New York Guard honors World War members

SLEEPY HOLLOW--89th New York Guard Band conducted by Cpt Roy Coates performs at the 101st Annual Aqueduct Defense Memorial Service at Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. on May 5, 2019.

Jul 16, 2019

New York Guard Gets New Look

The latest iteration of the New York Guard uniform is similar to the uniform worn by the Army and Air National Guard with black and silver name tape instead of the green and black tape. New York Guard members wear a New York State flag on their sleeve instead of the American flag.

Feb 19, 2019

Guard Assists Thanksgiving Turkey Deliveries

Members of the New York Guard and the New York National Guard put together Thanksgiving meals for needy families and pack them onto a trailer at the Jacob Javitts Center in New York on Monday, Nov. 19. The team assembled more than 3,200 meals. They were joined by Major General Ray Shields, the Adjutant General of New York and members of his command team. (Division of Military and Naval Affairs photo by New York Guard Lt. Donald Ferguson)

Nov 21, 2018

NY Guard Volunteers train at Camp Smith

CAMP SMITH- New York Guard volunteers learn to operate a skid steer used to clear debris during their week-long annual training at Camp Smith Training Site on Sept. 26, 2018. The New York Guard is the state's self-defense force which augments the New York National Guard during state emergencies.

Oct 02, 2018

Chainsaw training for NY Guard volunteers

Camp Smith--Members of the New York Guard, the state's volunteer defense force, conduct chain saw training during their week-long annual training at Camp Smith Training Site in Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. on Sept. 26, 2018. The 500-member force augments the New York National Guard for state missions during weather disasters or security alerts. They provide logistical and mission support to the National Guard.

Sep 26, 2018

NY Guard Band joined Rainbow Band in performance

LIDO BEACH-- Members of the New York Guard 89th Band pose with CW4 Mark Kimes, the director of the 42nd Infantry Division "Rainbow" Band following a joint concert in Lido Beach on August 8, 2018. The bands performed at Camp Anchor, a camp for special needs kids and adults run by the Town of Hempstead.

Sep 18, 2018

New York Guard radio team trains

GARDEN CITY-- Members of the New York Guard commo team assemble and work together to cordon off an area, unpack radio equipment and establish three operational field communications stations just as they would had there been a major emergency at the United States Marine Corps training Center in Garden City on June 21, 2018. The three field stations were powered by batteries and solar panels to simulate operations during a loss of power which might affect normal communications methods. The radio operators successfully provided SITREPs to other field communications stations across New York State.

Jul 09, 2018

NY Guard deaths of WW 1 commemorated

SLEEPY HOLLOW-- New York Guard Acting Commander Colonel David J. Warager delivers remarks at the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Sleepy Hollow N.Y. during a May 6 ceremony commemorating 40 members of the New York Guard who died during the influenza pandemic of 1918 while guarding the New York City water system during World War I. Their names are inscribed on a plaque set in a boulder taken from Bonticon Crag in the Shawangunk Mountains along the line of the aqueduct that they protected. The memorial is constructed on property donated by the Rockefeller family.

May 09, 2018

Chainsaw Training At Camp Smith

CAMP SMITH-- 1st Sgt. Robert Rathbun a member of the New York Guards 102nd Engineers delivers a block of instruction on chainsaw operation and safety at Camp Smith Training Site Cortlandt Manor N.Y. Mar. 6 2018 to memberes of the New York Naval Militia called in to conduct debris clearance missions following a snowstorm on March 2. The New York Naval Militia consists of Navy and Marine Corps Reserve members who volunteer to report for state missions when called. The New York Guard is the states volunteer response force. Two hundred members of the New York Army and Air National Guard and New York Naval Militia and N.Y. Guard have been activated following last Fridays noreaster to local emergency services with debris clearance and traffic control.

Mar 07, 2018

NY Guard, Naval Militia mark holidays

WEST POINT-- Members of the New York Guard, New York's state defense force, and the New York Naval Militia mark the holidays during their annual Holiday Ball on Dec. 2, 2017 at the United States Military Academy Officers Club. More than 250 members of the two forces and their guests, including actor Michael Nathanson, who appears in the Netflix television show "Punisher" attended the event.

Dec 05, 2017

Guard members provide for Thanksgiving

NEW YORK-- Volunteers from the New York National Guard and members of the New York Guard pack boxes with groceries for a Thanksgiving meal at the Jacob Javitts Center in New York on Nov. 20, 2017. The boxes, packed as part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's "NY Holiday Giving" event contained a turkey, stuffing, cranberries, corn, a bottle of soda, Pie and a Walmart shopping bag, which were then delivered to locations throughout the State by New York State Department of Transportation.

Nov 21, 2017

NY state defense force helps with donated supplies

CAMP SMITH-- New York Guard members load bottled water donated by people across the state for Puerto Rico relief onto a flatbed at Camp Smith Training Site on Oct. 9 2017. Seventy New York Guard members have been placed on State Active Duty to help package and process donations.

Oct 11, 2017

Collecting items for Puerto Rico

CAMP SMITH TRAINING SITE-- Members of the New York Guard secure a stack of items donated for delivery for Puerto Rico at a warehouse on Camp Smith Training Site near Peekskill on Oct. 2, 2017. Over 30 members of the New York Guard State Defense Force, who have been on state active duty since last week at Camp Smith Training Site, continue to assist with the unloading, loading, sorting, packing and consolidating of donated reliefs supplies scheduled for delivery to those affect from the recent Hurricane in Puerto Rico.

Oct 03, 2017

New York Guard marks 100 years

CAMP SMITH--New York Guard Acting Commander Col. David Warager speaks during a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the state defense force held on August 9, 2017 at Camp Smith Training Site in Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. The New York Guard was created to replace the New York National Guard in 1917 when those Soldiers were mobilized to fight in World War I. The New York Guard is a state only volunteer force with no federal mission. Warager unveiled a plaque which will be displayed at Camp Smith.

Aug 10, 2017

New York Guard responds to Lake Ontario flooding

New York Guard members load sandbags on board a truck for transport to a deployment location on June 12 2017. Almost 40 New York Guard members have been par of Operation Lake Ontario the New York Military Forces mission to help local governments and residents cope with high waters along Lake Ontarios shores.

Jun 16, 2017

NYG CPR Training at Camp Smith

CAMP SMITH -- During the 22 April 2017 drill at Camp Smith, CPT Dunbar and WO1 Bashir of the 244th Medical Group conducted a CPR and First Aid certification course for New York Guard service members.While the class was a refresher for some, it was essential that these NCOs and officers practiced life saving skills before reporting to their duties at Annual Training later this year.

May 24, 2017

NY Guard remembers WW I members

SLEEPY HOLLOW-- New York Guard Col. Raymond Mechmann, speaks during a ceremony honoring 40 members of the state defense force who died one duty during World War I guarding New York's infrastructure to prevent attacks at the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y on May 7, 2017. Most of those Guardsmen, whose names are on the memorial shown here, fell victim to the influenza pandemic which swept the world in 1918.

May 15, 2017

New York Guard marks holidays

Color guard members open the New York Guard and Naval Militia holiday celebration at the United States Military Academy Officers Club on Dec. 3, 2016.

Feb 08, 2017

Naval Militia and New York Guard mark holidays

WEST POINT- Brig. Gen. Raymond Shields (center), assistant adjutant general, Army, joins leaders of the New York Naval Militia and the New York Guard during the two state services annual Holiday Dinner at the United States Military Academy Officers Club on Dec. 3, 2106. The New York Guard is the state's volunteer defense force while the New York Naval Militia offers retired and serving members of the Navy, Marine and Coast Guard Reserves the opportunity to serve New York.

Dec 29, 2016

Adjutant General Visits New York Guard Training

CAMP SMITH-- Major General Anthony German, the Adjutant General of New York, meets with members of the New York Guard, the state's volunteer emergency response and defense force, during their week-long annual training at Camp Smith Training Site on Friday, August 19. New York Guard members assist and augment the New York National Guard during state emergencies.

Aug 22, 2016

New York Guard helps out Camp Smith

CAMP SMITH-- New York Guard engineers work on a project at Camp Smith Training Site on August 17 as the New York Guard conducts its week-long annual training. The New York Guard is the state's volunteer emergency and defense force which augments the New York Army and Air National Guard.

Aug 18, 2016

New York Guard World War I deaths remembered

SLEEPY HOLLOW-- Members of the New York Guard's 56th Brigade, New York Guard Headquarters and New York City Department of Environmental Police officers participated in the 98th Aqueduct Defense Memorial Service, Honoring the First Provisional Regiment of the New York Guard on May 1st 2016, at the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. The ceremony honors the gallant service of New York Guard Soldiers and New York City Department of Environmental Police predecessors who died protecting the New York City water system from sabotage during World War I. The deaths were a result of the influenza epidemic which swept the world in 1918.

Jun 21, 2016

Cooks take shot at Army-wide cooking challenge

New York Army National Guard Pfc. Nikiesha Renko, a food service specialist with the 642nd Aviation Service Battalion,42nd Combat Aviation Brigade pours hot soup into a cup during the state level Phillip A. Connelly Competition at Camp Smith Training Site on April 29, 2016. The Phillip A. Connelly Award for Excellence in Army Food Service was established in 1968 to recognize excellence in preparation and serving food in Army dining facilities and field kitchens, and to promote and improve Army food service by providing competition, incentives, professional training and media coverage. Named after the late Phillip A. Connelly, a former president of the International Food Service Executives Association, the program is comprised of four categories: Active-duty garrison, Active-duty field, Army National Guard field, and Army Reserve field.

May 03, 2016

New York Guard volunteers train on chainsaw use

Members of the New York Guards 65th Emergency Response Regiment clear downed trees at the New York National Guards Youngstown Local Training Area in Ransomeville N.Y. The New York Guard volunteers trained on proper chainsaw use while helping to clear roads at the training area. The New York Guard is a volunteer state force which augments the New York National Guard during emergencies. ( DMNA Photo by New York Guard 2nd Lt. John Schmidt Released) Members of the New York Guards 65th Emergency Response Regiment clear downed trees at the New York National Guards Youngstown Local Training Area in Ransomville N.Y. The New York Guard volunteers trained on proper chainsaw use while helping to clear roads at the training area. The New York Guard is a volunteer state force which augments the New York National Guard during emergencies.

Apr 21, 2016

New York Guard Decon Team Trains

NEW YORK-- Members of the 15th and 8th Decon Companies, 9th Decon Battalion CBRN (Chemical/Biological/Radiological/Nuclear) Enhanced Response Force Team, 88th Brigade, New York Guard, held their monthly CBRN training Drill on January 19th 2016, at the 69th Infantry Armory in New York City.The New York Guard DECON teams train to support the National Guard and Air National Guard and State agencies when called upon for emergency situations that may require DECON (CBRN) qualified personnel. Photos by SPC Zach Perkins/New York Guard/Released

Feb 17, 2016

New York Guard/ Naval Militia Celebrate

West Point, NY On December 4th 2015, the New York Guard and the New York Naval Militia held their annual holiday Gala at the West Point Club located at the West Point Military Academy. The Guest speaker for the evening was Major General Patrick A. Murphy Adjutant General of New York State Military Forces.

Dec 31, 2015

New York Guard members Memorialized

SLEEPY HOLLOW-- This Memorial Stone in the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery memorializes 40 members of the New York Guard who died during the world wide influenza epedimic in 1918 while on duty guarding the New York City water system. The stone was hewn from the aqueduct quarry in upstate New York by the members of the First Provisional Regiment and placed at a site purchased by William Rockefeller for the burial of those members of the Regiment that were homeless or did not otherwise have a place to be buried. PVT Frank DeCosta, New York Guard is buried there.

Aug 14, 2015

New York Guard member receives valor medal

CAMP SMITH- New York Guard Col. Martin Ingram is congratulated on Saturday, March 154 after receiving New York State's highest military award, the Medal of Valor, from New York Guard Commander Brig. Gen. Stephen Bucaria. Ingram received the award in recognition of his heroic actions as the fire chief of the Point Breeze Volunteer Fire Department during Hurricane Sandy.The New York Guard is the state's volunteer defense and emergency response force.

Mar 16, 2015

New York Guard Festivities

West Point- Members of the New York Guard, the state's volunteer response force, gather at the officers club at the United States Military Academy on Dec. 9 for their joint annual ball with the New York Naval Militia. ( Photo by New York Guard Captain Mark Getman)

Jan 07, 2015

New Commander for New York Guard

CAMP SMITH- New York Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Anthony German, the Assistant Adjutant General, transfers the colors of the New York Guard to New York Guard Brig. General Stephen Bucaria during during Change-of-Command ceremonies here on Saturday, July 26. Bucaria assumed command of the volunteer state defense and emergency response force from New York Guard Major General Fergal Foley.

Jul 31, 2014

New York Guard Conducts Supply Exercise

CAMP SMITH-- Members of the New York Guard, the state's volunteer defense and emergency response force, practice distributing supplies following a natural disaster during their Annual Training here on Friday, July 25. The Point of Distribution, or POD, exercise walked New York Guard members through the process of setting up a site at which up to 5,000 people could draw food, water and emergency supplies.

Jul 31, 2014

New York Guard Members Train

CAMP SMITH TRAINING SITE-- Members of the New York Guard, the state's volunteer and emergency response force, train on a Mobile Emergency Command Center or MERC, during their annual training here on Wednesday, July 23. New York Guard members are uniformed volunteers who serve as part of the New York State military forces and assist and augment the New York Army and Air National Guard during state missions and emergencies. The New York Guard's week-long training period began on Sunday, July 21.

Jul 24, 2014

New York Guard Members help Marines mobilize

STEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE-- A member of the New York Guard's 56th Brigade works to help a member of the United States Marine Corps Reserve preparing for a deployment prepare a will on January 6, 2014. The New York Guard, the state's volunteer defense force augments the National Guard during emergencies and assists during mobilizations. The unit traditionally helps the Marine Reserve units that are based at Stewart with their mobilizations.

Jan 16, 2014

New York Guard Volunteers Train on Radio

CAMP SMITH TRAINING SITE -- New York Guard Sgt. 1st Class David Moat observes Sgt. Adrian Ramos receive a radio transmission on the PRC 77 VHF frequency radio while taking part in a communications field training exercise, here, Aug. 22. New York Guard Annual training is a week-long summer training period, organized to maximize troop efficiency by creating real world scenarios to prepare for disaster response. The New York Guard is the state's volunteer force which augments the New York National Guard.

Aug 26, 2013

New York Guard Volunteers Recognized

CITI FIELD, New York -- Members of the New York Guard, the state’s volunteer defense force, stand in formation on April 1 during Opening Day ceremonies here which honored Hurricane Sandy responders. The New York Guard assisted in the response to Hurricane Sandy, along with members of the Army and Air National Guard and the New York Naval Militia.

Apr 08, 2013

New York Guard Conducts Logistics Support

CITI FIELD, Queens, NY--New York Guard Pfc. Jonathan Pichardo inspects inventory at a logistical staging point here, Jan. 14. The equipment seen are dispatched to areas still effected by Super Storm Sandy. Pichardo is part of a team staged at the baseball park, which serves as a temporary staging point for emergency supplies.for the New York State Office of Emergency Management.

Jan 15, 2013

NY Guard Completes Annual Training 2012

CAMP SMITH TRAINING SITE - New York Air National Guard Maj. Gen. Verle Johnston congratulates New York Guard troops on a job well done, as they stand in formation during the Annual Training 2012 graduation ceremony here, July 28. The New York Guard volunteers are part of the state defense force, augmenting and supporting Soldiers and Airmen of the New York Army and Air National Guard. Photo by Warrant Officer Ubon Mendie, New York Guard.

Jul 30, 2012

NY Guard Members Learn Rescue Techniques

CAMP SMITH TRAINING SITE -- New York Guard Search and Rescue volunteers receive emergency helicopter evacuation procedures from NY State Police Technical Sgt. Duwayne Tinsley during annual training here July 26. During the week-long training, troops excersied various response strategies to ensure the saftey of New Yorkers during a state emergency. New York Guard personnel are capable of asssiting local first responders in locating stranded persons during disaster or when otherwise tasked. Photo by Warrant Officer Ubon Mendie, New York Guard.

Jul 26, 2012

New York Guard Officer Recognized

NEW YORK--Major General Robert Wolfe, the commander of the New York Naval Militia, presents the New York State Defense of Liberty Medal to New York Guard Major Michael Lonski on May 23. The award recognizes the support that Lonksi, a trauma psychologist, provided to members of the National Guard and the New York Military Forces in the days following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. The ceremony took place on the HMCS Iroquois. The Canadian destroyer was docked in New York for Fleet Week ceremonies. The New York Guard is the state’s volunteer defense force.

Jun 07, 2012

New York Guard Trains at Oriskany

New York State Preparedness Training Center -- Oriskany, NY -- New York Army National Guard Pfc. Alexander Ladighin of the 222 Chemical Company and New York Guard Pvt. Jose Castro, of the 88th Brigade, work together to build a decontamination tent during Homeland Response Force training here, May 16. Both decontamination teams train side-by-side to ensure the quickest and most accurate support to civil authorities in the State of New York. In the event of a chemical attack, both teams would be called to active duty by an executive order of the New York State Governor.

May 18, 2012

NY Guard Lends Expertise to Response Force

NEW YORK STATE PREPAREDNESS TRAINING CENTER, ORISKANY, N.Y. - New York Guard Staff Sgt. Francisco Hernandez of the 88th Brigade unravels water hoses used in the FEMA Region II Homeland Response Force decontamination line here May 16. About 50 state guard members train alongside their New York Army National Guard counterparts from the 222nd Chemical Company as part of the decontamination element of the Homeland Response Force. The HRF responds to Chemical, Biological, Radiological or Nuclear incidents in support of civil authorities for FEMA Region II, including New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Photo by Warrant Officer Ubon Mendie, New York Guard.

May 16, 2012

NY Guard Remembers Comrade lost on RMS Titanic

MOUNT HOPE CEMETERY, Greenburgh -- Members of the New York Guard’s 88th Brigade Honor Guard present the colors during the opening of the memorial ceremony here April 14 for a former Soldier lost a century ago aboard the RMS Titanic. The memorial commemorated the service of a New York Guard member who perished while serving in his postal duties on the doomed ship 100 years ago. The troops joined two descendents and a postal service representative with local officials to remember the tragedy of the Titanic and the devotion of duty of New York Guard Pvt. William Logan Gwinn.

Apr 17, 2012

New York Guard Commander Honored

NEW YORK-- New York Guard Commander Maj. Gen. Fergal Foley is awarded the Old Guard of New York City Medal for long outstanding service to the state of New York at the annual Old Guard Ball, here Jan. 28. During his acceptance speech, Foley explained the mission of the New York Guard and added his vision for the state volunteer force, which augments and supports the New York National Guard as required with manpower and skills. In attendance were various military representatives, both retired and active.

Jan 30, 2012

New York Guard Aids Marine Reservists

STEWART ANGB NEWBURGH, N.Y. --New York Guard 1Lt Paul Clewell, a member of the 5th Legal Services detachment N.Y. Guard helps Marine Corps Reserve members of MALS49 with free legal assistance at a Yellow Ribbon session held in the base dining facility Jan 20, 2012.

Jan 20, 2012

New York Guard Joint Task Force Irene Staffers

CAMP SMITH TRAINING SITE-- Members of the New York Guard called to State Active Duty as members of Joint Task Force Irene pose with New York National Guard Brig. General Michael Swezey the task force commander. More than 130 members of the New York Guard, New York’s volunteer defense force, served the state in capacity from evacuation shelter workers to staff officers.

Sep 02, 2011

Review Caps New York Guard Training

CAMP SMITH--New York Guard Commander Maj. Gen. Fergal Foley and New York Army National Guard Brig. Gen. Renwick Payne, Director of Joint Staff for the New York State Department of Military and Naval Affairs, salute soldiers during the review of troops at the closing ceremony for the New York Guard Annual Training, here, June 23. The ceremony closed out a week long training period, where the group of all volunteer soldiers conducted various exercises and qualifications to enrich their skills in augmenting and supporting National Guard assets in the state of New York.

Jul 25, 2011

NY Guard Members Remember

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. -- Sleepy Hollow Mayor Kenneth Wray gives remarks in remembrance of 32 members of the New York Guard who gave their lives in 1918 while in the service of the state protecting the water supplies of New York. The 92rd Annual remembrance ceremony of the 1st Provisional Regiment here remembers the NY Guard members who died of influenza while on duty. To mark their sacrifice a boulder from Bonticou Crag in Ulster County’s Shawangunk Mountains, lay in memoriam " a small piece from the vast area of the aqueduct the Guardsmen protected.

May 06, 2011

New York Guard Serves Local Community

NEW YORK -- Pfc. Russell Simplice, from the New York Guard&rsquot;s 14th Brigade in NYC, a volunteer of the New York Guard state defense force, sprang into action to rescue an infant and family members following a vehicle crash near his home in Queens April 3. Photo by Warrant Officer Ubon Mendie.

May 02, 2011

New York Guard Honors Irish Brigade

QUEENS--Members of the New York Guard’s 88th Brigade take part in a ceremony commemorating members of the Irish Brigade who died during the Civil War Battle of Fredericksburg, which took place from Dec. 11-15 in 1862. During the Dec. 11, 2010 ceremony New York Guard members were joined by members of the New York National Guard’s 1st Battalion 69th Infantry, and the Veterans Corps of Artillery, an historic military unit, in placing a wreath at a memorial to the Irish Brigade in First Calvary Cemetery.

Feb 01, 2011

New York Guard Emergency Responders Train

RONKONKOMA-- Members of the New York Guard’s Chemical, Biological, Nuclear, Radiological, & High Yield Explosive Enhanced Responsive Force take a break during a day of training at the Army National Guard Flight Facility at McArthur Airport. The New York Guard Chemical, Biological, Nuclear, Radiological, & High Yield Explosive Enhanced Responsive Force Team is an unpaid corps of service members, who volunteer to help augment the New York National Guard force designated for the same mission. For this day’s training the New York Guard

Jan 20, 2011

New York Guard Honor Guard Ready to Go

WEST POINT-- A New York Guard Honor Guard prepares to open the festivities on Saturday, Dec. 4 at the state volunteer defense force’s annual Holiday Dinner. The New York Guard is an all-volunteer force that augments and assists the New York Army and Air National Guard at the direction of the Adjutant General.

Dec 05, 2010

New Look for New York Guard

CAMP SMITH-- New York Guard Staff Sgt Jonathan Peebles models the new uniform being worn by members of New York’s state defense force. The modified Army Combat Uniform features a distinctive New York flag patch, black ranger cap, and gray sewn-on name and service tapes to differentiate this uniform from that worn by members of the Army National Guard. New York Guard members had been wearing uniforms based on the Army Battle Dress Uniform which was phased out beginning in 2005. Stocks of that uniform are no longer easily obtainable.

Sep 16, 2010

New York Guard Member Donates Instruments for Vets

BRONX--Marie Crooke, the J. Peters Veterans Administration Medical Center patient care center director, Maj. Gen. Fergal Foley, Commanding General New York Guard, Betsy Faden, VA recreation therapist, and Maj. Bob Coulombe of the 65th BDE are seen here during a presentation ceremony of musical instruments, July 30. The instruments were donated from various households to enable veterans to take part in music therapy.

Jul 21, 2010

New York Guard Members Observe JFK Exercise

QUEENS -- New York Guard Capt. John Passarotti and Capt. Robert Patterson are briefed in John F. Kennedy International Airport by Joint Task Force Empire Shield Staff Sgt. Ronnie Redfern, a member of the New York Army National Guard on June 29. The two officers toured various terminals where the JTFES performed a surge drill alongside the New York and New Jersey Port Authority Police Department. The New York Guard is a nonpaid all volunteer force, which augments the Army National and Air Guard in state. Currently, there are members of the NYG attached to the element to assist in daily efforts.

Jun 30, 2010

New York Guard Band Honors Deploying Troops

HORSEHEADS-- Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard's 827th Engineer company stand at attention on Feb. 21, as the 89th New York Guard Band performs the National Anthem. The band performed at the 827th's deployment ceremony held at the Wings of Eagles Discovery Center in Big Flats, NY. Staff Sgt. Theodore Albright, Master Sgt. Jeffrey Mancuso and Staff Sgt. Norma Billings of Headquarters Co., 204th Engineer Battalion, stand at attention as NY Guard Sgt. Joseph Baldanza, Spec. Marianne Zic and the 89th NY Guard Band play with Capt Douglas Hedwig conducting. The 827th Engineer Company specializes in building and repairing roads, and are mobilizing for deployment to Afghanistan. The 89th NY Guard Band performs at military ceremonies throughout the state, and has been called upon to augment the NY National Guard's 42nd Infantry Division Band. The New York Guard is a state-only volunteer force which assists and augments the New York National Guard.

Mar 05, 2010

New York Guard is A Family Tradition

CAMP SMITH--(Left to Right) New York Guard soldiers and siblings Capt. Lubamyr Shchur, HQ, Capt. Scarpelli-Havraniak, 244th Medical Clinic, and Sgt. Maj. Taras Szczur, HQ enlist their nephew, 17 year old Michael Schur of Tarrytown, New York into the New York Guard at Camp Smith, NY on Saturday, December 19th. Standing by Private Schur are (left to right) his sister Nina, father Steven, mother Sonya, uncle Michael Havraniak, (front row left to right)brother Mark, grandmother Emily, and Sgt. Maj. Szczur's fiancee Yvanna Iannelli. Sgt. Maj. Szczur, a former United States Marine Corps sergeant, has served in the NY Guard since 2001. He recruited his brother Lubamyr and sister Sophia into the service, and now his nephew Michael. Newly enlisted NY Guard Private Michael Schur is active in community affairs, having made two trips to Mexico and one to Haiti with his church group to aid the poor of those nations. He is also active with the Boy Scouts of America. Michael plans on applying to the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Dec 20, 2009

New York Guard Gala Salute

United States Military Academy, West Point -- New York Guard Staff Sgt.Louis Amigroni stands in formation with four other Honor Guard members during the presentation of a POW/MIA missing man ceremony at the New York Guard and Naval Militia's Holiday Gala here Dec. 5. During the honorary formation, the five cover bearers furnished the head gear of the United States Marine Corps, Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard, representing men from each branch who were not in attendance. The Gala is an annual event held to promote camaraderie and fellowship among the state's service members from the NY Guard, the NY Naval Militia, Division of Military and Naval Affairs, and the Office of Homeland Security, during the holiday season.

Dec 07, 2009

New York Guard Members Getting Fit

CAMP SMITH--Brooklyn resident Brian Ayala, age 20, does morning physical training as he goes through the New York Guard's one-week basic training course for new recruits. The New York Guard is an volunteer, unpaid state-only force, which augments and assists the New York National Guard during training and in state emergencies. The New York Guard is conducting week-long schools for new recruits, non-commissioned officers, and company officers at Camp Smith Training Site near Peekskill, July 20-25.

Jul 23, 2009

New York Guard Training at Guilderland Range

GUILDERLAND--Members of the New York Guard's Task Force 10 put the finishing touches on a pavilion they erected at the Guilderland Weekend Training Site near Albany, on Tuesday, July 21. The members of the volunteer force, which augments and supports the New York Natonal Guard, are spending their week-long Annual Training installing improvements at the training site, which is used by the New York Army and Air National Guard for weapons training and by the New York State Police and local law enforcemnet agencies. Other New York Guard members are doing similar work at the New York National Guard training site in Youngstown, Niagara County.

Jul 21, 2009

Governor Paterson Promotes State Force Head

New York City-- New York Governor David Paterson pins two-star rank on New York Guard Commander Major General Fergal Foley, the commander of the New York Guard, the state's volunteer, unpaid force which augments the New York National Guard and assists with operations and training. State Major General Foley retired from the New York Army National Guard as a Colonel in 2006. He assumed command of the New York Guard this year and his promotion was recently confirmed by the New York State Senate. The New York Guard, one of 26 Congressionally-authorized state defense forces, provides National Guard forces with additional skills and manpower when training, preparing for mobilization, and in state emergencies.

Jul 16, 2009

New York Guard Assists National Guard Training

CAMP SMITH--New York Guard members join New York Army National Guard Sgt First Class Steve Swiderski as he reviews actions on contact taken by members of the 1st battalion 69th Infantry during training at Camp Smith in March. The New York Guard's 14th Brigade provided the Opposing Forces for the Army National Guard training, allowing the National Guardsmen to act as observer controllers and handle other training tasks.

Jun 18, 2009

Marching in Memory of the Past

SLEEPY HOLLOW--The 89th New York Guard Band, led by Capt. Douglas Hedwig, marches into place at the 91st Annual 1st Provisional Regiment, NY Guard memorial service to honor forty original New York Guard volunteers who died of the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic while on state active duty guarding New York's aqueduct system. Today's New York Guard honors the memory of those volunteers each year with a ceremony at the New York Guard Memorial in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. The New York Guard is one of the components of the New York Military Forces. Unlike the New York National Guard the New York Guard cannot be federalized and serves only within the boundaries of New York State.

May 04, 2009

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