19 Dec, 2018STEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE --Maj. Gen. Raymond Shields (left)Adjutant General for the State of New York speaks with an Airmen assigned the 105th Base Defense Squadron at Stewart Air National Guard Base, New York Dec. 19 2018. Shields also emphasized his three priorities of manning readiness and availability to conduct civil support operations which he said the New York Air National Guard plays a big role in.
19 Dec, 2018Winter weather is here. New York Army National Guard Soldiers need to be ready to operate outside and make sure their families are ready to cope with winter if they are off responding to an emergency. Major General Raymond Shields, commander of the New York Army National Guard and Adjutant General for New York is urging Soldiers and leaders to be ready.
27 Dec, 2018SCHUYLERVILLE-- New York Army National Guard Sgt. Joshua Sanzo ( left) holds the flag as its folded by Pfc. Ryan Baranski and Spc. Ryan Gosse during a funeral service for Cpl. Lewis Smith, U.S. Army during the burial mass at Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, on December 20th, 2018. Smith served in the United States Army from 1958 to 1960. New York Army and Air National Guard honor guards will conduct more than 11,000 such services by the end of 2018.
21 Dec, 2018ROME-- New York Air National Guardsmen Master Sgt. Shane Reid front and Tech. Sgt. Brady King both of the 224th Air Defense Squadron train for upcoming Santa tracking operations at the Eastern Air Defense Sector in Rome. A headquarters unit of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) EADS supports the NORAD Tracks Santa operation every year.
21 Dec, 2018NEW YORK--Members of the New York Army National Guard and New York Guard the states volunteer defense force package toys for distribution to families in need on Dec. 18 2018 at the Jacob Javitts Convention Center in New York City. Other members of the National Guard will help distribute toys in New York City Buffalo and on Long Island on Dec. 21.
19 Dec, 2018WEST POINT --1st Lt. Paul Kelly and 1st Lt. Jessica Persoon both assigned to the 642nd Aviation Support Battalion, New York Army National Guard work together to negotiate the river crossing obstacle at the United States Military Academy Leadership Reaction Course at West Point N.Y. on Dec. 8 2018. The training was designed so 642nd senior leaders could test their problem solving and decision-making skills while learning how to work better together.
14 Dec, 2018LATHAM--Senior leaders of the New York National Guard join New York Army National Guard Pvt. Michael Mohabir and New York Air National Guard Airman Emily Irish in cutting a birthday cake during a National Guard Birthday celebration held on Thursday. Dec. 13 at New York National Guard headquarters. Pictured are from left Brig. Gen. John Andonie New York Army National Guard Chief of Staff; Command Chief Warrant Officer 5 Jackie OKeefe; Pvt. Michael Mohabir; Command Chief Master Sgt. Amy Guiaqunito the senior enlisted leader for the New York National Guard; Airman First Class Emily Irish; and Command Chief Master Sgt Maureen Dooley the top enlisted advisor. New York National Guard members and employees of the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs made time for a short ceremony to mark the Natiolnal Guards 382nd Birthday .
10 Dec, 2018CAMP SMITH--U.S. Army Sgt. Nicholas Zito an infantryman assigned to the B Company 1st Battalion 69th Infantry Regiment New York Army National Guard drags a 90-pound sled during an Army Combat Fitness Test grader certification training on the parade field at Camp Smith Training Site Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. Nov. 29 2018. Camp Smith was selected as one of several pilot sites to test the new Army Combat Fitness Test and trained 118 Soldiers from eight states and territories over the course of four days.
10 Dec, 2018LATHAM-- New York National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 1427th Transport Company conduct medical readiness evaluations with workers from Logistics Health Inc. at Joint Force Headquarters N.Y. Latham N.Y. Dec. 8 2018. The 1427th was participating in the NY National Guards Medical Readiness Weekend.
10 Dec, 2018BROOKLYN-- New York Army National Guard Major (Chaplin) James Kim holds his pose as technicians apply casting material to his body at Studio EIS in Brooklyn N.Y. on Nov. 8 2018. Kim is one of six New York National Guard Soldiers who served as models for life-size figures that will be part of two exhibits at the National Museum of the United States Army when it opens in 2020. The figure Kim served as a model for is of robot operator in Afghanistan.
10 Dec, 2018STEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE --Airmen assigned to the 105th Airlift Wing marked the final blood drive of the year with a visit from a local blood recipient at Stewart Air National Guard Base Dec. 7 2018. Airmen from across the base lined up to donate and meet with 13-year-old Isabella Munoz.
6 Dec, 2018WEST POINT- Members of the New York Guard and New York Naval Militia gather at the United States Military Academy Officers Club at West Point on Dec. 1, 2018 for their annual holiday ball. Speakers included Major General David Warager, the Commanding General of the New York Guard, and Rear Admiral Timothy J. Zakriski the Commander of the New York Naval Militia.
6 Dec, 2018KINDERHOOK--New York Army National Guard Command Sgt. Major David Piwowarski and Brig. Gen. John Adonie render honors to President Martin Van Buren the 8th president of the United States during a Dec. 5 2018 ceremony at his gravesite at Kinderhook Reformed Church Cemetery in Kinderhook N.Y. The U.S. military presents wreaths from the current occupant of the White House at the gravesites of former presidents on the anniversary of their birth. Van Buren was born in Kinderhook in 1782.
3 Dec, 2018KINGSTON--U.S. Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Kristin Northrup a survey team chief and Spc. Sean Murray a survey team member assigned to the 2nd Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team (CST) move to inspect scan and catalog the contents of a simulated bomb makers vehicle during a hazardous materials exercise with the City of Kingston Fire Department in Kingston N.Y. Nov. 28 2018. The 2nd CST based in Scotia N.Y. is trained to identify and respond to chemical biological and radiological agents and advise first-responders on how to deal with those threats.
30 Nov, 2018LATHAM--New York Army National Guard Soldier Chief Warrant Officer 5 Chris Panarese poses with his wife Laura and children Samantha and Johnathan at the Army Aviation Support Facility #3 in Latham, N.Y. on Nov. 29, 2018 following Panarese "Final Flight" as an Army Pilot. Panarese celebrated his final flight with 26 years of service.
29 Nov, 2018BALLSTON SPA--New York Air National Guard Master Sgt. Kyle Defeo assigned to the 109th Airlift Wing in Scotia N.Y. helps load donated Christmas trees at Ellms Tree Farm in Ballston Spa N.Y. November 26 2018. Nearly 20 volunteers turned out to help load 130 Christmas Trees bound for military families at Fort Bragg N.C. The effort supported Trees for Troops a nationwide campaign of the Christmas Spirit Foundation to deliver donated trees to military personnel and their families across the country and around the globe.
16 Nov, 2018November marks the beginning of the holiday season. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Day will bring families together to celebrate. It is also a period of increased travel, increased opportunities to over-indulge in alcohol, over-decorate our houses, and try new methods of cooking traditional meals. Click the link below for a few tips to keep in mind from the New York Army National Guard Safety Office in order to prevent a tragedy from occurring during this festive time of year.
26 Nov, 2018NEW YORK-- New York Army National Guard Maj. Gen. Ray Shields the Adjutant General for New York and commander of the New York Army National Guard speaks with Soldiers of the 369th Sustainment Brigade as they mark their return to the Harlem Armory after a four-year renovation project November 10 2018. The Soldiers returned in time to participate in the NYC Veterans Day Parade on November 11 commemorating the centennial of the end of WWI.
21 Nov, 2018Members of the New York Guard and the New York National Guard put together Thanksgiving meals for needy families and pack them onto a trailer at the Jacob Javitts Center in New York on Monday, Nov. 19. The team assembled more than 3,200 meals. They were joined by Major General Ray Shields, the Adjutant General of New York and members of his command team. (Division of Military and Naval Affairs photo by New York Guard Lt. Donald Ferguson)
19 Nov, 2018NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION-- Col. Gary Charlton incoming wing commander of the 107th Attack Wing New York National Guard takes the wing flag from Maj. Gen. Raymond Shields the Adjutant General of New York during a change of command ceremony at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station N.Y. on Saturday, Nov. 17 2018. Taking command is symbolized by taking possession of the wing flag as Col. Robert Kilgore relinquishes command of the wing after four years.
16 Nov, 2018LATHAM--Maj. Gen. Ray Shields Adjutant General of the New York National Guard speaks to Soldiers from Detachment 5 Company C of the 2nd Battalion 245th Aviation Regiment and their family at their farewell ceremony on Wednesday November 14 2018 at the Army Aviation Flight Facility at Albany International Airport. The detachments Soldiers will depart Latham this week for Fort Bliss. They are expected to depart for Kuwait by the end of November.
14 Nov, 2018NEW YORK --New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to components of the 369th Sustainment Brigade take part in the annual New York City Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 11 2018. Seven hundred Soldiers from the 369th Special Troops Battalion the 101st Expeditionary Signal Battalion and the 104th Military Police Battalion participated.
13 Nov, 2018METLIFE STADIUM--U.S. Army National Guard Soldiers from the 42nd Infantry Division Headquarters Color Guard stand at attention as Army Band members sing the National Anthem during the opening ceremonies of the New Yorks Jets versus Buffalo Bills football game November 11 2018 at MetLife Stadium East Rutherford N.J. To commemorate the divisions creation in World War I the division Color Guard traditionally wears World War I Doughboy uniforms and helmets.
9 Nov, 2018GARDEN CITY--Retired Brig. Gen. Patrick Alesia president of the 42nd Rainbow Division Association presides over a wreath laying at the Rainbow Division Memorial at Garden City N.Y. on Friday Nov. 9. He was joined by Staff Sgt. Colin Stewart the readiness NCO for Alpha Company 1st Battalion 69th Infantry. The annual wreath laying on or near Veterans Day commemorates the history of the 42nd Division which was founded during World War I.
5 Nov, 2018Winter brings cold slippery weather which can lead to falls. The New York National Guard Safety office urges National Guard Soldiers and Airmen to pay special attention to fall prevention in November. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 800,000 people are hospitalized each year because of a fall injury; falls are also the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries. Slips, trips and falls make up 20 percent of all work-related injuries, account for more than 12 percent of workers compensation expenses and cost the government and taxpayers roughly $40,000 per incident.
2 Nov, 2018STEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE --Members of the 105th Airlift Wing attend a ceremony marking the end of the wing's C-5M Super Galaxy refurbishment project at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh N.Y. on Nov. 1 2018. The wing refurbished 49 of 52 jets which will extend their capabilities into the 2040s. The project began in 2010.
1 Nov, 2018LATHAM--New York Army National Guard Maj. Gen. Ray Shields, the Adjutant General of the New York National Guard, stands with employees and Soldiers at the Division of Military and Naval Affairs Headquarters on October 24, 2018 in Latham, N.Y. This week is the 2018 Red Ribbon Week where personnel participated in wearing a red piece of clothing to help raise awareness on the fight against drugs.
31 Oct, 2018COLONIE-- Major General Ray Shields, the Adjutant General of New York, (left) presents the state Conspicuous Service Medal to a members of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team during a dinner held as part of an event commemorating the 10th anniversary of the brigade's service in Afghanistan on October 20, 2018 at the Desmond Hotel in Colonie, N.Y. by the 27th Division Association. The association also noted the centennial of the units creation and service in World War I.
29 Oct, 2018FORT DRUM--New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Shawn Shutts(left) receives the 427th Brigade Support Battalion flag from Col. Christopher Cronin(right) at Fort Drum N.Y. on Oct. 20 2018 during change of command ceremonies. Shutts replaced Lt. Col. Patrick Clare as the commander of the battalion.
24 Oct, 2018FORT DRUM--New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. April Bennett (left), the 152nd Brigade Engineer battalion commander, and battalion Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Czarnecki, uncase the new unit flag, at Fort Drum, N.Y., on Oct. 20, 2018 during a ceremony marking the transition of the unit from the 27th Brigade Special Troops Battalion to the brigade engineer battalion. Bennett and Czarnecki unfurled the flag to mark the end of the conversion of the unit from a special troops battalion to an engineer battalion with two engineer companies instead of one.
24 Oct, 2018LATHAM- New York Army National Guard Maj. Gen. Ray Shields, the Adjutant General of the New York National Guard, stands with employees and Soldiers at the Division of Military and Naval Affairs Headquarters on October 24, 2018 in Latham, N.Y. This week is the 2018 Red Ribbon Week where personnel participated in wearing a red piece of clothing to help raise awareness on the fight against drugs.
12 Oct, 2018Join the New York National Guard's Family Programs Office in recognizing Red Ribbon Week, a period designed to raise awareness about the dangers of drug misuse. Sponsored by the National Family Family Partnership, Red Ribbon Week calls on parents to set a good example by not misusing drugs themselves and talking to their children about the dangers drug misuse can pose and setting rules for kids to follow.Wear any red piece of clothing to show your support for the fight against drugs.
19 Oct, 2018LATHAM -- New York Army National Guard Major General Ray Shields is congratulated by New York Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul following a change of command ceremony at New York National Guard headquarters in Latham, N.Y. on Oct. 19, 2018. Shields took over as the 54th Adjutant General of New York from Major General Anthony German who is now serving at Air National Guard headquarters.
19 Oct, 2018STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE--An LC-130 assigned to the New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing leaves Stratton Air National Guard Base on Sept. 16 en route to McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. The 109th Airlift Wing flies the only ski-equipped planes in the U.S. military which can land on snow and ice. The 109th provides support for National Science Foundation research on the continent as part of the U.S. militaries Operation Deep Freeze.
17 Oct, 2018NEW WINDSOR--Brigadier General Timothy J. LaBarge, New York National Guard Director of Joint Staff, presents Technical Sergeant Flavio Martinez, a member of the 105th Airlift Wing's security forces, with the Pruple Heart at a ceremony October 14, 2018 at the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, New Windsor, NY, during a ceremony held on October 14.
15 Oct, 2018CAMP SMITH--U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Michel Natali, commander, 53rd Troop Command, New York Army National Guard, passes the noncommissioned officer sword to Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Ciampolillo, incoming command sergeant major of the 53rd Troop Command, during a change of responsibility ceremony at Camp Smith Training Site, Cortlandt Manor, N.Y., Oct. 14, 2018. The ceremony marked the change of the 53rd Troop Commands senior enlisted advisor from outgoing Command Sgt. Maj. Corey K. Cush to incoming Command Sgt. Maj. Ciampolillo.
14 Oct, 2018A New York Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter transports search and rescue personnel and their all-terrain vehicles to St. Teresa, along the shoreline of the Florida panhandle October 12, 2018. The New York Army National Guard Soldiers deployed two Chinooks and two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters along with 25 crewmembers to Tallahassee, Florida to assist with response and recovery efforts for the Florida National Guard following the impact of Hurricane Michael. Courtesy photo.
12 Oct, 2018Master Sgt. Luis Barsallo, a certified hand-to-hand tactics instructor demonstrates a move to members of the South African National Defense Forces during an exchange visit on October 10, 2018. Soldiers from the New York Army National Guard took part in an exchange program at the South African National Defense Forces Military Police School during an exchange visit there on Oct. 10-11, 2018. Twelve New York Army National Guard experts in civil support operations, military police, law enforcement, and self-defense took part in the exchange visit.
11 Oct, 2018GABRESKI AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE -Members of the 106th Rescue Wing, assigned to the New York Air National Guard, prepare to deploy in support of the Hurricane Michael rescue efforts at the 106th Rescue Wing, Westhampton Beach, N.Y., Oct. 10, 2018. The 106th Rescue Wing will send their highly trained Guardsmen to include pararescue, aircrew, maintainers and support, along with HC-130 and HH-60 aircraft and rescue boats.
9 Oct, 2018NEW YORK---Soldiers assigned to the New York National Guard's Joint Task Force Empire Shield train to respond to an active shooter on October 3, 2018 in an empty building at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Joint Task Force Empire Shield is a state active duty security force which augments law enforcement at transportation hubs in New York City.
5 Oct, 2018MENANDS--New York Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Timothy J. LaBarge, the NewYork National Guard Director of Joint Staff, and Command Chief Master Sgt. Maureen Dooley, the senior ranking noncommissioned officer for the New York Air National Guard, present a wreath from President Donald Trump at the gravesite of President Chester A. Arthur in Albany Rural Cemetery in Menands, N.Y. on October 5, 2018. Representatives of the United States Armed Forces present a wreath from the current president at the gravesite of past presidents on their birthdays. Arthur, the 21st President of the United States, was born on Oct. 5, 1829.
4 Oct, 2018UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY, WEST POINT-- New York National Guard members distribute emergency go bags to Department of Defense civilians and military members who attended disaster preparedness training conducted by the New York National Guard at Eisenhower Hall, at the United States Military Academy on Sept. 27, 2018. Launched in 2014 by Gov. Andrew M.Cuomo, The Citizen Preparedness Corps offers two-hour training courses for New York State residents provide the tools and resources to prepare for any type of disaster, respond accordingly and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions.
2 Oct, 2018CAMP SMITH- New York Guard volunteers learn to operate a skid steer used to clear debris during their week-long annual training at Camp Smith Training Site on Sept. 26, 2018. The New York Guard is the state's self-defense force which augments the New York National Guard during state emergencies.
27 Sep, 2018LATHAM--Retired Sergeant Major of the ArmyKenneth O. Preston speaks to New York Army National Guard noncommissioned officers during a NCO Professional Development Workshop held at Division of Military and Naval Affairs Headquarters in Latham, N.Y. on Sept. 21, 2018. Eighty NCOs attended the two-day course hosted by New York Army National Guard Command Sgt. Major David Piwowarski. Preston, who currently serves as the Vice President of NCO and Soldier Programs for the Association of the United States Army, was the Army's top NCO from 2004 to 2011. He spoke about the value of NCO education and the role NCOs play in the Army
26 Sep, 2018Camp Smith--Members of the New York Guard, the state's volunteer defense force, conduct chain saw training during their week-long annual training at Camp Smith Training Site in Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. on Sept. 26, 2018. The 500-member force augments the New York National Guard for state missions during weather disasters or security alerts. They provide logistical and mission support to the National Guard.
26 Sep, 2018CAMP SMITH--U.S. Army Pvt. Wonnda Coats, a culinary specialist with Foxtrot Company, 427th Brigade Support Battalion of the New York Army National Guard, cooks potatoes during the state-level Philip A. Connelly Cooking Competition at Camp Smith, N.Y., Sept. 8, 2018. The Philip A. Connelly Program improves food service operations, brings recognition to food service programs, and awards excellence in food service.
21 Sep, 2018SOUTH AFRICA--New York Army National Guard Capt. Austin Luckenbach, commander of D. Co. 152nd Brigade Engineer Battalion, helps assemble an RQ-7 Shadow at Waterkloof Air Force Base, South Africa ahead of the African Aerospace and Defense Exhibition on Sept. 18, 2018. Luckenbach is part of a contingent of New York Air and Army Guardsmen who represent their states military forces during the trade show.
20 Sep, 2018LUMBERTON, N.C.-- Pararescue Airmen Tech Sgt. Ryan Dush and Staff Sgt. Griffin Elzey, both members of the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing, are lowered out of a HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter assigned to the wing during a rescue mission in Lumberton, North Carolina on Sept. 17, 2018 in this still from a helmet mounted video camera. The two Airmen were descending to make an assessment of how many people were in the house, surrounded by flood waters and the best way to get them out. Eventually 15 people were rescued by two HH-60s, one flown by New York Air Guardsmen and the other by an aircrew from the California Air National Guard's 129th Rescue Wing.
20 Sep, 2018ROCKY POINT, N.C.--Army Staff Sgt. Charles Gabriel, a member of the New York Army National Guard's Company C, 1st Battalion 171st General Support Aviation Battalion, works with members of the FEMA Seach and Rescue Task Force 6 and the Greensboro, North Carolina Fire Department to rescue a 78-year old man from the roof of his house in Rocky Point, North Carolina on Sept. 18, 2018. The man was hoisted up to a hovering UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter in a Stokes basket. The New York Army National Guard deployed ten Soldiers and two UH-60 helicopters from Company C 1-171st GSAB to assist in the Hurricane Florence response.
18 Sep, 2018KINSTON, SOUTH CAROLINA -- New York Air National Guard Master Sgt. Jim Brucculeri and Staff Sgt. Kareem Spearman from the 102nd Rescue Squadron of the 106th Rescue Wing scan for people in need of rescue over Kinston, N.C. on Sept. 16, 2018. The 106th Rescue Wing has deployed 112 Airmen in support of the response to Hurricane Florence.
17 Sep, 2018OCEAMA, VA-- An HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter assigned to the 106th Rescue Wing of tjhe New York Air National Guard prepares to take off from Oceana, Virginia, in support of Hurricane Florence Relief Operations on September 15, 2018. The 106th Rescue Wing has deployed 112 Airmen in support of hurricane response missions
14 Sep, 2018New York Air National Guard Maj. Matt Forbes, director of operations with the 101st Rescue Squadron, 106th Rescue Wing based at Westhampton Beach, New York, focuses on a screen at Base Operations at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, Sept. 14, 2018. The 106th Rescue Wing forward deployed some 80 personnel and aircraft to support the response to Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel H. Farrell)
10 Sep, 2018Having an effective plan to keep you, your family and your home safe during an emergency allows you to focus on the job at hand without having to also worry about the home front. It also enables quicker mobilization to provide better support to our fellow Soldiers and neighbors. The New York National Guard Safety Office reminds us that it is important to prepare in advance to help yourself, your family and your community.
10 Sep, 2018BUFFALO--A member of the West Virigina Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion 19th Special Forces Group ( Airborne) exits a CH-47 Chinook helicopter assigned to the New York Army National Guard's Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion 126th Aviation, over Lake Erie in Buffalo, N.Y. on Sept. 5, 2018. The New York aircrew was assisting members of the West Virginia Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion 19th Special Forces Group ( Airborne) in conducting helocast training. Helocasting is a technique that involves personnel exiting a helicopter into water. It is used to insert small groups behind enemy lines.
7 Sep, 2018STEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE --Senior Master Sgt. Todd Lobraico places a carnation during a memorial service for his son Staff Sgt. Todd TJ Lobraico at Stewart Air National Guard Base N.Y. Sept. 5 2018. Staff Sgt. Lobraico was killed during combat operations outside of Bagram Air Base Sept. 5 2013.
5 Sep, 2018LEAVENWORTH--New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 102nd Military Police Battalion conduct riot control training at Fort Leavenworth K.S. June 7 2018. The Soldiers were conducting joint training with the 705th Military Police Battalion at the at the Joint Regional Corrections Facility at Fort Leavenworth.
31 Aug, 2018CAMP SMITH--U.S. Army Spc. Michael Labonte a resident of Smithfield R.I. assigned to Company C 1st Battalion (Airborne) 143rd Infantry Regiment in cover before after a mock assault during infantry reclassification course 18-002 final field training exercise which lasted 48 hours at Camp Smith Training Site Cortlandt Manor N.Y. Aug. 13 2018. The 106th Regional Training Institute conducted the infantry course from August 3-21 2018 and adapted the training curriculum to meet the new infantry standards.
28 Aug, 2018ALBANY-New York National Guard members add a flag honoring POWs to the American flag flying at half-staff at the Empire State Plaza at the direction of New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in order to recognize the late Sen. John McCain on Tuesday, August 28. Cuomo directed that POW/MIA flags be added to flagpoles on four state government buildings in Albany and be flown at half-staff in honor of the more than five years McCain spent in captivity as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. POW/MIA flags will be flown at half-staff on the New York State Capitol, Alfred E. Smith Building, New York State Executive Mansion, the Empire State Plaza, and at OGS state office buildings across the state in the same manner.
27 Aug, 2018NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION -- New York Army National Guard Maj. Adam Bajorski the operations officer for the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team hugs his children after returning from a 10 month deployment to Ukraine Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station N.Y. Aug. 23 2018. Bajorski came home with more than 70 other Soldiers who are the last of 220 that were part of the Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine which deployed in October of 2017 to help oversee the training of 2000 Ukrainian soldiers alongside other NATO countries.
24 Aug, 2018CAMP SMITH-- New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 369th Sustainment Brigade ruck march at Camp Smith part of their Fort Drum and Camp Smith N.Y. dual location annual training exercise Aug. 16 2018. One hundred and seventy-five New York Army National Guard Soldiers from 369th Sustainment Brigade took part in annual training at dual locations Fort Drum and Camp Smith N.Y. Aug. 9-18 2018.
23 Aug, 2018CAMP SMITH--Army National Guard Soldiers from throughout the Northeast exit an CH-47 Chinook helicopter assigned to the New York Army National Guards Company B 3rd Battalion 126th Aviation during infantry reclassification training at Camp Smith Training Site on August 13 2018. The 106th Regional Training Institute conducted the infantry course from August 3-21 2018 and adapted the training curriculum to meet the new infantry standards.
21 Aug, 2018Airmen of the 107th Civil Engineering Squadron of the 107th Attack Wing of the New York National Guard watch as carriers holding eggs hit the ground during a team building exercise on Aug. 12, 2018 . The Airmen of the squadron had the mission of cradling eggs so they would survive drops of more than 15 feet during a team building exercise at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station N.Y. Aug. 12 2018. The 107th CES has recently started holding monthly challenges during their monthly drill to break up their normal routine and to bring Airmen together who dont commonly work together.
21 Aug, 2018RENSSELEAR--Members of the New York National Guards 2nd Civil Support Team load an ATV used to carry chemical biological and radiological survey team members onto New York Naval Militia boat LC-350 during a joint training exercise conducted in Rensselear N.Y. on August 17 2018. The CST and Naval Militia were testing the ability of the new landing craft to carry a CST vehicle and land it along a waterway.
20 Aug, 2018JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST--New York Army National Guard Soldiers of the 107th Military Police Company, 104th Military Police Battalion camouflage their vehicles during a base security exercise during the units annual training at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst N.J. August 13 2018. National Guard members are typically required to attend an annual training period (usually 2 weeks in the summer) each year in addition to their one drill weekend each month.
16 Aug, 2018BINGHAMTON--N.Y. Army National Guard Pfc Dakota Button assigned to the 827th Engineer Company clears flooding mud and debris in Binghamton N.Y. on Aug. 15 2018. Soldiers were responding to flooding throughout many areas of Binghamton assisting civilians and the Department of transportation.
15 Aug, 2018VESTAL--New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo greets members of the new York Army National Guards 204th Engineer Battalion who were on duty to respond to heavy flooding the in New Yorks Finger Lakes and Southern Tier regions on Tuesday August 142018 in Vestal N.Y. The governor declared a disaster area in 14 counties and mobilized 200 New York National Guard Airmen and Soldiers as part of the state response.
13 Aug, 2018LIDO BEACH-- Members of the 42nd Infantry Division Rainbow Band dance and sing with campers at Camp Anchor a program run by the Town of Hempstead for special needs children and adults during a concert held by the band on August 8 2018. The 42nd Infantry Division Band was also joined by members of the New York Guard Band as well.
10 Aug, 2018NIAGARA FALLS-- Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice director of the Air National Guard addresses Airmen of the 107th Attack Wing New York Air National Guard during a commanders call Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station N.Y. July 31 2018. Rice along with Chief Master Sgt. Ron Anderson command chief master sgt. of the Air National Guard answered questions and concerns facing todays citizen airmen.
7 Aug, 2018WAREGEM, BELGIUM--Col Christopher Cronin the commanderof the New York Army National Guards 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and other brigade Soldiers pose for a photograph at Flanders Field American Cemetery Waregem Belgium on August 5 2018 following a World War I commemoration ceremony. The brigade Soldiers were honoring the memory of the 18,000 New York National Guardsmen of the 27th Division who fought in the region in 1918. Part of the centennial of the end of WWI the 27th and 30th Infantry Brigades were invited to Belgium and France to conduct ceremonies and tour famous locations to commemorate the event.
8 Aug, 2018ALBANY-- New York Naval Militia patrol boat LC-350 prepares to leave the dock at Jennings Landing park in Albany N.Y. on Tuesday August 7 2018 following a christening ceremony in which the new vessel was accepted into the Naval Militias patrol boat fleet. LC-350 is a 35-foot long landing craft style boat made by Munson a Washington State firm. The boat can carry 27 personnel three tons of supplies or a small truck.
6 Aug, 2018CAMP ARIFJAN, KUWAIT-- Soldiers of the 101st Expeditionary Signal Brigade pose with New York National Guard leaders during a visit to the unit in Kuwait on July 25, 2018. In front are, from left, Chief Master Sgt. Amy R. Giaquinto command chief master sergeant of the New York National Guard Brig; Gen. Michel Natali commander of the 53rd Troop Command; Maj. Gen. Anthony German adjutant general of New York; and Command Sgt. Maj. Cory Cush senior enlisted advisor of the 53rd Troop Command.The battalion is deployed to the Middle East in support of Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve a multi-national coalition whose mission is to defeat enemy forces in designated areas of Iraq and Syria and set conditions for follow-on operations in order to increase regional stability.
2 Aug, 2018YAVORIV, UKRAINE-- General Joseph Lengyel, the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, speaks to Soldiers from the New York Army National Guard's 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and the Tennessee National Guard's 27th Armored Cavalry Regiment, during a visit to the Yavoriv Combat Training Center on July 31, 2018. Lengyel was in Europe to participate in World War I commemoration events and visit Guard Soldiers and Airmen on Duty. The 27th brigade Soldiers are turning over responsibility for the Joint Multinational Training Group- Ukraine mission, of assisting in training Ukrainian Army troops, the Tennessee Guard Soldiers.
31 Jul, 2018FORT INDIANTOWN GAP-- New York Army National Guard Sgt. Ilya Titov (left) and Sgt. Quentin Davis, both assigned to the 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment run a two-mile run at Fort Indiantown Gap P.A. on July 25 2018. Titov and Davis were taking the Army Physical Fitness Test during the 2018 National Best Warrior Competition. Titov was the first runner up in the enlisted Soldier category.
30 Jul, 2018SERINGES et NESLES, FRANCE --A color guard from the New York Army National Guards 42nd Infantry Division takes part in a commemoration event commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Oise-Aisne Campaign in which the division took part at the Oise- Aisne American Cemetery in Seringes et Nesles France on July 28 2018. The Soldiers participated in a centennial commemoration of the Battle of Croix Rouge Farm at the Oise-Aisne Cemetery and wreath-laying at the Croix Rouge Farm Rainbow Division Memorial.
27 Jul, 2018FORT INDIANTOWN GAP--New York Army National Guard Sgt. Ilya Titov assigned to A Co. 69th Infantry Battalion and one of two New York National Guard Soldiers competing in the National Guard Best Warrior Competition here, takes a practice run on the obstacle course at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania on July 24 2018. Titov and Sgt. Quentin Davis were selected to represent the northeast in the National Best Warrior Competition.
26 Jul, 2018DFRANCE--Soldiers from the New York Army National Guards 42nd Infantry Division participate in the dedication of a plaque to General Douglas MacArthur the creator of the division, its chief of staff and a brigade commander and commander during World War I at Landres et Saint Georges France on July 25 2018. Twenty-five members of the New York Army National Guards 42nd Infantry Division which is headquartered in Troy headed to France on Monday July 23 to take part in a week of World War I commemorative activities.
24 Jul, 2018YAVORIV, UKRAINE-- New York Army National Guard Sgt. John Kawski, a member of the 2nd Squadron 101st Cavalry and a Jamestown, N.Y. residents secures a position during Class 703-2018 Basic Leadership Course training conducted by the 7th Army Training Command non-commissioned officers at the Yavoriv Combat Training Center (CTC) July 11. 40 Soldiers of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (forward) took part in the course.
23 Jul, 2018LATHAM--Five UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters from the 3rd Battalion 142nd Aviation leave Army Aviation Support Facility #3 in Latham heading for the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California. Another five aircraft were flying west from Ronkonkoma as well. The aircraft and 70 aircrew will participate in an exercise being conducted by the 256th IBCT.
20 Jul, 2018More than 80 family members and volunteers assembled approximately 300 care packages for New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 101st Expeditionary Signal Battalion serving overseas at the T-Mobile retail store in Times Square in New York City on July 16 2018. The event was coordinated by the NYC Veterans Alliance Blue Star Families 101st Signal Battalion Family Readiness Group and a generous donation of space and troop items from T-Mobile. The 101st Signal Battalion based in Yonkers N.Y. is currently serving across the Middle East providing communications support to U.S. forces. Photo by Adrienne Brammer NYC Veterans Alliance.
18 Jul, 2018SCOTIA--Family members spray New York Air National Guard Lt. Col. David Panzera down with a hose following his list flight as a military pilot with the 109th Airlift Wing at Stratton Air National Guard Base in Scotia N.Y. on Tuesday July 17th 2018. Panzer is retiring after 33 years of service.
16 Jul, 2018ALTONA--New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to 3rd Battalion 142nd Aviation Division deliver 660 gallons of water onto a forest fire in Flat Rock State Forest in Altona, N.Y. on Friday, July 13 2018. Two UH-60 aircrews responded to a fire that broke out in Altona N.Y. and spread across 500 acres over the July 13-15 period. The aviators also flew a mission in support of fire fighters on Sunday, July 15.
9 Jul, 2018GARDEN CITY-- Members of the New York Guard commo team assemble and work together to cordon off an area, unpack radio equipment and establish three operational field communications stations just as they would had there been a major emergency at the United States Marine Corps training Center in Garden City on June 21, 2018. The three field stations were powered by batteries and solar panels to simulate operations during a loss of power which might affect normal communications methods. The radio operators successfully provided SITREPs to other field communications stations across New York State.
9 Jul, 2018DEVENS TRAINING AREA, Massachusetts-- New York Army National Guard Spc. Shawn Watts assigned to the 1108th Explosive Ordinance Device Co. blows up C4 and flexible sheet explosives at Devens Training Area MA June 27 2018. Watts was training how to set up and use the explosives part of his annual training.
6 Jul, 2018Members of the New York National Guard Joint Force Headquarters in Latham participated in the Firecracker 4 road race in Saratoga Springs July 4. From left Army National Guard Master Sgt. Luis Barsallo Air National Guard Lt. Col. Peter Keegan his son Conor Keegan Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Christopher Gerardi Army Guard Sgts. Adam Sisson and Steven Waite and Army National Guard Sgt. Maj. Daniel Brunner. The team participated in the race effort to raise funds for a local Saratoga charity Saratoga Warhorse a non-profit group that served veterans at risk. Courtesy photo.
29 Jun, 2018NEW YORK-- Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York (center with star hat) and World War I Commission director Libby O'Connell join Army National Guard leaders at the statue of Father Francis P. Duffy, the chaplain of the 69th Infantry during World War I, following a ceremony marking Duffy's service on June 27, 2018. Father Duffy was a military chaplain for the New York National Guard's 69th Infantry Regiment in 1914 while serving as the pastor of Our Savior Parish in the Bronx.
27 Jun, 2018CAMP SMITH--U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Raymond Shields, commander of the New York Army National Guard , U.S. Army Col. Scott Cleaveland, the New York Army National Guard construction and facilities management officer, U.S. Army Maj. Chad Clark, the facility engineer at Camp Smith Training Site, and Chief Warrant Officer 3 William Viana, Camp Smith maintenance supervisor, all with the New York Army National Guard, cut the ribbon during the opening ceremony of the Camp Smith Combined Maintenance Shop in Cortlandt Manor, N.Y., June 21, 2018. The state-of-the-art 40,830 square foot maintenance building replaces the former facility, which was built in 1949, and is designed to support approximately 1,200 vehicles assigned to Army National Guard units from the Mid-Hudson Valley down to the Bronx.
22 Jun, 2018RAVEN CAMP, GREENLAND--Students build a shelter during barren land arctic survival training, commonly known as Kool School on June 9, 2018 at Raven Camp, Greenland. This year, 25 Airmen from the New York Air National Guards 109th Airlift Wing in Scotia, New York, completed the training, learning basic arctic survival skills.
20 Jun, 2018SYRACUSE-- Second Lady of the United States Karen Pence, the wife of Vice President Michael Pence, stands with New York National Guard spouses at Syracuse University Syracuse N.Y. June 19 2018. Mrs. Pence went to meet with the spouses to talk about ways that the federal government can better improve the lives of National Guard families through new policies. She was in town on a visit with her husband.
19 Jun, 2018FORT DRUM-- New York Army National Guard Pvt. Anthony Balac assigned to 2nd Platoon of the 206th Military Police Company fires an M240B on Fort Drum N.Y. June 14 2018. Balac and his team came under fire while providing support for Soldiers of 3rd Platoon who were conducting base security training.
14 Jun, 2018LATHAM-- The Youngest and oldest Soldiers present cut the birthday cake during an Army birthday ceremony at the New York National Guard Headquarters in Latham N.Y. on June 14 2018. Cutting the cake are from left Sgt. Tyler Center the youngest Soldier Maj. Gen. Raymond Shields commander of the New York Army National Guard and Master Sgt. John Batza the oldest Soldier present. New York Army National Guard members celebrated the 243rd Birthday of the United States Army.
11 Jun, 2018FORT HAMILTON-- New York Army National Guard Capt. Robert Freed a mem ber of the 24th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team (CST) assists Sgt. 1st Class Jonathan Morris a combat medic assigned to the 24th CST rides in exiting a UH-60G Pavehawk helicopter during their annual helocasting certification event held at Fort Hamilton New York June 6 2018. Helocasting is a technique for inserting personnel in which they jump into water from a hovering helicopter.
4 Jun, 2018CAMP SMITH--New York Army National Guard Soldier Sheneka Brockman a motor transport operator assigned to the 369th Sustainment Brigade, New York Army National Guard is promoted to the rank of Sgt. 1st Class by her husband Barrington Barrett and Col. Stephen Bousquet commander of the 369th Sustainment Brigade during a ceremony at Camp Smith N.Y. June 2 2018.
8 Jun, 2018National Safety Month, observed annually in June, focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities. The U.S. Army observes national Safety Month each year. This observance offers Army leaders a prime opportunity to review and revitalize their accident prevention efforts and reengage the force on all aspects of safety. Visit the New York National Guard Safety Message page for more details on National Safety Month.
4 Jun, 2018CAMP SMITH-- New York National Guardsmen prepare to fire their rifles at a range during The 39th Annual Adjutant Generals Marksmanship Competition at Camp Smith Training Site N.Y. June 1 2018.The three-day event features multiple marksmanship challenges in which troops from the New YorkArmy and Air National Guards Naval Militia and State Guard are given an opportunity to competeagainst fellow service members for a chance to move on to national-level competitions.
4 Jun, 2018YAVORIV, UKRAINE---Command Sgt. Maj. David Piwowarski the New York Army National Guards senior enlisted soldier meets with U.S. Soldiers during a visit to the Yavoriv Combat Training Center here May 25, during a visit with Major General Ray Shields, the commander of the New York Army National Guard. During his visit Piwowarski toured the Combat Training Center and met with 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Soldiers stationed here.
25 May, 2018FORT DRUM-- New York National Guard Soldiers from Charlie Battery 1st Battalion 258th Field Artillery fire a M777 Howitzer on Fort Drum Watertown N.Y. May 22nd 2018. The 258 was conducting Annual Training which this year included training for the new M777. This was the first shot taken by the full crew.
25 May, 2018FORT DRUM--Sgt. Thomas Borthwick and Private First Class Dominic Barillaro, Soldiers from the Quarry Platoon, 204th Engineer Battalion working a rock drill for a quarry blast project at range 44 during Annual Training at Fort Drum, May 8, 2018. The Quarry Platoon is one of six units in the Army inventory whose mission is to plan, conduct, prepare and perform rock crushing operations in support of horizontal engineer units conducting road and airfield projects.
25 May, 2018LATHAM --New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Scott Ehler State chaplain with Joint force Headquarters-N.Y. reads the invocation for a Memorial Day service at Joint Force Headquarters Latham N.Y. May 24 2018. Ehler led service members and civilians in a prayer for fallen soldiers as part of the service.
23 May, 2018PLUM ISLAND --New York National Guard Soldiers and Airmen of the 24th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team (CST) and 106th Rescue Wing prepare to identify and classify several hazardous chemical and biological materials during a collective training event at the Plum Island Animal Disease Research Facility New York May 2 2018. The CST insterted by helicopter and was responsible for establishing communications and mission command for the event which brought together the resources of several fire departments the 106th Air Rescue Wing and the Department of Homeland Security to respond to a simulated containment breach at the research facility.
21 May, 2018WEST POINT-- Spc. Ilya Titov an infantryman assigned to Company A 1-69th Infantry Regiment New York Army National Guard completes the 12-mile ruck march portion of the Region 1 Best Warrior Competition at West Point N.Y. May 19 2018. Titov and Sgt. Quentin Davis, also a member of the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry won the regional Best Warrior event.
17 May, 2018BALTIMORE, MD--Soldiers assigned to the New York Army National Guard's 206th Military Police Company transport a mock casualty from the debris after searching a simulated collapsed building during Vigilant Guard 18 at the Urban Search and Rescue Yard in Baltimore, Maryland, May 9, 2018.Over 150 members of the New York Army National Guard took part in the multi-state and multi-component exercise.
17 May, 2018ORANGE COUNTY-- A New York National Guard Airman of the 105th Airlift Wing assists local law enforcement by directing traffic at a busy intersection in the Town of Newburgh, New York, May 16, 2018. Violent winds and rain tore through the Hudson Valley leaving much of the area without power including many traffic signals.
16 May, 2018NEW WINDSOR-- New York Air National Guard Airmen from the 105th Airlift Wing based at Stewart Air National Guard Base direct traffic at the intersection of Routes 207 and 300 in the Town of New Windsor New York on May 16 2018. Strong winds on May 15 downed trees in the Hudson Valley region and knocked out power. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo mobilized 125 New York National Guard members to assist local governments in coping with storm damage.
16 May, 2018CAMP SMITH-- Brig. Gen. Michel Natali, commander of the 53rd Troop Command, New York Army National Guard, hands the battalion colors to Lt. Col. Marshall Hunt, incoming commander of the104th Military Police Battalion during a change of command ceremony at Camp Smith, N.Y., on May 5, 2018. The passing of the colors symbolizes Lt. Col. Marshall assuming command of the unit.
14 May, 2018New York National Guard Soldier Henry Johnson, a member of the 369th Infantry, became one of the first American heroes of World War I a hundred years ago on May 15, 1918, when he fought off a German raiding party using grenades, his rifle and finally his knife and fists. This fanciful print illustrates that fight which resulted in Johnson being awarded the French Croix De Guerre and eventually-- in 2015-- the Medal of Honor.
10 May, 2018CAMP SMITH -- Staff Sgy. Michael Trask (center) reviews land navigation skills for Soldiers assigned to the 42nd Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion r at Camp Smith, N.Y. on May 5, 2018. The Intel and Sustainment Company held the training over drill weekend for all the Battalion Soldiers.
9 May, 2018SLEEPY HOLLOW-- New York Guard Acting Commander Colonel David J. Warager delivers remarks at the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Sleepy Hollow N.Y. during a May 6 ceremony commemorating 40 members of the New York Guard who died during the influenza pandemic of 1918 while guarding the New York City water system during World War I. Their names are inscribed on a plaque set in a boulder taken from Bonticon Crag in the Shawangunk Mountains along the line of the aqueduct that they protected. The memorial is constructed on property donated by the Rockefeller family.
8 May, 2018LINCOLN, Nebraska-- Chief Warrant Officer 4 Thomas Grove with the New York National Guard competes in the Lincoln National Guard Marathon May 6 2018 in Lincoln Nebraska. Members of the National Guard are running to qualify for the All Guard Marathon Team. Grove finished in 50th place out of 132 male racers during the event. New York Army National Guard Capt. Matthew Kane also took part in the race and finished 38th in the male race category.
8 May, 2018LIVIV, Ukraine--- New York Army National Guard Soldiers from the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team assigned to Joint Multinational Training Group Ukraine meet with academic leaders during a visit to the Lviv Polytechnic National University Apr 26. During the visit the Soldiers met with the universitys students and were given a chance to talk about the JMTG-U mission and their experiences in Ukraine.
5 May, 2018Governor Andrew M. Cuomo directed the National Guard to deploy personnel to Washington County May 5 to assist local emergency responders with tree and debris removal. National Guard personnel are prepared to assist additional storm impacted areas as necessary. The Governor also issued an update on the severe storms that moved through the eastern portion of upstate New York on Friday, May 4. Storms accompanied by strong, gusty winds of 40 mph to 60 mph knocked out power to over 100,000 customers and toppled trees and limbs, damaging some homes in these regions. Courtesy photo.
30 Apr, 2018May brings nice weather to the northeast and with it, some exceptional motorcycle riding. However, with the freedom, excitement and serenity that riding brings comes responsibility.In 2016, motorcycles made up 3% of all registered vehicles in the US but accounted for 13% of all traffic fatalities; 26% of those riders were alcohol-impaired. It's easy to take enjoyment too far but traffic safety responsibility rests upon riders and drivers alike; a statement issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states "When motorcycles and other vehicles collide, it is usually the other (non-motorcycle) driver who violates the motorcyclist's right of way".The New York National Guard wants you to be motorcycle-aware, ride responsibly, look twice and stay safe this summer!
16 Apr, 2018April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, roughly 481,000 drivers are driving while using cell phones at any moment during a typical day. Distracted driving habits such as texting, grooming, eating, and even reading are responsible for accidents that claimed 3,450 lives in 2016 alone. The New York National Guard Safety Office has some suggestions that can help Soldiers and their families hone their safe driving skills.
25 Apr, 2018Members of the Division of Military and Naval Affairs headquarters staff pose for a photograph in support of Denim Day, a day on which people are encouraged to wear blue jeans to show support for survivors of sexual assault and to combat the myths surrounding sexual assault on April 25. Employees and military personnel were allowed to wear jeans to work that day to show support.
24 Apr, 2018CAMP SMITH--U.S. Army Sgt. Quentin Davis a signal support systems specialist assigned to the Headquarters Company 1st Battalion 69th Infantry Regiment New York Army National Guard , swims during the German Armed Forces Swim Test portion of the state-level NYARNG Best Warrior Competition in Arvin Gym at the United States Military Academy West Point N.Y. April 19 2018. The Best Warrior Competition held April 18-22 2018 is an annual event in which junior enlisted Soldiers and non-commissioned officers from various units compete in several events intended to test their military skills and knowledge as well as their physical fitness and endurance.
23 Apr, 2018WEST POINT--U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. David Piwowarski N.Y. Army National Guard command sergeant major shakes the hands of the competitors during the state-level NYARNG Best Warrior Competition at West Point N.Y. April 21 2018. The Best Warrior Competition held April 18-22 2018 is an annual event in which junior enlisted Soldiers and non-commissioned officers from various units compete in several events intended to test their military skills and knowledge as well as their physical fitness and endurance.
20 Apr, 2018OLEAN --New York Army National Guard Soldiers from Alpha Company, 642nd Aviation Support Battalion test their leadership and team work skills on a Leadership Reaction Course (LRC) at St. Bonaventure University, Olean N.Y., on April 14, 2018. Soldiers had to transfer all members of their team, across the platform and back in order to complete the mission.
18 Apr, 2018CAMP SMITH -- New York Army National Guard Soldiers listen to Maj. Gen. Anthony German the Adjutant General of New York during the Future Leaders Course (FLC) on the Camp Smith Training Site Cortlandt Manor N.Y. April 10 2018. Nineteen N.Y. Army National Guard Soldiers attended this rotation of the coutrse from April 7-21 which is conducted in both garrison and tactical environments and designed to train Soldiers in basic leadership skills and prepare them for leadership schools and positions.
16 Apr, 2018CAMP HARTELL, CONNECTICUT-- Soldiers and Airmen from the New York National Guard prepare for their Homeland Response Force exercise on April 13th, 2018 at Camp Hartell, C.T. Each of the 10 HRF teams in the United States is trained to assist state officials and local responders with chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear incidents.
9 Apr, 2018STEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE-- Master Sgt. Rachel Taylor a Military Training Instructor stationed at Lackland Air Force Base drills members of the 105th Student Flight April 7 2018 at Stewart Air National Guard Base Newburgh NY. Student Flight members are preparing to join the New York Air National Guard's 105th Airlift Wing.
27 Mar, 2018LATHAMThree new chaplains and chaplain candidates joined the New York Army National Guards chaplains corps on March 27. They are, from left, the 1st Lt. Rayna Kavanaugh, from Huntington Station who is an ordained minister for the World Council of Independent Christian Churches, who will be assigned to the 2rd Battalion 142nd Aviation; 2nd Lt. Robyn Putney from Rochester, a first year seminarian from the Evangelical Church Alliance, who will serve as a Chaplain Candidate assigned to the Joint Forces Headquarters; and 2nd Lt. Kevin Orcutt, from Gloversville, a first year seminarian affiliated with the Federated Orthodox Catholic Churches, who will serve as a Chaplain Candidate in the Joint Forces Headquarters.
9 Apr, 2018SANTIAGO, Chile-- Chile's President Sebastin Piera exits a C-17 operated by the New York Air National Guard's 105th Airlift Wing during a visit to the bi-annual FIDAE air show at the Arturo Merino Benitez Airport last week. The 105th Airlift Wing was one of several United States Air Force wings which provided aircraft at the airshow.
6 Apr, 2018LATHAM, N.Y. -- N.Y. Army National Guard Sgt. Joseph Roth , a member of the 3rd Battalion 142nd Aviation, gives cadets from the Siena College Reserve Officer Training Corps(ROTC) a safety brief on UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopters before flying in Latham N.Y. April 5 2018. The 3-142nd was flying the ROTC cadets to Burlington V.T. for their monthly training.
5 Apr, 2018CAMP SMITH-- Brig. Gen. Michel Natali commander 53rd Troop Command (TC) of the New York Army National Guard exchanges mementos with visiting officers from the Ukrainian Army during a Tuesday, April 3 meeting. Natali and other 53rd Troop Command officers discussed best practices regarding how each country trains and manages their National Guard. More than 200 New York Army National Guard Soldiers are currently in Ukraine assisting in training the Ukranian Army.
3 Apr, 2018BAGRAM, AFGHANISTAN-- The incoming command team from the New York Army National Guards 501st Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Maj. Robert Crudden and Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin Conklin uncased the organization colors at the Transfer of Authority ceremony on Thursday, March 29th, at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. The 501st Ordnance Battalion (EOD) sent 19 Soldiers to Afghanistan where they are responsible for overseeing Explosive Ordnance Disposal units-- both American and Coalition-- throughout the country.
2 Apr, 2018CALVERATON NATIONAL CEMETERY-- Members of the 106th Rescue Wing New York Air National Guard salute as Base Honor Guard Airmen from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst New Jersey render honors for Tech. Sgt. Dashan Briggs a special missions aviation specialist assigned to the 106th RQW during a funeral service at Calverton National Cemetery N.Y. March 29 2018. Briggs was killed when the HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter he was flying in crashed near the city of Al-Qaim Iraq.
2 Apr, 2018YAVORIV, Ukraine-- New York Army National Guard 1st Lt. Dulae Ahn a Bravo Company platoon leader from the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team assigned to the Joint Multinational Training Group Ukraine poses for a photo while preparing for a Ukranian battalion's field training exercise at the Yavoriv Combat Training Center here Mar. 15. Currently more than 220 New York National Guard Soldiers are assigned to the CTC where they are mentoring Ukrainian Army Soldiers as they strive toward obtaining NATO interoperability.
30 Mar, 2018CALVERTON, N.Y.--Base Honor Guard Airmen from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, render honors for Tech. Sgt. Dashan Briggs, a special missions aviation specialist assigned to the 106th Rescue Wing, New York Air National Guard, during a funeral service at Calverton National Cemetery, N.Y., March 29, 2018. Briggs was killed when the HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter he was flying in crashed near the city of Al-Qaim, Iraq.
29 Mar, 2018LATHAM-- Maj. Gen. Anthony German, the Adjutant General of New York, re-administers the officers oath of office to newly promoted Brig. Gen. Shawn Clouthier following his pinning of this one-star rank as the New York Air National Guards newest general officer in Latham, March 21, 2018. Clouthier, the former commander of the 109th Airlift Wing, now serves as the Assistant Adjutant General for the New York Air National Guard
28 Mar, 2018GABRESKI AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE --Base Honor Guard Airmen from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey carry the remains of Master Sgt. Christopher J. Raguso a special missions aviation specialist assigned to the 106th Rescue Wing of the New York Air National Guard during a dignified arrival ceremony at F. S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base Westhampton Beach N.Y. March 27 2018. Raguso was one of three Airmen killed when the HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter they were flying in crashed near the city of Al-Qaim Iraq.
20 Mar, 2018RAMPAO, N.Y.-- Sailors of the New York Naval Militia remove storm damage on Mach 18, 2018. Naval Militia members were called up along with members of the New York Army and Air National Guard to help deal with storm damage following storms which hit the Hudson Valley on March 2 and March 7.
19 Mar, 2018STEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE-- Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard's 101st Expeditionary Signal Battalion stand in formation on March 17, 2018 during a ceremony held prior to their leaving for their mobilization station from Stewart Air National Guard Base. The battalion will deploy to Afghanistan after post-mobilization training.
19 Mar, 2018NEW YORK--New York Army National Guard Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment, march in the 257th St. Patricks Day Parade Manhattan, New York City, N.Y., March 17, 2018. The 69th was leading the 257th St. Patricks day parade, as they were created as a regiment of Irish immigrants.
15 Mar, 2018CAMP SMITH-- New York Naval Militia Sergeant Christopher Vega receives the New York State Medal for Valor from Naval Militia Rear Admiral Ten Eyck "Trip" Powell during a ceremony held at Camp Smith Training Site in Cortlandt Manor on Wednesday, March 14. Vega was recognized for ignoring potential threats to his own life while saving the life of a truck driver injured in a Jan. 4 accident in Peekskill.
14 Mar, 2018JAVA CENTER-- New York Army Army Spc. Andrew Niedzielski an assistant team leader, and Sgt. Michael Wheeler a team leader assigned to Charlie Troop 2nd Battalion 101st Cavalry Regiment New York Army National Guard prepare to move out with other members of the troop who were just inserted by a CH-47 Chinook helicopter assigned to Bravo Company 3rd Battalion 126th Aviation Regiment New York Army National Guard Java Center N.Y. March 10 2018. The more than 40 infantrymen will spent two days training in harsh conditions on reconnaissance tactics utilizing infiltration and exfiltration techniques by helicopter.
13 Mar, 2018Yavoriv Ukraine - Maj. Gen. Anthony German right the Adjutant General of New York meets with with officers of the New York Army National Guards 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team at the Simulations Center assigned to the Joint Multinational Training Group - Ukraine. German speaks with from left Major Thomas Woods Lynbrook N.Y; Capt. Atnhony Pedicone Lima N.Y;Capt. Christopher Terian Cheektowaga N.Y.; and Capt. Brendan Jones Latham N.Y. Currently more than 220 New York Army National Guard Soldiers are assigned to the Combat Training Center where they are helping to mentor Ukrainian units as they work to achieve NATO interoperability.
9 Mar, 2018CAMP SMITH-- New York Army National Guard Soldiers pick up their M-14 rifles to form a firing party during a 40-hour Level One Honor Guard Training Course at Camp Smith Training Site Cortlandt Manor N.Y. Mar. 1 2018. This physically demanding course is designed to train and test Soldiers abilities at the nine unique positions of the modified military funeral honors detail.
7 Mar, 2018CAMP SMITH-- 1st Sgt. Robert Rathbun a member of the New York Guards 102nd Engineers delivers a block of instruction on chainsaw operation and safety at Camp Smith Training Site Cortlandt Manor N.Y. Mar. 6 2018 to memberes of the New York Naval Militia called in to conduct debris clearance missions following a snowstorm on March 2. The New York Naval Militia consists of Navy and Marine Corps Reserve members who volunteer to report for state missions when called. The New York Guard is the states volunteer response force. Two hundred members of the New York Army and Air National Guard and New York Naval Militia and N.Y. Guard have been activated following last Fridays noreaster to local emergency services with debris clearance and traffic control.
6 Mar, 2018CARMEL--Airmen from the New York Air National Guards 105th Airlift Wing move debris from a road in the town of Carmel N.Y. on Monday March 5.Twenty Airmen assigned to the 105th Airlift Wing deployed to Putnam County New York to help town and county workers clear debris from roadways. The county was hit hard with a winter storm knocking down trees and causing widespread power outages.
5 Mar, 2018CAMP SMITH-- A New York Army National Guard Soldier assigned to the the 369th Sustainment Brigade negotiates the obstacle course here during the brigade level Best Warrior Competition Feb. 23-25 2018. Soldiers are tested on their physical fitness military knowledge endurance marksmanship and land navigation skills. Two competitors one junior enlisted and one noncommissioned officer will advance to the State level in April.
4 Mar, 2018Airmen assigned to the New York Air National Guard's 105th Airlift Wing prepare equipment and personnel clothing to deploy across the lower Hudson Valley in response to the snow storm of March 4 2018. The 20 Airmen come from a variety of career fields and join another 180 personnel called to duty by the governor. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Julio A. Olivencia Jr.)
2 Mar, 2018MIDWAY, UTAH--New York Army National Guard Capt. Katy Moryl fires at a target during a relay race at the 2018 National Guard Bureau Biathlon Championships held at the Soldier Hollow, in Midway Utah, February, 28 2018. Moryl was one of four Soldiers representing the New York National Guard The New York team competed in their first relay race at the competitions since 2003.
2 Mar, 2018FORT DRUM--Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Shields, the Commander of the New York Army National Guard and Command Sgt. Major David Piwowarski, the Command Sergeant Major of the New York Army National Guard, (center) pose with members of the New York Army National Guard's Main Command Post Operational Detachment (MCP-OD) at Fort Drum, Watertown, N.Y., February 27, 2018. The MCP-OD Soldiers are preparing to deploy to Iraq and Kuwait with the 10th Mountain Divisions command post this month.
1 Mar, 2018LATHAM-- Major General Anthony German (left) the Adjutant General of New York congratulates Army Chief Warrant Officer 5 Jacquelin Jackie OKeefe on becoming the Command Chief Warrant Officer for the New York Army National Guard during a ceremony at New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs headquarters in Latham N.Y. on Wednesday Feb. 28.
28 Feb, 2018SOLDIER HOLLOW, MIDWAY, Utah--New York Army National Guard Sgt. First Class Kevin Brunick hits the trail during the 2018 National Guard Bureau Biathlon Championships held at the Soldier Hollow, in Midway Utah, February, 26 2018. Brunwick was one of four Soldiers representing the New York National Guard at the competition. Biathlon is a sport which involves cross country skiing and target shooting.
26 Feb, 2018LATHAM--New York Adjutant General MG Anthony German (left) passes the New York Air National Guard Guidon to incoming Air National Guard Senior Enlisted Advisor Chief Master Sergeant Maureen Dooley during a Change of Responsibility Ceremony at the Division of Military and Naval Affairs headquarters on February 26, 2018. Passing of a pennant symbolizes a Change of Responsibility and a leader's acceptance of that responsibility. On the right is Command Chief Master Sergeant Amy R. Giaquinto, the outgoing Air National Guard Senior Enlisted Advisor. Chief Master Sergeant Giaquinto is now Command Chief Master Sergeant of the New York National Guard.
26 Feb, 2018GLENVILLE-- Soldiers of the 501st Ordnance Battalion (EOD) of the New York Army National Guard in formation during a mobilization ceremony held on Sunday Feb. 25 at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Glenville N.Y. The 501st Ordnance Battalion (EOD) is sending 19 Soldiers to Afghanistan where they will be responsible for overseeing Explosive Ordnance Disposal units-- both American and Coalition-- throughout the country.
23 Feb, 2018JACKSON MISSISSIPPI-- Airmen from various Air Force aeromedical evacuation squadrons work with civilians to move mock victims from a C-17 assigned to the New York Air National Guard's 105th Airlift Wing into a staged patient reception area during PATRIOT South 2018 at Jackson Mississippi Feb 15 2018. PATRIOT South 2018 is a exercise that requires local state and federal organizations to coordinate and work together in response to simulated emergency scenarios.
22 Feb, 2018YAVORIV, UKRAINE-- Staff Sgt. Ronald Thomas an infantryman assigned to the New York Army National Guards 2nd Squadron 101st Cavalry and deployed with the Joint Multinational Training Group Ukraine observes training conducted by Ukrainian Army Soldiers from 3rd Battalion 14th Mechanized Brigade at the Yavoriv Combat Training Center (CTC) here Feb. 16. Currently the 3-14th is completing a training rotation at the CTC where they will be mentored by U.S. Canadian Lithuanian Polish and U.K service members as they strive toward attaining their goal of achieving NATO interoperability.
21 Feb, 2018NEW YORK--Army National Guard Lieutenant General Timothy J. Kadavy Director of the Army National Guard presents Kwabena O. Mensah father of Pfc. Emmanuel Mensah with the Soldiers Medal the Armys top award for valor outside of combat during a ceremony February 16 2018 at Fordham University in the Bronx, New York City fire officials credit Mensah with saving fourlives during an apartment building fire December 28 2017 rescuing peoplethree times before he returned to the building and did not come out.
13 Feb, 2018STEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE--Two Airmen of the 105th Airlift wing carry Col. Denise Donnell, the wing commander, during a routine buddy care training at Feb. 11 2018 Stewart Air National Guard Base NY. The RODEO is a training that happens every few months for assure mission readiness.
12 Feb, 2018ROCHESTER -- New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to B Company 3rd Battalion of the 126th Aviation Regiment stand together following their Welcome Home Ceremony in Rochester, N.Y., Feb. 10, 2018. The CH-47 aviatiors returned home in November of 2017 from a nine month deployment. This was the first time the entire crew was back together since then.
8 Feb, 2018TROY NY-- Representatives from the New York Vermont Pennsylvania Rhode Island Texas Massachusetts New Hampshire New Jersey and Ohio Army National Guard New York Air National Guard Army Reserve and the 10th Mountain Division gather for a Northeast Regional Partnership meeting here February 7 2018. The partnership focuses and shared training opportunities to enhance a units readiness. The event was hosted by 42nd Infantry Division.
1 Feb, 2018ROME-- Airman 1st Class Nicholas Spine (right) receives the Outstanding Airman of the Year award from Eastern Air Defense Sector Commander Col. Emil Filkorn. Col. John Balbierer 224th Air Defense Group Commander is behind Spine. EADS and the 224th ADG held their annual awards banquet on Saturday Jan. 20 at Hotel Utica in Utica New York.The Eastern Air Defense Sector is responsible for the air defense of the eastern United States and is composed of New York Air National Guardsmen from the 224th Air Defense Group civilians and the Royal Canadian Air Force.
31 Jan, 2018YAVORIC, Ukraine-- A New York Army NAtional Guard Soldier assigned to the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat team watches as Ukrainian Soldiers assigned to 3rd Battalion 14th Mechanized Brigade form up to conduct RPG-7 (rocket-propelled grenade) training during a training at the Yavoriv Combat Training Center here Jan. 30. Currently more than 220 New York Army National Guard Soldiers are deployed to Ukraine where they are working hand in hand with the Ukrainian Army as they strive toward their goal of achieving NATO interoperability.
30 Jan, 2018JERICHO, VERMONT--New York Army National Guard Capt. Joseph Moryl skis during the 2018 National Guard Eastern Regional Biathlon held at the Ethan Allen Training Site, Jericho Vt., January 26, 2018. Two New York Army National Guard Soldiers, Captains Katy and Captains Katy and Joseph Moryl, from North Hudson, N.Y., represented the New York Army National Guard in the competition.
22 Jan, 2018LAKE PLACID-- New York Army National Guard Sgt. Matt Mortensen gives a "thumbs up" to the home fans at the 2017 World Cup competition in Lake Placid, New York, Dec. 16 after he and his partner won the luge doubles competition. Mortensen is one of four New York Army National Guard Soldiers slated to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea
24 Jan, 2018HANCOCK FIELD AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE--New York Air National Guard Master Sgt. David Taylar dicusses humvee maintenance with other members of the 174th Attack Wing as they prepare to execute domestic operations missions at Hancock Field Air National Guard Base in Syracuse N.Y. on Jan. 22 2018.The New York National Guard mobilized 130 Airmen and Soldiers at the direction of New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to be prepared to help local governments deal with flooding.
22 Jan, 2018YAVORIV, UKRAINE-- Soldiers assigned to the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the New York Army National Guard (center formation) join Canadian and Ukranian soldiers in listing to remarks from Canada's Governor General, Julie Payette, and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko during a ceremony held at the Yavoriv Combat Training Center on Jan. 18, 2018. Payette is Queen Elizabeth II's representative in Canada. More than 200 New York Army National Guard Soldiers are deployed to the training center to assist in training the Ukranian Army.(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Alexander Rector)
16 Jan, 2018SARATOGA SPRINGS-- Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard's Recruiting and Retention Battalion gather at the Saratoga Springs Hilton Hotel for the command's awards dinner, on January 6, 2018. The Recruiting and Retention Battalion recognized Soldiers who had met recruitment goals and excelled.
12 Jan, 2018Yavoriv Ukraine -- New York Army National Guard Spc. Caleb Bailey and Spc. Robert Graber two combat medic assigned to the Joint Multinational Training Group Ukraine (JMTG-U) participates in a mass casualty exercise here Jan. 12. The exercise which was designed to resemble a vehicle collision was used to test the JMTG-U Medical Sections readiness and capabilities. During the exercise the medics that responded had to triage and treat simulated casualties before transporting them to the Troop Medical Clinic for further care. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Alexander Rector)
11 Jan, 2018LAKE PlACID- New York Army National Guard Sgt. Emily Sweeney, assigned to Joint Force Headquarters, will be representing the United States in the women's luge competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Sweeney is enrolled in the Army's World Class Athletes Program which lets Soldiers serve and prepare for the Olympics.
10 Jan, 2018BUFFALO-- Col. David Warnick commander of the 107th Mission Support Group Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station New York Air National Guard prepares presents a wreath on behalf of the president at the grave of Millard Fillmore the 13th president Buffalo N.Y. Jan. 5 2018. The 107th ATKW has been honoring the former president with a wreath laying each year on his birthday for more than 30 years.
9 Jan, 2018Krakovets, Ukraine - New York Army National Guard Major Amy Crounse, member of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team deployed to Ukraine, spends time with a child at the orphanage in Krakovets, Ukraine on Dec. 27. During the visit, Soldiers brought games and toys to give to the children, and spent a few hours interacting and playing with them. The New York Army National Guard troops are assigned to the Joint Military Training Group- Ukraine and working with Ukrainian Army Soldiers. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Alexander Rector)
5 Jan, 2018CAMP SMITH-- U.S. Army Sgt. Ashaun Howard a motor transport operator attached to the 719th Transportation Company New York Army National Guard performs last minute checks on Humvees designated for use as part of the Guards response to the winter storms at Camp Smith Training Site N.Y. January 4 2017. The New York National Guard placed 80 Soldiers and Airmen on alert and deployed humvees to New York City to be used by Joint Task Force Empire Shield in preparation for the storm.
3 Jan, 2018FAIRPORT, N.Y.--The Military Forces Honor Guard of the New York Army National Guard render honors during the funeral for Spc. Joseph Nelk a soldier assigned to Alpha Troop 2nd Squadron 101st Cavalry Regiment in Fairport N.Y. Dec. 23 2017. Nelk passed away while deployed to the Ukraine as part of the 7th Army Training Commands Joint Multinational Training Group.