guard Training at Camp Smith

CAMP SMITH-- Four New York Army National Guard Soldiers along with eight other Army National Guard Soldiers from across the country rehearse the movements and commands of a full military funeral during the 80-hour Train-the-trainer Military Funeral Honors course at Camp Smith Training Site May 11 2017. Twelve Army National Guard Soldiers were selected to attend the two-week training from May 8-19 2017 which is designed to train the trainer so current Honor Guard members can return as state level training instructors.

May 16, 2017

Sexual Assault Awareness Run held

NISKAYUNA-- Members of the 109th Airlift Wing and Division of Military and Naval Affairs Headquarters who participated in a Sexual Assault Awareness Run/Walk at Lions Park in Niskayuna on April 28.

May 03, 2017

Denim Day at JFHQ

LATHAM-- Members of the Division of Military and Naval Affairs headquarters staff pose for a photograph in support of Denim Day, a day on which people are encouraged to wear blue jeans to show support for survivors of sexual assault and to combat the myths surrounding sexual assault on April 26. Employees and military personnel were allowed to wear jeans to work that day to show support.

Apr 27, 2017

Civil Support Team trains at ball park

TROY--2nd Civil Support Team (CST) member Staff Sgt. Joshua Spagnola uses evidence markers to tag suspected hazardous materials in a mock WMD laboratory during the 2nd CSTs training exercise at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium in Troy N.Y. on April 12 2017. Team members are trained to identify chemical biological and radiological agents and advise first-responders on how to deal with these materials.

Apr 17, 2017

NY National Guard Marks WWI Centennial

LATHAM --New York Lt. Gov. Kath Hochul speaks during a World War 1 Centennial commemorative ceremony held at New York National Guard headquarters in Latham N.Y. on April 6 2017. The event marked the 100th anniversary of the American entry into World War I. The 42nd Infantry Divisions World War I Color Guard played a role in the ceremony.

Apr 06, 2017

Best Warriors Compete at Camp Smith

CAMP SMITH-- Soldiers competing in the New York Army National Guard's Best Warrior Competition get some pointers on using the M-9 pistol on March 30 at Camp Smith Training Site. The Best Warrior competitors represent each of New Yorks brigades after winning competitions at the company battalion and brigade levels.

Apr 03, 2017

Best Warriors compete at Camp Smith

CAMP SMITH--U.S. Army Sgt. Mitchell Stogel fires an M249 SAW during the stress shoot component of the New York Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition at Camp Smith Training Site March 30 2017. The Best Warrior competitors represent each of New Yorks brigades after winning competitions at the company battalion and brigade levels. At the state level they are tested on their physical fitness military knowledge endurance marksmanship and land navigation skills. The two winners of the competition one junior enlisted and one NCO advance to compete at the regional level later this year.

Mar 31, 2017

Armed With Science

NEW YORK CITY-- The story of the New York National Guard's 24th Civil Support Team, a joint Army and Air National Guard unit based in New York City whose members are trained to detect chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear hazards is featured in the online TV show "Armed With Science" produced by the Defense Media Activity and Defenses TV. The show highlights the New York National Guard's role in homeland defense.

Mar 06, 2017

Civil Support Team trains with Troopers

WATERVLIET ARSENAL--Staff Sgt. Joshua Spagnola of the New York National Guards 2nd Civil Support Team (right) guides New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team (CCSERT) member Investigator Brian Kenney (left) as he descends via a complex rope system during confined-space search-and-rescue training at the Watervliet Arsenal in Watervliet N.Y. on Jan. 31.

Feb 08, 2017

Awards Recognize performance at Fort Polk

LATHAM--New York Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 3 Kelly Fancher assigned to the Joint Force Headquarters received recognition, Jan. 7, for meritorious achievement during a Joint Readiness Training Center Exercise, at Ft. Polk, La., in July 2016. Fancher received an Army Commendation Medal from New York Army National Guard Col. Dennis Deeley who served as the Support Group Commander for the training rotation supporting the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

Jan 10, 2017

Final Flight

LATHAM-A New York Army National Guard C12 aircraft, piloted by Chief Warrant Officer 5 Robert Wold, taxis through a rainbow at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Latham, N.Y. on Dec. 21. The rainbow formed as Wold completed his traditional military "final flight" and taxied the aircraft through jets of water sprayed by Albany Airport crash trucks.

Jan 03, 2017

New Command Warrant Officer for NY Army Guard

LATHAM--New York Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 4 Jeffery Schirmer accepts a saber signifying his responsibilities as the Command Chief Warrant Officer of the New York Army National Guard from Major General Anthony German, the Adjutant General of New York during change of responsibility ceremonies at New York National Guard headquarters on Dec. 9. Schirmer took over the position from Chief Warrant Officer 5 Robert Wold who is retiring after more than 40 years in the military.

Dec 12, 2016

President Martin Van Buren Wreath Laying Ceremony

New York Army National Guard Brigadier General Raymond Shields, Assistant Adjutant General and Command Sgt. Major David Piwowarski marked the 234th birthday of President Martin Van Buren by laying a wreath at Van Buren's grave site in Kinderhook New York on Monday, Dec. 5.The annual event recognizes the former President Martin Van Buren, a Columbia County native who died on July 24, 1862 in Kinderhook, N.Y. He was born on Dec. 5, 1782.The United States Military honors former presidents by laying wreaths presented by the current president at their gravesites on the anniversary of their birth.

Dec 05, 2016

Troops Participate in NFL Bills Salute to Service

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Nearly 200 volunteers from the New York Army and Air National Guard participated in pregame ceremonies at the NFL Buffalo Bills' Salute to Service home game Sunday November 27. The Soldiers and Airmen helped unfurl a large flag for the national anthem and helped escort Bills players onto the field for the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Participants stayed to watch the Bills defeat the Jags 28-21.

Nov 28, 2016

NY Army National Guard Behavioral Health Workshop

LATHAM, N.Y. -- Maj. Scott Edwards, an Indiana Army National Guard state behavioral health officer (left), and Maj. J. Alvarado, a Connecticut Army National Guard behavioral health officer (right), conduct a brain-storming session during the New York Army National Guard Behavioral Health Workshop at Joint Force Headquarters here on Nov. 9. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Raymond Drumsta/released)

Nov 10, 2016

NY Honor Guard honors Korean War Soldier

SYRACUSE--Members of the New York Army National Guard's Military Forces Honor Guard conduct a dignified transfer of remains for a Korean War Soldier's remains, Sgt. 1st Class Louis Baxter of Massena, N.Y., on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at Hancock Field International Airport in Syracuse, N.Y. Baxter was a member of the 7th Infantry Division who was listed as missing in action in November, 1950.

Oct 11, 2016

Adjutant General speaks to Army Guard leaders

CAMP SMITH--Maj. Gen. Anthony German, the Adjutant General of New York, speaks with New York Army National Guard battalion and company level leaders during a visit to Camp Smith Training Site, September 25, 2016. German spoke to battalion and company commanders, sergeants major and first sergeants at Syracuse and Camp Smith to lay out his vision for the New York National Guard on Sept. 24 and 25.

Sep 28, 2016

Troops Hold Their 1,000th CPC Training Session

STATEN ISLAND N.Y. -- New York Army National Guard Soldier 1st Lt. Alexandria Wiedenbaum (right) checks a resident into a session of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program at Immanuel Union Church here on Sept. 14. The church event is 1,000th session of the program troops like Wiedenbaum have held since the program began in February 2014. The program provides citizens with the knowledge and tools to prepare for emergencies and disasters, respond accordingly and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions. New York National Guard troops have been working with the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) and local emergency management personnel to conduct these training events state-wide. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Maj. Douglas Baker, project officer, Citizens Preparedness Corps)

Sep 20, 2016

Joint Task Force Soldiers Star in Army Video

NEW YORK--Army Staff Sgt. Jose Ibarra,the NCOIC of Soldiers Broadcasting at the Defense Media Activity, based at Fort Meade Maryland, interviews New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to Joint Task Force Empire Shield at Grand Central Station on August 16, 2016. Ibarra and three other Soldiers Broadcasting members filmed a video episode called City Soldier focusing on the task force, August 16-19.

Aug 29, 2016

Personnel office helps troops find records

WATERVLIET--Steve Essex, Steve Essex the inactive/active records officer for the New York Army National Guard Military Personnel Office poses with some of the index cards he uses to find the records of National Guard Soldiers who served between 1059 and 1984 on July 18, 2016. Essex helps Guard members track down documents they may not have kept when they left the service

Aug 03, 2016

July New York Army National Guard Safety Message

From fireworks to barbecues, summer activities come with their own unique safety concerns. To keep your summer fun, check out the New York Army National Guard Safety Office's summer safety message.

Jun 28, 2016

Honor Guard Training at Camp Smith

CAMP SMITH --Three New York Army National Guard Soldiers along with five other National Guard Soldiers from across the country rehearse the specific movements and commands of a full military funeral during the 80-hour Train-the-trainer Military FuneralHonors course at Camp Smith Training Site on June 21 2016.Ten Army National Guard Soldiers were selected to attend the two-weektraining at Camp Smith NY from June 13-24 2016 which is designed totrain the trainer so current Honor Guard members can return to their homestates and train others.

Jun 22, 2016

HRF Exercise underway in Oriskany

ORISKANY--Soldiers dressed in chemical protection suits stage in front of the mock disaster site during the Homeland Response Force training exercise at the New York State Preparedness Training Center in Oriskany, N.Y. on Tuesday, June 13, 2016. These Soldiers are trained in extracting victims of chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear environments.

Jun 15, 2016

Army Birthday Recognized at DMNA

LATHAM-- New York Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 5 Robert Wold, age 59 and a half, the oldest Soldier present, is joined by two of the New York Army National Guards youngest SoldiersPvt. 1st Class Myles Ferguson (left)and Pvt. 1st Class Greg Goldman, a member of the 1108th Ordnance Company ( Explosive Ordnance Disposal) as they cut the Army Birthday Cake during a ceremony at Division of Military and Naval Affairs headquarters in Latham, N.Y. on Tuesday, June 14, the Armys 241st Birthday. Wold enlisted in the Army in1975, the year the Army celebrated its 200th Birthday.

Jun 14, 2016

June is National Safety Month

Each June, the Army observes National Safety Month in conjunction with public and private organizations across the United States. This year's campaign focuses on the significance of safety in four key areas: off-duty driving, civilian injury prevention, and ground and aviation operations.

Jun 10, 2016

Adjutant General's Match tests marksmanship skills

CAMP SMITH TRAINING SITE--New York Air National Guard Tech Sgt. Michael Bauer fires his M4 during the Sgt. Henry Johnson Individual Combat Rifle Match on the second day of the TAG Match at Camp Smith New York on June 4 2016. The New York Army National Guards TAG Match is an annual 3-day competition that allows units and individual Soldiers and Airmen the opportunity to improve their level of marksmanship training engage in healthy competition and pick top contenders to represent the state in national competitions.

Jun 07, 2016

NY Troops Train Sheriff's Honor Guard

LATHAM, N.Y. -- Sgt. 1st Class Robert Landry and Staff Sgt. Brooke Leavitt, members of the New York Army National Guard's Color Guard (right), give drill-and-ceremony training to the Saratoga County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard at the New York State Division of Military Naval Affairs here on May 25. The sheriff's office recently started their own honor and color guard teams, and requested training from the New York Army National Guard's Color Guard and Honor Guard.

May 31, 2016

Memorial Day Ceremony Held at DMNA

LATHAM N.Y. -- Maj. Gen. Anthony German, the adjutant general of New York, speaks during a Memorial Day ceremony at the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs (DMNA) here on May 26. German asked DMNA employees, Soldiers, Airmen and others who attended the ceremony to keep fallen service members in their thoughts during the Memorial Day weekend. Over 100 people attended the ceremony, which was held on DMNA grounds near the New York Military Forces Memorial (right). The memorial depicts an inverted rifle and bayonet with helmet displayed inside a pair of combat boots, most often referred to as a battlefield cross.

May 26, 2016

Gunnery Simulator on Display at DMNA

LATHAM, N.Y -- New York Army National Guard Col. James Freehart engages targets on a vehicle gunnery simulator called the Unstabilized Gunnery Trainer Individual (UGT-I) at the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs (DMNA) here on May 3. The UGT-I was at DMNA May 2 to 5 to demonstrate its capabilities to New York Army National Guard training and operations personnel.

May 04, 2016

Best Warriors Named

New York Army National Guard Soldier Spc. Qian Han was named the top junior enlisted Soldier and Staff Sgt. Garrett Cummings was named best NCO during the Best Warrior Competition at Camp Smith Training Site on April 23, 2016. The two winners of the competition will advance to compete at the regional level this week at Camp Niantic in Connecticut.

May 02, 2016

Best Warriors Compete at Camp Smith

CAMP SMITH-- New York Army National Guard Spc. Dylan Lunde a Team Chief with the 1st Battalion 258th Field Artillery Regiment of the New York Army National Guard reacts to indirect fire during the stress shoot event of Best Warrior Competition at Camp Smith Training Site on April 21 2016. The Best Warrior competitors represent each of New Yorks brigades after winning competitions at the company battalion and brigade levels. At the state level they are tested on their physical fitness military knowledge endurance marksmanship and land navigation skills.

Apr 25, 2016

Revolutionary War Leader Honored

TROY--Brig. Gen. Raymond Shields the Director of Joint Staff for the New Yuork National Guard speaks during ceremonies marking the unveiling of a statue of Col. Albert Pawling a Revolutionary War leader and the first major of Troy N.Y. during a ceremony in Troy on Friday April 15. During the Revolution Pawling was the commander of Pawlings Levies a unit of state miliita men who manned forts on the New York frontier to protect the settlers against raids from the British and hostile Iroquoius tribes.

Apr 20, 2016

New Adjutant General Takes Charge

LATHAM, N.Y. -- New York State Lt. Gov. Kathleen C. Hochul (right) hands the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs (DMNA) colors to Maj. Gen. Anthony German (left), making him the 53rd adjutant general of the New York National Guard during achange-of-command ceremony at DMNA here on April 7, 2016. German assumed adjutant general duties from Maj. Gen. Patrick Murphy, who became the 52nd adjutant general of New York State in 2010.

Apr 07, 2016

9/11 Exhibit Installed at Headquarters

Division of Military and Naval Affairs Headquarters Building Superintendent John Fallorino ( left) and New York State Military Museum Assistant Curator Chris Morton (right) place a cover over a piece of granite from the section of The Pentagon destroyed during the attacks of Sept. 11 2001 as a Sept. 11 Memorial is installed in the armory section of DMNA Headquarters on Friday April 1. The exhibit also featiures steel from the World Trade Center as well as a recreation of the memorial lights which shown each year following the attacks.

Apr 04, 2016

Citizens Prepardness Training held in Albany

ALBANY-Emergency Response experts from the New York State Office of Fire Prevention the National Weather Service and the New York State Emergency Mangement office join New York National Guard Lt. Justin Kupinski (foreground) and Staff Sgt. Patricia Austin in fielding questions from 220 residents who attended a National Guard led Citizens Preparedness Corps training session at the Times Union Center in Albany N.Y. on Monday March 21. Since Governor Andrew M. Cuomo launched the program in 2014 more than 100000 people have taken the emergency preparedness training.

Mar 22, 2016

Lawyers Learn History

STILLWATER--Saratoga Battlefield historian and retired Park Ranger Larry Arnold discusses the importance of terrain during the Battle of Freemans Farm in 1777 to Soldiers of the Judge Advocate General Corps from the New York Army National Guard and Army Reserves 7th Legal Operations Detachment on March 12 2016 at the Saratoga National Historical Park in Stillwater N.Y. Arnold is a licensed battlefield tour guide and led the group of 18 legal Soldiers through British and American positions discussing the history of the battlefield and introducing the Soldiers to judge advocate staff challenges related to the laws of land warfare in that era and of the issues of Soldier discipline on the revolutionary battlefield. The troops marched about six miles through the battlefield as part of the training.

Mar 13, 2016

New commander for 2nd Battalion 106th Regiment

CAMP SMITH-- Lt. Col. Michael Tagliaferro accepts the colors of the 2nd Battalion 106th Regiment during change-of-command ceremonies on Saturday, March 5. Tagliaferro replaces Lt. Col. Christopher Ciccone Jr. as the commander of the training unit.

Mar 10, 2016

Gov. Cuomo Names Next Adjutant General

ALBANY--Maj. Gen. Anthony German, the commander of the New York Air National Guard, and the Assistant Adjutant General of New York, has been selected as the 53rd adjutant general of New York by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. He replaces Maj. Gen. Patrick Murphy who will become Director of Plans, Policy, and International Affairs for the National Guard Bureau.

Mar 09, 2016

Turkeys Tagged at Camp Smith

CAMP SMITH--Carl Lindsley (left) Marc Sizer and Becca Linkiewicz employees of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) in Region 3 work together to out an electronic monitoring tag on a female turkey at the New York National Guards Camp Smith Training Site on Jan. 28 2016. The staff of the DECs Region 3 coordinated with staff at Camp Smith for over a month to capture tag and release female wild turkeys at CSTS as part of a four-year study that will assess survival and harvest rates of female wild turkeys across the state.

Feb 09, 2016

Professionalism Training at Latham Headquarters

LATHAM--Rear Admiral Margaret DeLuca Klein, the Senior Advisor for Military Professionalism to the Secretary of Defense speaks to members of the New York National Guard's Joint Force Headquarters at Division of Military and Naval Affairs headquarters in Latham, N.Y. on Friday, Feb. 5. Klein spoke about ethics and professionalism to New York National Guard leaders and staff at the invitation of Major General Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General of New York. ( NYS Division of Military and Naval Affairs photo by Eric Durr/ Released)

Feb 05, 2016

New York Warrant Officers finish courses

Fort Jackson, South Carolina- New York Army National Guard Warrant Officers who just completed the Human Resource Warrant Officer Basic Course and Advanced Course pose with New York Army National Guard Chief Command Warrant Officer CW5 Robert S. Wold (far right) and Adjutant Generals Corps Regimental Warrant Officer CW5 David G. Betancourt (far left) on Jan. 29 2016. They are(from second left) CW2 Randy Burckhard; WO1 Jennifer Roshong; CW5 David Williams from the Army Staff; WO 1 Matthew Starr; CW2 Michele DiGeso; WO1 Carl Chapman; and CW5 Peter Panos the Command Chief Warrant Officer of the Army National Guard. DiGeso was the Leadership Awardee in the class and made the Commendants List. Chapman made the Commandants list and received the APFT Award.

Feb 04, 2016

Funeral Honors in Waterford

WATERFORD, N.Y. -- As part of final honors for WWII veteran Leo P. Dean, New York Army National Guard Honor Guard OIC 1st Lt. Alix Walls (right) presents the flag that draped Dean's casket to his friend Renee Farley (left) during Dean's funeral at St. Mary's Cemetery here on Dec. 17, 2015. Walls is from Rock City Falls, N.Y. (U.S. National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Raymond Drumsta, 42nd Infantry Division/released)

Dec 28, 2015

Troops young and old mark National Guard Birthday

LATHAM, N.Y. -- New York National Guard recruits Zander Griffin (left) and Andrew Valenza (right) join retired New York Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer Five Brian Smith to cut a cake during ceremonies celebrating the National Guard's 379th birthday at the New York State Division of Military Affairs here on Dec. 11, 2015. Griffin and Valenza, both 17, are some the of youngest New York National members while Smith served for 39 years as helicopter pilot. Smith performed tours of duty in Iraq and Bosnia, took part in humanitarian missions in Central America, and responded to domestic emergencies such as Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy. To recognize his many years of service, Smith was awarded the Legion of Merit at the cake-cutting ceremony. Griffin is part of the 109 Airlift Wing and Valenza is part of Joint Force Headquarters. The National Guard traces its birth to December 13, 1636 in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Raymond Drumsta, 42nd Infantry Division/released)

Dec 11, 2015

Martin Van Buren honored on birthday

KINDERHOOK--New York Army National Guard Brig. Gen. Raymond Shields and Command Sgt. Major David Piwowarski prepare to present a wreath from President Barack Obama honoring President Martin Van Buren during a ceremony at the Dutch Reformed Cemetery in Kinderhook N.Y. on Dec. 5 2015 the 233rd anniversary of the eighth presidents birth here in 1782. The military lays wreaths from the current president at the graves of former presidents on the anniversay of their birth. Kinderhook Mayor Carol Weaver looks on.

Dec 08, 2015

State Police Leader Recognized by ESGR

BOLTON LANDING--New York Army National Sgt. 1st Class Juanita Salas-Jackson congratulates New York State Police Superintendent Joseph DAmico after presenting him with an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriotic Employer Award pin to at New York State Intelligence Summit held November 18 at the Sagamore Resort and Conference Center in Bolton Landing New York as Major General Patrick Murphy the Adjutant General of New York looks on. Salas-Jackson a New York State Trooper and military liaison between the two agencies. Superintendent DAmico was recognized for supporting programs that support the estimated 1600 military veterans and service member serving in law enforcement as members of the State Police.

Nov 19, 2015

Henry Johnson Medal on Display

ALBANY--Major General Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General of New York, and Command Sgt. Major Anthony McLean, Command Sgt. Major of the 369th Sustainment Brigade, speak to reporters following a ceremony at the New York State Capitol on Monday Nov. 9 marking the display of a Medal of Honor awarded posthumously to New York National Guard Soldier Sgt. Henry Johnson for his heroic actions in 1918. McLean accepted the award of the New York State Medal for Valor the states higheste military award on Johnsons behalf.

Nov 12, 2015

Jet on Display at State Headquarters

LATHAM -- New York Air National Guard Airmen from the 174th Attack Wing, Syracuse deliver and assemble an F-16 Jet Fighter outside the NYS Division of Military and Naval Affairs and headquarters of the New York Army and Air National Guard for permanent display, here Nov. 7.

Nov 09, 2015

New Command Sgt. Major for New York National Guard

LATHAM --New York Army National Guard Command Sgt. Major David Piwowarski ( left) accepts the colors of the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs from Major General Patrick Murphy the Adjutant General Of New York during a Change-of-Responsibility ceremony on Friday Oct. 30 in which he took over as the Command Sgt. Major of the New York National Guard and New York Army National Guard. Piwowarski will now serve as the top enlisted advisor to Murphy on enlisted training morale and quality of life issues. He replaces Command Sgt. Major Louis Wilson who is retiring after 39 years of service.

Nov 02, 2015

Citizens Learn Preparedness Skills

Great Neck, NY - New York Army National Guard Captain Stephen Totter, Citizen Preparedness Training Instructor leads a Citizens Emergency Preparedness Corps session held at the Great Neck Social Center in Great Neck (Long Island), NY on October 20th 2015. The event is part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's continuing Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program, which gives citizens the knowledge and tools to prepare for emergencies and disasters, respond accordingly, and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions.

Oct 22, 2015

Troops Volunteer to Support Suicide Prevention

Members of the New York Army and Air National Guard volunteer their time to support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention by participating in the 11th annual Capital Region Out of the Darkness Walk on Sunday, October 18 at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds, Ballston Spa, NY. Proceeds benefit local and national suicide prevention, awareness and education programs. The Soldiers and Airmen donated their own time and effort in support of the cause. Photo by Sgt. Maj. Corine Lombardo, New York National Guard.

Oct 18, 2015

Taking a break at State Headquarters

LATHAM-- Soldiers assigned to the Joint Force Headquarters Staff help themselves to lunch on Friday, Sept. 25, during a morale building picnic lunch held for members of the staff. Soldiers, Airmen and civilians assigned to state headquarters took some time off from work to eat hamburgers and hot dogs and enjoy each others company.

Sep 29, 2015

Hometown Heroes Run raises $$ for Guard families

COLONIE- Racers get underway for the annual New York National Guard Family Readiness Council, Inc. Hometown Heroes Race on Sunday, Sept. 20, at Crossings of Colonie Park. More than 150 runners participated in the race which helps generate funds to aid Army and Air National Guard families.

Sep 20, 2015

Chaplains and Psychological Health Providers meet

New York Army National Guard Chaplains and members of the National Guard's Psychological Health and Suicide Prevention Program pose for a photograph during an August 18, 2015 workshop to discuss trends, resources and intervention tools. The workshop allowed participants to dialog on the importance of responding with safety and collaboration with Service Members, in immediate danger of harming themselves.

Sep 02, 2015

Guard Leader Pays Memorial Day Tribute to Fallen

LATHAM --Major General Patrick Murphy the Adjutant General of New York speaks during a pre-Memorial Day ceremony held on Thursday May 21 at New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs headquarters in Latham. New York National Guard members and Division of Military and Naval Affairs employees dedicated the new New York Military Forces Memorial commemorating fallen New York National Guard members of all wars and remembering the 33 New York National Guard members who died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

May 22, 2015

NY Adjutant General Talks at Connecticut Event

SOUTHINGTON, CT-- Major General Patrick Murphy, The Adjutant General of New York, speaks at the annual Connecticut Armed Forces Day Luncheon at the Aqua Turf Club here on May 15. Murphy was the keynote speaker at the annual event, during which the Connecticut National Guard recognized outstanding Soldiers and Airmen.

May 20, 2015

Citizens Preparedness Training in Rockaway

FAR ROCKAWAY, NY - New York Army National Guard 1LT Alexandria Wiedenbaum leads a Citizens Emergency Preparedness Corps session held at Beach Channel High School in Rockaway Park, NY on March 28, 2015The event is part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's continuing Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program, which gives citizens the knowledge and tools to prepare for emergencies and disasters, respond accordingly, and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions. Working with the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) and local emergency management personnel, troops are conducting these training events across the state.

Apr 03, 2015

Best Warrior Winners

CAMP SMITH-- New York National Guard Command Sgt. Maj. Louis Wilson (center) poses with Spc. Michael Rowland (right), a member of the 501st Ordnance Battalion ( Explosive Ordnance Disposal) and Staff Sgt. Christian Hager (left) from Company A, 2nd Battalion 108th Infantry, the winners of Soldier of the Year and NCO of the Year (respectively) after the New York Army National Guards 2015 Best Warrior Competition on Sunday March 29 2015.

Mar 31, 2015

Honor Guard Training at Camp Smith

CAMP SMITH--New York Army National Guard Honor Guard members Spec. Kenval Small, Sgt. James Barton and Spec. Dana Kelly, prepare their weapons during practice firing party drills during Honor Guard Academy Training at Camp Smith Training Site near Peekskill, N.Y. on Thursday, Jan. 29. Fifteen Honor Guard members attended the weeklong training academy here the week of January 26-30.

Feb 05, 2015

National Guard Supports New York City EMTs

NEW YORK - New York Army National Guard Staff Sergeants Adrian McLaughlin and Kehinde Ayeni discuss the deployment of National Guard vehicles and crews with New York Fire Department Captain Joseph Pataky on Monday Jan 26 2015. Thirty-one National Guard humvees and trucks were assigned to provide mobility support to Fire Department Emergency Medical Technicians as New York City braced for a storm.

Jan 27, 2015

National Guard Welcomes IDF Leader to NYC

New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Peter Riley, commander of the Guards Joint Task Force Empire Shield, speaks with Israeli Defense Force Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City January 9. Gantz visited New York following meetings in Washington with Gen. Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs as part of his transition out after his service as the IDFs 20th Chief of Staff. Riley provided an overview of the National Guards response after 9/11 and its ongoing role to augment law enforcement agencies at critical transportation sites in New York during Gantz visit.

Jan 11, 2015

Empire Shield on Duty

NEW YORK, NY - New York National Guard Soldiers and Airmen assigned to Joint Task Force Empire Shield test their protective masks during morning formation prior to taking posts at New York City transit hubs on Dec. 23, 2014.

Jan 07, 2015

Joint Task Force Empire Shield on Duty

NEW YORK--A New York National Guard Soldier and Airman assigned to Joint Task Force Empire Shield keep an eye on the crowd coming and going in New York Citys Pennsylvania Station Amtrak terminal on Tuesday Dec. 23 2014. The two are part of the New York National Guards 500-member State Active Duty force that assists the Metropolitan Transit Authority Police Department the Bridge and Port Authority Police Department and the Amtrak Police at New York Citys airports and key transit terminals. The uniformed National Guard members do not have arrest authority but provide additional eyes and assist police when requested.

Dec 30, 2014

NYARNG Conducts 9600 Military Funerals in 2014

AMSTERDAM, N.Y.--Spc Anthony Bryant, a member of the New York Army National Guard Honor Guard, presents an American flag to Michol Smith, the widow of Army veteran Charles L. Smith during funeral services held on Dec. 11, 2014 at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Amsterdam, N.Y. Bryant, a member of Co. D 3rd Battalion 142nd Aviatrion, and a resident of Walkill. N.Y. is one of 124 New York Army National Guard Soldiers trained to conduct Honor Guard duties. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Corine Lombardo/Released)

Dec 23, 2014

Emergency Preparedness Training in Island Park

ISLAND PARK-- New York Army National Guard Capt. Rafel Castillo distributes emergency "go bags" to local residents who attended a Citizens Emergency Preparedness training session at the Island Park Public Library on Dec. 4. The program, taught by National Guard Soldiers and Airman, is designed to provide residents with the information they need to prepare form and cope with, emergency situations.

Dec 16, 2014

National Guard Birthday Marked

LATHAM--New York Army National Guard Command Sgt. Maj. Louis Wilson-- the senior enlisted person present-- and New York Air National Guard Airman James McPartlin, who joined the National Guard in September, cut the National Guard birthday cake during 378th Guard birthday celebrations at New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs headquarters in Latham, N.Y., Monday, Dec. 15. They are watched by Air National Guard Command Chief Master Sgt. Amy Giaquinto, Command Chief for the 109th Airlift Wing, at left and Maj. Gen. Patrick Murphy, at right.

Dec 15, 2014

Guard Honors Eighth President

KINDERHOOK--New York Army National Guard Command Sgt. Major Louis Wilson and Brig. Gen. Ray Shields, director of Joint Staff, salute the gravesite of President Martin Van Buren in Kinderhook, N.Y., Friday, Dec. 5 after laying a wreath presented by President Barack Obama. The New York National Guard's headquarters in Latham, N.Y., presents the presidential wreath at Van Buren's gravesite each year on the anniversary of his birth.

Dec 08, 2014

NORTHCOM Leader Visits JTF Empire Shield

Maj. Gen. Jack Briggs, left, Director of Operations for Headquarters U.S Northern Command, visits with New York Army National Guard Soldiers on security duties at New York’s Pennsylvania Station rail hub. The Soldiers are part of Joint Task Force Empire Shield, a security enhancement force performing state active duty in New York City to augment law enforcement. Some 500 Soldiers and Airmen are currently serving on the task force and surged operations November 26 in support of the busiest travel day in the city.

Nov 26, 2014

Drill Trains Homeland Response Force

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y.-- Members of the New York National Guard Homeland Response Force extraction team put a simulated casualty on a stretcher during training at the Erie County Fire Traing Academy here on Friday. Nov.14. The drill exercised the Guard Soldiers and Airmen, along with civilian first responders in how to deal with chemical,biological, radiological or nuclear homeland incidents.

Nov 17, 2014

Historic 369th Records Now Online

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.-- New York State Military Museum librarian James Gandy holds one of more than 10000 Regimental Personnel Cards containing information on New York National Guard Soldiers who enlisted or reenlisted in the 369th Infantry-- later the 369th Coast Artillery-- between 1921 and 1949. The cards are being scanned and the information digitized on data bases and posted on the New York Heritage Digital Collection and will also be posted on the New York State Military Museum website.

Nov 14, 2014

Running for Guard Families

COLONIE, N.Y. - New York National Guard servicemembers, military family members and military supporters alike cross the finish line in the 7th annual Hometown Heroes 5k Oct. 19, 2014 at the Colonie Crossings in Colonie, N.Y. Some 200 runners participated in the event. The 5k is a fundraiser sponsored by the New York National Guard Family Readiness Council to benefit the families of National Guard service members across the state.

Oct 19, 2014

Weapons Training for Joint Task Force Members

CAMP SMITH-- New York Amy National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Celso Benites provide instructions on proper sight picture adjustments for the 9mm Glock pistol to Spc. Osei Gaddy a member Joint Forces Headquarters, newly assigned to Joint Task Force Empire Shield here on Oct. 15. Gaddy is one of almost 300 Soldiers and Airmen added to the New York City security task force at the direction of Gov. Andrew Cuomo to bring its strength up to 500. Task force members carry a Glock weapon similar to those used by police forces and must be trained on the sidearm when they are assigned to JTF Empire Shield duty.

Oct 17, 2014

Minute Man Logo Marks Guard Headquarters

LATHAM-- Workers finish mounting a 15-foot high National Guard minuteman on the walls of the Division of Military and Naval Affairs headquarters building here on Thursday, Oct. 9. The new logo identifies the building as the headquarters of the New York National Guard.

Oct 09, 2014

Military Museum Volunteers Break 150-year old code

SARATOGA SPRINGS--James Gandy, librarian for the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs N.Y., holds the 150-year old diary kept by Confederate Army lieutenant James Malbone. Malbone wrote parts of the diary in a homemade code to keep private information about military movements, his sex life, and his musings about the possibility that Varina Davis the wife of Confederate President Jefferson Davis was of African-American ancestry. Malbone's code was recently broken by Queens College associate professor Kent Boklan a former National Security Agency-trained code breaker.

Oct 08, 2014

South Africans Visit Guard Headquarters

LATHAM- South African National Defense Force senior enlisted leaders joined New York National Guard Command Sgt. Major Louis Wilson (left) during a visit to Division of Military and Naval Affairs Headquarters on Saturday, Sept. 20. South African Army Reserve Regimental Sgt. Major Abraham Wakies from the South African Army Reserve and South African Army Sgt. Major Charles Laubacher participated in the State Partnership Program exchange.

Sep 25, 2014

Citizens Preparedness Training in NYC

NEW YORK CITY -- New York National Guard troops gave disaster and emergency training New York Army National Guard Capt. Glenford Rose teaches an emergency preparedness class during a session of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program at the United Nations International School here on Aug. 12, 2014. to about 300 people who attended the event. The program is designed to give citizens the knowledge and tools to prepare for emergencies and disasters, respond accordingly, and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions. New York National Guard troops, working with experts from the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, Office of Fire Prevention and Control, and local emergency management personnel have been conducting these sessions across the state. Rose, the executive officer of the 466th Area Support Medical Company, is from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Sep 24, 2014

Army Guard UAV Operators in South Africa

PRETORIA SOUTH AFRICA- Four soldiers from the New York Army National Guard (NYARNG) got a chance to display their RQ-7B Shadow at the African Aerospace & Defense Expo held here from Sep. 17-21. Spc. Joseph Zuwiyya Staff Sgt. Glenn Follett Sgt. Timothy Strong and Sgt. Matthew Larue are all members of the 27th Brigade Special Troops Battalion. They along with more than 100 other US service members were invited by the South African government to display equipment for the trade show and are here to strengthen the relationship between the US through the State Partnership Program.

Sep 19, 2014

Citizens Preparedness Training Continues

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- New York Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Megan Lane (right) gives a wallet-sized "z-card" to Madeline Williams (left) before a session of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program at the Aquinas Institute of Rochester here on July 26, 2014. New York National Guard troops gave disaster and emergency training to about 250 people who attended the event, and the z-card contains emergency preparedness information. The program is designed to give citizens the knowledge and tools to prepare for emergencies and disasters, respond accordingly, and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions. New York National Guard troops, working with experts from the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, Office of Fire Prevention and Control, and local emergency management personnel have been conducting these sessions across the state. Williams lives in Rochester and Lane, a resident of Saratoga, N.Y., is a member of the 109th Airlift Wing.

Sep 02, 2014

Citizen Preparedness Program Continues

HORSEHEADS N.Y. -- New York Army National Guard 1st Sgt. Brian Bennett teaches an emergency preparedness class during a session of New York Governor Andrew Cuomos Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program at Horseheads High School here on June 7 2014. New York National Guard troops gave disaster and emergency training to about 160 people who attended the event. The program is designed to give citizens the knowledge and tools to prepare for emergencies and disasters respond accordingly and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions. New York National Guard troops working with experts from the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Office of Fire Prevention and Control and local emergency management personnel will conduct future training sessions with the goal of teaching approximately 100000 New Yorkers during 2014. Bennett of Moravia N.Y. is the first sergeant of 222nd Military Police Company. (U.S. National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Raymond Drumsta Joint Force Headquarters New York Army National Guard).

Jul 02, 2014

New Army Guard Officers Take the Oath

LATHAM--Lt. Col. Stephen Howe, the Senior Army Advisor to the New York Army National Guard, administers the oath to five new officers during a short ceremony here in Latham. The new officers are ( from left) 2nd Lt. Michelle Speicher, 2nd Lt. Blair Veney, 2nd Lt. Franco Fabiani, 2nd Lt. Victor Pascual, and 2nd Lt. John Rosekranz.

Jun 26, 2014

Sprucing Up Headquarters

LATHAM N.Y. -- Keri ONeil (left) Colleen Casey (middle left) Lisa Hedges (middle right) and her son Jacob Hedges (far right) plant a bed of marigolds at the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs (DMNA) here June 11. The planting which resembles the shape of a yellow ribbon is the annual community service project for the New York State Family Programs Teen Council. ONeil of Rotterdam N.Y. is a Family Programs child and youth program coordinator; Casey of Granville N.Y. is a lead child and youth program coordinator for Family Programs; Jacob Hedges is the treasurer of the teen council and son of 109th Airlift Wing member Lt. Col. Jeffrey Hedges; and Lisa Hedges is a Family Programs volunteer. The Hedges live in Schoharie N.Y.

Jun 25, 2014

Soldiers Learn Lifesaving Skills

CAMP SMITH TRAINNG SITE-- Staff Sgt. Timothy Janis an instructor with the 106th Regional Training Institute and a Sunnyside N.Y. resident instructs students during Combat Lifesaver Training conducted by the 106th Regional Training Institute here on Saturday June 21.

Jun 23, 2014

Longtime Employee Honored

LATHAM- Major General Patrick Murphy ( left) the Adjutant General of New York presents Divison of Military and Naval Affairs Chief Budget Analyst Tom Halabuda with a certifcate marking 30 years of service on Wednesday June 18. Halabuda, a Clifton Park resident and graduate of Siena College has worked in the DMNA budget office since 1984.

Jun 19, 2014

Joint Force Headquarters Marks Army Birthday

LATHAM- The New York National Guard's oldest Soldier-- 65-year old Col. Joan Sullivan (right)-- joins one of its youngest Soldiers, 19-year old Pvt. 1st Class Jack Jeffers, (right) and Brig. Gen. Raymond Shields (center) the director of joint staff for the New York National Guard, in cutting a cake during a celebration of the Army's 239th Birthday on Friday, June 13 at Division of Military and Naval Affairs Headquarters. The United States Army was created on June 14, 1775.

Jun 16, 2014

Guard Kids Climb to the Top

WATERVLIET-- Military kids whose parents serve in the New York Army National Guard's Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, Joint Force Headquarters--New York, check out the recruiting command climbing tower during family day activities on Sunday, June 8 at the Watervliet Arsenal. The annual event lets Guard families enjoy each others company in a relaxed setting.

Jun 11, 2014

107th ARW Team Prevails Again in TAG Match

CAMP SMITH TRAINING SITE, CORTLANDT MANOR, N.Y. -- For the fifth year in a row, a team from the New York Air National Guard's 107th Airlift Wing has won the annual "TAG (The Adjutant General) Match," held here May 31 to June 1. The team members are, from left: Senior Master Sgt. Edward Stefik, Lewiston, N.Y.; Tech. Sgt. Ryan Mang, Niagara Falls, N.Y.; Staff Sgt. Johnathen Wagner, Buffalo; and Tech. Sgt. Warren Jones, Rochester, N.Y. Marksmanship training and competition has long been a key component of National Guard training. The modern TAG Match requires participants to employ the weapons used on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. The match consists of eight timed events that include the use of those weapons during close-quarters combat, casualty, and nuclear biological chemical (NBC) drills. About 125 New York National Guard troops from across the state took part in the match.

Jun 01, 2014

Long-time Shooter Takes Part in TAG Match

New York Guard Staff Sgt. Joseph Dee fires an M-9 pistol during the 35th Annual "TAG (The Adjutant General) Match at Camp Smith on May 31. Dee and about 125 New York National Guard members are taking part in the match, testing their marksmanship skills with weapons like the M-16 rifle, M-9 pistol and M-249 light machine gun. Along with 25 TAG Matches, Dee has competed on the state, national and international level, taking part in shooting matches in Canada and England. He’s double-distinguished in rifle and pistol, and has earned the National Guard Chief’s 50 Marksmanship Badge three times: once in the rifle category and twice in the sniper category.

May 31, 2014

35th Annual TAG Match Begins at Camp Smith

CAMP SMITH TRAINING SITE, CORTLANDT MANOR, N.Y. -- Senior Master Sgt. Edward Stefik, 107th Airlift Wing, New York Air National Guard, speaks about the "TAG (The Adjutant General) Match," the annual shooting competition which is being held here May 30 to June 1. Stefik is among about 125 New York National Guard Soldiers and Airmen who will be taking part in the match and testing their marksmanship skills with the M-16 rifle, M-9 pistol and M-249 light machine gun.

May 30, 2014

Memorial Day Remembered at Headquarters

LATHAM N.Y. -- New York Army National Guard Soldier Sgt. Charles Holmes (right) plays Taps while a firing detail presents arms (left ) during a Memorial Day Ceremony held at the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs here May 20 2014. More than 200 personnel attended the event which included speeches and the detail of Soldiers who fired volleys to salute service members who sacrificed their lives for America. Holmes is from Cobleskill N.Y.

May 22, 2014

Guard continues emergency preparedness training

ALBANY N.Y. -- New York Air National Guard Master Sgt. Daniel Price teaches a disaster and emergency preparedness class during a session of New York Governor Andrew Cuomos Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program at the State University of New York at Albany here on May 10 2014. New York National Guard troops gave disaster and emergency training to more than 290 people who attended the event. The program is designed to give citizens the knowledge and tools to prepare for emergencies and disasters respond accordingly and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions. New York National Guard troops working with experts from the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Office of Fire Prevention and Control and local emergency management personnel will conduct future training sessions with the goal of teaching approximately 100000 New Yorkers during 2014.

May 13, 2014

CSM takes last PT Test

LATHAM-- New York Army National Guard Command Sgt. Major Frank Wicks (center kneeling) with other members of Joint Force Headquarters Detachment following a physical fitness test on Thursday May 8. This was Wicks last PT test prior to his planned retirement in the fall. Wicks scored 251 out of 300 points.

May 13, 2014

New York Guard Soldier Announces NFL Draft Pick

NEW YORK- New York Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Jeff Dorvee announces that the the Oakland Raiders picked Mississippi State football player Gabe Jackson as the 81st draft pick in the 2014 National Football League Draft on Friday, May 9. Dorvee, a member of the 1427th Transportation company is the New York Army National Guard's 2014 Active Guard and Reserve NCO of the Year. Dorvee was one of 15 servicemembers who took turns announcing draft picks during the first round of the draft conducted at Radio City Music Hall.

May 10, 2014

Guard Troops Complete Disaster Training

ORISKANY, N.Y. - More than 600 National Guardsmen from three states completed a five-day disaster exercise at the New York State Preparedness Training Center here May 2, and now serve as the new Region 2 Homeland Response Force (HRF). The exercise tested all the capabilities of the HRF, which is made up of National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from New York, New Jersey and Puerto Rico. In the days leading up to the final evaluation, HRF troops -- suited up in full protective suits, masks, boots and helmets -- located mock victims in a simulated disaster site, decontaminated them, treated their injuries and evacuated them for further treatment.

May 04, 2014

Homeland Security Commissioner Visits Guard Troops

ORISKANY, N.Y.-- New York State Commissioner Jerome Hauer, center, from the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services visits with National Guard leaders during a visit to the Homeland Response Force validation training May 1. Nearly 600 service members from the New York, New Jersey and Puerto Rico National Guard are conducting a training exercise at the New York State Preparedness Training Center here from April 28 to May 2, 2014. The National Guard members here are a part of the Region II Homeland Response team, which also covers the Virgin Islands. External Evaluators from the Joint Interagency Training and Education Center out of West Virginia trained the HRF for their upcoming validation evaluation. Civilian first responders and specially trained role-players were brought in for the exercise in order to create a more realistic environment.New York Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Patricia Austin.

May 01, 2014

Homeland Response Force Training Continues

ORISKANY N.Y.-- Members of the Search and Extraction team assist a role-player to a safe zone during a Homeland Response Force (HRF) training exercise that took place here from April 28 to May 2 2014. The role-players are specially trained in order to give HRF members as realistic of a scenario as possible.

May 01, 2014

Guard Members in New York Security Surge

NEW YORK-- New York Army National Guard 1st Sgt. David Peeler, a member of Joint Task Force Empire Shield, speaks with a Metropolitan Transit Authority Police Officer during a Multi-Agency Super Surge (MASS) security exercise held here on April 21, the same date as the 2014 Boston Marathon. The MASS exercises bring together a number of city, state and federal security forces.

Apr 22, 2014

Emergency Response Training in Schenectady

SCHENECTADY, NY -- New York Army National Guard Sgt. Pamela Daigle (left) and Sgt. 1st Class Karin Tirinato (right) distribute disaster and emergency response starter kits following a session of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program at Union College here on March 1. New York National Guard troops gave disaster and emergency training to more than 400 people who attended the event.

Mar 03, 2014

Military Museum Marks Black History Month

SARATOGA SPRINGS-- Historian Harry Bradshaw Matthews, Associated Dean of Hartwick College, speaks about the place of the Civil War-era United States Colored Troops in the African American struggle for freedom during a program on Saturday, Feb. 22, at the the New York State Military Musem. Three regiments of federal United States Colored Troops were raised in New York during the Civil War. About 200,000 black men served in the Union Army during the Civil War.

Feb 24, 2014

New York National Guard Sgt. Finishes 14th in Luge

SCOHI, Russia- New York Army National Guard Sgt. Matthew Mortensen (on top) and Utah Army National Guard Sgt. Preston Griffall (steering on bottom) round a curve in their first run of Olympic luge doubles at Sanki Sliding Centre in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, Feb. 12, 2014. They finished their second run with a combined time of 1:41:703 to end up in 14th place overall.

Feb 14, 2014

Citizens Training In Rockland County

THIELLS, NY -- New York Army National Guard Sgt. Erik Collado (right) gives a disaster and emergency response starter kit to Barbara Peters (left) following a session of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program at North Rockland High School here on Feb. 8. New York National Guard troops gave disaster and emergency training to about 730 people who attended events at the high school here and in Oneida County, and distributed about 630 kits. The program is designed to give citizens the knowledge and tools to prepare for emergencies and disasters, respond accordingly, and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions. New York National Guard troops, working with experts from the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, Office of Fire Prevention and Control, and local emergency management personnel will conduct future training sessions with the goal of teaching approximately 100,000 New Yorkers during 2014. Each starter kit contains a first-aid kit, face mask, pocket radio with batteries, food bars, emergency blanket and other key items to help citizens in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. Collado, of Brooklyn, belongs to the 222nd Chemical Company and Peters is a resident of Nanuet, N.Y. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Raymond Drumsta, Joint Force Headquarters, New York Army National Guard).

Feb 12, 2014

New York Guard Soldiers in Sochi Opening Event

SOCHI, Russia-- New York Army National Guard Sgt. Justen Olsen (arms upraised) helps lead Team USA into Fisht Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Olympic Park in Sochi Russia Feb. 7 2014. Olsen is assigned to the Armys World Class Athlete program.

Feb 11, 2014

GI Joe Birthday Marked at Military Museum

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Capital Region G.I. Joe collector Tearle Ashby and fellow action figure enthusiasts display hundreds of vintage to recent G.I. Joe action figures here at the New York State Military Museum as part of the program to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of G.I. Joe. Ashby also led a discussion about the origins of the toy's development from Hasbro. The action figure, first unveiled to toy buyers at the 1964 Toy Fair in New York City, led to decades of child's play with the 12" and later 3 3/4" figures. Portions of Ashby's collection has been on display at the museum since December 2012 as part of the "Toys and Tanks" exhibit, due to come down in March 2013.

Feb 10, 2014

National Guard Teaches Emergency Preparedness

STATEN ISLAND, NY -- New York Army National Guard Pfc. Edwin Olivera distributes disaster and emergency response starter kits at the launch of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program here on Feb. 1. New York National Guard troops gave disaster and emergency training to more than 1,200 people who attended events at New Dorp High School here and in Suffolk County. The program is designed to give citizens the knowledge and tools to prepare for emergencies and disasters, respond accordingly, and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions. New York National Guard troops, working with experts from the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, Office of Fire Prevention and Control, and local emergency management personnel will conduct future training sessions with the goal of teaching approximately 100,000 New Yorkers during 2014. Each starter kit contains a first Aid Kit, face mask, pocket radio with batteries, food bars emergency blanket and other key items to help citizens in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. Olivera, of Queens, N.Y., belongs to the 42nd Infantry Division.

Feb 03, 2014

New York Guardsmen Going to Olympics

New York Army National Guard Sgt. Nick Cunningham (front) jumps into a bobsled during competition in Utah Olympic Park in Park City Utah on Dec. 7. Cunningham, a bobsled driver, is one of four New York Army National Guard Soldiers who will participate in the Winter Olympics in February. Also on the team is Sgt. Justin Olsen, another bobsledder and 2010 Olympic Gold Medal winner, and Sgt. Tim Mortensen and Staff Sgt. William Tavares, who are both members of the luge team.

Jan 23, 2014

Lousiana Guard Staff Visit New York

LATHAM, NY- New York Army National Guard Brig. Gen. Raymond Shields (center), Director of Joint Staff for New York, briefs his Lousiana NAtional Guard counterpart, Brig Gen. Barry Keeling during a visit to the New York National Guard's Joint Operations Center on January 15. Keeling and other members of his staff were in New York for a visit to exchange information on best practices in dealing with disasters and other state emergencies.

Jan 16, 2014

Military Disaster Response Discussed

FORT HAMILTON NY-- Brig Gen. Kent D. Savre commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers North Atlantic Division listens as Major General Patrick Murphy the Adjutant General of New York makes a point during a discussion about joint responses to emergencies during a discussion here on Thursday Jan. 9. At right is Todd Rosenblum Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas Security Affairs. The participants discussed a number of issues that occurred during the combined state/federal response to Hurricane Sandy. The group was also briefed on Joint Task Force Empire Shield Operations in New York City.

Jan 10, 2014

New York/South African Partnership Marked

NEW YORK--Major General Patrick Murphy the Adjutant General of New York presents an award commemorating the ten-year old National Guard State Partnership Program relationship between the New York National Guard and the South African National Defense Force to Kingsley Mamabolo the South African Ambassador to the United Nations during a ceremony held at the Lexington Avenue Armory here on Wednesday, Dec. 18 to mark the anniversary.

Dec 19, 2013

Oldest Serving NY National Guardsmen to Retire

LATHAM , NY - Maj. Gen. Patrick Murphy, The Adjutant General of New York State (left), poses with Sgt. 1st Class Michael Lieber (middle) and Lieber's wife Marcia (right) after awarding Lieber the meritorious service medal during ceremonies here on Dec. 13. Lieber, a Schenectady, N.Y. resident who is retiring at the end of December, served from 1975 to 1985 , re-enlisted in 2003 and served in Iraq about two years later. As the oldest serving Soldier in the New York Army National Guard, Lieber joined two of the youngest New York National Guard members to cut a cake in celebration of the National Guard's 377th Birthday during the ceremonies. The ceremonies included other awards and enlistments. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Raymond Drumsta, New York Army National Guard)

Dec 14, 2013

Col. Eric Olsen Formally Retires

LATHAM , NY - Maj. Gen. Patrick Murphy, The Adjutant General of New York State (left), shakes hands with Col. (ret) Eric Olsen, the former chaplain of the New York Army National Guard, after awarding Olsen the legion of merit during ceremonies here on Dec. 13. An Iraq veteran and Saranac Lake resident, Olsen retired after 30 years of service. The ceremonies included other awards, enlistments and a celebration of the National Guard's 377th Birthday. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Raymond Drumsta, New York Army National Guard)

Dec 14, 2013

NY Celebrates National Guard's 377th Birthday

LATHAM , NY - New York National Guard Airman 1st Class Rafael Lopez (left), Sgt. 1st Class Michael Lieber (middle) and Pvt. Ryan Potosky (right) use a ceremonial sabre to cut a cake in celebration of the National Guard's 377th Birthday here on Dec. 13. Lopez, 19, and Potosky, 18, both enlisted last year while Lieber, 60, is the oldest serving Soldier in the New York Army National Guard. Lieber, who is retiring at the end of December, served from 1975 to 1985 , re-enlisted in 2003 and served in Iraq about two years later. Lieber, of Schenectady, N.Y. was also awarded the meritorious service medal during the ceremonies, which included awards and enlistments. Lopez is from Saratoga Springs, N.Y. and is a member of the 109th Airlift Wing. Potosky is from Troy, N.Y. and is a member of the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade.

Dec 14, 2013

Troops Assist with Travel Security for Holiday

NEW YORK - Service members assigned to Companies A and B of the New York National Guard Joint Task Force Empire Shield provide security patrols alongside local law enfrocement agency partners at major New York City transporation hubs such as Pennsylvania Station November 27th 2013, to assist with security on the busiest travel day of the year. Photo by 1st Lt. Mark H Getman, 3rd Battalion, 142nd Aviation.

Nov 29, 2013

Historic Tank Moved for Repainting

SARATOGA SPRINGS-- An M4A3 "Sherman" tank that's been stored behind the New York State Military Museum here is loaded on a flatbed vehicle bound for the New York National Guard Manuever Area Training Equipment Site at Fort Drum on Thursday, Nov. 21. The vehicle will be repainted in historic colors and returned to the museum next year for display in front of the building.

Nov 21, 2013

Guard Soldiers Honored by Buffalo Bills

ORCHARD PARK-- Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard unfurl the American flag during the opening ceremony of the Buffalo Bills versus New York Jets game here on Sunday. More than 150 New York Army National Guard Soldiers were guests of the bills during the game. New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo also attended the game and visited with Soldiers.

Nov 19, 2013

Governor Honors National Guard Disaster Response

ALBANY-- Governor Andrew Cuomo presents a recognition award to a National Guard delegation during the Governor's Conference on Emergency Preparedness held at the Empire State Convention Center and The Egg on Monday, Oct. 28. The award commemorated the National Guard's service in responding to Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and Tropical Storms Lee and Irene in 2011. Receiving the honor were (from right) Lt. Col. Arthur Zegers, commander of the 102nd MP Battalion during it's response to Hurricane Sandy, Command Sgt. Major Thomas Ciampolillo, the Command Sgt. Major of the 102nd MP Battalion, 1st Sgt, Kevin Conklin from the 1108th Ordnance Company (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) and Major General Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General of New York.

Oct 28, 2013

Family At the Finish

COLONIE-- New York Army National Guard Captains Amy and Brian Bonanno cross the finish line with their son Brian and daughter Grace ( in stroller) during the New York National Guard Family Readiness Council 5K Saturday morning, October 19 at Crossings of Colonie Park. 150 runners took part in the event, which raises money for the Council, a non-profit that helps Guard Soldiers and Airmen and their families.

Oct 19, 2013

Hiring Our Heroes Event Held In Latham

LATHAM, NY -- Kristen Cargill, a representive from Northwestern Mutual Financial Network (left) speaks with New York Army Guard Soldier 1st Lt. John Scott (right) at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s “Hiring Our Heroes” job fair held at the New York National Guard armory here on Oct. 16. Over 200 veterans and service members took the opportunity to meet with about 70 potential employers, including Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, Federal Express, General Electric, Time Warner Cable, National Grid and CVS Pharmacy stores. The New York National Guard has also hosted “Hiring Our Heroes” events across New York state in places like Rochester, Syracuse, Buffalo, Farmingdale, Peekskill and Binghamton.

Oct 16, 2013

Air Guard Captain Recognized

LATHAM-- New York Air National Guard Brig. General Anthony German presents the Meritorious Service Medal to Capt. James Vendetti during an awards ceremony here on October 10. Vendetti, who is now assigned to the 109th Airlift Wing, was recognized for his four years of service as Joint Operations Center battle captain and acting Chief of Operations for the Joint Operations Directorate at Joint Force Headquarters. During his service he was directly involved in 37 domestic operations missions including Hurricane Sandy, and Tropical Storms Lee and Irene.

Oct 11, 2013

Army National Guard CSM Speaks At NY Events

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY -- Army National Guard Command Sgt. Maj. Brunk W. Conley (right) poses with former New York state Command Sgt. Maj. (retired) Robert Van Pelt (left) at the Fifth Annual Capital District of New York AUSA Soldier Recognition Banquet here on Sept. 14. Conley spoke at the banquet and the New York Army National Guard’s 2013 Senior NCO Leadership Seminar earlier in the day. Conley is holding a plaque Van Pelt presented to him for participating in the events. (photo by Staff Sgt. William Valenza, New York Army National Guard)

Sep 16, 2013

Job Fair Held at Camp Smith

CAMP SMITH-- New York Army National Guard Captain Jon Santana speaks with New York Life recruiter Fuat Bagsever during a Hire our Heroes job fair on Tuesday, Sept. 10, here. The hiring event is designed to link veterans and members of the Guard and Reserve, as well as military family members, up with employers

Sep 11, 2013

Suicide Prevention Extolled Throughout September

LATHAM, N.Y. - The Army extends its observance of National Suicide Prevention Week to the entire month of September this year, reinforcing its commitment to reduce risk behaviors and incidents of suicide in its ranks, and promote those behaviors for Soldiers to seek help seek. The Army theme for 2013 is “Shoulder to Shoulder: Standing Ready and Resilient.” The Army Suicide Prevention Program is an effort under the Ready and Resilient Campaign to sustain an environment that enhances the resiliency of Soldiers, Army civilians, and family members. Any loss suffered within the Army family is tragic and affects readiness. Each member of the Army community has a role in creating a climate of trust and respect in which every person is able to thrive and achieve their full potential. Knowing and recognizing the risk-factors/warning signs for potential suicidal or risky behaviors and the resources available to them in crisis is key. For more information, visit www.preventsuicide.army.mil.

Sep 10, 2013

Troops Take on Tony Horton and P90X Training

NEW YORK, N.Y. - New York Army National Guard Soldiers thank Tony Horton from Beach Body Fitness and P90X following a physical fitness workout here on the Intrepid Air and Space Museum Sep. 4. Horton provided fitness instruction for a joint group of more than 45 Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen from area National Guard, Navy and Coast Guard units.

Sep 04, 2013

Guard Hosts Job Fair in Farmingdale

FARMINGDALE-- Veterans and National Guard and Reserve job seekers meet with representatives of more than 90 companies seeking to hire veterans and reserve forces members during the Hire Our Heroes job fair the New York National Guard hosted at the Farmingdale Armed Forces Reserve Center on Wednesday, August 14. The Hire our Heroes program is sponsored by the United States Chamber of Commerce and is designed to match veterans and members of the Guard and Reserve,as well as military family members, up with companies interested in tapping into their skills.

Aug 15, 2013

Judge Visits DMNA

LATHAM-- Brig. Gen. Raymond Shields,Director of Joint Staff for the New York National Guard thanks Federal Judge Mae D'Agostino for speaking to members of the Division and Military Affairs staff on Tuesday, August 13 to mark Women's Equality Day. D'Agostino, a former Albany-area lawyer, serves as United States District Judge for the Northern District of New York.

Aug 13, 2013

Adjutant General Visits GE Plant

SCHENECTADY-- Major General Patrick Murphy,the Adjutant General of New York, examines a turbine while visting General Electric's Power Systems here on July 31. Murphy spoke with GE officals about hiring veterans and toured the plant. GE is a backer of Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve.

Aug 07, 2013

Latham Business Honored for Support to Guard

LATHAM-- Major General Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General of New York, and other representatives of the New York National Guard pose with the staff of Siena Barber Shop following the presentation of an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriotic Service Certificate to the shop and its employees. The award recognizes the businesses commitment to serving members of the military. Each employee of the shop received a token of appreciation as well.

Jul 17, 2013

Warrant Officers Celebrated as Technical Experts

Happy Birthday to the U.S. Army Warrant Officer Corps! Warrant Officers trace their lineage to July 9, 1918 when Congress established the Army Mine Planter Service as part of the Coastal Artillery Corps. A total of 40 Warrant Officers were authorized to serve as masters, mates, chief engineers, and assistant engineers on each mine planting vessel in an Army War Department Bulletin less than two weeks later on July 22, 1918. Although only one rank of Warrant Officer was authorized by Congress, in effect, three grades were created because of their varying levels of pay authorized for masters, 1st mates, 2nd mates, and marine engineer personnel. The Army created the distinctive insignia of the Warrant Officer in May 1921. The insignia of the Warrant Officer Corps consisted of an eagle rising with wings displayed, adapted from the great seal of the United States. The eagle is standing on two arrows, which symbolize the military arts and sciences for which Warrant Officers draw their specialties. Warrant Officers of the Army Tank Corps were the first to wear this new insignia. Today’s Warrant Officers are the Army’s specialists in a variety of fields, including artillery, military intelligence, aviation, maintenance, medical, logistics and administration. Pictured above, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Charles Eldridge (left), assigned to the 27th Infantry Combat Brigade Team assist Master Sgt. William Yohn of the 42nd Infantry Division install secure communications data into a vehicle radio in October 2011. Photo by Spc. James Roa.

Jul 09, 2013

Adjutant General Joins in Arsenal Salute

WATERVLIET-- Major General Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General of New York joined Watervliet Arsenal Commander Col. Mark Migaleddi in saluting the Capital District's commitment to supporting the arsenal at an Army Community Covenant event on Tuesday, June 11. The Watervliet Arsenal, which was founded in 1813 to provide supplies for American forces fighting the British on the New York frontier in the War of 1812, is celebrating its 200th year in July. The New York National Guard has more than 300 military and civilian employees stationed at the arsenal including the Army National Guard's military personnel office, central issue facility, medical command and recruiting command.

Jun 11, 2013

Camp Smith Unfurls Its Own Flag

CORTLANDT MANOR--The new colors of Camp Smith Training Site are unfurled on the highest point of ground on the post, overlooking the Hudson River, during a special Unit Colors Uncasing and Repatching Ceremony on June 3rd 2013. Camp Smith Post Commander LTC Epp and Camp Smith Command Sgt. Major Thomas Seifert repatched the soldiers assigned to CSTS with their new unit patch after the Unit Colors uncasing.

Jun 06, 2013

State CSM Has Safety Message

LATHAM- See New York State Command Sgt. Major Frank Wick's summer safety message. Click on the link below to view his message to New York National Guard Soldiers and Airmen.

Jun 04, 2013

Adjutant General Urges Safe Driving

View a safety message from Major General Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General of New York, before you take to the road this summer. Stay alert and Stay Alive. Your State Needs You and Your Nation Needs You.

May 30, 2013

New York National Guard Job App Available

LATHAM--Looking for an employer interested in hiring members of the New York National Guard? Now there’s an App for that! The New York National Guard Job Zone web page can now be accessed from iPhones, iPads, and iPods with an application available from iTunes. The new App lets you check on jobs that are available from any location. Scan the QR code to acces the App now.

May 29, 2013

Soldiers Compete as Best Warriors

CAMP SMITH TRAINING SITE, CORTLANDT MANOR, N.Y. -- Connecticut Army National Guard Pfc. Steven Birge, the Conecticut Army National Guard Soldier of the Year, fires downrange during the weapons qualification phase of the Regional Best Warrior Competition here at Camp Smith, N.Y. May 15. New York hosted sixteen Army National Guard Soldiers for the National Guard Northeast Region competition May 15-16. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Debbi Newton, 130th Public Affairs Detachment, Conn. Army National Guard.

May 16, 2013

Museum Manager Honored

SARATOGA SPRINGS-- Major General Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General, presents Michael Aikey, the manager of the New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center, with his retirement certificate following a retirement luncheon held on April 30. Aikey has managed the museum since its creation more than a decade ago.The museum houses over 10,000 artifacts dating from the Revolutionary War to Iraq and Afghanistan that relate to New York State’s military forces, the state’s military history and the contributions of New York’s veterans.

May 15, 2013

Soldiers Get SHARP

LATHAM-- Retired Army Sgt. Major Nancy Mathis speaks to Army National Guard Soldiers enrolled in SHARPS-- Sexual Harrassment/Assault Response and Prevention-- program training at Division of Military and Naval Affairs Headquarters on Thursday, May 9. Fifty-nine National Guard NCOs and officers from New York, Connecticut, Oklahoma, North Dakota and Minnesota are taking the two-week class here. The class gives leaders the insight and information they need to implement programs designed to create a professional workplace in their units. New York Army National Guard currently has 106 SHARP-trained advisors in its units.

May 10, 2013

Anti-Drug Use Training at DMNA Headquarters

ALBANY--Members of the New York National Guard Counterdrug Task Force pose with members of community anti-drug coalition groups at the conclusion of week-long training session conduction at Division of Military and Naval Affairs headquarters on March 7. The Soldiers and Airmen are part of a 14-member Civil Operations team tasked to work with community anti-drug programs to help them function more affectively. The training was conducted by Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, a group established in 1992. The training focused conducting community assessments, collecting data and conducting problem analysis. The training is designed to help both military personnel and civilian anti-drug group employees determine the root causes of substance abuse in communities.The training covered the first week of the three week CADCA National Academy program. The training was sponsored by the New York State Office of Alcholism and Substance abuse services.

May 01, 2013

Counter Drug Task Force Assists Police

Members of the New York National Guard Counterdrug Task Force check a car-carrier using their Rapiscan mobile x-ray vehicle during a traffic stop on I-87 on April 18. The Rapiscan device allows law enforcement officials to determine whether or not anything is hidden within a vehicle.

Apr 30, 2013

New York Times Endorses Guard and Reserve

Desiree Dancy, Vice President of Corporate Human Resources for the New York Times Company signs a Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve pledge as James Rebholz, National Chairman of the Committee for Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve looks on. The April 23 signing reaffirmed the New York Times commitment to hire and support Guardsmen and Reservists when the serve the country. New York National Guard Director of Joint Staff Brig. Gen. Raymond Shields (second from right) and New York Army National Guard Command Sgt. Major Frank Wicks ( right) represented the National Guard during the event.

Apr 25, 2013

NY National Guard Remembers the Holocaust

LATHAM, N.Y. - Members of the New York National Guard Joint Force Headquarters observed the National Days of Remembrance here April 10 to remember the Holocaust. Soldiers and Airmen attended the Holocaust “Days of Remembrance” and viewed videos provided by the Holocaust Museum. The videos, including topics such as “Why we remember the Holocaust” and “Heeding the Warning Signs,” examine the events of 1938 and the impact they had on individuals targeted by Nazi persecution. The program provided an opportunity for reflection and discussion on the Holocaust 75 years later. The intent was to challenge members to consider their own response to warning signs of genocide today, said Master Sgt. Donna Torres, the JFHQ Equal Opportunity Specialist and a coordinator for the program. Choices in response to hatred truly matter, Torres explained and together we can help fulfill the promise of “Never Again.”

Apr 11, 2013

NY shares communication capabilities with Israeli Defense Force Home Front Command

LATHAM, N.Y. -- New York Army National Guard Spec. Nick Cavallaro explains the communications network capabilities of the Joint Incident Site Communications Capability system to Lt. Col. Yehuda Elmakias, Head of Tactical Interconnectivity Branch, Israel Defense Force and Col Boaz Kavina, Head of C4I Systems Department, Israel Defense Force (center) during an Israeli Defense Force Home Front Command visit, here, April 10. The Defense Force visitors spent the day learning how the New York Army National Guard develops command and communications capabilities and uses them to bridge first responders and other local, state, and federal agencies during emergencies.

Apr 11, 2013

Joint Headquarters Exercises Contingency Plans

STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE--Brigadier General Ray Shields, the Director of Joint Staff for the New York National Guard reviews briefing slides during a Situational Update Brief conducted here on Wednesday, March 27, during a Joint Force Headquarters Continuity of Operations exercise. The drill tested the ability of the staff to relocate from from Division of Military and Naval Affairs Headquarters to alternative work locations in case the headquarters building is unusable. More than 55 key staffers relocated to facilities here and at Watervliet Arsenal and the South Lake St. Armory in Troy.

Mar 27, 2013

New York Shares Best Practices with IDF

NEW YORK -- New York National Guard Brig. Gen. Ray Shields, Director of the Joint Staff, and IDF Maj. Zerit Gershkovitch, Director of Public Guidance for the Israeli Home Front Command, listen to NYS Commissioner for DHSES Jerome Hauer during a Hurricane Sandy roundtable discussion. Eight Israeli members of the Home Front Command met with New York National Guard and emergency managers here Jan. 31 to discuss best practices. U.S. Army photo by Col. Richard Goldenberg, New York National Guard.

Feb 01, 2013

Guardsman at Inaugural Ball

WASHINGTON-- New York Army National Guard Command Sgt. Major Frank Wicks and his wife Beth enjoy the Commander-in-Chief's Inaugural Ball on Monday, Jan. 21. Wicks and three other members of the New York Army National Guard-- Capt. Shawn Tabankin, Staff Sgt. Sihoon Chung, and Staff Sgt. David Martinsen-- attended the ball with their guests as representatives of the New York National Guard.

Jan 22, 2013

Soldiers Continue to Check on New Yorkers

STATEN ISLAND, NY -- Pvt. Vanessa Diaz a Soldier with the 719th Transportation Company, New York Army National Guard, uses an electronic notebook to perform wellness checks, here December 6, 2012. Diaz and other Soldiers of Team Sandy are going door to door performing wellness checks and collecting data for local authorities. Since November, New York Army National Guard Soldiers have completed over 96,000 wellness checks.

Dec 31, 2012

Guard Team Rings Stock Exchange Bell.

NEW YORK-- Major General Patrick Murphy (center) the Adjutant General of New York, is joined by New York Army and Air National Guard members in ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday, Dec. 26, kicking off the trading day. The Soldiers and Airmen are assigned to Joint Task Force Empire Shield, the Guard security force in New York City, and Team Sandy, a force working with city officials on Hurricane Sandy-related assistance to citizens. The General and Guard members were invited to ring the bell to mark the New York National Guard’s response to Hurricane Sandy.

Dec 26, 2012

Road March honors troops for Christmas

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. - New York Army National Guard Soldiers, families, friends and supporters from the community march in the the 9th annual Christmas Eve roadmarch. Carrying the banner to lead this year’s march are, from left, Pfcs. Tyler Bruce, Jacob Zabrzewksi and Matthew Herrick help carry the banner under the direction of Spc. Nicolas Cossey (not seen). The march is a tribute to all military personnel serving away from home for the holidays this year. More than 900 participants turned out for this year’s event. U.S. Army photo by Col. Richard Goldenberg, New York National Guard. (RELEASED)

Dec 25, 2012

National Guard Duty Continues through Holidays

NEW YORK “ New York Army National Guard 2nd Lt. Anthony Migliore, serving with the New York National Guard’s Team Sandy recovery team, demonstrates to Lt. Gen. Joseph Lengyel, Vice Chief of the National Guard Bureau, the use of an electronic tablet here at Fort Hamilton December 20, 2012. Soldiers of Team Sandy use the tablets during their missions to conduct wellness checks, going door-to-door in the boroughs of New York City hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy, providing goods and services such as water and food, and collecting data to better assess the welfare of residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Over 100,000 residents have been visited by the New York Army National Guard. Photo by Master Sgt. Peter Towse, 42nd Infantry Division. (RELEASED)

Dec 21, 2012

USO Visits Christmas Party

LATHAM, N.Y. -- Members of the Liberty Bells, a USO Show Troupe sing to New York Army National Guard Col. David Martinez during Christmas lunch festivities on Dec. 19. They are (from left) Stephanie Gerson, Karley Willocks, and Melissa VanPelt The singers performed holiday carols and a medley of World War II era classics and patriotic favorites, a USO trademark. Since 1941, the United Service Organizations Inc., a nonprofit organization, has provided programs, services and live entertainment to United States servicemen and women to boost morale.

Dec 20, 2012

Guard Color Guard Takes Part in Balloting Ceremony

ALBANY-A New York Army National Guard Color Guard posts the colors on Monday, Dec. 17 as the New York members of the Electoral College prepare to cast ballots in the 2012 presidential election. The Electoral College balloting, based on the popular vote in each state, officially elects the president and vice president.

Dec 19, 2012

Civilian Employee Earns Adjutant General's Award

LATHAM-- Major General Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General of New York, presents Division of Military and Naval Affairs employee Folena Schumaker with the Adjutant General's Award during the headquarters National Guard Birthday Celebration on Dec. 13. Schumaker, an employee since 2007, is responsible for ensuring that the State Active Duty pay for Soldiers and Airmen is properly calculated in a timely manner. She has "risen to the occasion in many state emergencies that DMNA participated in and goes even further to ensure the jobs gets done," her citation says.

Dec 18, 2012

Celebrating Guard Birthday

LATHAM--The New York Army National Guard's newest brigadier general, Brig. Gen. Raymond Shields (center) joins Chief Warrant Officer 5 Brian Smith, who enlisted in 1973, and Pvt. Shelbi Vanderbogart, who enlisted Dec. 13, 2011, in cutting the National Guard's Birthday Cake during a ceremony held at New York National Guard headquarters in Latham, N.Y., Dec. 13, 2012, which marked the 376th anniversary of the birth of the National Guard. The celebration has become an annual event.

Dec 17, 2012

Guard Lays Wreath at Van Buren Grave

KINDERHOOK--New York Air National Guard Brigadier General Robert Lovell, Special Assistant to the commander of the New York Air National Guard , and New York Army National Guard Command Sgt. Major Frank Wicks present a wreath from the White House at a ceremony honoring President Martin Van Buren on his birthday, Dec. 5. The New York National Guard presents a wreath honoring the president at his gravesite in Kinderhook Cemetery. Van Buren, the first president born as an American Citizen , was nicknamed "Old Kinderhook" because of his residence in the village.

Dec 06, 2012

New York Shares Expertise with South Africa

LATHAM, N.Y. - New York National Guard Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Patrick Murphy, at left, presents The Adjutant General’s Award to Maj. Gen. Mogoruti Ledwaba of the South African National Defense Force here Dec. 3. Ledwaba recently completed a tour of service as the South African Defense Attache to the United States from 2009 until 2012. During that time, his coordination, assistance and support helped grow the State Partnership Program between the New York National Guard and the South African Defense Force, conducting 33 partnership programs, including the recent participation of New York State military forces in the African Aerospace and Defense Airshow and Defense Exhibition, held in Pretoria, South Africa in September. Ledwaba was in Latham to learn more about the New York National Guard’s logistics program and the recent deployment of state military forces following Hurricane Sandy. Ledwaba next returns to South Africa for assignment as the South African Defense Force Officer Commanding Works Capability, a logistics function similar to public works. U.S. Army photo by Col. Richard Goldenberg, Joint Force Headquarters New York. (RELEASED)

Dec 03, 2012

President Meets New York Guard Soldiers

NEW YORK-- President Barack Obama greets members of the New York Army National Guard on duty in New York City in response to Hurricane Sandy during his visit to the city on Thursday, Nov. 15. The president visited Staten Island and other areas effected by the hurricane during his visit.

Nov 15, 2012

Top Guard NCO Visits New York

LATHAM--Army National Guard Command Sgt. Major Brunk Conley(second from right) gets a briefing on New York National Guard operations in New York City and Long Island during a visit to the Joint Operations Center here on Wednesday, Nov. 13. Conely was hosted by New York State Command Sgt. Major Frank Wicks (right). Conley and Wicks are due to visit forces in New York City on Nov. 14.

Nov 14, 2012

Veterans Day Reenlistment For Deployed Troops

NEW YORK-- New York Army National Guard Major General Patrick Murphy, The Adjutant General of New York, coins a National Guard Airmen during a reenlistment ceremony held at the World Trade Center Memorial on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2012. The Soldiers and Airmen are on duty in New York City in response to Hurricane Sandy. Sixteen Soldiers and Airmen from New York and 16 Soldiers from Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Ohio reenlisted during the event.

Nov 12, 2012

Fuel Operations Critical to New York City

FLOYD BENNET FIELD, Queens-- New York Army National Guard logistics experts speak with New York City Office of Emergency Management officials at the Logistical Support Area established here on Tuesday, Nov. 5, as a FEMA tanker tops off a Guard fueler that will go on to fuel city and other government vehicles as the region recovers from Hurricane Sandy . On Nov. 5 Guard units pumped 20,000 gallons of fuel into 1750 government vehicles.

Nov 07, 2012

Adjutant General Hosts National Guard Chief

NEW YORK-- Army Major General Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General of New York and Army Gen. Frank Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau survey the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy while flying in a New York Army National Guard UH-60 on Friday, Nov. 2. Grass, who sits on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited New York and New Jersey to observe Guard units in action responding to Hurricane Sandy.

Nov 05, 2012

National Guard Continues Fuel Support to NYC

NEW YORK - New York Army National Guard Soldiers provide fuel to city buses Nov. 5 at the National Guard’s logistics support base established in Brooklyn. The National Guard converted two Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) fuelers and transported them here late on Nov. 4 to pump unleaded fuel in support of the vehicle needs of New York City emergency response vehicles. The military vehicles normally contain and dispense diesel fuel. U.S. Army photo by Lt. Col. Kaarlo Hietala, New York National Guard. (RELEASED).

Nov 05, 2012

New York ’ Boss Lift’ for Employers

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana--New York Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Kevin Bradley speaks to New York employers during an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve "Boss Lift" on Friday, Oct. 19. Twenty-seven representatives of companies which have committed to hire members of the Guard and Reserve were flown to Indianapolis on board a New York Air National Guard C-17 on a training flight and treated to a presentation on Guard capabilities and the importance of hiring Guard members put on by Panther Racing and the Indiana National Guard. The Panther Racing team is sponsored by the National Guard and conducts ESGR events as part of that relationship. The employers also got a chance to visit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as part of the trip.

Oct 20, 2012

DMNA Staff Mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month

LATHAM-- Members of the Joint Forces Headquarters staff got together to collect donations for a domestic violence shelter to mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month on Wednesday, Oct. 17. They wore purple to mark the event. Soldiers, Airmen and civilians assigned to the Division of Military and Naval Affairs donated cash and canned goods for the cause.

Oct 17, 2012

Albany Airport Firemen and Soldiers Train

LATHAM--Albany International Airport Fire Captain Greg Gordon shows New York Army National Guard Private Ryan Couture, a UH-60 "Blackhawk" helicopter crew chief how to use a fire extinguisher during mutual training with Albany International Airport firefighters on Thursday, Sept. 27.

Oct 02, 2012

New York JAGs Visit Guantanamo Bay

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba-- Brig. Gen. James Lettko, Joint Task Force Guantanamo Deputy Commander (far left) and Col. Paul Sausville (second left), the New York National Guard's Senior Judge Advocate, Joint Force Headquarters in Latham, along with other members of the New York Army National Guard's Judge Advocate General Corps, listen to a briefing as they prepare to enter the military detention camp here on Sept. 25. The New York lawyers visited the camp to learn about the military justice issues there. Letko, is a New York Army National Guard officer on Active Duty with the Joint Task Force that runs the facility.

Sep 26, 2012

New York Leaders Meet With South African Officers

PRETORIA, South Africa--Maj. Gen. Roy Andersen, Chief of the South African National Defence Reserve Forces, Brig. General Debbie Molefe, Director Defence Reserves, Chaplain Gen. Andrew Jamangile, Major Gen. Verle Johnston, the commander of the New York Air National Guard and Col. Ray Shields, the Director of Joint Staff for the New York National Guard, meet to discuss state partnership program initiatives.The New York National Guard Team was in South Africa as part of the United States presence at the Africa Aerospace and Defense Airshow and Exhibition.

Sep 26, 2012

National Guard Noted for Keeping Communities Safe

COLONIE, N.Y. - New York Air National Guard Lt. Col. Steven Fukino, center, and New York Naval Militia Lt. Commander Don McKnight speak with former New York City fireman Bill Massena and his guest at the Colonie Senior Services annual ceremony to "Remember those who keep us safe." The event highlights the contributions of local law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and other first responders who work with civic leaders to safeguard their community. Fukino, the director of domestic operations for the New York National Guard, spoke about the contributions of the National Guard’s support to first responders, providing a variety of resources and manpower during domestic emergencies. Fukino highlighted the New York National Guard’s homeland roles from September 11, 2001 through the response to Tropical Storms Irene and Lee in September 2011. Photo by Col. Richard Goldenberg, Joint Force Headquarters - NY.

Sep 05, 2012

Counterdrug Task Force at Schoharie Festival

SCHOHARIE-- Members of the New York National Guard Counterdrug Task Force help a boy get ready to negotiate the climbing wall during the "Schoharie County ~ One Year Later ~ Country Strong" festival held at the Schoharie County Fairgrounds here on August 26. The event commemorated the region's recovery from the flooding that occured on August 28, 2011 as Tropical Storm Irene hit the state. The New York National Guard responded with helicopters, troops, and supplies in response to the storm.

Sep 04, 2012

Spouses Attend PGA Miliary Appreciation Event

BETHPAGE,NY - Gen. Craig McKinley, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, and Major General Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General of New York, pose with five New York Army National Guard spouses who attended a baby shower hosted by the PGA and Barclay’s Bank during Military Appreciation Day at The Barclay’s PGA Tour golf tournament at Bethpage State Park on Wednesday, August 22. They are (from left) Samantha Hahn, Kim Antal, Jessica Metzger, Nicole Campbell and her daughter Savannah Campbell, and Jennifer Lyman.

Aug 22, 2012

Afghan Children Greet NY Soldier in Spin Boldak

SPIN BOLDAK, AFGHANISTAN - New York Army National Guard Col. Alden Saddlemire greets Afghan children near the distric center here July 23. Saddlemire, deployed as the deputy commander of the area&rsquot;s Security Force Assistance Team, was in Spin Boldak for meetings with the U.S. State Department and the Afghan district governor Mohammad Hasim Agha, along with elders of the province. Courtesy photo.

Jul 24, 2012

Rubble Pile Ready for Disaster Training

NEW YORK STATE PREPAREDNESS TRAINING CENTER, ORISKANY, N.Y. " New York National Guard Lt. Col. Matthew Cooper, Weapons of Mass Destruction Branch Chief, provides an overview of the rubble pile for members of the Homeland Response Force exercise control group here May 14. The National Guard Homeland Response Force for FEMA Region II deploys here today and will validate its ability to respond to Chemical, Biological, Radiological or Nuclear incidents using this rubble pile as a training site later this week. More than 700 members of the force will train at the Oriskany site or at the New York National Guard Armory in Utica, N.Y.

May 14, 2012

Task Force On Duty On Bin Laden Death Anniversary

NEW YORK-- New York Army National Guard Sgt. Leopoldo DeSilva (left) pulls security duty in Pennsylvania Station on Wednesday, May 2 with an Amtrack Police Officer. The Soldiers are members of the New York National Guard’s Joint Task Force Empire Shield which provides security augmentation to law enforcement agencies at transportation hubs in the New York metro area. The team was part of a Multi-Agency Super Surge (MASS) in which police saturate key transportation nodes to deter attacks. The May 2 MASS was the 100th time the New York National Guard supported that kind of security operation.

May 02, 2012

Teen Volunteer works with Guard Kids

HALFMOON, N.Y. -- Matt Murray, a Boy Scout from Brunswick, helps 9-year olds, Kristen Rossler of Scotia and Katie Hibbard of Binghamton build a project during the 2012 New York National Guard Family and Volunteer Training Workshop at the Edge, an outdoor climbing gym, April 14. Murray volunteered as a youth mentor for the day focusing on team building activities.

Apr 19, 2012

New York Army Guard Best Warriors Named

LATHAM, N.Y.--A Korean-American police officer, a community college student, and a human resources NCO were named as the Best Warriors for the New York Army National Guard following a weekend event March 24-25 at state headquarters. They are, from left: Staff Sgt. Sihoon Chung, the traditional part-time Non-commissioned Officer of the Year; Sgt. David Martinsen,the outstanding Active Guard and Reserve Non-commissioned Officer of the Year and Spc. Brian Lekhmus, the junior enlisted Soldier of the Year.

Mar 29, 2012

New York Stability Team On Duty in Afghanistan

SHARABOT, Afghanistan-- New York Army National Guard Col. Alden Saddlemire (Center), a member of the New York Stability Transition Team, drinks chia(tea) with local leaders here during a shura held on March 21. Saddlemire is flanked by the local governor and police chief and was accompanied by Army Col. Gary Johnson, commander of the 504th Battlefield Survelliance Brigade. Saddlemire and two other members of the New York STT are assigned to work with local officials and NATO and US military units to build governance and police capacity.

Mar 28, 2012

Family Readiness Training in New York City

New York City and Long Island New York Army National Guard Family Readiness Program volunteers listen to Lt. Col. Gary Hoffman, an Army National Guard lawyer,explain what Family Readiness Groups can and cannot do legally during training at the Lexington Avenue Armory on March 24.

Mar 26, 2012

Stability and Transition Team Members Training

FORT POLK, LA -- Stabilization and Transition Team (STT) members Capt. Keun-Wan Park (middle) and Maj. Luis Marquez (right) dine on Afghan dishes with a former Afghan National Army officer during cultural awareness training here in January. The team, which departed here for Afghanistan on Feb. 29, will be mentoring Afghan National Army soldiers and police officers to create local police in areas where the Taliban has influence

Mar 06, 2012

New York Stability Transition Team Heads to Afghanistan

GULFPORT, MISSISSIPPI--Members of the New York Army National Guard Stability Transition Team pose with Major General Steven Wickstrom, the commander of the 42nd Infantry Division, at the Army National Guard Readiness Center here prior to departing for Afghanistan on Wednesday, Feb. 29. The team of senior officers and non-commissioned officers will advise and train Afghan National Army and Police units during their nine month deployment. Wickstrom and Col Ray Shields, the chief of staff of the Army National Guard, and Col. Gary Yaple, 42nd Infantry Division Chief of Staff, traveled to Gulfport to wish the Soldiers goodbye. The team has been training at nearby Camp Shelby.

Mar 01, 2012

Adjutant General Meets MPs at Guantanamo Bay

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba-- Major General Patrick Murphy,the Adjutant General of New York, meets with members of the New York Army National Guard’s 107th Military Police Company during a visit to the unit at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base on Jan. 19. The Utica-based MPs are providing security at the detention facility there.

Jan 24, 2012

End of a Leadership Era

WEST POINT-- New York Army National Guard Maj. Gen. Steven Wickstrom, at right, commander of the 42nd Infantry Division, presents a historic print of the division’s Iraq deployment signed by many of the veterans of the unit as a retirement gift to Brig Gen. Paul Genereux during Genereux’s retirement ceremony here on Saturday, Jan. 14. Genereux is the past commander of the 42nd Infantry Division and former Deputy Commander of the division during the unit’s deployment to Iraq in 2005. Genereux retires with nearly 40 years of military service. U.S. Army photo by Lt. Col. Richard Goldenberg, New York National Guard.

Jan 19, 2012

Troops Help Students Stay on Track

COHOES, N.Y. - New York Air National Guard Master Sgt. Marlene C. Frankovic, a Stay on Track instructor with the New York National Guard Counterdrug Task Force, speaks to a classroom of children at Cohoes Middle School here Jan. 18. Frankovic, who has worked with the Counterdrug Task Force since 1996, told students various ways to say "no" to drug dealers. The Counterdrug Task Force reached more than 8,000 middle school students (grades 6,7 and 8) in 100 different schools in 2011 as part of its Drug Demand Reduction efforts.

Jan 19, 2012

Departing Soldier Tells His Story

CAMP SMITH--New York Army National Guard Major Luis Marquez speaks with Cable Channel News 12 Reporter Chelsea Edmonds during a farewell ceremony for the New York Stability Transition Team held here on Sunday, Jan. 15. The team, composed of 48 Army National Guard Senior officers and non-commissioned officers will work with Afghan National Army and police force units to help prepare for the withdrawal of U.S. and allied forces. The team will train at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, and deploy to Afghanistan later this year. Major General Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General, and other senior leaders took part in the event, which included a lunch for team members and their families

Jan 15, 2012

Guard Soldiers, Airmen in the Lime Light.

ALBANY-- New York Army National Guard Soldiers and Airmen stand as they are recognized by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, along with other responders to the twin disasters of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, during the governor’s State-of-the-State Address on Wednesday, Jan. 4.

Jan 05, 2012

Guard Officer Helps Open State-of-State

ALBANY- New York Army National Guard Major Denise Sherman leads the Pledge of Allegiance during ceremonies that kicked off Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo&rsquot;s State-of-The-State at the Empire State Convention Center on Wednesday January 4. A New York Army National Guard Honor Guard also participated in the event and 50 members of the New York Army and Air National Guard, representing the 4,000 Guard members who responded to Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, were honored by the governor during his remarks.

Jan 04, 2012

Empire Shield on Guard New Year’s Eve

NEW YORK -- New York Army National Guard Spec. Melvin Seally, assigned to Joint Task Force Empire Shield, the New York National Guard’s full time security force in New York City, patrols Pennsylvania Station with police officers on Christmas Eve. The members of Joint Task Force Empire Shield will be on duty New Years Eve supporting civilian police agencies.

Dec 29, 2011

Guard On Duty in New York

NEW YORK-- A New York Army National Guard Soldier assigned to Joint Task Force Empire Shield, the New York National Guard’s full time security force in New York City, patrols Pennsylvania Station with police officers on Christmas Eve. The members of Joint Task Force Empire Shield supported civilian police agencies in providing a security presence in New York City over the holiday weekend.

Dec 25, 2011

National Guard Turns 375

LATHAM-- The National Guard of the United States turns 375 Years old today,Dec. 13. On this day in 1636 the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony passed a law establishing formal militia companies in the colony. These companies were made up of all adult males older than 16 and were expected to meet and train in military skills regularly.In New York, the first citizen-soldiers were members of the Burgher Guard, organized by the Dutch East Indian Company in 1640 to help protect New Amsterdam from their English neighbors in Massachusetts and Virginia or from hostile natives. Citizen soldiers of the militia and National Guard have fought in all of America’s wars from King Philips War against Native Americans in the New England Colonies in 1675 to the struggle in Afghanistan today.

Dec 12, 2011

Honors for an American President

KINDERHIOOK, N.Y. -- New York National Guard Brig. Gen. Renwick Payne, right, Director of the Joint Staff, and Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Wicks, present a memorial wreath at the grave site of President Martin Van Buren here Dec. 5 during the New York National Guard Military Forces Honor Guard annual commemoration of the president’s birth.

Dec 05, 2011

Guard Soldier Assists in Holiday Security Effort

NEW YORK--New York Army National Guard Specialist Brittany Holly,a member of Joint Task Force Empire Shield assists law enforcement during Operation Safe Rail at Grand Central Station here on Nov. 23, the heaviest travel day of the year. The 250 members of the task force assisted law enforcement agencies throughout the day at train stations and airports in New York City.

Nov 23, 2011

Kids Gather to Thank Military ’Heroes’, honor Vets

LATHAM Damian Stager (left), Gabe Reinhart (right front) and 25 other children from the Cohoes Community Center joined military kids from the Capital District area to honor past and future hero’s and support each other, Nov 11. The kids spent time creating "Hero Packs" which will be given to children of Soldiers deploying overseas to say thank you to the families of service members for their sacrifice. The packs include a letter from a local non-military child expressing their appreciation for the recipients’ loved ones service and the families sacrifice. A letter writing kit composed of stationary, stamps and pen pal information is included so the military child can communicate with their Soldier or other kids.

Nov 18, 2011

Guard Chaplain Honors Veterans At Special Service

NEW YORK-- New York Army National Guard Chaplain (1st Lt.) Raziel Amar recites the Veterans Prayer during the Veterans Day Service and Reception held at the Times Square Church on Nov. 11. New York Army National Guard chaplains, chaplains candidates and chaplains assistants from the 369th Special Troops Battalion, the 369th Sustainment Brigade, the 101st Enhanced Signal Battalion, the 3rd Battalion 142nd Assault Helicopter Battalion, and Joint Forces Headquarters participated in the event.

Nov 15, 2011

Theater of War at Military Museum.

SARATOGA SPRNGS-- Participants in the "Theater of War" performance held at the New York State Military Museum on Monday Oct 24 pose in front of the Museum’s "Today’s Guard" exhibit prior to the show. They are, from left, Museum manager Michael Aikey; Friends of the New York State Military Museum President Lance Ingmire; actors John Doman, Glen Davis, Chinasa Ogbuago, and Jesse Eisenberg; and director Brian Doeries. Eisenberg is best known for his starring role in the film "The Social Network" where he portrayed Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.The performance uses readings of Greek plays to relate to today’s Soldiers.

Oct 26, 2011

New York National Guard Troops Surge for 9/11

NEW YORK -- New York National Guard members Staff Sgt. Johnny Noguera, at right, and Spc. Michael Sloan, assigned to Company C from Joint Task Force Empire Shield, the standing homeland security force based at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn, provide additional security patrols at JFK International Airport September 11. More than 250 troops provided assistance to the Transportation Security Agency, Port Authority, New York City Police Department and other law enforcement agencies in advance of the city and nation’s commemoration of the tenth anniversary of 9/11.

Sep 11, 2011

Troops Make Labor for Your Neighbor a Success

PRATTSVILLE - New York Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Frank Rizzi from the 101st Enhanced Signal Battalion briefs volunteers before heading out for cleanup missions in Prattsville, N.Y. Sep. 4. Some 200 volunteers were supported by the National Guard at this one site as part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s "Labor for your Neighbor" Labor Day Weekend service initiative. Troops assisted efforts in Greene, Delaware and Essex Counties. Photo by Lt. Col. Richard Goldenberg, NY Army National Guard.

Sep 04, 2011

Troops Support New York Response, Recovery

MIDDLEBURGH, N.Y. -- A Soldier from the New York Army National Guard’s 206th Military Police Company, based in Latham, N.Y. assists volunteers at the Middleburgh Central School clearing debris here Sep. 3. New ork National Guard forces across upstate New York are providing response and recovery support to numerous communities devastated by the floods following Hurricane Irene. Photo by Lt. Col. Richard Goldenberg, New York National Guard.

Sep 04, 2011

Deputy Secretary Visits Joint Task Force in NYC

NEW YORK--Elizabeth Glazer, New York Deputy Secretary for Public Safety, speaks with a police officer during a visit to the New York National Guard’s Joint Task Force Empire Shield and its local law enforcement agency partners during the Multi-Agency Super Surge exercise, here July 21. Glazer was briefed on the task force’s day-to-day mission detailing how the task forces helps protect the citizens of New York.

Jul 22, 2011

Color Guard Opens State Senate Session

ALBANY, NY-- The New York National Guard’s Color Guard participates in ceremonies opening the New York State Senate’s session on June 14, the Army’s Birthday.

Jun 15, 2011

Army Guard General Marks Army Birthday at NASDAQ

NEW YORK CITY-- New York Army National Guard Brigadier General Paul C. Genereaux,(center) deputy commander of the New York Army National Guard joins United States Military Academy Command Sgt. Maj. Anthony Mahoney and other Soldiers in sounding the closing bell at the NASDAQ exchange here on June 14. The general was representing the Army at a closing ceremony marking the Army’s 236th birthday.

Jun 15, 2011

Running for Heroes Raises Family Funds

COLONIE - New York Air National Guard Master Sgt. Shannon Pingatore from Fort Edward, N.Y. approaches the finish line at the New York National Guard’s Family Readiness Council "Hometown Heroes" five-kilomter run here June 12. More than 220 runners participated in the race, a fundraiser to support National Guard families. Pingatore is a runner with the New York National Guard’s Marathon Team, racing with the National Guard throughout the year. This is her second year competing and her second win in the female runner’s category. Photo by Sgt. Chris Connelly, 42nd Infantry Division.

Jun 13, 2011

Honoring New York National Guard Fallen

LATHAM- Air National Guard Tech Sgt. Al Moon sounds Taps as members of the New York Military Forces Honor Guard present arms during a Memorial Day service held May 26th at Division of Military and Naval Affairs headquarters here. The event, presided over by Major General Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General and New York National Guard Command Sgt. Major Frank Wick, recognized the 32 members of the New York Army National Guard, and one Marine Corps Reservist who was also a member of the New York Naval Militia who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

May 26, 2011

Students Learn Civil War History

SARATOGA SPRINGS-- New York State Military Museum Director Michael Aikey speaks to fifth graders from the Abraham Wing Elementary School in Glens Falls while a TV film crew looks on during the student’s May 23 visit to the museum here. Aikey talked to the students, and reporters, about Col. Elmer Ellsworth, the first Union officer killed in the Civil War,a Mechanicsville native, and a friend of Abraham Lincoln’s, who death was a major event after he was shot on May 24, 1861. The museum is the owner of the coat Ellsworth was wearing when he was killed; seen in the display case here.

May 23, 2011

New Yorkers in South Africa

BLOEMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA-- New York National Guardsmen visit with a tame cheetah at a South African game preserve during their recent trip there for the South African National Defense Force 2011 Regional Combat Rifle Competition. Top row, left to right: Spc. Jason Grossman of Airmont, N.Y.; Spc. Masami Yamakado, of New York City; Sgt. Justin Vonderheyde, of Middletown, N.Y.; Staff Sgt. Dennis Rick, of Staten Island, N.Y. Bottom row, left to right: Cpl. Jonathan Patton, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Staff Sgt. David Cartwright, of Buffalo; Spc. Matthew Melendez, of New York City; Sgt. First Class Arthur Evans, of Saugerties, N.Y.; Maj. Scott Williams, of Long Island. Williams, who is in the Air National Guard, is the bilateral affairs officer for the New York and Republic of South Africa State Partnership Program.

May 18, 2011

Salute to Outgoing Command Sergeant Major

SARATOGA SPRINGS-- The last draftee Soldier on active duty, United States Army Material Command Sgt. Major Jeffery Mellinger (left), presents a United States Flag to outgoing New York State Command Sgt. Major Robert Van Pelt during his retirement dinner here on May 6. Mellinger was drafted into the Army in 1972. He and Van Pelt,also a draftee, were in the same class in the Sergeants Major Academy. Van Pelt retired from the New York Army National Guard after serving as New York State Command Sergeant Major for ten years. Van Pelt, a veteran of the Vietnam War served in the Active Army, Army Reserve and New York Army National Guard for 42 years.

May 09, 2011

Troops Augment Security at Ground Zero

NEW YORK -- New York Army National Guard Sgt. Neftali Perez, a member of Joint Task Force Empire Shield, stands guard near the ground zero subway station at the World Trade Center May 2. Perez and other members of the state’s security task force augmented law enforcement as the crowds gathered at the World Trade Center to note the death of Osama Bin Laden. Bin Laden and the Al Qaeda terrorist network attacked the city on September 11, 2001, killing nearly 3,000 innocent civilians. Photo by Warrant Officer Ubon Mendie, NY Guard.

May 02, 2011

Cross Border Conference Improves Disaster Response

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Maj. Gen. Patrick Murphy, right, the Adjutant General for the New York National Guard, speaks with Canadian Brig. Gen. G.J.P. O’Brien, the Director General of the Canadian Land Reserves and Maj. Gen. Jon Miller, the Deputy Commander of the U.S. Army Reserve Command. The three leaders attended a Canadian / U.S. general officer training session with leaders from the Army National Guard, Army Reserve, U.S. Army North, U.S. Northern Command and the Canadian Land Reserves. The group discussed methods to improve interoperability and joint training opportunities between the two countries. Photo by Lt. Col. Richard Goldenberg, 42nd Infantry Division.

May 01, 2011

National Guard Side-by-Side with NYC Responders

Penn Station -- New York Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Kehinde Ayeni, a member of the New York City based Joint Task Force Empire Shield patrols common areas at Penn Station alongside Department of Homeland Security Police Officer John Rapuano and Amtrak Police Officer James Rusbarsky here April 21. Task Force Empire is the New York State standing task force to augment law enforcement and security operations in New York City. Photo by Warrant Officer Ubon Mendie, New York Guard.

Apr 22, 2011

Air Guard Director Speaks With New York Leaders

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Maj. Gen. Patrick Murphy, right, the Adjutant General for the New York National Guard, thanks Lt. Gen. Harry Wyatt, DIrector of the Air National Guard, for his remarks during the Adjutant General’s professional development weekend here April 16. The theme of the weekend’s discussion with more than 300 National Guard leaders was "New York state’s military forces...an Indispendible Force." Wyatt spoke of the National Guard of 2025 and of the adapability of Airmen and Soldiers meeting the challenges of change. Photo by Lt. Col. Richard Goldenberg, 42nd Infantry Division (RELEASED).

Apr 19, 2011

New Leadership for New York City Security Force

NEW YORK -- New York Army National Guard Brig. Gen. Renwick Payne, left, Director of the Joint Staff, passes the guidon of Joint Task Force Empire Shield to Maj. Peter Riley during a change of command ceremony here at Fort Hamilton April 13. Standing at far left is Lt. Col. Greg Dreisbach, the outgoing task force commander. The ceremony marks new leadership for JTF Empire Shield, the standing New York National Guard security task force that supports New York City law enforcement and first responders at critical locations across the city. Approximately 250 Soldiers, Airmen, New York Guard volunteers and members of the New York Naval Militia serve in the task force. Photo by Sgt. Tamara Gabbard, 42nd Infantry Division.

Apr 13, 2011

New Commander for 24th CST

FORT HAMILTON, BROOKLYN--Major Jody Lupo, the new commander of the 24th Civil Support Team, stands in front of the members of his specialized unit after taking command from Lt. Col. Kaarlo Hietala during Change of Command ceremonies here on Wednesday, March 9. The 21-member team of New York National Guard Soldiers and Airmen is specially trained to detect the presence of chemical, biological, and radiological agents and works with civilian first responders and other agencies in the New York City metropolitan area.

Mar 10, 2011

Guard Leaders Meet with Congress Members

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- Major General Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General (Center) meets with Representative Chris Gibson, a newly elected Congressman from the Capital Region and former Army Colonel, on Wednesday, Feb. 9 during a breakfast reception the Military Association of New York (MANY) held for members of Congress here.With Gibson and Murphy is Retired Air National Guard Major General Robert Knauff, President of MANY

Feb 10, 2011

Joint Task Force Soldier, Non-Com Honored

NEW YORK--Joint Task Force Empire Shield Soldier of the Year Spec Michael Boncales(center left), and Joint Task Force Empire Shield Noncommisioned Officer of the Year, Sgt. Neftali Perez (center right), pose with their awards during the Task Force’s Dining Out on Friday, Jan. 7. They are flanked by Task Force Command Sergeant Major Basilo Colon (far left), New York State Command Sergeant Major Robert Van Pelt, (left), Maj. Gen. Patrick Murphy, Adjutant General of New York (right) and Task Force Commander, Lt. Col. Greg Driesbach,(far right).

Jan 08, 2011

Olympic Gold Medalist Joins New York Army National Guard

LATHAM-- Bobsledder Justin Olsen, who won a Gold Medal at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics as a member of a four-man bobsled team, takes the oath of enlistment into the New York Army National Guard at Division of Military and Naval Affairs headquarters here on Thursday, January 6. Lt. Col. Steve Rowe, Commander of the New York Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Command administered the oath. Olsen will serve as a human resources specialist with Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment of Joint Forces Headquarters--New York. Following Basic and Advanced Individual Training he plans to apply to participate in the Army World Class Athlete Program which allows Soldiers to train and compete in the Olympics while serving.

Jan 06, 2011

10,000 past, present Soldiers Honored in 2010

LATHAM,NY--The 130 members of the New York Military Forces Honor Guard provided military honors at the funerals of more than 10,000 New York veterans and Soldiers in 2010. A team of New York Military Forces Honor Guard members also took first place in the National Guard’s annual honor guard competition held in September 2010 at Fort Snelling, Minn. In this picture a New York Military Forces Honor Guard team carries the casket of New York Army National Guard 1st Lt. Joseph Theinert, who was killed in action in Afghanistan while serving with the 10th Mountain Division.

Dec 29, 2010

Battle of the Bulge Memorialized

LATHAM--Allan Attwell, President of the Capital District Chapter of the Battle of the Bulge Veterans thanks Major General Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General, for speaking to his group on Thursday, Dec. 16, the 66th anniversary of the start of that major World War II battle. The Battle of the Bulge was the largest battle in the history of the U.S. Army and several New York National Guard units including the 258th, 991st, 186th and 187th and the 955th Field Artillery Battalions and the 801st and 802nd Tank Destroyer Battalions fought in the Ardennes Campaign in world War II. Mr. Attwell served as an infantryman with the 28th Infantry Division’s 109th Infantry Regiment.

Dec 17, 2010

Top Honor Guard Member Recognized

LATHAM -- Major General Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General of New York, presents the Honor Guard of the Year Award to Spec. Jarad Fatigate, a member of the 1569th Transportation Company who lives in Sherman, Conn. The award, dedicated to the memory of Sgt. David Rostum, an Honor Guard member who was killed in action while serving in Iraq with the 2nd Battalion 108th Infantry, requires members to demonstrate proficiency in funeral detail duties, the manual of arms, and physical fitness, and to pass a board exam on general military and military funeral procedures. Honor Guard members from across the state compete for the honor. Spec. Alisha Somma, a member of the 466th Area Support Medical Company from Waterford, NY was the first runner-up while Spec. Robert Jayne, a member of the 204th Engineer Battalion from Maine, NY was the second runner-up. The New York Military Forces Honor Guard provides funeral services at almost 10,000 funerals for eligible veterans annually and a New York Honor Guard Team won first place at this year’s National Guard honor guard competition.

Dec 15, 2010

Oldest, Youngest Soldier Cut Guard Birthday Cake

LATHAM-- New York Army National Guard PFC George Wade, at 19-years old the youngest Soldier present, and 92-year old John Sidur, a New York Army National Guard veteran of the World War II battles of Okinawa and Saipan, cut the National Guard Birthday Cake on Monday, Dec. 13, during a ceremony at Division of Military and Naval Affairs headquarters here. Traditionally the oldest Soldier and youngest Soldier join in cutting the birthday cake. Wade, a member of Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade joined the National Guard in 2009. Sidur enlisted in 1940 shortly before the National Guard was mobilized by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and served for five years.

Dec 13, 2010

JTF Empire Shield Secures Holiday Travelers

NEW YORK CITY--New York City--Pvt. Stephen Perez, a New York Army National Guard member assigned to Joint Task Foce Empire Shield patrols at Penn Station during start of Thanksgiving travel on November 23, 2010. Joint Task Force Empire Shield augments the security work of New York Police Department and other civilian law enforcement agencies in the city. The more than 200 members of Joint Task Force Empire Shield, the New York National Guard’s standing security force in New York City, will be joining the New York Police Department, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police and other law enforcement agencies in security arrangements aimed at protecting holiday travelers.

Nov 24, 2010

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Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, Marines and New York Guard members familiar with the New York National Guard website can easily spot links for the New York National Guard on social media such as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook or Flickr. Those icons are right along the top of the agency’s website at www.dmna.state.ny.us. But what’s with that little red envelope?

Nov 18, 2010

Army National Guard Recruits Learn Skills

QUEENSBURY--New York Army National Guard Staff Sgt Adam Barber, a member of Recruiting and Retention Command, shows members of the New York Army National Guard’s Recruit Sustainment Program the proper way to move through an obstacle during training here on Saturday, Nov. 6, a recruit Josh Ziter(right) covers him. Army National Guard recruits are enrolled in the Recruit Sustainment Program while they wait to go to basic training.

Nov 09, 2010

Emergency Preparedness Drill at Camp Smith

CAMP SMITH TRAINING SITE, Cortlandt Manor-- Area emergency responders work on a Soldier simulating a car accident victim during an emergency preparedness drill conducted here on Saturday, Oct. 23. The exercise involved personnel from Camp Smith Training Site, 106th Regional Training Institute, The 727 MP Co. Force Protection personnel from Task Force Empire Shield, the Peekskill Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Continental Village Fire Department, Lifenet of NY, the Peekskill Office of Emergency Management and Garrison Ambulance Corps. The exercise tested the ability of Camp Smith personnel to work with local first responders.

Oct 26, 2010

NY Hosts Army Guard Leader Across Empire State

New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Greg Dreisbach, commander of New York’s Joint Task Force Empire Shield briefs current operations to Brig. Gen. Timothy Kadavy, Deputy Director of the Army National Guard during a brief two-day visit to New York Oct. 18-19. Kadavy spent time at the New York National Guard’s MATES site at Fort Drum, a tour of Camp Smith and a visit with the joint security forces of Task Force Empire Shield in New York City. Photo by 1st Lt. Mark Getman, 1-258th Field Artillery.

Oct 22, 2010

Military Voters to Receive Ballots by Email

A Soldier at Fort Rucker, Ala., trained as a voting assistance officer, signs in to receive his instructional books for the Federal Voting Assistance Program held in February, 2010. As part of the effort to ensure that National Guard members are able to vote when deployed overseas, the New York State Board of Elections established a new webpage to allow military and overseas voters to obtain general election ballots by email in addition to the existing fax and mail options. The program, found at www.elections.state.ny.us and clicking the link for "Military & Overseas Voters," complies with the MOVE Act (Military & Overseas Voters Empowerment). For more information about the FVAP, or help with absentee voting, call (800) 438-8683.

Oct 06, 2010

New York Honor Guard Wins Competition

FORT SNELLING, MN--Members of the New York National Guard’s Military Forces Honor Guard participate in a standing proficiency drill during the 2010 Army National Guard Honor Guard Competition at Fort Snelling, Minn. The drill tested their ability in maintaining military bearing and rifle movements. The New York team bested seven other competitors in the grueling, week long, competition which was judged by members of the Third Infantry Regiment, The Old Guard, who perform funeral honors at Arlington National Cemetery.

Sep 24, 2010

Guard Holds Domestic Operations Conference

EAST SYRACUSE--Major General Patrick Murphy (far left) the Adjutant General, discusses issues surrounding support to civil authorities with (from left, Col. Doug Mills, the Emergency Preparedness Liasion Officer from the Army for New York; New York Naval Militia Capt. Mark Woolley, and Thomas LaCrosse, the director of Defense Support of Civil Authorities for the Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense; during the New York National Guard’s annual Domestic Operations Conference on Tuesday, Sept. 14 at the DoubleTree Hotel here. The annual meeting brings together key leaders and joint task force commanders from across the New York Military Forces to refine plans for aiding local and state government when directed to do so by the governor.

Sep 15, 2010

NYS Fair Honors Veterans, Families and the Fallen

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The New York National Guard’s Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Patrick Murphy dedicates a memorial wreath with Gold Star Mother Mary Burgen during the Veteran’s Day Ceremony here at the New York State Fair Sept. 2.

Sep 02, 2010

Top National Guard Officer Visits New York

NEW YORK CITY-- New York Army National Guard 2nd Lt. Jeff Hansen, a platoon leader in New York’s Joint Task Force Empire Shield, a state active duty security force that operates in New York City, briefs Gen. Craig McKinley, the Chief of the National Guard Bureau on his team’s mission at Grand Central Station August 26, 2010. McKinley, the highest ranking officer in the National Guard, was in New York City to visit city emergency management officials, see the New York National Guard’s task force in action and give a speech.

Aug 26, 2010

WW II Aviator Remains Closer to Home

ALBANY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT--Members of the New York Military Forces Honor Guard carry the remains of United States Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Ray Fletcher from a plane to a waiting hearse Wednesday, Aug. 18 during an honorable transfer of remains ceremony here. Fletcher and three others were killed in 1944 when the B-25 medium bomber he was piloting crashed into a mountainside on the Mediterranian Island of Corsica. His remains were finally recovered in 1995 and identified in 2009. Fletcher will be interred in Essex Junction, Vermont.

Aug 18, 2010

Guard Officers Meet in New York City

NEW YORK HARBOR-- Officers from the National Guards of New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands pose before the Statue of Liberty during a security tour of New York Harbor conducted by the New York Naval Militia on Tuesday, August 17. Officers from the National Guards of Federal Emergency Management Administration Region II gathered at Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn this week to plan for the creation of a regional Homeland Response Force; a National Guard team that could respond to chemical, biological, and radiological attacks within the area.

Aug 18, 2010

Adjutant General Pins on Two-Star Rank

LATHAM-- Major General Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General of New York, gets his new two-star rank pinned on by his mother, Carolyn Murphy, of Dike, Iowa. Murphy, whose promotion to state Major General was confirmed in March, delayed his pinning ceremony until his mother and other family members could be present.

Aug 13, 2010

Weapons Maintenance at Fort Drum

FORT DRUM--New York Army National Guard Pvt. August Viehweger, an Auburn resident and a member of the 102nd Military Police Battalion uses compressed air to ensure his unit’s M249 Squad Assault Weapons are clean and dry following the previous days range firing, while working at the New York Mobilization and Training Equipment Site (MATES) here on Monday, August 9, 2010.

Aug 11, 2010

Shared Lessons, Shared Training, Shared Future

BEERSHEBA, Israel - New York Army National Guard Col. David Martinez, right, discusses chemical protection equipment and employment tactics with Dr. (Col.) Gady Sadovsky from the Israel Defense Forces’ Home Front Command and a member of the Home Front Command reserve chemical response battalion. Martinez, the Director of Domestic Operations for the New York National Guard’s Joint Force Headquarters, was in Israel for Shared Future 2010, the bilateral military support to civil authorities training exercise between the National Guard Bureau and the Israeli Home Front Command.

Aug 02, 2010

Soldiers Honored in Painting

ALBANY -- Service members who appear in Rumara Jewett’s original oil painting now on display at the NYS Military Museum and Veterans Research Center in Saratoga Springs include Logistics Specialist 1st Class James Savaria, USNR, Lt. Col. Robert Mitchell, NYARNG, Lt.Col. Kim Terpening, NYANG and Sgt. Brandon Lee Gibson, USMCR and N.Y. Naval Militia. The service members are posed close to their positions in the painting.

Jul 30, 2010

Racing for Family Readiness

COLONIE-- Runners push through the rain on Saturday, June 12, as they cross the finish line during the New York Family Readiness Council’s annual Hometown Heroes Race held at Colonie Crossings Park here. More than 200 runners, including both civilians and New York National Guard members, participated in the fund-raising event. The money raised by the Family Readiness Council is used to assist Guard families in need during deployments.

Jun 12, 2010

Fallen Army Guard Officer Honored

SHELTER ISLAND--The flag-covered casket of New York Army National Guard 1st Lt. Joseph Theinert is borne from Our Lady of the Isle Church on Shelter Island, NY before his family, members of the community and military leaders by the New York National Guard Military Forces Honor Guard on Friday, June 11. Theinert was serving on active duty with the Army’s 10th Mountain Division in Afghanistan when he was killed in action by an Improvised Explosive Device on June 4. He was assigned to Troop B, 1st Squadron, 71st Cavalry and was age 24 at the time of his death. Brigadier General Patrick Murphy, The Adjutant General of New York and State Command Sergeant Major Robert Van Pelt were among other members of the New York Army National Guard and other services who attended the funeral. More than 2,000 people attended an out door funeral mass. Theinert was the first service member from the community to be killed in action since World War II.

Jun 11, 2010

24th CST Proves It Has The Right Stuff

RANDALLS ISLAND, New York - A member of the reconnaissance section of the 24th Civil Support Team, New York National Guard based at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn takes air samples from a simulated clandestine lab. It was part of an evaluated exercise on June 8 at the New York Fire Department Training Academy at Randalls Island, New York City. As part of the scenario, the 24th was called to a notional crime scene where federal and local law enforcement authorities believed that terrorists may have been creating a chemical or biological agent for use in future attack. The 24th responded to the call and quickly moved to the site, linked with the civil authorities at the scene and went to work to determine the extent and nature of the threat. Army evaluators tested the unit’s abilities through situation injects throughout the day-long exercise.

Jun 08, 2010

Labor/Management Safety Agreement Inked

LATHAM -- Brigadier General Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General, looks on as Philip Imbarrato, New York Chapter Presisdent of the Association of Civilian Technicians, initials a new safety agreement between the union, New York National Guard leadership, and the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Wednesday, June 3. The " New York Army National Guard Voluntary Protection Program Labor-Management Commitment Statement" outlines the ways that supervisors and employees will work together to improve safety at armories and maintenance facilities across the state. Joining the Adjutant General and Imbarrato in signing the agreement are Col. Mark Burke (seated) Director of Aviation and Safety; and (from left) Major Richard Friess, Surface Maintenance Officer, Mr. Lawrence Gallagher, State Safety and Occupational Health Manager; Col. James Lettko, NYARNG Chief of Staff; Col. Philip Pugliese, Director of Logistics; and Col. Curtis Williamson, Director of Federal Human Resources.

Jun 03, 2010

Albany Ceremony Honors Those Who Served

ALBANY--Members of the New York Army National Guard Honor Guard participate in a Memorial Day observation held at the New York State Purple Heart Memorial here on Friday, May 28. The ceremony, sponsored by the New York State Museum, was conducted in conjunction with the Citizen Soldier Exhibit that opened on May 27. The exhibit highlights the history of the New York Army National Guard since the Spanish American War.

May 28, 2010

Getting a Glimpse of Army National Guard History

ALBANY - Col. Eric Hesse, New York National Guard Inspector General (left) and Maj. Joseph Chodnicki, New York National Guard Deputy Training Officer study the Task Force Phoenix display on the New York Army National Guard in Afghanistan, during the opening of the Citizen Soldier exhibit at the New York State Museum on May 27. The exhibit, "Citizen Soldier: The New York National Guard in the American Century" officially opened for the Memorial Day weekend on Thursday, May 27. The exhibit runs through March 2011.

May 27, 2010

State Museum Honors New York Army National Guard

ALBANY--A World War II-era M-8 armored car is manuevered into position by its owner, vehicle collector Greg Wolanin, as the centerpiece of a New York State Museum exhibit honoring the service of New York Army National Guard Soldiers. The 101st Cavalry Group of the New York NationalGuard operated M-8s during their service in Europe in 1945. The exhibit, titled "Citizen Soldier" opens on May 28 and will run through March 2011.

May 19, 2010

Top South African General Visits New York

LATHAM, NY-- Col. Dave Martinez (left) Director of Joint Operations; Brig. Gen. Renwick Payne, Director of Joint Staff for the New York National Guard; and Gen. Godfrey Ngwenya, Chief of the South African Defence Force; are briefed on New York National Guard capabilities and organization during Ngwenya's visit the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs headquarters on Monday, May 17. Ngwenya is in the United States for a week visiting American military leaders and facilities. South Africa is paired with New York as part of the National Guard's State Partnership Program in which state National Guards develop bilateral relationships with developing nation's militaries.

May 17, 2010

Honoring Women's Service and Women's History

FORT HAMILTON, N.Y. -- Lt. Col. Kelly F. Hilland, left, Director of Family Programs for Joint Force Headquarters, New York Army National Guard, congratulates Army Sgt. Sarah Johnson for her service at the Fort Hamilton Women's History Month Observance at the post fitness center March 19. Hilland spoke proudly of her driving force that lead to her successful military career. "I was important to me to be a positive example for my peers," she said. "What you think is what you become. If I didn't believe in that quote, I would not have accomplished my goals. I believe in myself that I would fulfill my dreams. Fast-forward to now, I'm proud and glad to say that I have." Hilland, Johnson, the Director of the Fort Hamilton family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation and family member Rebecca Rodriguez, who is an active member of the Fort Hamilton Community Action Committee, were all guest speakers at the observance. Photo by Bruce Hill, Fort Hamilton Public Affairs.

May 05, 2010

Troops Train to Assist NYC's Transit Authority

NEW YORK -- New York Army National Guard Soldiers from Joint Task Force Empire Shield conduct Subway Evacuation Training at the MTA (Metropolitan Transit Authority) Training facility in Brooklyn March 4. The training facility on Coney Island provides first responders and now National Guard personnel familiarity with emergency procedures and response for assisting the MTA. Soldiers don protective masks as smoke fills the subway car, replicating fire. Photo by 1LT Mark H Getman, 1-258th Field Artillery.

Mar 11, 2010

Practicing to Be the Best

LATHAM-- New members of the New York Miltary Forces Honor Guard prepare for dress blues inspections during training held the week of Feb. 22-Feb. 26 at Division of Military and Naval Affairs Headquarters. The Honor Guard provides funeral honors for all Army veterans entitled to them. All members of the Honor Guard go through training to help them execute their duties.

Feb 26, 2010

Brig. Gen. Murphy Appointed New Adjutant General

LATHAM--Brigadier General Patrick Murphy meets the press Wednesday afternoon at Division of Military and Naval Affairs headquarters folloing the announcement by New York Gov. David Paterson that he had been selected to replace Major General Joseph Taluto as Adjutant General of New York. “Brigadier General Murphy is an outstanding officer who brings with him a wealth of experience integrating the National Guard and active military components into State emergency and security planning, homeland defense, and anti-terrorism activities,” Governor Paterson said. “He has played a critical role in the New York National Guard’s response to flooding in Western New York, providing emergency aid to other states, and refocusing the National Guard’s Joint Task Force Empire Shield into a more capable security force in New York City.” Brigadier General Murphy, a 32-year veteran of the Army National Guard, is currently serving as the New York National Guard’s Director of Joint Staff and Assistant Adjutant General, responsible for the National Guard’s State emergency and homeland security operations.

Feb 03, 2010

New York's Adjutant General Announces Retirement

JOINT FORCES HEADQUARTERS, Latham--Major General Joseph Taluto, the Adjutant General, speaks to members of the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs staff on Thursday, Jan. 28, as he announces his plans to retire after a 44-year career in the New York Army National Guard. Taluto enlisted in the Army National Guard in 1965. During his career he commanded at various levels, including command of the 42nd Infantry Division in Iraq in 2005. He has been adjutant general of New York for the last four years.

Jan 28, 2010

Guardsmen On Watch Christmas Eve

NEW YORK CITY--New York Army National Guard Soldiers (from left) Sgt. Edgar Rosales, Sgt. Benedict Taylor, and Sgt. Michael Decaprio monitor traffic at a New York City subway station on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24. The three Soldiers, all from New York City, are part of the New York National Guard's Joint Task Force Empire Shield, which provides a full-time security presence in New York City. The 200+ Soldier and Airman task force operates at the direction of New York Governor David Paterson and augments police and other civilian security services in the metropolitan area. Rosales is a member of the 1569th Transportation Co., Taylor belongs to the 642nd Aviation Support Battalion, and Decaprio is a member of the 727th Law and Order Detachment New York has had National Guard members on duty full-time since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Dec 28, 2009

Cutting the Guard Birthday Cake

LATHAM-- Major General Joseph Taluto, the Adjutant General of New York and the oldest Soldier in Joint Forces Headquarters--New York, joins Pvt. 1st Class Joshua Loiselle, age 19, the younger Soldier, in cutting the cake marking the 373rd Birthday of the National Guard on Dec. 13. Loiselle, of Watervliet, drills with the 42nd Special Troops Battalion, and currently works in the headquarters on special duty. On Dec. 13 1636 the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colonie passed a law organizing the colonial militia into regiments. This is considered to be the start of organized militias in the United States which evolved into the modern National Guard.

Dec 14, 2009

National Guard Honors 'Old Kinderhook'

KINDERHOOK--New York Army National Guard Brig. Gen. Patrick Murphy (at left), Director of Joint Staff for the New York National Guard, and Chaplain (Col) Eric Olsen, New York State Chaplain, salute after laying a wreath at the gravesite of US President Martin VanBuren on Friday December 4th 2009. The wreath laying, to mark the 227th anniversary of his birth on Dec. 5, 1782, is conducted each year by the New York National Guard at the request of the White House. Wreaths are laid on each president's grave on the anniversary of their birth. Van Buren, who was born, lived and died in Kinderhook, was nicknamed "Old Kinderhook" by political supporters. Reportedly he signed approved paperwork with an "OK" which evolved into OK as a phrase indicating that things are good.

Dec 04, 2009

Trees for Troops Volunteers

Ballston Spa-- Volunteers from Joint Forces Headquarters spent Thursday morning, Dec. 3, helping to load Christmas trees at Ellms Tree Farm here that were being donated to troops at Fort Benning under the Trees for Troops Program. Taking a break afterr loading 100 trees are (from left) Lt. Col. Paul Fanning, Mr. Chip Ellms of Ellms Christmas Trees, Lt. Col. Art Zegers, Lt. Col. Paul Sausville and SFC (ret) Joel Powzyk.

Dec 04, 2009

Fallen National Guard Soldier Honored

LATHAM--Texas artist Phil Taylor embraces Vicki DiMura, mother of New York Army National Guard Sgt. David Fisher who was killed in Iraq in 2004, during a portrait presentation ceremony Friday, Nov. 13 at New York Division of Military and Naval Affairs headquarters here. Taylor paints portraits of fallen American Soldiers and presents them to family members through the American Fallen Soldier Project. Fisher a member of D. Company 101st Cavalry, assigned to the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry, was killed when his humvee rolled over on Dec. 1, 2004. DiMura now works for the New York Army National Guard's Yellow Ribbon Reintegration program.

Nov 13, 2009

Marching in Honor of Veterans

NEW YORK-- The New York Army National Guard Color Guard leads a contingent from Joint Forces Headquarters--New York up Fifth Avenue during the annual Veterans Day Parade Wednesday, Nov. 11 in New York City. More than 1,500 members of the New York Army National Guard, including the famouse "Fighting 69th", the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry, the 1st Battalion 258th Field Artillery and the 369th Sustainment Brigade, which earned the nickname "Harlem Hellfighters" in World War I. Members of the New York Air National Guart also participated. The Color Guard presented the flag during the opening ceremony of the New York Knicks game Wednesday night while Staff Sgt. Brooke Leavitt sang the National Anthem.

Nov 12, 2009

Adjutant General Visits Vigilant Guard

TONAWANDA--Maj. Gen. Joseph J. Taluto, New York State adjutant general (right) speaks with Massachusetts Army National Guard CERFP team members at the Spaulding Fibre site in Tonawanda during Exercise Vigilant Guard on Tuesday. Earlier, the soldiers practiced rescuing mock casualties from the simulated earthquake disaster area, or rubble pile, located at the site. The soldiers are, from left: Spc. Mark Williams, Spc. David Lyons and Sgt. Randy Isaacs.

Nov 04, 2009

Vigilant Guard Underway In Western New York

TONAWANDA --Members of the New York National Guard CERFP ( Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, High Yield Explosive (CBRNE) Enhance Response Force Package, made up of National Guard Soldiers and Airmen and the all-volunteer New York Guard ( In old-style BDU uniforms) move a simulated casualty to the decontamination site at the former Spaulding Fiber Plant in Tonawanda, NY on Monday Nov. 2. The site has been equipped with a rubble pile which simulates a hospital collapsed in a 5.9 Richter earthquake. The operation is part of Exercise Vigilant Guard which teams almost 1,500 National Guard troops with civilian responders.

Nov 02, 2009

Exercise Vigilant Guard Underway

LATHAM,NY--New York Army and Air National Guard members man the New York State Joint Operations Center in Latham as Exercise Vigilant Guard kicks into gear on Sunday, Nov. 1. The state of the art command and control facility oversees the operations of the 20,000-member New York Military Forces.

Nov 01, 2009

Preparing for Vigilant Guard

TONAWANDA--Brig. Gen. Patrick Murphy, Director of the Joint Staff, Headquarters New York National Guard, discusses the progress of the construction of the simulated disaster scene for the upcoming exercise Vigilant Guard with Erie county Commissioner of Ermergency Services Gregg Skibitsky at the former Spaulding Fiber Plant site in Tonawanda, NY. The disaster scene will support realistic training for both military and civilian search and rescue and emergency response teams coming from around the state and region for the training, which is set for 1-6 November in the Greater Buffalo area.

Oct 20, 2009

Guard Honors African-American Civil War Soldier

MENANDS, NY-A New York Army National Guard Color Guard joins Civil War reenactors and members of the Patriot Guard, in honoring Civil War Soldier 1st Sgt. William Francis, a member of the famed 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the first Black unit to fight in the Union Army. Local Civil War historians identified Francis' unmarked grave at historic Albany Rural Cemetery and arranged for the Veterans Administration to provide a new stone to mark his final resting place. Francis, who enlisted as a private, served throughout the Civil War, including the 54th's assault on Fort Wagner, South Carolina, made famous in the 1989 movie "Glory".

Oct 07, 2009

Soldier for a Day Visits National Guard

LATHAM, NY-- New York National Guard "Soldier for a Day" nine-year old Jacob is promoted to honorary Sergeant by Major Kevin Ferreira and Sgt. Major Anthony Malizia during a visit to the Army Aviation Support Facility here on Oct. 3. Jacob, who suffers from acute lymphoblastic leukemia, has dreamed of being a Soldier and his visit to New York National Guard Headquarters was arranged by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, New York Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Matthew Starr and Family Readiness Group Coordinator Julie Rutledge. During his day Jacob and his inspected helicopters and military vehicles, met the Adjutant General, Major General Joseph Taluto, and ate an Army lunch of Meals Ready to Eat. Staff Sgt. Dolan Bramer, an aviation crew chief joined Jacob in formation during his promoton ceremony

Oct 06, 2009

Encouraging Words from a Guard Airman

ALBANY--New York Air National Guard Airman Josh Myers gives advice and encouragement to Boy Scout Eric Blair as he negotiates a climbing wall at the Twin Rivers Council, Boy Scouts of America Camporee held Sept. 25-27 in Albany. The New York National Guard Counterdrug Task Force brought its climbing wall to the Scout's event on Saturday, Sept. 26 and also ran a confidence course. Survival experts from the 109th Airlift Wing in Scotia and a reenactor from the New York Military History Institute, also provided demonstrations for the Scouts.

Sep 26, 2009

High Wire Act

HALFMOON--Kids participating in the New York National Guard Family and Youth Program Symposium walk the wires at the Shiloh's Edge high-ropes challenge course here. The 75 children of National Guard Soldiers and Airmen participating in the symposium spent the day at Shiloh's Edge negotiating a number of obstacles to build teamwork and confidence and just have fun.

Sep 24, 2009

A Hug From The Vice President's Wife

LATHAM - Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joseph Biden gives a hug to Theresa Martel, whose husband, 1st Sgt. Joseph Martel, is deployed with the 206th Military Police Company in Basra, Iraq, as Susan Taluto, the wife of Maj. Gen. Joseph Taluto, the Adjutant General, looks on. Dr. Biden spent the afternoon of Sept. 21 visting New York National Guard Headquarters to learn more about the New York Army National Guard Yellow Ribbon Program. She was in the Capital Region to accompany President Barak Obama to Hudson Valley Community College for a speech there.

Sep 22, 2009

New York National Guard Buries Civil War Soldier

SARATOGA NATIONAL CEMETERY, Schuylerville -- New York National Guard State Chaplain (Col.) Eric Olsen says a few last words over a coffin containing the remains of an unknown New York Soldier who was buried 147 years to the day after he died at the Battle of Antietam on Sept. 17, 1862. The Soldiers remains were discovered by a hiker in 2008 and turned over to the New York State Division of Military of Naval Affairs by the National Park Service, and returned to New York to be buried.

Sep 17, 2009

NORTHCOM Leader Speaks at New York Conference .

NIAGARA FALLS-- Lt. General Stephen Blum, Deputy Commander of United States Northern Command and former Chief of the National Guard Bureau speaks to leaders of the New York Army and Air National Guard during a domestic operations conference at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. The Guard leaders gathered with civilian leaders and emergency responders to learn the latest on responding to emergencies at home and homeland security operations.

Sep 17, 2009

An Unknown New York Soldier Comes Home

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Members of the New York National Guard's Military Forces Honor Guard return the remains of an Unknown New York Soldier from the Civil War's Antietam Battlefield to the NYS Military History Museum in Saratoga Springs, Sept. 16. The Soldier's remains will remain in state for the public at the museum through 8 pm on Sept 16. The Unknown Soldier's funeral will be held Sept. 17 at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville. Photo by Lt. Col. Richard Goldenberg.

Sep 16, 2009

Salute to a Fallen Soldier

SHARPSBURG, Maryland--New York Army National Guard Specialist Jose Perez, a member of the New York Military Forces Honor Guard, presents arms along with members of the National Park Service, during the transfer of the remains of an unknown New York Civil War Soldier from the National Park Service to the New York National Guard. The Soldiers remains are being returned to New York for burail at Saratoga National Cemetery on Sept. 17.

Sep 16, 2009

New York Civil War Soldier Comes Home

CAMP SMITH TRAINING SITE--Members of the New York Army National Guard's Honor Guard carry a coffin containing the remains of an unknown New York Civil War Soldier into the Duffy Chapel at the National Guard's training site north of Peekskill on Tuesday, Sept. 15. The Soldiers remains were discovered on the Antietam Battlefield. He was identified as a New Yorker by his uniform buttons and the New York National Guard has teamed up with the National Park Service and Department of Veterans Affairs to bring this unknown Soldier back to New York to be buried. The Soldiers remains will move to the New York State Military History Museum on Wednesday, Sept. 16 and the be interred at Saratoga National Cemetery in Sept. 17.

Sep 15, 2009

National Guard Chief Sends 9/11 Message

Gen Craig McKinley, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, sent this message to the members of the Army and Air National Guard of the United States to mark the eighth anniversary of the Sept. 11 2001 attacks on New York City and the Pentagon.

Sep 09, 2009

Western New York Leaders Exercise Disaster Plans

BUFFALO--Local, county, state and military officials gathered at the Adams Mark Hotel in Buffalo on Sept. 2, for a Senior Leaders Table Top Exercise for Vigilant Guard 2009 to discuss the simulated earthquake scenario set to strike western New York in early November setting the stage for the full scale exercise. "The level of participation, as evidenced by everyone here in this room who works daily on preparedness, serves us well, " said New York National Guard Brig. Gen. Patrick Murphy, director of Joint Staff for the Guard."You should take credit for participating in anevent that runs from local to national in scope."

Sep 03, 2009

Gov. Paterson Announces Guard Activation

GOWANDA--Gov. David Paterson holds a press conference at Gowanda Middle School on Wednesday, Aug. 12 to announce the mobilization of the New York Army National Guard?s 152nd Engineer Support Company to support flood recovery efforts in the area following flash flooding on Sunday, August 9. He is joined by Brig. Gen. Patrick Murphy, Director of the Joint Staff for the New York National Guard and Mr. John Gibb (right) Director of the State Emergency Management Office. To the left of Brig. Gen. Murphy is 2nd Lt. Kevin Kopec of the 152nd Eng Support Company.

Aug 12, 2009

Guard Soldiers Meet New York Computer Chief

ALBANY--New York Army National Guard Signal Soldier pose with Dr. Melodie Mayberry-Stewart New Yorks Chief Information Officer, during the New York State Interoperability Symposium, held July 1 and 2 at the Desmond Hotel. The members of Joint Forces Headquarters demonstrated the New York National Guards JISCC (Joint Incident Site Communications Capability) during the two-day meeting which brought together communications experts from a number of state and federal agencies. The Soldiers with Dr. Mayberry-Stewart are (from left) Spec. Amanda MacWhinnie, Sgt. 1st Class Charles Moore, and Chief Warrant Officer Dave Tiffany. The JISCC system allows different emergency responders to communicate with each other, as well as providing a command post communications capability through video, voice and e-mail.

Jul 20, 2009

Racing to Raise Funds for Guard Soldiers, Families

COLONIE, NY--Runners set out on the 2nd Annual New York National Guard Family Readiness Council, Inc. 5K Fundraising run, Saturday June 20 at Colonie Crossings Park, near Albany. Almost 200 runners participated in the event, which raises money to be used to aid National Guard Soldiers and Airmen and their families during deployment emergencies. The 1st race in 2008 raised almost $11,000. This year's race was won by New York Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Jonathan Peck,a member ofthe 109th Airlift Wing. He finished with a time of 18 minutes and 48 seconds. This was the first of two fundraising races set for this summer. On June 27 a second 5K fundraiser will be held at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, the home of the 105th Airlift Wing.

Jun 20, 2009

Veteran Gets Educational Advice At Guard Program

UNIONDALE-- Mr. Chris Valentino, admissions counselor for John Jay College of Criminal Justice, provides New York Army National Guard Pfc. Marco Torres, a member of the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry, with information about continued education opportunities in the National Guard during the New York Army National Guard Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program meeting at the Uniondale Marriott Hotel, June. 13. Torres, who missed the reintegration for the 69th, took advantage of the session being held for the 133rd Quartermaster Company. I was not ready to be around large groups of people when I first came home," he explained. Now was a better time to interact in a large group environment and having my daughter involved means a lot to me, said Torres.

Jun 16, 2009

Guard Exercises for Dirty Bomb Attack

COLONIE--Members of the New York National Guard's CERFP evacuation a victim from the site of a "dirty bomb" attack during a Defense Support to Civil Authorities exercise held Saturday, June 6, at the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control Training Site. More than 400 members of the New York Army and Air National Guard, and the volunteer New York Guard, participated in the three-day training exercise which tested the ability of the National Guard to supply follow-on forces in the event of an attack The CERFP, which stands for CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and enhanced-yeild Explosive) Enhanced Response Force Package is a force of National Guardsmen and New York Guard volunteers who are trained to operate in a hazardous environment. The exercises paired New York's Urban Search and Rescue Team, New York Task Force-2, with the Guardsmen

Jun 06, 2009

Adjutant General Honors Fallen

LATHAM-- Major General Joseph Taluto, the Adjutant General, speaks about the 31 members of the New York Army National Guard, and one Naval Militia member (a Marine Corps Reservist) who have given their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001. The Joint Forces Headquarters, and New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs, holds a pre-Memorial Day ceremony annually to remember fallen New Yorkers.

May 22, 2009

South African Officers Learn from National Guard

ARLINGTON, Va--South African Air Force Public Affairs Officers visiting the United States as part of the New York National Guard's State Partnership Program with South Africa, meet with National Guard Bureau Public Affairs Director Jack Harrison (In civilian clothes)on Tuesday, May 19, at National Guard headquarters. The officers (from right) Lt. Col. Georgina Denga Mokwebo; Lt. Col. Angela Human; Lt. Col. Marius Johannes Bosch; and Lt. Col. Edwell Charles Herandien, where escorted by New York Air National Guard Public Affairs Officer Lt. Col. Robert Bullock (facing camera). The South African officers also visited the Defense Information School at Fort Meade, Maryland; visited the offices of Air Force Public Affairs; toured the United States Capitol and the New York State Capital, met with New York National Guard Adjutant General Joseph J. Taluto, and also met with Denis O'Donnel, Deputy Secretary for Public Safety for New York State South African military ambassadors meet with members from the National Guard Bureau and the New York National Guard May 19 in Arlington, Va., as part of the State Partnership Program. South Africa and New York have been partners since August 2003. The National Guard initiative aligns states with countries around the world for the purpose of fostering mutual interests and establishing ling-term relationships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith) (Released)

May 22, 2009

Joint Staff Training

LATHAM-- Members of the Army and Air National Guard, New York Naval Militia and the New York Guard participate in the Joint Staff Training Course at Joint Forces Headquarters on Wednesday, May 20. Seventy-five New York military force members are now certified by Northern Command to conduct joint operations. The Army and Air National Guard, New York Naval Militia and New York Guard members completed an eight-month on-line and resident course training, culminating with a two-day face to face joint staff training exercise on May 20 at the Latham, NY headquarters. The Joint Staff Training Course enables participants to better execute domestic operations and work with local first responders in a Joint Task Force. Joint Task Force staffs will practice these newly trained skills during a large scale disaster preparedness exercise called Vigilant Guard later this year. The November exercise in Buffalo, will enable the Joint Task Force to oversee roughly 2,000 members of the National Guard, New York state and local first responders and provide a full range of flexible and adaptable, command and control capabilities for emergency response operations in order to protect, defend and assist the citizens of New York State.

May 20, 2009

A Welcome Home Message From The Chief

ROCHESTER--Soldiers and family members of the New York Army National Guard's 27th Brigade Combat Team view a message from New York Governor David A. Paterson as they gathered Saturday, Feb. 21 to participate in the Guard's Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program. In his remarks the Governor thanked the Soldiers for their service in Afghanistan and promised that the National Guard and other state agencies are there to help them if needed. More than 700 Soldiers, spouses and family members met at Rochester's Riverside Convention Center to take part in the Reintegration program's 30-Day event. A similar event will be held on Feb.28- March 1 at the Sagamore in Bolton Landing, and in Tarrytown, N.Y., on March 6-7. The event is designed to help Soldiers and their families determine the "new normal" after returning from a combat zone. More than 1,500 members of the 27th BCT spent most of 2008 in Afghanistan training the Afghan Army and Police

Feb 21, 2009

Changing Command of CST

STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE- Major General Joseph Taluto, the Adjutant General, speaks to the incoming and outgoing commanders of the 2nd Civil Support Team (Weapons of Mass Destruction) during a change of command ceremony on Friday, Feb. 6. Army National Guard Lt. Col. Matthew H. Cooper (left) turned over command of the 22-member joint unit to Air National Guard Major Rich Nunziato after holding the job for four years. The 2nd CST is trained to detect biological, chemical or radiological agents, identify them, and provide the information to civilian or military responders in the event of an attack. Nunziato is the forth commander for the unit, which served at Ground Zero following the 9/11 attacks and regularly conducts support missions in New York and other states. Cooper will become the WMD Branch Chief at Joint Forces Headquarters- New Yoek

Feb 06, 2009

New York National Guard in the News

LATHAM- Chief Warrent Officer David Tiffany explains the function of the New York National Guard's Joint Incident Site Communications Capability system to a videographer for Albany Channel 6 during a press conference held Thursday, Jan. 8 at Division of Military and Naval Affairs headquarters. Tiffany and nine other New York Army National Guard Soldiers will deploy the system to Washington in support of the District of Columbia National Guard during the inaguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States. Members of the Capital Region media were given the opportunity to see how the high-tech communication system functions and ask questions of Tiffany and two other Guardsmen.

Jan 08, 2009

Operation Holiday Cheer

COHOES, N.Y. - Mission Complete! Aviation Soldiers from the New York National Guard's headquarters in Latham volunteered to unload holiday care packages at the Cohoes Post Office on Dec. 2. The care packages were supplied by local civic and veteran organizations for New York Army National Guard Aviation Soldiers deployed to Iraq.

Dec 02, 2008

Governor Recognizes Rainbow Soldier's Promotion

Gov. David A. Paterson rocognizes NYS Army National Guardsman Maj. Dennis I. Martinez with the Joint Force Headquarters' Military Intelligence in Latham during his promotion cerenony on June 24 at the State Capital in Albany. Martinez is employed as a trooper with the New York State Police in his civilian career, working as part of Governor Paterson's security detail. (Released)

Jun 26, 2008

National Guard and Coast Guard Ink Analyst Agreement

LATHAM, N.Y. ? Major General Joseph Taluto (left), commander of the New York National Guard and Rear Adm. Timothy Sullivan, commander of the 1st Coast Guard District exchange signatures on an official memorandum of agreement on May 14 that will provide a New York Army National Guardsmen from the Guard?s Counter-Drug program to work in conjunction with the Coast Guard in their Staten Island, N.Y. intelligence center

May 15, 2008

Air Guard Trains Army Guard on C-130 Ops

40 Members of the Army National Guard's Joint Force Headquarters and R.S.P. (Recruit Sustainment Program) recieve an orientation flight on a New York Air National Guard C-130 aircraft, 12 April, 2008. The aircrew, members of the 109th Airlift Wing, familiarized the soldiers with flight procedures and operations. The round-trip flight passed over the Whiteface Mountains and Burlington Vermont before returning to Latham, NY.

Apr 14, 2008

Changing of the Guard...Car

The number 88 NASCAR driven by Dale Earnhart, Jr., the new NASCAR driver for the National Guard, makes a debut at the Division of Military and Naval Affairs drill shed floor Jan. 28 in Latham, N.Y. The New York Army National Guard?s Recruiting and Retention Command, Area 3, will have the race car on display at Upstate New York central region area towns of Stamford, Oneonta and Sidney Center until the end of January, 2008.

Jan 28, 2008

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