29 Nov, 2023BALLSTON SPA -- New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Recruiting and Retention Battalion load Christmas trees heading for military bases in Florida and Virginia into a truck at Ellms Tree Farm in Ballston Spa on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023, as part of the national Trees for Troops initiative. The Soldiers took time out on their way to work to help load the 131 trees, which were collected at Ellms Tree farm from Christmas tree suppliers throughout the region.
27 Nov, 2023ELMONT-- New York Air National Guard pararescue jumpers from the 106th Rescue Wing drop the puck at the start of the New York Islanders and Washington Capitals game on Veteran's Day New York Islanders Game at the UBS Arena in Elmont, New York, on November 11, 2023. The Islanders paid tribute to veterans during their game against the Washington Capitals by inviting the 106th Airmen to rappel onto the ice during the national anthem and perform the ceremonial puck drop as the guests of honor with New York Islanders captain Anders Lee and Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin.
22 Nov, 2023STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE--Danish Major General Soren Andersen, commander of Denmarks Joint Arctic Command, listens as New York Air National Guard Col. Christian Sander right demonstrates the skis of one of the 109th Airlift Wings LC-130 Hercules Skibird aircraft during Andersens visit to Stratton Air National Guard Base in Scotia New York on Nov. 7 2023. Andersen accompanied by Danish Brig. Gen. . Poul Primdahl met with Sander and other New York Air National Guard leaders prior to initialing a Statement of Intent with the New York National Guard to explore opportunities for joint training and exchanges.
20 Nov, 2023CAMP SMITH--New York Army National Guard Master Sgt. Alex Williams, assigned to A Company of the New York Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion receives his rank from his wife and daughter during promotion ceremonies held during a recruiting meeting at Camp Smith Training Site in Cortlandt Manor, New York on Nov. 7, 2023.
17 Nov, 2023STEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE- Firefighters with the New York Air National Guard's 105th Airlift Wing transport a mannequin across the wing of a C-17 Globemaster III transport at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, New York, on Nov. 5, 2023. The training simulated a distressed Airman trapped in a fuel cell and included rescue protocols by 105th firefighters and maintainers.
7 Nov, 2023GARDEN CITY--Bert Cunningham, historian of New York Army National Guard's 69th Infantry Regiment Veterans Corps, and retired Brig. Gen. Pat Alesia, president of the 42nd Infantry (Rainbow) Division Association, saluted during the playing of TAPS by Col. Louis Dileo of the 11th New York Regiment USA-Volunteers, at the New York Army National Guard 42nd Infantry "Rainbow" Division Association's annual Veterans Day wreath laying memorial service on Nov. 4, 2023, at the 42nd Infantry Division World War I Memorial in Garden City, N.Y.
14 Nov, 2023GOMES BRAZIL-- New York Army National Guard Capt. Anthony Migliore,center, the assistant battalion fire support officer for Headquarters and Headquarters Battery of the 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery Regiment, poses for a photograph with Brazilian artillery soldiers in Ferreira Gomes Brazil on Nov. 12 2023. Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery trained with the Brazilian gunners for the first time during exercise Southern Vanguard 24 as part of our enduring promise in partnership and to enhance Army interoperability and shared capabilities.
14 Nov, 2023HANCOCK FIELD AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE--New York National Guard Lt. Col. Joshua Carter, an Oswego resident and a member of the 174th Attack Wing, is presented with the New York State Medal for Valor during an award ceremony at Hancock Field Air National Guard Base in Syracuse, NY, Nov. 8, 2023. Carter received the award for his life-saving actions while responding to a car accident last year. Maj. Gen. Raymond Shields, the adjutant general for the State of New York, and Maj. Gen. Denise Donnell, commander of the New York Air National Guard presented the award and delivered remarks during the ceremony.
13 Nov, 2023NEW YORK--New York Army National Guard Brig. Gen. Jack James deputy commander of the 42nd Infantry Division, and Col. Patrick Clare, the commander of the 369th Sustainment Brigade, right, lead the 369th Sustainment Brigade, known as the Harlem Hellfighters, during the Veterans Day Parade in New York N.Y. on November 11 2023. The 369th returned to their hometown of New York City from deployment overseas and participated in the local salute to veterans led by the U.S. Army.
8 Nov, 2023WEST POINT--New York Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Joseph Lattimer and Staff Sgt. Chun Hei Tsang, cable antenna systems airmen assigned to the 213th Engineering Installation Squadron attached to the 105th Airlift Wing, climb a communication tower during a routine training exercise at West Point, NY, November 3, 2023. This training is meant to enhance members' abilities in maintaining communication towers and antennas while on missions across the globe.
7 Nov, 2023MACAPA, BRAZIL--New York Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Tonia Dmeza, acting noncommissioned officer in charge of the 133rd Composite Supply Company, salutes during the playing of the U.S. national anthem during the opening ceremony for Exercise Southern Vanguard 24 in Macapa, Brazil, on Nov. 6, 2023. Exercise Southern Vanguard 24 is designed for U.S. Army Soldiers to conduct pre-deployment activities, deploy and conduct air assault operations while enhancing interoperability with Brazilian army forces.
7 Nov, 2023YOUNGSTOWN--New York Army National Guard Spc. Andrew Buck an Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operator assigned to Delta Company 152nd Brigade Engineer Battalion of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team extends the detonation wire of an M18 Claymore mine during a warrior tasks and battle drills evaluation in Youngstown N.Y. Nov. 4 2023. The evaluation was one of six challenging events in the 27th IBCTs annual best warrior competition.
6 Nov, 2023ROCHESTER--New York Army National Guard Brig. Gen. Christopher Cronin, left, unfurls his general officer flag, after being promoted to the rank of Brigadier General at a ceremony in Rochester New York Nov. 4 2023. Cronin has served in the military since he graduated from Syracuse University in 1993 and commissioned into the officer corps as a 2nd Lieutenant. He will be serving in his new role as the Deputy Commanding General for Operations in the 42nd Infantry Division following his promotion.
3 Nov, 2023LATHAM--New York Naval Militia Rear Admiral Michael Perry an Averill Park resident salutes during change-of-command ceremonies held at New York National Guard headquarters in Latham New York on Friday Nov. 3 2023 as he became the new commander of the 3000- member New York Naval Militia. Perry replaced Naval Militia Rear Admiral Larry Weill a Walworth resident. The Naval Militia is a state defense force responsible to the governor through the adjutant general of New York.
3 Nov, 2023BELEM, Brazil-- Brazilian Army jungle instructors teach Soldiers assigned to the New York Army National Guard, the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and Army South during a basic Brazilian jungle familiarization course ahead of Southern Vanguard 24 in Belem Brazil Nov. 02 2023. Forty-eight New York Army National Guard troops are among those participating in Southern Vanguard 24, which is an annual bilateral exercise designed to enhance partner interoperability between participating U.S. and Brazil.
2 Nov, 2023CAMP SMITH -- New York Army National Guard 1st Sgt. Sonia Allen accepts the guidon for Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 369th Sustainment Brigade from Sgt. Major Rebecca Santana during a change of responsibility ceremony conducted at Camp Smith Training Site in Cortlandt Manor on October 22, 2023. Both Santana and Allen were promoted as part of the ceremony.
1 Nov, 2023CAMP SMITH --New York Army National Guard Sgt. Luis F. Rodriguez Sgt. Talwinder Singh and Sgt. Lyndsey R. Fiore all assigned to the 1156th Engineer Company serve traditional Indian food during a Sikh cultural event hosted on Camp Smith Training Site New York Oct. 14 2023. The company held the event as part of their initiative to introduce different cultures to Soldiers at one drill weekend per quarter.
30 Oct, 2023CAMP SMITH TRAINING SITE-- The official party renders a salute during the 369th Sustainment Brigade change-of-command ceremony held on October 22 2023 at Camp Smith Training Site in Cortlandt Manor New York. Pictured are from left Command Sgt. Major Curtiss Moss the outgoing command sergeant major; Col. Seth Morgulas the outgoing brigade commander; Brig. Gen. Joseph Biehler the commander of the 53rd Troop Command; Col. Patrick Clare the incoming brigade commander and Command Sgt. Major Leyland Jones the incoming brigade commander sergeant major.
27 Oct, 2023CAMP SMTH TRAINING SITE-- Retired New York Army National Guard Colonel Tammy Moss-Hicks, left, pins major rank on her son Major Jordan Mandwelle, the commander of the New York Army National Guard's Charlie Company, 427th Brigade Support Battalion, during his promotion ceremony at Camp Smith Training Site in Cortlandt Manor, New York on October 24, 2023. Mandwelle is the company commander of the 427th's medical support company.
25 Oct, 2023CAMP SMITH-- Lt. Col. Eric Emmerling a field artillery officer assigned to 1st Battalion 258th Field Artillery 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team New York Army National Guard assumes command of the battalion from Lt. Col. Jeffery Roth during a change-of-command ceremony at Camp Smith in Cortland Manor N.Y. Oct. 20 2023. Roth led the Field Artillery unit whose lineage dates back to George Washington since 2021.
24 Oct, 2023NEW YORK-- Lt. Col. Adam Bojarski, the new commander of 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment, 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, New York Army National Guard, is presented with the battalion colors by Col. Bradley Frank, the commander of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, during a battalion change of command ceremony at the unit's historic armory in New York, Oct. 22, 2023. During the ceremony, Bojarski assumed command from outgoing commander, Lt. Col. Shawn Tabankin, who led the unit since 2021.
19 Oct, 2023STEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE --The winglet of a C-17 Globemaster III flown by the New York Air National Guards 105th Airlift Wing sports the logo of the New York Yankees baseball team during a ceremony saluting both the Yankees and the New York Police Department held at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh New York on October 14 2023. The wing saluted both the Yankees and the New York Police Department by painting symbols recognizing them on the ends of the wings of their nine aircraft and officially marked the decision by hosting representatives for a ceremony.
17 Oct, 2023NIAGARA FALLS --New York Army National Guard Lieutenant Colonel Gary Barney (right) accepts the squadron colors symbolizing his acceptance of command, during a change of command ceremony on Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, Niagara Falls, New York, Oct 15, 2023. The change of command ceremony recognized Barney as incoming commander of the 2nd Squadron, 101st Cavalry Regiment.
12 Oct, 2023LATHAM-- New York Army National Guard Maj. Gen. Thomas Spencer, commander of the 42nd Infantry Division, congratulates Col. Peter Mehling upon his presentation of the Legion of Merit during his September 22, 2023 retirement ceremony at the National Guard Headquarters in Latham, N.Y. Mehling served as the division chief of staff and retired after more than 26 years of military service.
10 Oct, 2023LAS VEGAS-- New York Air National Guard Master Sgt. Sarah Chambers, a member of the 109th Airlift Wing, competes at the United States Powerlifting Association 2023 Drug Tested National Championship in Las Vegas Nevada on July 10 2023. Chambers, who began power lifting in 2018, has earned several championships in womens powerlifting competition.
6 Oct, 2023MENADS--Air Force Major General Denise Donnell commander of the New York Air National Guard and Command Chief Master Sgt. Michael Hewson senior enlisted leader for the New York Air National Guard salute after placing a wreath from the White House at the gravesite of President Chester Arthur during a ceremony at Albany Rural Cemetery in Menands New York on October 5 2023. Since 1967 military officers have placed a wreath from the current president at the graves of their predecessors on their birthday.
4 Oct, 2023STONY POINT-- Twenty-two New York National Guard members, along with members of the New York Guard and the New York Naval Militia, approach a lighthouse built in 1826, during a professional development tour the Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site on Sept. 28, 2023. The servicemembers are assigned to the migrant support mission in New York City, and visited the battlefield to further their military education. On the night of July 16, 1779 Continental Army Soldiers conducted a daring night attack and overwhelmed a British force of 600 men.
3 Oct, 2023CAMP BUERHING, Kuwait --New York Army National Guard Sgt. Robert Espinal and Spc. Reynaldo Castillo, combat medical specialists assigned to the 642nd Aviation Support Battalion, check the inner thigh heartbeat of Laska a military working dog supervised by MWD handlers assigned to Area Support Group - Kuwait on September 22 2023 at Camp Buehring Kuwait. The battalion is assigned to the 185th Aviation Battalion while deployed. Combat medical specialists from the 185th conducted training on how safely stabilize military working dogs injured on duty. This included assessing vital signs recognizing and treating shock and heat injuries and where to apply intravenous fluids. The 185th is deployed in support of Operations Inherent Resolve Spartan Shield and New Normal.
27 Sep, 2023LATHAM--Capt. Darren Hagan accepts the guidon of Joint Force Headquarters' Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment from Major General Ray Shields, the adjutant general of New York, during change of command ceremonies at New York National Guard headquarters in Latham, New York on Sept. 27, 2023.
26 Sep, 2023NEW YORK-- New York Governor Kathy Hochul speaks with New York National Guard leaders during a meeting at the 5th Avenue Armory in Harlem on Sept. 25, 2023 prior to a press event at which she announced that 150 more New York National Guard personnel would be added to the ongoing migrant support mission in the city. The New York National Guard currently has just over 1,900 troops on duty in New York City and at hotels in Erie and Monroe counties providing logistical and administrative support to state officials overseeing shelter operations.
22 Sep, 2023POTCHEFSTROOM, South Africa-Major General Denise Donnell, left, the commander of the New York Air National Guard speaks with two New York Air National Guard members who are among 15 New York National Guardsmen competing in the South African National Defence Force Military Skills Competition in Potchefstroom, South Africa, on Sept. 15, 2023. The New York National Guard team is taking part in the competition as part of the 20-yeard old State Partnership program relationship between the New York National Guard and the South African military.
14 Sep, 2023CAMP SMITH--New York Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Steven Demestrio, assigned to Joint Force Headquarters New York, Spc. Tabitha Demestrio, assigned to the 206th Military Police Company, and Cpt. Joseph Marcoux, a chaplain assigned to the 138th Chaplain Detachment, pose with Gianna Demestrio outside Chaplain Duffy Chapel on Camp Smith Training Site, New York, Sept. 10, 2023. Gianna, who was baptized by Marcoux, is believed to be the first person ever baptized on Camp Smith Training Site.
14 Sep, 2023POCHEFSTROOM, South Africa--New York National Guard Airman 1st Class Vincenza Costanzo celebrates with South African Soldiers competes in the water obstacle course at the South African National Defence Force Military Skills Competition in Potchefstroom South Africa September 12 2023. The New York National Guard sent 15 Soldiers and Airmen to compete in the 2023 competition which begins on Sept. 9 2023 and runs through Sept. 16 2023.
15 Sep, 2023FARMINGDALE--New York Governor Kathy Hochul greets New York National Guard Soldiers and Airmen she mobilized in case Hurricane Lee hits Long Island at the Farmingdale Armed Forces Reserve Center in Farmingdale New York on Sept. 14 2023. The governor deployed 50 troops and vehicles out of an abundance of caution as the storm made its way north along the East Coast.
14 Sep, 2023CAMP SMITH--New York Army National Guard Soldiers compete in a rifle match during the 44th annual Adjutant Generals Combat Marksmanship Skills Competition at Camp Smith Training Site New York on Sept. 8 2023. The three-day event features multiple marksmanship challenges in which troops from the New York Army and Air National Guards and New York State Guard are given an opportunity to compete against fellow service members for a chance to advance to national-level competitions.
12 Sep, 2023NEW YORK --Army General Dan Hokanson, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, speaks with New York Air National Guard Sgt. Tiffany Stewart, an air transportation specialist assigned to the 105th Airlift Wing in Newburgh, N.Y., following his administering her oath of service in Times Square, New York City as part of the National Guard's 9/11 remembrance and commitment to service, September 11, 2023. Hokanson administered the oath to 25 participants including both new enlistees and reenlisting noncommissioned officers of the New York Army and Air National Guard.
5 Sep, 2023SYACUSE --Erin Scott; Neisha Louhar the 27th Infantry Brigade Sexual Assault Response Coordinator Gloriann Wixson and Daniella Cuje prepare for a lunchtime program at Hancock Field Air National Guard Base sponsored by the 174th Attack Wing Sexual Assault Program Response team Clear Path for Veterans and the Department of Veterans Affairs on August 31 2023. A lunch was provided for 250 service members who also had a chance to receive information about the programs.
5 Sep, 2023LATHAM--Roger Towsend a New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs employee who worked in support of communications and cyber for the New York National Guard, receives the New York State Conspicuous Service Medal from Col. Diane Armbruster, during retirement ceremonies at DMNA headquarters in Latham New York Aug. 31 2023. He spent 34 years of military and civilian service on the job. Townsend and his wife were both presented with NYS Conspicuous Service Medals in recognition of his many years of service.
31 Aug, 2023MAYFIELD--Airmen from the 109th Airlift Wing participate in water survival and parachute refresher training at the Mayfield, New York field office of the Hudson River-Black-River regulating district on Great Sacandaga Lake on August 5, 2023. the Airmen received flotation device and life raft familiarization training as well as practicing their parachute landing skills.
30 Aug, 2023CAMPO GRANDE, BRAZIL-- A U.S. Air Force C-130J Combat King II search and rescue aircraft flown by Airmen of the New York Air National Guards 106th Rescue Wing sits on the flight line at Brazils Air Base Campo Grande in Campo Grande Brazil on August 22 2023 following a search and rescue training mission with the Brazilians. The New York Air National Guard deployed 100 Airmen to take part in Exercise Tapio a combat search and rescue training exercise as part of Brazils State Partnership Program relationship with the New York National Guard.
29 Aug, 2023FOZ DO IGUAZU, BRAZIL--New York National Guard Spc. Hai Nguyen a combat medic assigned to the 466th Area Support Medical Company assists a Brazilian medical officer during emergency trauma care in Foz Do Iguaz, Brazil while taking part in Operation Parana III, a humanitarian response exercise on August 15 2023. The New York National Guard sent 18 personnel to participate in Operation Parana from August 12-19 2023 along with more than 14 participating countries as part of the National Guard State Partnership Program.
28 Aug, 2023CAMPO GRANDE, Brazil--Army General Daniel R. Hokanson, the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, speaks with a Brazilian Air Force officer during a visit to members of the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing taking part in Brazil's Exercise Tapio at Campo Grande Air Base on August 24, 2023. The New York Air National Guard sent 100 Airmen to participate in the Brazilian combat search and rescue exercise which ran from August 16 to 27.
25 Aug, 2023CAMPO GRANDE, BRAZIL-- New York Air National Guard Technical Sgt. Victor Mevo, a radio frequency transmissions specialists assigned to the 106th Rescue Wing repairs a headset alongside Brazilian Air Force pararescuemen from Brazilian Air Base Campo Grande in Campo Grande, Brazil, on August 22, 2023. The 106th Rescue Wing is participating in Exercise Tapio which is being conducted as part of the New York National Guards State Partnership with Brazil.
24 Aug, 2023RONKONKOMA-- Col. Jason Lefton, right, the commandeer of the 42nd Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade passes the colors of the 3rd Battalion, 142nd Assault Helicopter Battalion to Lt. Col. Paul Bailie as he assumes command of the battalion on August 20, 2023, at Army Aviation Support Facility 1 in Ronkonkoma, N.Y. The change of command signifies the passing of responsibilities from Col. Mathias Greene to Lt. Col. Paul Bailie.
23 Aug, 2023YOUNGSTOWN TRAINNG AREA--A New York Army National Guard Soldier from the 2nd Squadron 101st Cavalry Regiment headquartered at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station but with elements across western New York, takes aim at the enemy during a spur ride at the Youngstown Lewiston Training Area Youngstown New York Aug. 17 2023. The Soldiers had to complete a written exam on tactical knowledge followed by route area and zone recon training lanes and finally a 12-mile ruck march over the course of 48 hours as part of a tradition of cavalrymen earning their spurs.
22 Aug, 2023ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY-- New York Air National Guard Staff. Sgt. Dhruva Poluru, left, a member of the 107th Attack Wing and an Air Force Airman of the Year, joins fellow honoree Tech. Sgt. Jessica R. Brazionis, center, of the 110th Wing of the Michigan National Guard, in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, on Aug. 21, 2023. The event was part of Focus on the Force Week 2023an annual event hosted by the command chief of the Air National Guard that highlights professional development and celebrates the accomplishments of the enlisted corps.
21 Aug, 2023CAMP ETHAN ALLENT VERMONT--New York Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Robert J. Lamorte II a combat medic specialist assigned to New York National Guard Joint Force Headquarters fires rifle during the Marksmanship Advisory Council (MAC) Regional match Championship on Camp Ethan Allen Training Site Vermont Aug. 17-21, 2023. The MAC1 provides a combat focused marksmanship sustainment training event and competition for all the states in New England and New York. These matches are the second priority in the Chief of the National Guard Bureaus guidance for sustainment training events. The matches are operational focused marksmanship sustainment exercises designed to validate and sustain perishable marksmanship skills essential to mobilization readiness and success.
14 Aug, 2023OLD BETHPAGE-- Seven brand new New York Army National Guard lieutenants take their oath of officer during Officer Candidate School graduation ceremonies for Class 68 held at the Museum of American Armor Old Bethpage NY August 13 2023. The seven candidates were sworn in by Col. Pat Clare, the director of logistics for the New York Army National Guard.
14 Aug, 2023STEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE -- First Sgt. Laila Barnes, the senior non-commissioned officer in Bravo Company, 101st Expeditionary Signal Battalion, speaks to her Soldiers during a farewell ceremony for the 101st held on Sunday, April 13 at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh. 340 of the battalion's Soldiers said goodbye to their families and boarded aircraft heading to Fort Cavazos for training, prior to deploying to the Middle East later this year.
11 Aug, 2023CAMP GRAYLING, Michigan --Staff Sgt. Dexter Whyte of the New York Army National Guard's Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery, works on his M777 Howitzer's radio to establish communications during Exercise Northern Strike 2023 at Camp Grayling, Michigan, on Aug. 6, 2023. Northern Strike integrates both U.S. and partner nation readiness training to build interoperability and strengthen partnerships.
10 Aug, 2023JERUSALEM--Soldiers assigned to the New York Army National Guards 42nd Infantry Division Bands rock ensemble perform during the U.S. Embassys Independence Day reception at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem Israel on July 3 2023. The band performed a two hour set during the almost four hour evening event.
10 Aug, 2023New York Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Dhruva Poluru a member of the 107th Attack Wings 222nd Command and Control Squadron seen here at his home office in Herndon, Va. on June 12 20223 has been named the Airman of the Year for the 500000-member total Air Force. Poluru serves as a full-time Guard Airman assigned to the National Reconnaissance Office.
9 Aug, 2023STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, SCOTIA--Col. Christian Sander Commander of the 109th Airlift Wing gives the guide on to Command Chief Master Sgt. Karolyn De Vito in a Change of Responsibility ceremony at Stratton Air National Guard Base on August 5 2023. De Vito assumed the position as the 12th Command Chief of the 109th Airlift Wing.
8 Aug, 2023NEW YORK-- A videographer for NBC's Today Show films a U.S. Coast Guard rescue drill taking place in New York harbor from the back of New York Naval Militia Patrol Boat 440 on August 3, 2023. Today Show weatherman Al Roker was on board a Coast Guard boat reporting on the story. The Naval Militia assisted by providing a platform for a second camera man covering the story. Patrol Boat 440, which operates as part of Joint Task Force Empire Shield, the security mission in New York, works regularly with the Coast Guard in New York.
4 Aug, 2023WATERVLIET--New York Air National Guard Master Sgt Josh Spegnola, a member of the 2nd Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team stands in protective gear on the Watervliet Arsenal in Watervliet N.Y. Aug. 2 2023 during an exercise. Spegnola and the CST were participating in a training exercise where they had to clear a house reported to have hazardous materials. The Watervliet Arsenal is the only cannon manufacturing plant in the United States.
3 Aug, 2023COVERLO, California-- New York Air National Guard Capt. Jessica Alves, a medical specialist assigned to the 109th Airlift Wing, works with a patient during an Innovative Readiness Training medical mission in Covelo, California, June 16, 2023. This mission, which involved 17 members of the 109th Airlift Wing, offered no-cost medical care to at the Indian Health Care clinic which serves the town and the nearby Indian reservation.
1 Aug, 2023KUWAIT--A C-17 Globemaster III from the 105th Airlift Wing sits on the ramp at Kuwait International Airport on June 30 2023. Seventeen Airmen from Stewart Air National Guard Base Newburgh NY flew around the world carrying the 123rd Contingency Response Team in support of exercise Air Defender 23 and Mobility Guardian 23.
21 Jul, 2023ORISKANY--Major Matti Adan of the Israeli Homefront Command discusses proper techniques for emplacing a jack in a destroyed building as Staff Sgt. jacking techniques as New York Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Michael Ryan a member of the of the 827th Engineers makes adjustments during training conducted at the New York State Preparedness Training Center in Oriskany New York on July 18 2023. Fifteen Soldiers from the company which is slated to serve as the search and extraction element of the FEMA Region II Homeland Response Force took part in the training alongside members of the Fire Department New York the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and the Missouri National Guard.
26 Jul, 2023GABRESKI AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE --Fourteen Junior ROTC cadets from Long Island schools pose for a photo with simulated rifles, in front of the New York Air National Guards 106th Rescue Wings Operations Group headquarters on July 21 2023 at F.S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton Beach, during the last day of a four-day training camp conducted by Airmen from the wing for the cadets. This is the first time the wing has hosted this event. The cadets conducted training in tactical combat casualty care took the Air Force physical fitness test and trained in survival and navigation and learned about aircraft maintenance.
18 Jul, 2023KUWAIT-- New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 642nd Aviation Support Battalion place the patch of the 185th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade on the left shoulder of another Soldier's uniform during a unit patch ceremony on July 14 2023 at Camp Buehring Kuwait. The ceremony represented the 642nd Aviation Support Battalion coming under the command of the Mississippi Army National Guard aviation brigade which is support Operation Spartan Shield, the Army mission in the region.
19 Jul, 2023FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pennsylvania--New York Army National Guard Spc. Ehlani E. Ocean, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 53rd Troop Command, fires an M18 pistol downrange on Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, July 10, 2023. Ocean travelled to Fort Indiantown Gap to complete her annual weapons qualification with other 53rd Troop Command soldiers.
11 Jul, 2023LATHAM--Workers begin to lift an AH-1S attack helicopter from a flatbed trailer to the frame erected for the aircraft in front of New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs headquarters in Latham New York on July 10 2023. The helicopter which was erected outside the building as a tribute to Army National Guard aviators was removed and refurbished before being reinstalled.
11 Jul, 2023LATHAM- New York Army National Guard Command Sgt. Major David Piwowarski receives the Legion of Merit from Major General Ray Shields, the adjutant general of New York, during retirement ceremonies held on Friday, July 7, 2023 at New York National Guard headquarters in Latham, as Piwowarski concluded a military career which began in 1981. He was replaced as the senior enlisted leader for the New York Army Guard by Command Sgt. Major Edwin Garris.
11 Jul, 2023LATHAM-New York Army National Guard Command Sgt. Major Corey Cush (left) the New York National Guard's senior enlisted leader, poses with his predecessor, Command Sgt. Major Robert Jenks, during change of responsibility ceremonies conducted on Friday, July 7, 2023 at New York National Guard headquarters. Cursh formerly served as 42nd Infantry Division command sergeant major. Jenks retired after almost 42 years of service.
11 Jul, 2023LATHAM-- New York Army National Guard Col. Bradley Frank, the commander of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, receives the colors of the brigade from Major General Thomas Spencer the commander of the 42nd Infantry Division, during change of command ceremonies held at New York National Guard headquarters in Latham on Friday, July 7, 2023. Frank replaces Col. Sean Flynn who was promoted to brigadier general and will assume a position with NATO.
11 Jul, 2023LATHAM--Command Sgt. Major Edwin Garris, a Buffalo native, accepts the flag of the New York Army National Guard from Major General Ray Shields, the adjutant general of New York, signifying his new responsibility as the top enlisted Soldier in the 10,800-person organization during ceremonies at New York National Guard headquarters in Latham on July 7, 2023.
11 Jul, 2023LATHAM-- Major General Ray Shield, left, the adjutant general of New York, promotes Brig. Gen. Sean Flynn, the former commander of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, to his new one-star rank during a ceremony held on Friday, July 7 at New York National Guard headquarters in Latham. Flynn has been assigned to serve as the Deputy United States Military Representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Military Committee.
10 Jul, 2023LATIVIA-- New York Army National Guard Sgt. Michael Digaeutano a military police squad leader assigned to the New York Army National Guards 222nd Military Police company which is currently deployed in support of the 4th Infantry Division demonstrates the Dronebuster a counter unmanned aerial system to House Armed Services Committee professional staff members as part of a staff delegation visit at Camp Adazi Latvia 27 June. The committee staffers received a comprehensive overview of the operations and activities carried out by the 4th Division Artillery. The 4th Inf. Div.s mission in Europe is to engage in multinational training and exercises across the continent working alongside NATO allies and regional security partners to provide combat-credible forces to V Corps Americas forward deployed corps in Europe.
30 Jun, 2023RAVEN CAMP, GREENLAND-- Airmen assigned to the New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing cut snow blocks to make shelters during Barren Land Survival Training, known as BLAST for short in May 2023. Airmen who are assigned to the wing and fly aboard the LC-130 "Skibirds" the wing flies have to go through the training.
28 Jun, 2023CHANTILLY, VIRGINIA-- New York Air National Guard Senior Airman Dhruva Poluru, who is assigned to the 107th Attack Wing's 222nd Command and Control Squadron, has been chosen as Airman of the Year for the entire Air National Guard. Poluru, is a full-time Guard Airmen working with the National Reconnaissance office in Herndon, Virginia where he tracks satellites, among other duties. The National Reconnaissance Office is the agency which runs America's space surveillance systems.
27 Jun, 2023F.S. GABRESKI AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE-- Tech Sgt. Ryan Rutz a loadmaster assigned to the 106th Rescue Wing receives the Air National Guard Henry "Red" Erwin Outstanding NCO Aircrew Member of the Year Award from Col. Shawn Fitzgerald the 106's commander at F.S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base on May 6 2023. The award recognizes excellence in the enlisted aircrew career field.
16 Jun, 2023SHANNON, Ireland-- New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry, pose for a photograph with the flag of the Civil War Irish Brigade while passing through Shannon Airport, Ireland on June 9, 2023. The Soldiers were returning to the United States after serving in the Horn of Africa for ten months. The 69th Infantry, nicknamed the "Fighting 69th" was originally an Irish-American New York militia unit which was brigaded with other regiments of Irish immigrants during the Civil War.
23 Jun, 2023OVER THE ATLANTIC--New York Air National Guard Master Sgt. Rich Cestaro, the 106th Rescue Wing ground Superintendent, scanning the the Atlantic from the window of an HC-130J Combat King II search and rescue aircraft for a submersible which went missing while diving on the wreck of the Titanic on June 21, 2023.Several Airmen were scanners looking for the missing Titan submarine in support of the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard declared that the craft had imploded on Sunday, June 18 on Thursday, June 22.
21 Jun, 2023F.S. GABRESKI AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE-- Airmen assigned to the 106th Rescue Wing work to prepare an HC-130 Combat King II search and rescue aircraft for launch on Monday, June 19, 2023 in response to a United States Coast Guard request for a search mission to help locate a missing submersible which was diving near the wreck of the Titanic. The wing flew search missions on June 19, 20 and 21 in support of the Coast Guard directed search.
16 Jun, 2023HINTERSTOISSER, Austria-- A C-17 Globemaster III assigned to the New York Air National Guards 105th Airlift Wing serves as a backdrop for a ceremony being held at Hinterstoisser Air Base in Austria on June 16, 2023, to mark the one-year anniversary of the Vermont Air National Guards State Partnership Program relationship with the Austrian military. In her remarks, Ambassador Victoria Reggie Kennedy praised the 105th for the work they have been doing supporting Air Defender 2023, a major NATO air defense exercise which is currently underway. Kennedy also got a chance to tour the aircraft.
13 Jun, 2023MENDONOfficials speak to each other following a ceremony held on June 11, 2023, in Mendon, New York to unveil a monument dedicated to three New York Army National Guard helicopter pilots who lost their lives when their UH-60 Black Hawk crashed in Mendon during a night training mission on January 20, 2022. The design of three flying geese commemorates warrant officers Steven Skoda, Daniel Prial and Christian Koch who were killed in the crash. Town officials commissioned the monument and a local artist created it. The memorial also includes plaques commemorating the three Guardsmen.
14 Jun, 2023LATHAM --New York Army National Guard Soldiers mark the Armys 248th Birthday with a ceremonial cake cutting on June 14 2023 during a ceremony held at New York Army National Guard headquarters in Latham New York. Cutting the cake are from left Pvt. Anthony Ardizzone the youngest Soldier present at age 17New York Army Guard Command Sgt. Major David Piwowarski the master of ceremonies and Col. Dennis Martinez the oldest Soldier present at age 60.
13 Jun, 2023OISE-AISNE AMERICAN CEMETERY, France --New York Army National Guard Command Sgt. Major Corey Cush, the senior enlisted leader for the 42nd Infantry Division, salutes the remains of a World War I Soldier which were interred at the Oise-Aisne American Cemetery on June 7, 2023. The Soldier was buried in a churchyard that is within the area the 42nd Infantry Division operated in during 1918. The Soldier was probably a member of the 165th Infantry Regiment, originally the New York National Guard's 69th Infantry.
6 Jun, 2023HANCOCK FIELD AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, SYRACUSE--New York Air National Guard Col. John O' Connor receives the 174th Attack Wing GUIDON from Maj. Gen. Denise Donnell, New York Air National Guard Commander, during a Change of Command ceremony at Hancock Field Air National Guard Base June 4, 2023. Col. William McCrink III, the outgoing commander stands at attention and looks on.
12 Jun, 2023FORT DRUM--Brig. Gen. Joseph Biehler, the commanding general of the New York Army National Guards 53rd Troop Command, speaks with deploying Soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division (LI) Main Command Post-Operational Detachment, during a farewell gathering in Fort Drum, N.Y., June 9, 2023. More than 35 Soldiers from the detachment are deploying to Eastern Europe to join their active-duty counterparts of the 10th Mtn. Div. as part of NATOs commitment to enhance security and stability in the region.
9 Jun, 2023WUNSDORF GERMANY--A New York Air National Guard C-17 Globemaster III aircraft with the 105th Airlift Wing New York National Guard prepares to taxi after dropping off cargo to be used for exercise Air Defender 2023 (AD23) at Wunstorf Air Base Wunstorf Germany June 2 2023. Exercise AD23 integrates both U.S. and Allied air-power to defend shared values while leveraging and strengthening vital partnerships to deter aggression around the world.
6 Jun, 2023DJIBOUTI--New York Army National guard Soldiersassigned to 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment, hold their respective company guidons during a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, on June. 3, 2023. During the ceremony the New York National Guard unit turned over control of an East Africa security mission to the Oklahoma National Guards 1st Battalion, 179th Infantry Regiment.
5 Jun, 2023QUEENS- New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 14th Finance Detachment stand at attention during a farewell ceremony held on Friday, June 2 at the Edward M. McKee American Legion Post 131 in Whitestone, Queens. The detachment's 18 Soldiers will deploy to the Middle East in support of U.S. military operations in the region. The Soldiers will mobilize and train for a brief period at Fort Bliss, Texas, before deploying overseas. They are expected to return home in April 2024
2 Jun, 2023HEMPSTEAD Newly commissioned Army second lieutenants take the oath of office for the New York National Guard during commissioned ceremonies conducted on May 20, 2023 at Hofstra University for members of the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps Culper Battalion in Hempstead, New York. Army National Guard officers take an oath that includes preserving and protecting the Constitution of the State of New York and obeying the orders of the governor, in addition to the regular military officer commissioning oath.
2 Jun, 2023BROOKLYN--Major General Denise Donnell, the commander of the New York Air National Guard administers the oath of enlistment to Air Force recruit while taking part in a ceremony marking the renovation of the Air Force recruiting office on Flatbush Avenue. She was joined by city officials in reopening the building and swearing in new Airmen.
24 May, 2023LATHAM, New York-- Members of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps prepare for a flight on New York Army National Guard UH-660 Black Hawk helicopters as part of an introduction to the National Guard at Army Aviation Support Facility 3 Latham New York May 18 2023. The Cadet Corps is a youth program for children ages 10-18 that introduces them to various maritime services and career fields.
31 May, 2023GREENLAND -- Pilots assigned to the New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing fly an LC-130 Hercules over the Baffin Bay in Greenland May 12 2023. The 109th travels to Greenland annually to provide airlift support for the National Science Foundation and to train service members in the Arctic environment.
30 May, 2023KUWAIT-- New York Army National Guard Sgt. Justin Zammit a wheeled vehicle mechanic with the 369th Sustainment Brigade of the New York Army National Guard delivers a HMMWV or Humvee to undergo installation of communications equipment during a Communications Exercise or COMMEX at Camp Arifjan Kuwait May 16 2023.
25 May, 2023LATHAM-- New York Army National Guard Major General Michele Natali, left, the assistant adjutant general Army; and New York Air National Guard Command Chief Master Sgt. Michael Hewson the senior enlisted advisor for the New York Air National Guard salute following the presentation of a wreath during a Memorial Day ceremony held at New York National Guard headquarters in Latham New York on May 25 2023. The names of 12 members of the New York Military Forces and civilian employees of the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs who have died in the past year were also read during the ceremony.
24 May, 2023ROME--Col. Joseph Roos, right, receives the Eastern Air Defense Sector guidon from Lt. Gen. Steven S. Nordhaus, Commander, Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Region-1st Air Force (Air Forces Northern and Air Forces Space) at Tuesday's change of command ceremony in Rome, New York. An age-old tradition, the passing of the unit's colors symbolizes a change in leadership.
24 May, 2023ROSE, New York --Soldiers of the New York National Guard honor guard receive the remains of 1st Lieutenant John Thomas a World War II Army Air Forces pilot who was killed in 1943 at the Rose Cemetery in North Rose New York on May 20 2023. Thomas was killed in action during a World War 2 bombing mission called Operation Tidal Wave in 1943 and his remains were not identified until 2022.
17 May, 2023ROCHESTER--New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 222nd Military Police Company stand in formation during a farewell ceremony held on May 16, 2023 at Monroe Community College in Rochester. The company's 160 men and women are deploying to Poland and the Baltic states to support NATO combat brigades on duty there. The Soldiers will be deployed for nine months.
11 May, 2023SARATOGA SPRINGS, New York-- General Dan Hokanson, the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, presents challenge coins to New York Army and Air Guard recruiters on May 10, 2023 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Saratoga Springs, New York. Hokanson was in Saratoga Springs to meet with regional adjutant generals and recognized the recruiters at the close of that meeting. the New York Army National Guard was the only state Army Guard to meet recruiting goals in 2022.
15 May, 2023BARNEGATE, New Jersey-- An HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopter assigned to the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing comes in for a landing at Warren Grove Range in Barnegate, New Jersey on May 6, 2023 while conducting training with the Massachusetts Army National Guard Special Forces Soldiers and the 105th Base Defense Squadron from the New York Air National Guard's 105th Airlift Wing.
12 May, 2023FORT CARSON, Colorado--New York Army National Guard explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technicians Staff Sgt. Robert Contini,left, and Sgt. Michael Wing secures a Mark 82 general purpose bomb with steaks and straps so it can be disarmed while competing in the All Army EOD Team of the Year Competition at Fort Carson Colorado on April 18 2023. Contini and Sgt. Michael Wing represented the Army National Guard in the competition against four active Army EOD teams from April 17 to 19.
10 May, 2023CAMP ROBINSON, ARKANSAS--New York Army National Guard Spc. Denver Degroff of the 152nd Engineer Support Company 204th Engineer Battalion aims downrange during a practice shoot on the first day of the 52nd Winston P. Wilson Small Arms Championship hosted by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center on Camp Robinson AR April 30 2023.
8 May, 2023JOINT BASER MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Virginian-- Soldiers assigned to the Army's 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) portray members of the Harlem Hellfighters of the 369th Infantry Regiment New York Army National Guard in a vignette on the 369ths World War I service as part of the Military District of Washingtons Twilight Tattoo at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Virginia. The vignette touched on the regiments service on the battlefield as well as the contributions the regimental band made to jazz music.
4 May, 2023ROGOZHINE-KRYEVIDH, Albania-- New York Army National Guard Officer Candidate Katherine Murrell briefs a squad plan to New York and New Jersey Army National Guard and Albanian trainee officers during a joint training exercise on April 17 2023 near Rrogozhine-Kryevidh Albania. Eight New York and New Jersey Army Guard officer candidates participated in two weeks of training with Albanian officer cadets April 10-24 as part of a State Partnership Program exchange.
3 May, 2023CAMP ROBINSON, ARKANSAS-New York Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Adam Crist, a human resources specialist with 2nd Squadron, 101st Cavalry Regiment, 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, checks his target downrange during the 52nd Winston P. Wilson Small Arms Championship on Camp Robinson, AR, May 1, 2023. The competition brings together 57 teams from across the United States to promote marksmanship training.
1 May, 2023GRAFENWHOEHR, Germany- New York Army National Guard Soldiers from Task Force Orion and Arkansas Army National Guard Soldiers from Task Force Bowie, stand at attention during a ceremony in which authority for the Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine was turned over from the New York task force to the team from Arkansas on April 28, 2023 in Grafenwoehr, Germany. the JMTG-U ensures the combat effectiveness of Armed Forces of Ukraine soldiers training on systems and equipment issued under the U.S. Presidential Drawdown Authority and training in combined arms and joint maneuver.
27 Apr, 2023LATHAM-Members of the New York National Guard headquarters pose for a photograph to mark Denim Day, which brings awareness to sexual assault, Latham, New York, April 26, 2023. Denim Day, which takes place in April during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, is a day of action and awareness in which people are encouraged to wear denim to combat victim blaming and educate others about sexual violence.
25 Apr, 2023CAMP SMITH--New York Army National Guard Sgt. Maj. Nicholas J. Pardi, incoming sergeant major of the 104th Military Police Battalion, receives the battalion colors from battalion commander Lt. Col. Nicholas P. Paolini during a change of responsibility ceremony on Camp Smith, N.Y., April 22, 2023. The role was previously held by Command Sgt. Maj. Morgan P. Cady.
25 Apr, 2023MANHATTAN-- New York National Guard leaders and Brazilian military officers prepare to board a UH-60M assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 142nd Aviation Regiment in New York City on April 18, 2023 prior to heading to Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania to visit a Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear training exercise being conducted by New York troops. Five Brazilian military personnel visited New York as part of the State Partnership Program training relationship between Brazil and the New York National Guard.
24 Apr, 2023CAMP LEMONNIER, DJIBOUTI-- New York Army National Guard 1st Lt. Sean Kim, a member of Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry, who is currently serving as part of Task Force Wolfhound in the Horn of Africa, receives the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal from Navy Capt. Brian, Iber, the commander of Camp Lemonnier, during award ceremonies conducted on March 31, 2023. Kim, and a number of other New York Army National Guard Soldiers were recognized for their support of operations being conducted at Camp Lemonnier.
19 Apr, 2023WESTHAMPTON BEACH--An Airman assigned to the New York Air National Guards 106th Rescue Wing explains the equipment worn by Security Forces Airmen to Congressman Nicholas LaLota from New Yorks first district during the congressmans visit to F.S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton Beach on April 13 2023. LaLota visited the wing to better understand the rescue wings state and federal missions.
17 Apr, 2023LATHAM-New York State Forest Ranger Lt. Ian Kerr checks out the radio system in a New York Army National Guard UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter at Army Aviation Support Facility #3 in Latham on Saturday, April 15 while on standby to fly a fire suppression mission in support of civilian firefighters in Orange County. Kerr and a flight crew waited at the facility in case they were called upon to help extinguish a wildfire in the town of Blooming Grove. Rainy weather helped contain the fire without calling upon the UH-60 team.
31 Mar, 2023TROY, New York --New York National Guard and New York State Office of General Services officials join together for a symbolic groundbreaking ceremony, marking the start of construction for a maintenance facility budgeted at $17 million held on March 32, 2023 at the New York State Armory on Glenmore Road in Troy, New York. Pictured are, from left, Major General Ray Shields, the adjutant general of New York, Jeanette Moy, commissioner of the New York State Office of General Services; Col. Pat Clare, New York National Guard director of logistics; Keith Buchholz, National Guard Bureau comptroller; Major Michael Costello, field maintenance supervisor; Bridgett O'Hanlon, Office of General Services deputy commissioner for design and construction; and Gary Yaple, director of facilities for the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs. The new facility will replace an older maintenance shop built in 1971 as part of the armory.
6 Apr, 2023STEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE-- U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. "CQ" Brown, Jr., presents the Air Medal to members of an aircrew led by New York Air National Guard Lt. Col. Dominic Conlan during an awards ceremony at Stewart Air National Guard Base, New York April 1, 2023. Seventeen Airmen from the 105th were awarded the Air Medal for their actions during the August 2021 evacuation of Americans and Afghans from Afghanistan.
11 Apr, 2023CAMP SMITH TRAINING SITE-- New York National Guard Spc. Alexander Bazhenov, a chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear specialist with the 222nd Chemical Company, 104th Military Police Battalion, celebrates a successful iteration on the M17 pistol lane during the 2023 State Best Warrior Competition on Camp Smith, N.Y., April 5, 2023. Bazhenov was one of six soldiers from across the state competing in a variety of soldiering skills. The winners were Sgt. Philip Stevenson and Spc. Adam Crist, both assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 101st Cavalry Regiment.
10 Apr, 2023CAMP SMITH-- Soldiers competing in the New York Army National Guard' Best Warrior Competition prepare to start the 12-mile forced march on April 5, 2023 at Camp Smith Training Center in Cortlandt Manor, New York. awards Spc. Philip Stevenson, assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 101st Calvary Regiment,was the winner in the junior enlisted category, while Sgt. Adam Crist, who is also assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 101st Cavalry, won in the non-commissioned officer category.
6 Apr, 2023LATHAM--Major General Ray Shields the adjutant general of New York speaks to members of the New York National Guard headquarters staff during a ceremony held on April 5 2023 at New York National Guard headquarters in Latham New York to mark April 2023 as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. Shields emphasized that the New York National Guard takes incidents of sexual assault and harassment very seriously and refers reported cases to civilian law enforcement when possible.
5 Apr, 2023CAMP SMITH- Twenty-one New York Guard volunteers who completed their initial entry training held March 27 to 31, 2023 stand at attention for a final formation at Camp Smith Training Site on March 31, 2023. Completing the training course allows New York Guard members to volunteer for state active duty missions. The New York Guard is a state defense force manned with citizen volunteers who augment the National Guard during state missions.
3 Apr, 2023FORT DRUM-- A New York Air National Guard Tactical Air Control Party Airmen assigned to the 274th Air Support Operations Squadron, watches as an A-10 Thunderbolt II assigned to the Maryland Air National Guard's 175th Wing makes a pass during a close air support mission at Range 48 at Fort Drum, New York on March 29, 2023. The 274th, a component of the 107th Attack Wing, specializes in air-ground coordination. Airmen from the Brazilian Air Force, which has a State Partnership Program relationship with the New York National Guard, also took part in the training.
27 Mar, 2023FORT HOOD, Texas-- Seven New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 642nd Aviation Support Battalion reaffirm their oath of enlistment after becoming United States citizens during a March 24, 2023 ceremony at Fort Hood, Texas. The Soldiers of the 642nd are training to deploy to Kuwait as part of the 185th Aviation Brigade of the Mississippi Army National Guard.
29 Mar, 2023MCMURDO STATION, Antarctica--Master Sgt. Geoff Cerrone, a loadmaster assigned to the 139th Airlift Squadron, part of the 109th Airlift Wing, prepares a LC-130 Hercules for departure at McMurdo Station, Antarctica. The 109th Airlift Wing flies the only ski-equipped LC-130s in the world and supports the National Science Foundation research efforts in Antarctica every year.
28 Mar, 2023RESOLUTE BAY, Nunavut, Canada-- Canadian Soldiers board a C-17 Globemaster III assigned to the New York Air National Guard's 105th Airlift Wing during exercise Guerrier Nordique on March 18, 2023 in Resolute Bay, Nunavut, Canada. The 105th transported troops to and from the remote exercise site in the Canadian Arctic. The New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing also participated, along with Army Guard units from Vermont and Connecticut.
22 Mar, 2023NEW YORK-- New York National Guard Soldiers assigned to the rear detachment of the 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry continue the tradition of leading the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 17, 2023. The Fighting 69th has led the worlds largest St. Patrick's Day parade since 1851. The bulk of the battalion is currently deployed in Djibouti where they marked St. Patrick's Day with a parade at Camp Lemonnier.
20 Mar, 2023CORNWALLIS ISLAND, Nunavut, Canada--Army National Guard National Guard Soldiers from Vermont and New Hampshire alongside their Canadian counterparts exit a New York Air National Guard LC-130 operated by the 109th Airlift Wing during a tactical insertion exercise conducted as part of Guerrier Nordique 23 on the Arctic Ocean near Cornwallis Island in Nunavut, Canada on March 15, 2023. the exercise began earlier this month and ended on March 20.
20 Mar, 2023DJIBOUTI--Soldiers of the New York Army National Guards 1st Battalion 69th Infantry Regiment on duty in Camp Lemonnier Djibouti march through the camp on St. Patrick's Day March 17 2023. The 69th has led the New York City St. Patricks Day Parade -- the largest in the world-- since 1851. While the battalions rear detachment marched at home the troops deployed in Africa conducted their own parade4 to keep the tradition alive.
15 Mar, 2023DJIBOUTI--Fifteen New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa received their United States citizenship during a historic naturalization ceremony at the United States Embassy in Djibouti City Djibouti Mar. 10. The Soldiers all belonging to the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team are in the midst of a 9 month deployment to CJTF-HOA conducting security and crisis response operations and are slated to return to the U.S. this summer. The ceremony is the first of its kind in the newly constructed U.S. Embassy and is a historic event for CJTF-HOA who has never before seen so many of its members become naturalized citizens at once. Maj. Gen. Jami Shawley the CJTF-HOA commander and the honorable Jonathan Pratt the United States Ambassador to Djibouti spoke at the ceremony and were among the first to congratulate the new citizens.
13 Mar, 2023U.S. Air National Guard Chief Master Sgt. Wayne Lawton, assigned to the 174th Attack Wing at Hancock Field Air National Guard Base in Syracuse, prepares snow removal equipment in advance of a late winter storm threatening upstate New York March 14-15. The state active duty response prepositions forces and equipment before the storm's arrival. The wing deployed a debris clearance team to Schenectady to be able to assist with snow clean removal. Photo by Master Sgt. Barbara Olney, 174th Attack Wing.
13 Mar, 2023LATHAM-- Major General Denise Donnell, left, the commander of the New York Air National Guard passes the flag of the New York Air Guard to Command Chief Master Sgt. Michael Hewson the senior enlisted leader for the 5880-Airman force during change of responsibility ceremonies at New York National Guard headquarters in Latham on Friday March 10 2023. Hewson a Queens resident is replacing Command Chief Master Sgt. Denny Richardson right who is moving into the position of command chief for the 1st Air Force.
9 Mar, 2023WESTHAMPTON BEACH-- Col. Shawn Fitzgerald the commander of the 106th Rescue Wing left and Command Chief Master Sgt. Michael Hewson right applaud Command Chief Master Sgt. Edward Rittberg following during a change of responsibility ceremony on March 5 2023 at F.S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton Beach. New York. Rittberg took over from Hewson who has been named New York Air National Guard command chief.
8 Mar, 2023GRAFENWOEHR, Germany-- Col. William Murphy commander of Task Force Orion 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the New York Army National Guard speaks with Gen. Daniel Hokanson chief of the National Guard Bureau next to an M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle in Grafenwoehr Germany March 1 2023. Hokanson visited Task Force Orion which is deployed to lead the Joint Multinational Training Group Ukraine and helps facilitate training of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in Germany as part of a continued world-wide effort led by the U.S. and supported by more than 50 nations to help Ukraine defend itself from Russias brutal and unprovoked war.
6 Mar, 2023RESOLUTE BAY, Nunavut--Airmen from the 139th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron and medics from the Royal Canadian Armed Forces receive quick response training in a de Havilland Canada CC-138 Twin Otter aircraft from the 440 Transport Squadron Royal Canadian Armed Forces in Resolute Bay Nunavut Canada 26 Feb 2023. Airmen learned about the capabilities of the aircraft and determined how they could adapt the aircraft for casualty evacuation.
3 Mar, 2023KUWAIT- New York Army National Guard Spc. Ozlem Sayal a paralegal specialist with the 369th Sustainment Brigade and Sgt. Joseph Billalba a network communications systems specialist with the 187th Brigade Signal Company 369th SB of the New York Army National Guard are recognized as the Hellfighter Sustainers of the Week during a ceremony conducted by Command Sgt. Maj Curtis Moss senior enlisted advisor to the commander of the brigade at Camp Arifjan Kuwait Feb. 21 2023. Spc. Sayal was chosen because she demonstrates confidence and competence far above her rank having worked on numerous investigations and projects within the legal section. Sgt. Billalba was chosen for his outstanding work with a forward logistics site he was able to thrive with despite great adversity.
2 Mar, 2023GRAFENWOEHR, Germany--General Daniel Hokanson the Chief of the National Guard Bureau right speaks with Col. William Murphy commander of the New York Army National Guards Task Force Orion during a visit to Grafenwoehr Germany on March 1 2023. Task Force Orion, built around Soldiers from the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, is leading the Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine which is working to ensure Ukrainian soldiers know how to employ weapons being sent to help them defend their nation against the Russian invasion..
1 Mar, 2023RESOLUTE BAY, Nunavut, Canada--Airmen from the 109th Airlift Wings Polar Camp Skiway Team and members from the 440 Transport Squadron Royal Canadian Armed Forces are loading equipment and fuel into a Twin Otter aircraft at Resolute Bay, Nunuvut, Canada preparation for Exercise Guerrier Nordique.The Polar Camp Skiway Team will establish a remote camp and then build a ski landing area and provide Canadian and Vermont Army personnel with tactical support via the 109ths LC-130 Skibirds.
27 Feb, 2023KUWAIT--Roman Catholic Archbishop Timothy Broglio performs the sacrament of confirmation on for a worshiper during a mass in the Zone 1 chapel on Camp Arifjan Kuwait Jan. 29 2023. The New York Army National Guard's 369th Sustainment Brigade is deployed to Camp Arifjan in support of Task Force Spartan, the U.S. Army presence in the Middle East.
23 Feb, 2023DJIBOUTI-- A New York Army National Guard Soldier attached to Task Force Wolfhound participates in high angle shooting training in Djibouti Africa on Feb. 13 2023. Task Force Wolfhound, built around the 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry, holds regular training for different weapon variants to keep their members ready to respond to real world contingencies at a moments notice.
22 Feb, 2023DJIBOUTI--New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 1st Battaion 69th Infantry Regiment negotiate a climbing obstacle which going through the French Desert Commando Course on Feb. 2 2023 at the Centre Dentrainment Au Combat in Djibouti. Participants who successfully completed the training which was hosted by the hosted by the French 5th Overseas Interarms Regiment received the prestigious desert commando badge. The New Yorkers are deployed to the region as part of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa.
17 Feb, 2023GABRESKI AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE-- A Marine Corps Reserve UH-1Y "Venom" utility helicopter comes into land in front of a New York Air Guard HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopter during joint training at Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton Beach on February 2, 2023. The Marines from Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 773, conducted joint personnel rescue and refueling training with Airmen assigned to the 106th Rescue Wing's 101st Rescue Squadron.
15 Feb, 2023LATHAM--Amber Murray the management support specialist for the New York Air National Guard headquarters has been recognized as the top civilian employee in the Air National Guard for 2022 Latham New York Jan. 25 2023. Winning the Air Force Association Lisa S. Disbrow Outstanding Civilian of the Year for the Air National Guard will now see Murray go for overall Air Force civilian honors out of more than 170000 Air Force civilians.
13 Feb, 2023DJIBOUTI-- New York Army National Guard Soldiers from Charlie Company 1st Battalion 69th Infantry Regiment deployed to Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa pose for a photo with members of the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force while conducting a small arms range in the vicinity of Camp Lemonnier Djibouti Jan. 10. Currently more than 1200 New York Army National Guard Soldiers are deployed overseas to Djibouti Kenya and Somalia.
7 Feb, 2023FORT POLK--Sgt. Thomas Mulhern, left, and Sgt. Klayton McCallum both members of the New York Army National Guards 2nd Battalion 108th Infantry move simulated casualty under a wire obstacles at the Army Best Medic Competition on January 24 2023 at Fort Polk Louisiana. The Two New York Army Guard Soldiers represented the Army National Guard during the competition.
7 Feb, 2023CAMP SMITH--Private First Class Brandon Will of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team participates in the Engagement Skills Trainer (EST) at Camp Smith NY February 4th. The EST simulates live fire exercises in a virtual reality setting in this case operating a M240B machine gun in a simulated convoy in Kandahar Afghanistan.
19 Jan, 2023LEEDS-- New York Nava Militia Senior Chief Timothy Otty presents a Naval Milita challenge coin to Matthew Durocher, the Division of Military and Naval Affairs regional mechanic, during a visit to the Leeds Armory on January 18, 2023. The New York Naval Militia stores several boats used by the Military Emergency Boat Service at the armory and Durocher plays a key role in keeping things running at the armory, enabling the Naval Militia to conduct its mission.
27 Jan, 2023HORN OF AFRICA--New York Army National Guard Capt. Mike Kirwin the commander of Alpha Company 1st Battalion 69th Infantry Regiment left and Col. Sean Flynn the commander of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team pose for a photograph in the Horn of Africa on Jan. 21 2023 while Flynn was visiting the company at on of Task Force Wolfhounds outstations in the region. Task Force Wolfhound led by the 69th Infantry is providing security for U.S. bases in the region. The C-12 Flynn was traveling in was piloted by pilots assigned to the New York National Army National Guards Detachment 5 of C Company 2nd Battalion of the 245th Aviation Regiment.
31 Jan, 2023KATTERBACH, GERMANY-- New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Joint Military Training Group-Ukraine listen as Army 1st Lt. Sean Schlagel an aviation officer assigned to Bravo Company 1st Battalion 3rd Aviation Regiment (Attack Battalion) gives an overview of the capabilities of the AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopter during a professional development event in Katterbach Germany Jan. 4 2023. The event organized for Soldiers assigned to Task Force Orion manned by the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, followed their training in the Army's military decision-making process and helped them understand how to incorporate aviation and air defense assets into planning for combat operations.
27 Jan, 2023STATEN ISLAND--New York Army National Guard Major Kevin Vilardo the executive officer of the 42nd Infantry Division Headquarters Battalion left passes the guidon of the 42nd Infantry Division Signal Company to Capt. Joseph F. Bologna during change of command ceremonies on January 21 2023 at the Manor Road Armory in Staten Island. Bologna replaced Capt.Ryan M. Visgauss as the commander of the company.
25 Jan, 2023FORT POLK-- New York Army National Guard Sgt.Klayton McCallum and Sgt. Thomas Mulhern, both from the 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry Regiment, are representing the entire Army National Guard at the Command Sgt. Maj. Jack L. Clark U.S. Army Best Medic Competition at Fort Polk, Louisiana. You can track what is going on this week here: https://www.facebook.com/ArmyBestMedicCompetition/.
24 Jan, 2023ROCHESTER-- Soldiers assigned to the 642nd Aviation Support Battalion salute during their farewell ceremony held on January 22 2023 at the Army Aviation Support Facility at Rochester International Airport. 350 members of the battalion and 45 Soldiers from Bravo Company 3rd Battalion 126th General Support Aviation Battalion aer currently at Fort Indiantown Gap training for a deployment to Kuwait later this year.
23 Jan, 2023RONKONKOMA--Soldiers of the 642nd Aviation Support Battalion and their families gather at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Ronkonkoma on January 22 for a ceremony to mark their deployment to Kuwait. The Soldiers will train at Fort Indiantown Gap and then Fort Hood prior to heading for the Middle East.
19 Jan, 2023Westhampton Beach-- Members of the 106th Rescue Wing Base Honor Guard stand at attention during training at F.S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton Beach on January 8, 2023. Pictured are, from left: Staff Sgt Dominick Barget, Senior Airman Yanier Romero, Staff Sgt Colleen Bonamico, Master Sgt Alan Sanchez, Staff Sgt Duquann Hinton, and Tech. Sgt Michael Pennolino
17 Jan, 2023SARATOGA SPRINGS-- New York Army National Guard recruiters who were recognized for their efforts in 2022 display their awards during the Recruiting and Retention Battalion Dining Out held on January 7, 2023 in Saratoga Springs, New York. The New York Army National Guard recruiters were the only National Guard recruiting team to meet their goal, and even exceed it, for fiscal 2022.
12 Jan, 2023DJIBOUTI-- Lt. Col. Shawn Tabankin, commander of New York Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment, presents a challenge coin to Capt. Nina Skinner, the battalion communications officer, after she completed a Norwegian Foot March at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Dec. 16, 2022. Skinner received the coin for placing first among female participants with a finish time of 3 hours and 59 minutes.
10 Jan, 2023ALBANY--Michael Searing poses for a photo with his parents Thomas and Kimberly as well as his older brother John during a Make a Wish event on January 8th during which he was a Soldier for the Day. The event was organized by Make-a- Wish and the New York Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion for Michael where he was sworn in as a Soldier in the Army for a day and received a military escort to the Albany airport where he boarded a flight for Disney World with his family.
10 Jan, 2023CAMP SMITH--New York Guard Col Stephen Ryan, Deputy Commander New York Guard leads a Profession Development class for New York Guard service members assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC) on January 7, 2023, at Camp Smith Training Site, Cortlandt Manor, NY. The training lesson covered saluting protocols, proper wear of uniform, and military email etiquette. The purpose of professional development is to help the service members develop their knowledge, skills and experience for their present roles and any potential future roles as prepared and capable leaders.
6 Jan, 2023SCOTIA--Dr. Robert Donnell a retired Navy officer pins an additional star onto the uniform of his daughter Major General Denise Donnell the commander of the New York Air National Guard during her promotion ceremony on Jan. 6 2023 at Stratton Air National Guard Base in Scotia New York. At right is her brother John Donnell a technical sergeant in the Michigan Air National Guard also assists.
5 Jan, 2023NIAGARA FALLS--Staff Sgt Kevin Au 107th Attack Wing receives the New York State Military Commendation Medal from Col Andrew Carlson wing commander and Brigadier General Denise Donnell commander of the New York Air National Guard Dec 30 2022 Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. Eighteen members of the 107 ATKW earned the medal for displaying exemplary dedication and resiliency during their activation through a storm that would eventually claim 39 lives.
4 Jan, 2023BUFFALO-- New York Guard Staff Sgt. Kris Bateman, (L) and SPC Israa Cahill (M) work alongside a New York Army National Guard soldier as DLAN Operators in the Joint Operations Center (JOC), at the Connecticut St. Armory, Buffalo NY on December 29th, 2022, as part of Joint Task Force 5 Operation December Winter Storm 2022. Eight New York Guard members are on state active duty, along with over six hundred Soldiers from the New York National Guard in the western New York area, who are assisting with rescue and recovery efforts following the historic snowstorm which hit the region over the Christmas weekend.