23 Oct, 2019FLOYD BENNET MEMORIAL AIRPORT--New York National Guard Soldiers of the 466th Area Support Medical Company conduct medical evacuation training with medevac aircrews of C Company, 1st Battalion, 171st General Support Aviation, at Floyd Bennet Memorial Airport in Queensbury, New York, Oct. 20th, 2019. The training prepares the medics of the 466th for mobilization and deployment to Iraq in 2020.
18 Oct, 2019Rear Admiral Warren Smith(left) the commander of the New York Naval Militia salutes Major General Ray Shields the Adjutant General of New York as takes command of the 2700-member force during a change of command ceremony held at New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs headquarters in Latham N.Y. on Friday Oct. 18 2019 while the outgoing commander Rear Admiral Timothy Zakriski looks on. Zakriski is retiring after 39-years of service in the Marine Corps Reserve the Navy Reserve and the New York Naval Militia.
15 Oct, 2019SOUTH BETHLEHEM--Members of the New York Military Forces Honor Guard provide military honors for the funeral service of Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Francis S. Currey at the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in South Bethlehem N.Y. October 12 2019. Currey 94 from Selkirk N.Y. died October 8. He received the Medal of Honor for valor displayed as an infantryman during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II.
11 Oct, 2019CAMP 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.
9 Oct, 2019THULE, Greenland-- New York Air National Guard Airmen from the 109th Airlift Wing and Royal Canadian Air Force Airmen from 8 Wing in Trenton Ontario who teamed up to resupply Canadian Forces Station Alert as part of Operation Boxtop pose for a photo in front of a Ne York Air National Guard C-130 at Thule Air Base Greenland on October 3 2019.
7 Oct, 2019MENADS--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.
4 Oct, 2019STRATTON 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.
30 Sep, 2019ALBANY-- 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.
26 Sep, 2019NIAGARA FALLS --Vietnam veterans and 107th Attack Wing leadership pose for a group photograph in front of a static F-100 Super Sabre concluding a base tour of the 107th Attack Wing New York Air National Guard Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station N.Y. Sept. 15 2019. Retired and former Airmen assigned to the 107th Tactical Fighter Group reunited to commemorate their return from the Republic of Vietnam more than 50 years ago. The unit deployed more than 400 Airmen to Tuy Hoa Air Base in January 1968 in response to the Pueblo Crisis and all members returned home by June 1969 with honor.
23 Sep, 2019LATHAM--Col. Steve Rowe, the Chief of Staff of the New York Army National Guard speaks with New York Army National Guard junior non-commissioned officers at New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs headquarters on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 during a two-day Future Leaders Conference hosted by Command Sgt. Major David Piwowarski. More than 80 Soldiers took part in the conference. They also heard from Major General Ray Shields, the Adjutant General of New York and took part in the new Army Combat Fitness Test.
19 Sep, 2019STRATTON ANGB--Col. Michelle Kilgore, (left) the commander of the New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing,passes the guidon of the 109th Maintenance Group to Lt. Col. William Carraher, the new commander of the group during change of command ceremonies at Stratton Air National Guard Base on Sept. 7, 2019. Col. Robert Donaldson, the outgoing commander, is at right.
17 Sep, 2019CAMP SMITH-- Jessica Tham the owner of Tham Home Garden on Long Island tries to decipher the mystery of the MRE during a boss lift to Camp Smith Training Site in Cortlandt Manor N.Y. on Monday Sept. 16 2019. Twenty employers from the Albany N.Y. area and Long Island visited Camp Smith Training Site to get a first hand look at New York Army National Guard training including using electronic simulators and firing the M-4 and M-9 as part of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve program.
13 Sep, 2019Youngstown, NY Soldiers assigned to 2nd Squadron, 101st Cavalry Regiment participate in a squadron spur ride at the Youngstown Local Training Area Sep 7, 2019. The spur ride, a time honored cavalry tradition, tests Soldiers on the basic skills of a cavalryman, while pushing them to the brink of mental and physical exhaustion.
9 Sep, 2019CAMP SMITH-- Brigadier General Jack James accepts the flag of the 53rd Troop Command from Major General Ray Shields, the Adjutant General of New York, during change of command ceremonies on Saturday, Sept. 7 at Camp Smith Training Site. James took over command of the 53rd from Brig. Gen. Michele Natali. Natali also serves as the Assistant Adjutant General, Army and will continue in that position.
26 Aug, 2019GABRESKI AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE --Lt. Col. Stephen "Doc" Rush, a 103rd Rescue Squadron Pararescue flight medic and former Air Force Pararescue Medical Director, shows how to safely move a patient as part of a first aid demonstration during a base tour at New York Air National Guard 106th Rescue Wing in Westhampton Beach, NY, August 23, 2019.
3 Sep, 2019TOME-- Lt. Col. Jeffrey W. Kerneklian, right, received the 224th Support Squadron guidon from Col. Paul M. Bishop, 224th ADG Commander, during his July 10 assumption of command ceremony. Chief Master Sgt. David Layton, the Chief Enlisted Manager of the 224th SS, also participated in the ceremony and is pictured in the center. More than 100 ADG Airmen attended the afternoon ceremony, held at the Eastern Air Defense Sector on July 10, 2019.
30 Aug, 2019SYRACUSE -- New York Air National Guard Master Sgt. Scott Simpson, a member of the 174th Attack Wing (center), receives a challenge coin from Major General Ray Shields, the Adjutant General of New York, at the New York Air National Guard exhibit at the Great New York State Fair in Syracuse on August 29, 2019. Shields was at the fair to participate in Military Day events and visited the Air Guard and Army Guard exhibits at the fair.
29 Aug, 2019HOOSICK 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.
21 Aug, 2019STILLWATER -- Battle of Saratoga expert James Hughto discusses the 1777 battle with New York Army National Guard officers and NCOs during a tour of Saratoga National Historic Battlefield here on Aug. 14 2019. The leaders visited the site of the Revolutionary War battle, an American victory, during their training in the s part of the Company Commander and First Sergeant Pre-Command Course.
15 Aug, 2019FORT DRUM--Soldiers with the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team field the new AN/TPQ-50 Lightweight Counter Mortar Radar (LCMR) on July 31, 2019, at Fort Drum, New York. The radar section for the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team took a course on the new radar system that was over a week long before testing in the field.
14 Aug, 2019FORT DRUM-- New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Gurpreet Singh, commander of the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion 42nd Infantry Division, presents awards to Soldiers during annual training August 1, 2019, at Fort Drum, New York. Awards where given to Soldiers for going above and beyond what was required from them.
12 Aug, 2019HAlEIWA, Hawaii-- U.S. Army Pfc. William Weiglein a carpentry and masonry specialist assigned to the 1156th Engineer Company 204th Engineer Battalion New York Army National Guard uses a club hammer to move a board into place during an Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) mission at Camp Paumalu Haleiwa HI July 31 2019.Engineers from the Air Force Air National Guard and the Marine Corps have been working at the camp since May to help build a Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) activity center. The IRT is a joint service program that provides real-world training opportunities for the U.S. militarys Reserves and National Guard service members to prepare them for wartime missions while supporting the needs of Americas underserved communities.
9 Aug, 2019SOUTH KINGSTOWN, Rhode Island-- An airborne Soldier participating in the Leapfest International Airborne Competition in South Kingstown Rhode Island exist a CH-47 flown by Soldiers from the New York Army National Guards Bravo Company 3rd Battalion 126th Aviation from 1500 feet in the air heading for his target. Soldiers from Bravo Company 3rd Battalion 126th Aviation based in Rochester N.Y. have been providing support to the Rhode Island National Guards Leapfest competition since 2011.
7 Aug, 2019HAWAII--U.S. Army Spc. Jamal McFadden, a motor transport operator assigned to the Forward Sustainment Company, 204th Engineer Battalion, New York Army National Guard, uses a circular saw to cut a board that will be used for framing during an Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) mission at Camp Paumalu, Haleiwa, HI, July 31, 2019. Engineers from the Air Force, Air National Guard, and the Marine Corps have been working at the camp since May to help build a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) activity center. The IRT is a joint service program that provides real-world training opportunities for the U.S. militarys Reserves and National Guard service members to prepare them for wartime missions while supporting the needs of Americas underserved communities. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Davis)
4 Aug, 2019FORT DRUM-- New York Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Michael Trask assigned to the 42nd Infantry Division yells a command to his Soldiers during an ambush training event on Fort Drum N.Y. July 24 2019. The Soldiers were participating in a warfighter exercise a training event prior to deployments.
5 Aug, 2019CAMP SMITH--New York Army National Guard Col. Seth Morgulas accepts the colors of the 369th Sustainment Brigade from Brig. Gen. Michel Natali the commander of the 53rd Troop Command during a ceremony at Camp Smith Training Site in Cortlandt Manor N.Y. on Saturday August 2. The 369th Sustainment Brigade traces its history back to the 369th Infantry Brigade of World War I. The African-American unit was nicknamed the Harlem Hell Fighters and spent more time in the front lines than any other unit in the war. Morgulas a Scarsdale resident previously served as the brigades deputy commander.
1 Aug, 2019ALPENA, Michigan-- U.S. Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter from the New York Air National Guards 101st Rescue Squadron prepares to take off for a combat search and rescue training mission during Northern Strike 19 at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center Mich. July 29 2019. Northern Strike 19 is a National Guard Bureau-sponsored exercise uniting service members from more than 20 states multiple service branches and numerous coalition countries during the last two weeks of July 2019 at the Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center and the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center both located in northern Michigan and operated by the Michigan National Guard. The accredited Joint National Training Capability exercise demonstrates the Michigan National Guards ability to provide accessible readiness-building opportunities for military units from all service branches to achieve and sustain proficiency in conducting mission command air sea and ground maneuver integration together with the synchronization of fires in a joint multinational decisive action environment.
1 Aug, 2019FORT DRUM-New York National Guard Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery fire a M777 Howitzer during a live fire exercise at Fort Drum, New York on Tuesday July 30th, 2019. The unit was conducting annual training at Fort Drum along with other elements of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
31 Jul, 2019FORT DRUM--New York National Guard Soldiers assigned to Headquarters Battery of the 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery exit a CH-47 flown by B Company of the 3rd Battalion , 126th Aviation Regiment during a mass casualty drill held at Fort Drum on Monday July 29th, 2019. The 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery is conducting annual training at Fort Drum.
25 Jul, 2019FORT DRUM, N.Y.-- Matthew Mena field artillery tactical data system specialist assigned to Charlie Battery 1st Battalion 258th Field Artillery Regiment launches a RQ-11B Raven small unmanned aircraft system during the units annual training at Fort Drum NY July 21. During the training Soldiers across the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team were able to log flight time on the Raven to keep their operator certifications current.
26 Jul, 2019CAMP GRUBER, Oklahoma-- New York Army National Guard Sgt.1st Class Martin Cozens, a platoon sergeant in the 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry waits for instruction before the day navigation portion of the 2019 Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition at Camp Gruber Oklahoma July 16 2019. Cozens was the runner up in the non-commissioned officer category which brought together the best Soldiers from across the Army National Guard.
25 Jul, 2019CAMP GRUBER, Oklahoma--Army Cpl. Joseph Ryan an assistant squad leader with the New York Army National Guards Headquarters and Headquarters Company 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment gets ready for the land navigation portion of the 2019 Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition at Camp Gruber Oklahoma July 16. Ryan was one of fourteen Soldiers competing in the event hoping to be named Army Guard Soldier of the Year. New York Army National Guard Sgt 1st Class Martin Cozens, a member of the 2nd Battalion 108th Infantry was the runner up in the non-commissioned officer category.
18 Jul, 2019New York Army National Guard Corporal Joseph Ryan prepares to participate in the 2019 Army National Guard Best Warrrior Competition rappel at Camp Gruber Training Center Oklahoma on July 17 2019. Ryan a member of the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry and Sgt. 1st Class Martin Cozens a platoon sergeant in the 2nd Battalion 108th Infantry are among 14 competitors in the Army National Guard competition.
18 Jul, 2019OKLAHOMA --Sgt.1st Class Martin Cozens with the New York Army National Guard and his fellow competitors await instruction before the day navigation portion of the 2019 Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition at Camp Gruber Oklahoma July 16 2019. Cozens is one of fourteen Soldiers, including New York Army National Guard Corporal Joseph Ryan competing in the event hoping to be named Army Guard Noncommissioned Officer of the Year or Soldier of the Year.
12 Jul, 2019Troy--From the left Lt. Tiffany Campbell and Thomas Helveston lay a wreath at the grave site of William OBrien at St. Peters Cemetery Troy N.Y. on July 7 2019. Medal of Honor recipient William OBrien was being remembered for his and other Soldiers service at the Battle of Saipan 75 years after the attack.
3 Jul, 2019FORT DRUM-- A New York Army National Guard CH-47 picks up a humvee during weekend training at Fort Drum, New York on June 22, 2019. Elements from the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade conducted training at Fort Drum in preparation for Annual Training in July.
1 Jul, 2019QUEENS--The Adjutant General of New York Maj. Gen. Raymond Shields shakes hands with Soldiers of the 27th Financial Management Support Unit(FMSU) at a mobilization ceremony in Whitestone N.Y. on June 26th 2019. The members of the 27th FMSU were preparing for a 9 month deployment to Afghanistan.
28 Jun, 2019FORT DRUM, NY New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment conduct training with the M224 60mm mortar at Fort Drum, N.Y. on June 21. During the live-fire exercise the Manhattan-based unit honed their marksmanship techniques while sending more than 600 rounds downrange.
26 Jun, 2019FORT DRUM--Col. Robert Charlesworth (left) accepts the colors of the New York Army National Guard's 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team from Major General Steven Ferrari, commander of the 42nd Infantry Division, during change-of-command ceremonies at Fort Drum N.Y. on June 22 2019. Charlesworth replaced Col.Col. Christopher Cronin as the commander of the brigade.
20 Jun, 2019PARIS--Airmen from the New York Air National Guards 109th Airlift Wing attending the Paris Air Show June 17-23 point to the spot at Le Bourget Airport where Charles Lindbergh landed after flying solo from Long Island to Paris on May 21 1927 on June 18 2019. They are from left 1st Lt. Laura James Senior Airman Ben LaFond and 1st Lt. Dan Urbanski. The wing sent 12 Airmen and an LC-130 the worlds largest ski-equipped aircraft to participate in the world famous Paris Air Show.
18 Jun, 2019LATHAM--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.
14 Jun, 2019LATHAM--Major General Ray Shields the Adjutant General of New York (center) cuts the Army Birthday cake with New York Army National Guard PFC Amanda Coleman and Sgt. First Class Frank DeThomasis during an Army Birthday ceremony held at New York National Guard headquarters in Latham N.Y. on June 14 2019. DeThomasis the oldest Soldier present at age 59 and Coleman the youngest at age 19 joined Shields in cutting the Army birthday cake. Shields is wearing the new Army Green uniform due to be introduced starting in 2020.
11 Jun, 2019GLENVILLE--Major Doug Baker ( right) the incoming commander of the New York Army National Guards 501st Ordnance Battalion ( Explosive Ordnance Disposal) receives the unit colors from Col. Michael Fowler the commander of the 153rd Troop Command during change-of-command ceremonies on Saturday June 8 2019 at the Glenville Armed Forces Reserve Center in Glenville N.Y. Baker a veteran of the Iraq War and campaign against the Islamic State is a Porters Corner resident.
10 Jun, 2019MONTROSE--New York Army National Guard Col. Isabel Smith, Chief of Staff of the 53rd Troop Command, greets a World War II veteran at the New York State Veterans Home on Montrose, N.Y. on June 6, 2019, during an event organized by New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to recognize veterans. Smith was one of five National Guard senior leaders who visited the five state veterans home to present New York State Medals to service members who served on D-Day or in the European Campaign.
5 Jun, 2019CAMP SMITH--U.S. Army Spc. Carlos Zambrano a Soldier assigned to the 145th Maintenance Company, New York Army National Guard fires an M-4 rifle during the Sgt. Henry Johnson Individual Combat Rifle Match at the 40th Annual Adjutant Generals Marksmanship Competition at Camp Smith Training Site N.Y. May 31 2019. The three-day event features multiple marksmanship challenges in which troops from the New York Army and Air National Guards and State Guard are given an opportunity to compete against fellow service members for a chance to move on to national-level competitions.
3 Jun, 2019LATHAM--Newly promote New York Air National Guard Major Generals Thomas J. Owens II and Timothy J. LaBarge stand at attention as a two-star generals flag is unrolled during their promotion ceremony at the Division of Military and Naval Affairs Latham New York on June 1 2019. Owens is the Air National Guard Assistant to the Commander Air Force Global Strike Command at Barksdale Air Force Base Louisiana while LaBarge is the New York Assistant Adjutant General and New York Air National Guard Commander.
31 May, 2019LATHAM-- New York Army National Guard Sgt. Maj. Joseph Marino hugs his wife Brenda at the Army Aviation Facility, Latham, N.Y., May 29, 2019 following a final flight. Marino was honored with a final flight after 33 years of service at the New York Army National Guard's Latham flight facility.
29 May, 2019ROCHESTER--Soldiers assigned to the New York National Guard roll out a water-filled dam through flooded areas of the Port of Rochester May 20 2019. Gov. Andrew Cuomo activated the New York National Guard and Naval Militia after water levels in Lake Ontario started rising and causing flooding across areas of New York State.
24 May, 2019A wreath marking the memory of 34 members of the New York Army and Air National Guard and the New York Naval Militia who have given their lives in combat since 2001 placed at the memorial to the fallen outside New York National Guard headquarters on May, 22, 2019. Civilians and service members who work at the New York State Division of Military and Naval in Latham marked Memorial Day with a ceremony remember the members of the New York National Guard who have died in combat since 2001.
23 May, 2019NEW YORK--Col. Michele Kilgore commander of the 109th Airlift Wing gives an interview during Air National Guard Day 2019 at Penn Station in New York City May 17 2019. New York City officials drafted a proclamation declaring ANG Day 2019 in order to recognize and support the Air National Guards mission which empowers citizens of the city through world-class training tuition assistance and career opportunities.
20 May, 2019U.S. Army Lt. Col. Robert C. Stealey incoming commander 1st Battalion 106th Regiment New York Army National Guard accepts the battalion colors from Col. Diane Armbruster Commanding Officer Regional Training Institute 1st Battalion 106th Regiment as he assumes command of 1st Battalion 106th Regiment New York Army National Guard from outgoing commander U.S. Lt. Col. James M. Cahill Camp Smith Training Site Cortlandt Manor N.Y. May 18 2019.
17 May, 2019FORT POLK-- Major General Ray Shields the Adjutant General of New York ( 3rd from left) and Brig. Gen. Joe Biehler Assistant Commander of the 42nd Infantry Division (2nd from left) during a visit with members of the Latham-based 206th Military Police Company during a visit to the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk Louisiana on May 14 2019. (Courtesy Photo)
15 May, 2019Senior Airman Douglas Whigham a civil engineer structures specialist assigned to the 107th Attack Wing Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station New York Air National Guard prepares bags to be filled with sand in response to the New York National Guard activation Gov. Andrew Cuomo initiated on May 6 for the flooding occurring along Lake Ontario at the Department of Transportation Albion N.Y. May 13 2019. Members of the New York National Air National Guard are able to fill around 5000 sandbags a day from Albion which are then taken to vulnerable areas around the Lake Ontario shoreline including homes and businesses.
14 May, 2019Airmen from the 106th Rescue Wings Security Forces Squadron (SFS) and Civil Engineering Squadron (CES) assigned to F.S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton Beach New York participated in a joint tactical exercise on May 3 2019 in Calverton NY. This training was not just great for morale it also provided critical skills necessary in a deployed environment.
9 May, 2019New York National Guard Soldiers and Airmen sandbag area of the Lake Ontario shoreline in response to rising lake water levels to protect local houses and property. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo directed the New York Army and Air National Guard to place 100 service members on duty on May 5 as water levels in the lake rose.
8 May, 2019LATHAM-- New York Army National Guard Brig. Gen. Michel Natali administers the oath of office to 2nd Lieutenant Carmela Ruiz as she is promoted to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant during a ceremony held at New York National Guard Headquarters in Latham, N.Y. on May 3. Ruiz, who is currently in divinity school will be assigned to Joint Force Headquarters as a Chaplain Candidate.
6 May, 2019OSWEGO -- New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo greets members of the New York Army National Guard on May 5, 2019 as he surveys flood preparations taking place along the Lake Ontario shoreline. The New York National Guard has 100 Soldiers and Airmen on duty to assist in the state's flood preparations. Lake levels are at flood level w/ possible high winds coming end of next week.
3 May, 2019Spc. Joseph Ryan, an assistant operations specialist with Headquarters Company, 1-69th Infantry Regiment, New York Army National Guard, low crawls through an obstacle course during a rainy second day of the 2019 Regional Best Warrior Competition at the Regional Training Institute in Center Strafford, NH, April 30. Ryan and New York Army National Guard SFC Martin Cozens, a platoon Sergeant in 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry both came in first place in their categories. This annual event pits state best warrior winners from CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY and RI to compete for the regional title.
1 May, 2019THULE GREENLAND-- Gen. Terrence OShaughnessy,the commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, stands with New York Air National Guard Lt. Col. Stephen Slosek during a visit to the base at Thule Greenland, April 24-25. The 109th currently has Airmen deployed to Greenland supporting National Science Foundation missions .
29 Apr, 2019SODUS POINT-- Four Soldiers assigned to the Army Aviation Support Facility in Rochester pose with Major General Ray Shields the Adjutant General of New York in Sodus Point N.Y. on April 29 prior to a press conference Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo held there. The governor was announcing actions to deal with potential Lake Ontario flooding including placing New York National Guard members on standby. Picture are (from left) Sgt. Michael LeBron Detachment 1 Bravo Company 3rd Battalion 126th Aviation; Staff Sgt. Jennifer Meyer; Staff Sgt. Daniel Baetge; and Sgt. 1st C lass Joseph Maloney all of Headquarters and Support Company 642nd Support Battalion (Courtesy Photo)
29 Apr, 2019LATHAM --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.
24 Apr, 2019STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE N.Y-- The first of several LC-130 Hercules from the 109th Airlift Wing New York Air National Guard base in Schnectady New York takes off to Greenland in support of the National Science Foundation research projects. In addition to carrying cargo for science the 109th aircrews will conduct important ski-landing training and off-loading operations conducted each year.
22 Apr, 2019Col Jack James the commander of the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade presents (from left ) Command Sgt. Major Joseph Marino Chief Warrant Officer 5 Marques Martins and Lt. Col. Christopher Spencer with the Order of Saint Michael medallion in recognition of their efforts and achievements to promote Army Aviation. The formal presentation occurred during the 42d CAB Dining Out at the Desmond in Latham NY on 6 April 2019.
17 Apr, 2019ROUND LAKE --A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter prepares to conduct water bucket training in Round Lake N.Y. April 17 2019. The collapsible buckets which are hung underneath the helicopters can dump 560 gallons of water on a fire each time they are used. Each spring Army National Guard helicopter crew members and maintenance personnel retrain on how to attach the buckets to Black Hawk helicopters and then practice picking up water and dumping it.
16 Apr, 2019CAMP SMITH -- Col. Todd Bookless incoming commander of the 53rd Digital Liaison Detachment, New York Army National Guard, accepts the battalion colors from Brig. Gen. Michel Natali commander of the 53rd Troop Command as he assumes command of the 53rd Digital Liaison Detachment New York Army National Guard from outgoing commander U.S. Army Col. Patrick Macklin at Camp Smith Training Site Cortlandt Manor N.Y. April 14 2018.
15 Apr, 2019CAMP SANTIAGO, Puerto Rico -- New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to Alpha Company 1st Battalion 69th Infantry Regiment conduct marksmanship training here on Apr. 12, 2019. While in Puerto Rico the Soldiers honed their warfighting skills by practicing short-range marksmanship techniques.
12 Apr, 2019SAVANNAH Ga. New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to Alpha Company 1st Battalion 69th Infantry Regiment board a LC-130M Hercules Aircraft after refueling while en route to Camp Santiago Puerto Rico for a training event Apr. 11. While in Puerto Rico the Soldiers will conduct marksmanship training and hold a company morale wellness and recreation event. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Alexander RectorReleased)
11 Apr, 2019STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE -- 109th Airlift Wing Security Forces Airmen carry a stretcher case during an obstacle course challenge on April 6 2019. The airmen had to complete specific challenges that included shooting at targets working together to solve a puzzle and providing medical aid to simulated airman in addition to physical fitness challenges throughout the course.
8 Apr, 2019CAMP SMITH-- U.S. Army Spc.Joseph Ryan an infantryman assigned to Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion 69th Infantry and the winner of the junior enlisted category of the New York Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition moves under direct fire during a simulated event on March 28 2019. The Best Warrior Competition held March 28-30 2019 is an annual event in which junior enlisted Soldiers and non-commissioned officers from various New York Army National Guard units compete in several events intended to test their military skills and knowledge as well as their physical fitness and endurance.
8 Apr, 2019SARATOGA 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.
5 Apr, 2019CAMP SMITH- Sgt. 1st Class Martin Cozen an infantryman assigned to Alpha Company 2nd Battalion 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and the winner of the New York Army National Guard Best Warrior Contest NCO category, calls in a report during the medical evacuation event of the Best Warrior Competition at Camp Smith Training Site N.Y. March 28 2019. The Best Warrior Competition held March 28-30 2019 is an annual event in which junior enlisted Soldiers and non-commissioned officers from various New York Army National Guard units compete in several events intended to test their military skills and knowledge as well as their physical fitness and endurance.
4 Apr, 2019CAMP SMITH--U.S. Army Spc. Erick Barksdale a military policeman assigned to the 107th Military Police Company 104th Military Police Battalion 369th Sustainment Brigade New York Army National Guard (NYARNG) runs through smoke during the stress shoot event of the New York Best Warrior Competition at Camp Smith Training Site N.Y. March 28 2019. The Best Warrior Competition held March 28-30 2019 is an annual event in which junior enlisted Soldiers and non-commissioned officers from various New York Army National Guard units compete in several events intended to test their military skills and knowledge as well as their physical fitness and endurance.
22 Mar, 2019BUFFALO-- New York Army National Guard Master Sgt. John DAndrea the logistics NCO for the 153rd Troop Command speaks with logistics officers and NCOS assigned to western New York Army National Guard units during a logistics workshop held at the Connecticut Street Armory in Buffalo N.Y. on March 6 2019. Thirty-five people attended the day-long workshop during which common issues common solutions and upcoming supply challenges were discussed. The plan is to have additional workshops because this one was very successful. (U.S. Army National Guard photo courtesy Master Sgt. John DAndrea.
22 Mar, 2019CLINTON, N.Y.--New York Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Sean Durst and Sgt. Madalena Noyes both members of the 24th Civil Support Team check out a suspicious truck during an nuclear biological chemical radiological response drill at Hamilton College in Clinton N.Y. on March 21 2019. Members of the New York National Guards 2nd and 24th Civil Support Team the New Jersey National Guards 21st Civil Support Team conducted drills from March 18 to 21 at Hamilton College along with members of the New York State Police Hamilton College Public Safety the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control and the 773rd Civil Support Team a United States Army Reserve unit based in Germany.
20 Mar, 2019WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE -- New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 3rd Battalion 142nd Aviation pose for a photo after completing the Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range on March 17, The team completed the grueling 26.2 mile ruck march through the New Mexico desert while carrying over 35 pounds each. They finished 24th in the Team Military Heavy Co-Ed Division. Pictured left to right CW3 Christopher Munz (HHC 3-142 AHB), SSG Jonathan Warshauer (HHC 3-142 AHB), CW2 Meghan Polis (Co A 3-142 AHB), 1LT Richard Siracusano (Co B 3-142 AHB), and SGT Douglas Chmura (Co B 3-142 AHB).
18 Mar, 2019STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE N.Y--An ATV is loaded onto a CH-47 Chinook from the New York Army National Guards Bravo Co.3rd Battalion 126th Aviation in Rochester, New York on March 18 2019. The ATV accompanied by a five person "strike team" that is part of the 2nd Civil Support Team here. The strike team concept allows for rapid deployment capabilities. The element was being flown to Hamilton College in Oneida County to take part in a four-day long drill.
17 Mar, 2019NEW YORK --New York Army National Guard Soldiers of the Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry march up 5th Avenue as they lead the St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 16 2019. One squad of Soldiers marched in tactical gear while the rest wore the Army Service Uniform. The 69th Infantry has led the St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York since 1851.
16 Mar, 2019NEW YORK-- Officers of the New York Army National Guard's 1st Battalion 69th Infantry enter St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York on March 16, 2019 to celebrate a special mass before the battalion leads the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade. The men and women of the 69th Infantry take part in a special mass celebrated by the Archbisop of New York before leading the St. Patrick's Day parade each year.
15 Mar, 2019NEW 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.
11 Mar, 2019As longer days begin to thaw the northeastern Unites States, many of us move outdoors to enjoy our favorite physical fitness activities. Whether outdoors for pleasure or training, the New York National Guard Safety Office reminds us that safety precautions should be taken to prevent accidents and injuries.
11 Mar, 2019Brig. Gen. Robert Kilgore chief of staff of the New York Air National Guard Latham N.Y. looks on as his one star rank is pinned on by his wife Col. Michelle Kilgore commander of the 109th Airlift Wing , based at Stratton Air National Guard Base Schenectady N.Y. and his brother retired Army Maj. Tom Kilgore during a promotion ceremony at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station N.Y. March 10 2019. Kilgore was promoted to the rank of brigadier general after commanding the 107th Attack Wing NYANG here from January of 2015 to November of 2018.
11 Mar, 2019MENANDS--Major Stephen Kitchen a member of the New York National Guards 42nd Infantry Division headquarters and a veteran of the 1st Battalion 69th Infantryand another Soldier place a memorial wreath at the Grand Army of the Republic monument in the Soldiers Lot of Albany Rural Cemetery on March 10 2019. Veterans of the New York National Guards 1st Battalion 69th Infantry who live in the Albany N.Y.- area marked the graves of Irish-American Civil War Soldiers at Albany Rural Cemetery and St. Agnes Catholic Cemetery to acknowledge the link between their service and the 69th Infantry which was historically an Irish-American unit and part of the Irish Brigade during the war. ( U.S. Army National Guard photo by Eric Durr)
22 Feb, 2019ALBANY-- New York Army National Guard Spc. Ibrahim Bakayoko and Pfc. Tiffany Joseph pose with Judge Daniel Stewart the United States Magistrate Judge for Northern District of New York at the U.S. District Court in Albany N.Y. on February 15 2019 after being sworn in as American citizens. Bakayoko is originally from Abidjan Ivory Coast and Joseph was originally from St. George Grenada. During the citizenship ceremony 49 new American citizens took the oath.
4 Mar, 2019A member of the New York Air National Guards 109th Airlift Wing performs maintenance on an LC-130 ski equipped aircraft at McMurdo Station Antarctica on December 17 2018. The 109th Airlift Wing provided aviation support to U.S. Antarctic research mission from October 2018 to February 2019 as part of Operation Deep Freeze the U.S. military support to the National Science Foundation. The mission wrapped up at the end of February.
28 Feb, 2019NIAGARA FALLS -- Airmen from the New York Air National Guard's 107th Attack Wing and the Air Force Reserve's 914th Airlift Wing display Valentine's Day cards from local school children which were delieverd to them by Erie County legislators Lynne Dixon and Ed Rath on Feb. 14, 2019. Each year local officials bring the cards to the Airmen of Niagara that are made by children from schools across the county.
26 Feb, 2019NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION--Maj. General Raymond Shields the adjutant general for New York State talks with a group of Airmen on state active duty in support of Operation February Winter Storm. This operation was the first real-world execution of JTF-5 at the 107th Attack Wing New York Air National Guard Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station Niagara Falls N.Y.
25 Feb, 2019YOUNGSTOWN, N.Y.--Spc. Kevin Morales assigned to Delta Company 427th Brigade Support Battalion 2nd Squadron 101st Cavalry Regiment New York Army National Guard Buffalo cuts into a log with a chainsaw while Spc. Ethan Brown assigned to Bravo Troop 2nd Squadron 101st Cavalry Regiment assists him during training at Youngstown Local Training Area Feb. 24 2019. The two Soldiers trained on how to use the equipment properly and safely in case they had to conduct a debris clearance mission in the wake of a wind storm hitting western New York On Feb. 24/25. The New York National Guard mobilized 250 Soldiers and Airmen to prepare to respond.
14 Feb, 2019NEW YORK-- Air Force doctors negotiating a tactical course at the New York Police Departments Rodman's Neck Outdoor Range administer treaterment to a simulated casualty on January 18 in The Bronx New York. Doctors from several Air Force and Air National Guard rescue wings and special operation squadrons took part in the two week Air Force Special Warfare Medical Officer training course which was conducted by the New York Air National Guards 106th Rescue Wing from Jan. 7 to 18. The tactical training exercise at Rodmans Neck was the climax to the course.
14 Feb, 2019Soldiers of the 369th Infantry Regiment band stand at rest as they wait to march up Fifth Avenue in New York City on Feb. 17, 1919, during a parade held to welcome the New York National Guard unit home. More than 2,000 Soldiers took part in the parade up Fifth Avenue. The Soldiers marched seven miles from downtown Manhattan to Harlem. The band was led by noted musician Lt. James Reese " Jimmie" Europe, seen at center wearing glasses.
11 Feb, 2019TROY--New York Army National Guard Staff Sergeant Mike Trask, a member of the 42nd Infantry Division's Operations Company instructs Private First Class Gary Rousseau, a member of the 42nd Infantry Division's Headquarters and Support Company on the proper way to acquire a good sight picture using the M240B machine gun during gunnery skill training in Troy New York February 9 2019.
8 Feb, 201942nd Infantry Division Soldiers (From left) Brig. Gen. Thomas Spencer, Deputy Commander for Support, Brig. Gen. Joseph Biehler, Deputy Commander for Operations, Maj. Gen. Steven Ferrari, Commanding General of the 42nd Infantry Division, Division Command Sergeant Major Corey Cush and Brig. Gen. Edward Chrystal, the Assistant Adjutant General for the New Jersey Army National Guard attend the 42nd Infantry Division Bi- Annual Training Conference and Training briefs on February 8, 2019 at the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Brigade and Division leaders discussed their upcoming training highlights for the Division Headquarters and its 7 Brigades aligned for training. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Capt. Jean Marie Kratzer.)
7 Feb, 2019Westhampton Beach --New York Air National Guard Chief Master Sgt. John Bellissimo who is retiring after 34 years in the 106th Rescue Wing displays his retirement certification with Col. Charles Killian commander of the 106th Mission Support Group during his retirement ceremony on Feb. 2 2019 at F.S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton Beach. Bellissimo who lives in Rocky Point N.Y. was most recently assigned as the wings cyber operations superintendent. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Farrell)
6 Feb, 2019NEW 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.
4 Feb, 2019STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE --Diana German pins an Air Force retired pin onto the uniform of her husband Major General Anthony P. German during his retirement ceremony at Stratton Air National Guard Base in Scotia N.Y. on Saturday Feb. 2 2019.German who served as Adjutant General of New York from April 2016 to October 2018 was commander of the 109th Airlift Wing which is based at Stratton from 2006 to 2010. German retired after 36 years of service.
31 Jan, 2019CHEEKTOWAGA-- New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo greets members of the New York Air National Guard's 107th Attack Wing at the New York State Department of Transportation garage in Cheektowaga on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. The Airmen were part of an Immediate Response Force which was on duty to provide mobility support to the New York State Police as snow and extremely cold temperatures hit Western New York.
28 Jan, 2019SARATOGA 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.
24 Jan, 2019KUWAIT-- U.S. Army Master Sergeant Patrick ONeill assigned with 101st Expeditionary Signal Battalion, New York Army National Guard, fires the M-4 rifle during a life fire exercise at Camp Buehring Kuwait Jan. 16 2019. The 101st ESB has served nine months in support of Operation Inherent Resolve and Operation Spartan Shield providing communications support for more than a dozen operating sites in some seven countries across the Middle East as part of the coalition effort to defeat the Islamic State also known as ISIS. The unit is expected back in New York soon.
15 Jan, 2019Winter driving in the Northeastern United States can be hazardous and scary but being prepared can make your trip safer, reduce travel stress, and help you handle emergencies, should they arise. The New York National Guard Safety Office has some tips to help you prepare for winter driving.
22 Jan, 2019TROY--Soldiers assigned to the headquarters battalion of the New York Army National Guards 42nd Infantry Division check vehicles at the division headquarters in Troy N.Y. on Jan. 20 2019 as they prepare to assist local governments as a major snow storm approaches New York. The New York National Guard placed 450 Soldiers and Airmen on State Active Duty organized into immediate response forces of 200 personnel and 5 vehicles in key locations across the state in preparation for the storm. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Trevor Cullen)
19 Jan, 2019TROY-- Soldiers assigned to the headquarters battalion of the New York Army National Guards 42nd Infantry Division check vehicles at the divison headquarters in Troy N.Y. on Jan. 19 2019 as they prepare to assist local governments as a major snow storm approaches New York. The New York National Guard placed 450 Soldiers and Airmen on State Active Duty organized into immediate response forces of 20 personnel and 5 vehicles in key locations across the state in preparation for the storm.
16 Jan, 2019YOUNGSTOWN--Soldiers assigned to Charlie Troop 2nd Squadron 101st Cavalry Regiment New York Army National Guard from Buffalo off-load from a CH-47 Chinook assigned to Bravo Company 3rd Battalion 126th Aviation Regiment from Rochester in a simulated tactical environment after landing at the National Guard training site in Youngstown N.Y. Jan. 12 2019. C Troop is training on infiltration and exfiltration techniques using aviation during their cold-weather training exercises.
14 Jan, 2019ALBANY-- New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Luis Garcia, the Deputy State Surgeon speaks at the Albany Medical College Physician Assistant administration day on January 10, 2019, at the Albany Medical College in Albany, N.Y. For the event both New York Army National Guard medical providers and recruiters joined forces to address the group of students.
8 Jan, 2019BUFFALO--Col. Eric Laughton commander of the 107th Medical Group New York Air National Guard lays a wreath at the grave of President Millard Fillmore on behalf of President Donald Trump during a ceremony honoring him on his birthday Forest Lawn Cemetery Buffalo N.Y. Jan. 7 2019. Fillmore was president from 1850-1853 and has a wreath laid at his grave every year on his birthday by the 107th Attack Wing New York Air National Guard on behalf of the current president.
2 Jan, 2019Operating any motor vehicle safely in adverse conditions requires planning and awareness. Operating a tactical vehicle in these conditions also requires training and familiarity with the vehicle. But even with all the right tools, unexpected hazards may still quickly create dangerous situations. The New York National Guard Safety office reminds Soldiers to think ahead, focus on PMCS and anticipate road hazards while driving in adverse conditions.
4 Jan, 2019ROCHESTER --New York army National Guard Soldiers of Charlie Company of 1st Battalion 171st General Support Aviation stand in formation during a Yellow Ribbon Ceremony Rochester N.Y. Jan. 2 2018. The 46 Soldiers of Charlie Company were preparing to deploy to Afghanistan. The Yellow Ribbon Ceremony is a ceremony for family and friends to say goodbye their soldiers before they leave. (N.Y. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Andrew Valenza)