31 Dec, 2020ROCHESTER-- New York Army National Guard Soldiers and Airmen work at the Rochester drive-thru COVID-19 test site during a snow burst on Dec. 16, 2020. 5,066 Soldiers, Airmen, Naval Militia and New York Guard members have served during the COVID-19 response, with 1693 on duty on New Year's Eve 2020. More than 1 million COVID-19 tests have been collected at testing sites were Guard Soldiers and Airmen are on duty.
30 Dec, 2020SYRACUSE--Members of the 174th Maintenance Group prepare to taxi the first Block 5 MQ-9 Reaper on February 12 2019 at Hancock Field Air National Guard Base in Syracuse N.Y. The wing's 138th Attack Squadron recently clocked 60,000 hours of operational flying, a significant milestone. A Block 5 is an updated version of the MQ-9 that allows upgraded communication and electrical systems. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Barbara Olney)
28 Dec, 2020FORT CHAFFE, Arkansas--Sgt. Andres Diaz (left) and Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Melendez both assigned to the New York Army National Guards 1st Battalion 69th Infantry participate in the ruck march segment of the annual Willliam P. Winston Sniper Championships conducted by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center at Fort Chaffee Joint Maneuver Training Center in Blanding Arkansas on Dec. 5 2020. The two Soldiers represented New York at the competition. and finished in 4th place. ( U.S.Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Israel Sanchez)
22 Dec, 2020ROME--New York Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Megan Mills left and Tech. Sgt. Kriston Brown participate in a Santa tracking exercise at the Eastern Air Defense Sector on Dec. 16. Mills and Brown were prepping for Christmas Eve when EADS will support the North American Aerospace Defense Commands (NORAD) Santa tracking operation. Tracking operations start at 4 a.m. EST on Dec. 24 on the www.noradsanta.org website. At 6 a.m. EST children and parents can call toll-free to inquire about Santa at 1-877-Hi-NORAD (1-877-446-6723).
18 Dec, 2020CAMP SMITH--New York Army National Guard 1st Lt. Timothy Foster administers the first COVID-19 vaccination to Army National Guard 1st Sgt. Steven Seidenstein assigned to the 442nd Military Police Company and deployed with the Joint Task Force COVID Response element at the Camp Smith Training Site N.Y. December 17 2020. The New York National Guard is participating in a Department of Defense vaccine pilot program in which 44000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be administered to front line medical personnel and pandemic response forces at 16 locations around the world. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Laura Moore)
18 Dec, 2020ROCHESTER--New York National Guard Soldiers and Airmen staff a drive-thru COVID-19 test site in Rochester, NY Dec. 16. Under the direction of the NYS Department of Health, the Rochester test site is capable of testing hundreds of area residents each day and is open seven days a week. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Alexander Rector / released)
14 Dec, 2020LATHAM. New York--Army Maj. Gen. Raymond Shields, the adjutant general of New York, retired Army Sgt. Maj. Christian Glorius, Air Force Senior Airman Caleb Lapinel and Army Private Malikay McGarry cut the National Guard birthday cake during a ceremony celebrating the 384th birthday of the National Guard, New York National Guard Joint Force Headquarters, Latham, N.Y., Dec. 14, 2020. The yearly ceremony sees the youngest and oldest member of the N.Y. National Guard join the adjutant general in cutting the National Guard birthday cake with a ceremonial sword.
14 Dec, 2020NEW YORK-- General Daniel Hokanson,left, the Chief of the National Guard Bureau speaks with New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to Joint Task Force Empire Shield while visiting New York City on Friday, Dec. 12. Task Force members met with the chief and Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chief of the National Guard Bureau Tony Whitehead while they were in town to appear on network television in honor of the National Guard Birthday on Dec. 13.
9 Dec, 2020HASTINGS ON HUDSON--U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 53rd Troop Command, New York Army National Guard, salute World War II veteran Pfc. Joseph Casaburi, for his 99th birthday after he survived a three-month long battle with COVID-19 at the nursing home Angus on Hudson, Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., on December 8, 2020. Casaburi is a Purple Heart recipient awarded for his service during World War II, while assigned to the United States Army Air Force, where he was struck in the leg by a mortar fragment while deployed to the front lines in Germany.
7 Dec, 2020KINDERHOOK--Brig. Gen. Michael Bank the Assistant Adjutant General Air for New York state and Chief Master Sgt. Jeffrey Trottier salute the resting place of former President Martin Van Buren along with other members of the Air National Guard during a ceremony commemorating the birthday of Van Buren at the Kinderhook Reformed Church Cemetery in Kinderhook New York. Van Buren was the eighth President of the United States and a native of Kinderhook.
4 Dec, 2020RONKONKOMA--U.S. Army Sgt. Fatima Adesanya, assigned to the 145th Support Maintenance Company, New York Army National Guard, performs hand and arm signals during a sling load training mission at the Army Aviation Safety Facility in Ronkonkoma N.Y., on November 24, 2020. Sling load operations allow for the quick deployment of supplies during combat or to areas that are geographically difficult to reach during natural disasters or emergencies.
1 Dec, 2020BALLSTON SPA--Volunteers from the New York National Guard pass a tree up to FedEx driver Don Pelletier during the Trees for Troops loadout November 30, 2020 at Ellms Tree Farm in Ballston Spa, N.Y. More than 20 volunteers from the New York Army and Air National Guard joined with Capital District area veterans to help load about 125 Christmas trees being donated and sent to military bases around the country to support troops and military families this holiday season. This marks the 16th year of military members volunteering their time to assist in the loading of trees destined for fellow service members and their families around the country and around the world.
27 Nov, 2020KUWAIT--Command Sgt. Maj. Corey Cush (left), senior enlisted leader for the New York Army National Guard's 42nd Infantry Division, and Maj. Gen. Steven Ferrari (right), commanding general for the 42nd Infantry Division, case the division's colors during a transfer of authority ceremony held recently in the CENTCOM area of responsibility. The ceremony was held to transfer responsibility for Task Force Spartan Shield -- 10,000 Army forces operating in the region --to the Texas Army National Guard's 36th Infantry Division.
23 Nov, 2020SCHENECTADY -- An LC-130 ski-equipped aircraft from the 109th Airlift Wing lifts off the runway at Stratton Air Natrional Guard Base in Scotia, New York on the way to New Zealand on Nov. 23. Three aircraft and 31 Airmen from the wing will be on standby in Christchurch, New Zealand to fly missions to Antarctica if required.
19 Nov, 2020MANAUS, BRAZIL--New York Air National Guard Senior Airman Caleb Lapinel poses for a photograph on Nov.10 2020 after completing international course conducted annually bu the Brazil Jungle Warfare Center knowns as CIGS for its Portugese initials. Lapinel was the only American in the class of ten.
16 Nov, 2020FORT DRUM, NY -- Command Sgt. Maj. Sean Goodridge ( far right) , the senior noncommissioned officer assigned to 152nd Brigade Engineer Battalion, 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, speaks during the change of responsibility ceremony at Fort Drum, NY, Nov. 7 at when he assumed responsibility of the 152nd BEB from outgoing command sergeant major, Christopher Czarnecki.
12 Nov, 2020FORT DRUM, New York --2nd Lt. Lasheema Rose, a human resources officer assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, engages targets with her M4 carbine during individual weapons qualification at Fort Drum, New York, November 7. Rose and her unit conducted the Army's new combat-focused individual weapons qualification in order to maintain readiness.
10 Nov, 2020FORT BELVOIR, VIRGINIA--Three New York Army National Guard Soldiers served as the models for the figures in this display in the National Museum of the United States Army at Fort Belvoir Virginia which opens on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. Major Robert Freed posed for the figure holding the radio Major (Chaplain) James Kim was the model for the crouching figure and Sgt. 1st Class Jonathan Morrison was the model for the rifleman at the right of the tableau. Other New York National Guard Soldiers modeled for figures in a World War II scene. A virtual ceremony will be held to celebrate the opening at 2 p.m. It will be livestreamed at https://www.dvidshub.net/webcast/25129.
9 Nov, 2020GARDEN CITY--Retired Brigadier General Patrick Alesia President of the 42nd Rainbow Division Association (right) and New York Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Colin Stewart the readiness NCO for Charlie Company 1st Battalion 69th Infantry New York Army National Guard salute after presenting a memorial wreath at the 42nd Infantry Rainbow Division World War I memorial in Garden City New York on Nov. 7 2020. The division which is currently deployed to the Middle East was organized in Garden City in 1917 prior to deploying to World War I. Wreaths are placed at memorials to the divison located around the country during the week of Veterans Day to commemorate the founding of the division.
5 Nov, 2020STEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE--New York Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Myers, assigned to the 2nd Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team, takes photographs for analysis during a training event on Stewart Air National Guard Base, Newburgh, October 19-22, 2020. The 2nd CST is stationed in Stratton Air National Guard Base, in Scotia, N.Y., and include 22 Soldiers and Airmen trained to detect chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear hazards.
3 Nov, 2020As many Soldiers take to the woods this month to enjoy the hunting season, care must be taken to ensure an incident-free excursion. While trained in weapon safety, hunters face additional hazards in the woods which must be recognized and prepared for. The NYNG Safety Office has assembled safety tips which can help hunters remain safe in the woods.
2 Nov, 2020Camp Smith Training Site-- Soldiers of the newly reorganized B Company 2nd Battalion 108th Infantry, fall in for their first formation at Camp Smith Training Site on October 14, 2020. The unit flag was transferred to Camp Smith from Morrisonville, New York and consolidated with C Company of the 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry as part of a plan to rationalize the location of infantry units in the state.
29 Oct, 2020NEW HAMBURG-- Members of the New York Naval Militia's Military Emergency Boat Service prepare to head out on the Hudson River for a training mission on October 28, 2020. the Military Emergency Boat service provides patrol boats to assist other agencies in missions on New York's waterways.
28 Oct, 2020LATHAM-New York Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Erich Schmidt, the New York National Guard Family Programs Operations NCO marks Red Ribbon week on October 27, 2020. During the week of October 23-31 people and groups opposed to drug use display red ribbons to show a commitment to a drug-free lifestyle. Each ribbon marks a show of support for those struggling with drug addiction. The tradition started following the murder of Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Kiki Camarena in 1985 by Mexican drug traffickers.
28 Oct, 2020CMAP SMITH--New York Army National Guard Sgt. Fallou Sall, an infantryman assigned to Alpha Company of the 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry qualifies with a M4 rifle during the 2021 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Best Warrior Competition at Camp Smith Training Site, N.Y., 22-24 October 2020. The Best Warrior Competition is an annual event in which junior enlisted Soldiers and non-commissioned officers from various 27th IBCT units compete in several events intended to test their military skills and knowledge, as well as their physical fitness and endurance with the winners proceeding to the State competition.
26 Oct, 2020CAMP SMITH --New York Army National Guard Maj. Charles Sanders the incoming commander of the 53rd Troop Command Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment receives the guidon from Col. Isabel Smith the Chief of Staff of the 53rd Troop Command during a change of command ceremony at Camp Smith N.Y. October 24 2020. The 53rd Troop Command serves an important role within the New York Army National Guard as a General Officer Command Headquarters providing command and control to its units across the state of New York.
22 Oct, 2020CAMP SMITH--Members of the Initial Entry Training class of the New York Guard the states volunteer self-defense force signed into Zoom on October 4 2020 to listen to remarks from Brig. Gen.. David Warrager the commander of the New York Guard during their training period which ran from the week of October 4 to October 9. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic the traning course could not be held in person so the New York Guard members trained on line.
22 Oct, 2020NIAGARA FALLS-- New York Air National Guard Command Chief Master Sgt. Denny Richardson speaks with non-commissioned officers assigned to the 107th Attack Wing during a visit to the wing at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station here on October 17. Richardson is the senior enlisted Airman for the 5,600- members of the New York Air National Guard.
19 Oct, 2020RONKONKOMOA, New York--New York Army National Guard Soldiers stand in formation during the 3rd Battalion, 142nd Assault Helicopter Regiment change of command ceremony on October 17, 2020 at the Ronkonkoma Army Aviation Support Facility in Long Island New York on October 17th. During the ceremony Lt. Col. Matthias Greene assumed command of the battalion from Lt. Col. Jason Lefton.
15 Oct, 2020LATHAM-- Radio technicians from the New York State Office of Interoperable and Emergency Communictions a part of the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Serivices load emergency and first responder channels into a New York Army National Guard UH-60 at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Latham New York on Sept. 30 2020. Teams from the office have uploaded emergency response frequencies into all New York Army National Guard helicopters in order to enable aircrew members to talk to responders on the ground more easily.
1 Oct, 2020CAMP SMITH-- New York National Guard Maj. Gen. Michel A. Natali the assistant Adjutant General for Joint Force Headquarters-New York speaks to 34 Soldiers at an equal opportunity course at the lecture hall in building 500 at Camp Smith Training Site on Sept. 25, 2020. The course aims to teach Soldiers about the importance of equal rights and opportunities in the workplace.
6 Oct, 2020STEWART ANGB--Members of the 105th Airlift Wing Logistics Readiness Squadron conduct a ruck march as a part of a unit cohesion exercise October 4 2020 at Stewart Air National Guard Base Newburgh NY. Airmen simulated that they were rescuing a downed pilot and set off to complete the mission with their equipment and a stretcher.
6 Oct, 2020MENANDS, New York --New York Army National Guard Major General Michel Natali and Command Sgt. Major David Piwowarski salute at the gravesite of President Chester Arthur the 21st President of the United States during a ceremony marking the 191st anniversary of his birth at Albany Rural Cemetery in Menands New York on October 5 2020. The current occupant of the White House sends a wreath to mark the gravesites of former presidents on their birthdays. The wreath is presented by a military leader.
5 Oct, 2020LATHAM, New York--Maj. Amy Crounse, New York National Guard State Partnership Program officer, begins a Zoom call with representatives from Brazil to discuss how the two sides responded to COVID-19, New York National Guard Headquarters, Latham, N.Y., Sept. 29, 2020. The call was aimed at discussing what worked best when handling the pandemic and how New York and Brazil can continue to work together on the issue.
28 Sep, 2020Is your workplace or home fire proof? Fires present a severe life safety hazard and can be detrimental to mission success. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were more than 1.3 million fires reported and 3,655 deaths due to fire nationwide in 2018. The risk of injury and death due to fire demands attention from leadership, safety professionals and Soldiers at every level. The New York Army National Guard Safety Office addresses key components to ensuring your workplace and home are fireproof - follow the link below to read their guidance.
14 Sep, 2020CAMP SMITH--U.S. Army Lt. Col. Todd Balog, the commander of the 369th Sustainment Brigade, New York Army National Guard, passes the guide-on to 1st Lt. Robert Mackay, the incoming commander of the 133rd Composite Supply Company, during a change of command ceremony at Camp Smith Training Site, Cortlandt Manor, N.Y., September 12, 2020.
24 Sep, 2020LATHAM-- New York Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Isabel Polanco receives here new rank from her mother Delia Velazquez during ceremonies marking Polancos promotion outside New York National Guard headquarters in Latham New York on Sept. 22 2020. Polanco serves as the plans and mobilization non-commissioned officer for the New York Army National Guard Military Personnel Office.
23 Sep, 2020CAMP SMITH--Lt. General Leslie Smith the Inspector General of the Army speaks with New York Army National Guard Soldiers and civilian employees during a visit to Camp Smith Training Site on September 2 2020. Smith visited the United States Military Academy at West Point and Camp Smith to engage with Soldiers from the Active component and National Guard as part of an effort to learn what Soldiers think about a variety of concerns impacting the Total Army.
18 Sep, 2020New York Army National Guard Lieutenant Colonel (Dr) William LeCates, the New York Army National Guard State Surgeon and President of Cooperstown's Bassett Medical Center is pinned the rank of Colonel by his wife, Debbie during his promotion ceremony held at the New York Division of Military and Naval Affairs National Guard Headquarters, Latham on Friday, September 18, 2020.
21 Sep, 2020LATHAM-Major General Dawn Deskins, the deputy director of the Air National Guard (left) presents a retirement certificate to New York Air National Guard Command Chief Master Sgt. Maureen Dooley during retirement ceremonies for Dooley held at New York National Guard headquarters in Latham, New York on Sept. 18, 2020. Deskins and Dooley served together at the Eastern Air Defense Sector in Rome, N.Y. and both played key roles in the Air Force response to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
16 Sep, 2020CAMP SHELBY, MISSISSIPPI--Staff Sgt. Matthew Ortiz a member of the New York National Guard's 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry disassembles an M249 Squad Automatic Weapon as part of a weapons proficiency event during the Army National Guard 2020 Best Warrior Competition Sept. 14 2020 being conducted at Camp Shelby. The Best Warrior Competition is a four-day competition that tests competitors Army aptitude through board interviews physical fitness tests written exams warrior tasks and battle drills relevant to todays operational environment.
15 Sep, 2020CAMP SHELBY, MISSISSIPPI-- Corporal Troy Perez a member of the 1st Battalion Infantry Battalion New York National Guard conducts the leg tuck event during the Army National Guard's 2020 National Best Warrior Competition at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center near Hattiesburg Miss. Sept. 13 2020. The National Best Warrior Competition showcases each competitors Soldier skills physical endurance and knowledge. Perez and Staff Sgt. Matthew Ortiz, another 69th Infantry Soldier, are representing the northeastern states at the event.
11 Sep, 2020Command Chief Master Sgt. Denny Richardson (right) receives the Joint Force Headquarters, Air National Guard guidon from New York Air National Guard Commander Major General Timothy J LaBarge (left) as he assumes the position of senior enlisted Airman in the New York Air National Guard during a ceremony at Division of Military and Naval Affairs Headquarters on Thursday afternoon, September 10. Richardson is taking over the position from Command Chief Master Sgt. Maureen Dooley, who retires from military service later this month.
10 Sep, 2020NEW YORK--New York Army National Guard Capt. Joseph Whaley discusses his experiences as one of the military responders in New York City following the terror attacks of 911 with Fox News with other military veterans with Fox News reporter Peter Hegseth far right for the news channel 2020 commemoration of the 911 attacks at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City on September 2 2020. Whaley has served 20 years in the New York Army National Guard with increasing positions of responsibility with the battalion including response missions at the World Trade Center following the terror attacks of 911 his combat tour to Iraq the Superstorm Sandy response in New York City and most recently the COVID-19 pandemic response as commander of the 69th Infantry.
2 Sep, 2020New York Army National Guard 2nd Lt. Matthew Hofbauer receives his officer's rank from his parents, Thomas and Maria Hofbauer during his commissioning at Camp Smith, N.Y. August 29, 2020. Ten new officers were pinned their second lieutenant shoulder boards by family members during the 106th Regional Training Institutes Officer Candidate School graduation. The OCS graduation ceremony is an event for officer candidates to take their Oath of Office and commission as new second lieutenants. (U.S Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Pietrantoni)
24 Aug, 2020NEW YORK- New York Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. John Rodan, assigned to the 24th Civil Support Team, scans for radiological sources during a radiological material detection and identification training event at Icahn Stadium on Randalls Island N.Y. Aug. 20 2020. The 24th CST is based at Fort Hamilton and aids civilian authorities when responding to chemical biological and weapons of mass destruction events in New York City.
20 Aug, 2020CAMP ETHAN ALLEN, Vermont-- New York Army National Guard Corporal Troy Perez a member of the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry finishs up the 12-mile ruck march during the Army National Guard Northeast Region Best Warrior Competition at Camp Ethan Allen in Jericho Vermont on August 16 2020. Perez finished first in the junior enlisted category of the competition. It is the third time in three years a New York Army Guard Soldier has won.
19 Aug, 2020RONKONKOMA--Members of the New York Army National Guard's 3rd Battalion 142nd Aviation Regiment secure a new UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter after it arrived at their flight facility in Ronkonkoma N.Y. August 18 2020. The UH-60M is the most current version of the Black Hawk helicopter and offers many improvements including more efficient rotor blades glass cockpit improved engines and flight controls and aircraft navigation.
18 Aug, 2020STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE--Master Sgt. Brian Kissinger, Master Sgt. Brian Devlin, and Tech. Sgt. Daniel Marchand, members of the 109th Airlift Wing Fire Department stand before a fire engine with the equipment they would use in flood water rescues on August 4, 2020. The three Airmen have been trained in swift water rescue techniques and are part of the New York State Flood Incident Response Strike Team of New York Task Force 2, an urban search and rescue team.
14 Aug, 2020New York Army National Guard Brigadier General Michel Natali, a Halfmoon, New York, resident, receives his second star as a major general from his wife Barbara and Maj. Gen. Ray Shields, the Adjutant General of New York, during his promotion to the rank of major general during a ceremony on Friday, August 14, at the New York National Guard headquarters in Latham. The ceremony was held in front of a socially distant audience of 40 New York National Guard leaders and staff. A live-stream was provided for Natalis family, including his parents in Watertown, N.Y.
13 Aug, 2020CLIFTON PARK--Allan Atwell, a World War II Army veteran who participated in the Battle of the Bulge, presents Brigadier General John Andonie, the Director of the Join Staff for the New York National Guard, a coin. Allan Atwell was honored on his 95th birthday by family, friends, neighbors, local leaders, and first responders at his residence in Clifton Park, NY on August 2nd , 2020. A New York Army National Guard contingent, led by Andonie took part in the event.
10 Aug, 2020MASPETH--New York National Guard Soldiers and Airmen assigned to Joint Task Force Empire Shield the New York National Guards State Active Duty security force in New York City clear downed trees at neat the intersections of the Queens Midtown Expressway and 71st Street in Maspeth New York on August 8 2020. New York National Guard Soldiers and Airmen responded in the Queens area and in Putnam County after Hurricane Isaias moved through the region on August 5 2020. (Courtesy Photo)
10 Aug, 2020NEW YORK-New York Army National Guard Sgt. Thalia Santos from Yonkers, N.Y. carries boxed meals to a waiting vehicle at a food distribution site in The Bronx on August 5, 2020. New York National Guard members helped pass out more than 52 million meals to New York City residents between March 21 and August 8.
6 Aug, 2020Fort Drum, NY Soldiers assigned to Delta Company, 152nd Brigade Engineer Battalion, 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, prepare to launch a RQ-7B Shadow Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, July 28. The Soldiers were at Fort Drum for their Annual Training where they were able to log flight time with the aircraft to maintain their certifications.
4 Aug, 2020Fatigue is part of life; especially in the field. Whether you're at home or in the field, proper training, fitness, rest and support enhance performance and raise the probability of success. The New York Army National Guard Safety Office recognizes the dangers fatigue presents in a Soldier's life and offers guidance to help recognize and reduce the hazards.
4 Aug, 2020LONG ISLAND--New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 3rd Battalion 142nd Aviation, speak with Col. Michael Charnley , the commander of the 42d Combat Aviation Brigade,during their annual training July 29 at state land on Long Island, New York. Soldiers were able to conduct training despite the challenges of dealing with the COVID 19 pandemic by wearing masks nd remaining socially distance when able.
3 Aug, 2020QUEENSBURY-- New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 466th Area Support Medical Company stand in formation during their deployment ceremony at the Queensbury Armory Aug. 1, 2020. Fifty-five Soldiers from this unit will leave for approximately 11 months to conduct an emergency and primary care mission to other Soldiers currently deployed in certain areas of the Middle East.
31 Jul, 2020CAMP SMITH-New York Army National Guard Spc. Micheal Rivera an aircraft electrician assigned to Bravo Company 642 Aviation Support Battalion 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade wears a face mask as he applies a tourniquet to a training dummy during the Lane Training Exercise portion of the state Best Warrior Competition at Camp Smith Training Site N.Y. July 25 2020.New York Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Matthew Ortiz an infantryman assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company 1st Battalion 69th Infantry Regiment and the non-commissioned officer winner of the state Best Warrior Competition wears a face mask while taking the written test portion of the event at Camp Smith Training Site N.Y. July 25 2020. The annual Best Warrior event was redesigned and condensed to comply with COVID-19 health protocols and minimize exposure to the virus. It was held July 25-26 at Camp Smith Training Site near Peekskill New York.
30 Jul, 2020LATHAM--New York Army National Guard Chaplain ( Major ) James Kim the NewYork State operational chaplain speaks during a short ceremony held at New York National Guard Headquarters in Latham New York and broadcast on line via Facebook Live marking the 245th birthday of the Chaplains Corps on July 29 1775. Chaplains historical nurture Soldiers care for the wounded and honor the fallen Kim said. ( U.S. Army National Guard photo by Eric Durr)
28 Jul, 2020Fort Drum, NY New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to 427th Brigade Support Battalion, 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, conduct container delivery system training in conjunction with the New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing. During the training a C-130J Hercules transport aircraft airdropped pallets of supplies which were then collected and transported by 427th logisticians.
27 Jul, 2020CAMP SMITH--U.S. Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Matthew Ortiz, an infantryman assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment, who won in the non-commissioned officer category of the New York Army National Guard Best Warrior event on July 25-26, disassembles a Mk 19 grenade launcher as part of the land navigation event during the state NYARNG Best Warrior Competition at Camp Smith Training Site, N.Y., July 25, 2020. The Best Warrior Competition, held July 25-26, 2020, is an annual event in which junior enlisted Soldiers and non-commissioned officers from various New York Army National Guard units compete in several events intended to test their military skills and knowledge, as well as their physical fitness and endurance.
23 Jul, 2020LATHAM- Thirty Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard's 42nd Infantry Division band, perform at New York National Guard headquarters, Latham, N.Y., July 17, 2020. Usually holding at least 15 to 20 concerts a year, all performances were cancelled due to COVID-19, with the band arranging this one performance in order to meet training requirements and certify their mission as a band.
22 Jul, 2020STATEN ISLAND-U.S. Army Lt. Col. Todd Balog, battalion commander of the 369th Special Troops Battalion, New York Army National Guard, passes the guide-on to 1st Lt. Rachid Kabbabe, incoming commander of the 145th Maintenance Company, during a change of command ceremony at the Staten Island armory, N.Y., July. 20, 2020.
21 Jul, 2020NEW ROCHELLE--Lt. Col. Hai Rekah of the Israel Defense Forces Home Front Command, with members of the New York National Guard, observes intake procedures for motorists at the drive-thru swabbing site at Glen Island Park in New Rochelle, N.Y., July 15, 2020. Rekah was in New York to meet with New York National Guard leaders to see parts of New Yorks multi agency response to COVID-19, as Israels Homefront Command responds to the pandemic.
16 Jul, 2020CAMP SMITH-U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Isreal Mahadeo (right) the outgoing first sergeant of the 719th Composite Truck Company receives the Meritorious Service Medal from Capt. Seun Ogunkoya, the company commander, during change of responsibility ceremonies conducted at Camp Smith Training Site on July 15, 2020. 1st Sgt. William Perez took over as the company first sergeant during the in Cortlandt Manor N.Y.
14 Jul, 2020Albany, NY- Pfc. Diana Olivares-Salazar, assigned to the HHT 2nd Squadron, 101st Cavalry, prepares to administer COVID-19 tests at a drive-thru test site, July 9. During the last four months, more than 3,500 New York National Guard personnel have been activated in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
2 Jul, 2020Higher temperatures and increased humidity can cause unseen hazards. Missions can suffer, vacations can be ruined, and lives can be endangered or lost. Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related illness and can cause death or lead to permanent disability. About 2,800 troops suffered illnesses from dehydration to heat stroke last year; that number is 50 percent higher than it was five years ago! Prevention starts with training. Follow the link below for guidance from the NYARNG Safety Office on how you can prevent heat injuries.
2 Jul, 2020Rome, NY Sgt. Michael Passanante and Pfc. Fnu Rayan, two Soldiers assigned to Echo Company, 427th Brigade Support Battalion, 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, directs traffic at a Covid-19 drive-thru test site in Rome, NY June 30. Since March more than 3,000 New York National Guard personnel have been on active duty in response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
30 Jun, 2020BINGHAMTON--New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Brandon Gendron (left) receives the colors of the 240th Engineer Battalion from Col. Jamey Barcomb the commander of the 153rd Troop Command during change of command ceremonies held on Saturday June 27 2020 at the New York State Armory in Binghamton N.Y. Gendron replaced Lt. Col. Wing Yu as the commander of the battalion which has elements in Binghamton Kingston Horseheads Walton. Buffalo and the Camp Smith Training Site near Peekskill.
29 Jun, 2020Rochester, NY Spc. Nicholas Weber, a cavalry scout assigned to Alpha Troop, 2nd Squadron, 101st Cavalry Regiment, staffs a drive-thru Covid-19 test site at Monroe Community College, in Rochester on Jun. 23. Weber, along with other Soldiers, have been assisting NYS Health Dept. personnel in operating drive-thru test sites across the state since late-March.
23 Jun, 2020FONDA FAIRGROUNDS FONDA NY - Members of the New York National Guard help build food packages as part of a Joint Task Force food delivery mission at the Fonda Fairgrounds in Fonda, N.Y. on June 19, 2020. Residents of Montgomery County and surrounding areas have been adversely impacted by the health and economic stresses caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. Local officials have organized to assist with a drive thru food distribution event to mitigate the impact. Specifically a drive-thru food pantry at the Fonda Fairgrounds. The members are just a part of 3000 Soldiers and Airmen currently on duty as part of New Yorks response to COVID-19.
22 Jun, 2020CAMP SMITH--New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 466th Area Support Medical Company, 153rd Troop Command, New York Army National Guard conduct medical training during a mass casualty exercise on Camp Smith Training Site, June 12, 2020. The company is preparing for their upcoming deployment to the area of Central Command.
15 Jun, 2020RIVERHEAD--A New York Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter dips a Bambi bucket in a lake near Riverhead New York on June 12 2020. during water bucket training conducted by Soldiers based at Ronkonkoma. The New York Army National Guard conducts helicopter firefighting when local agencies request support through the New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.
12 Jun, 2020LATHAM--Master Sgt. Roger Townsend, assigned to New York National Guard Joint Force Headquarters; Brig. Gen. Michel Natali, the assistant adjutant general, Army; and Spc. Charles Fetzer, a military policeman assigned to the 104th Military Police Battalion, cut the U.S. Army birthday cake during a 245th Army birthday celebration at the Division of Military and Naval Affairs on June 12th, 2020. The Army birthday is recognized each year with a cake cutting featuring the youngest Soldier, representing the future; the oldest Soldier representing wisdom and traditions; along with the commanding officer, though this year COVID-19 precautions were in place limiting the size of the event.
12 Jun, 2020SCHENECTADY N.Y-Members of the New York Air National Guard attend a surprise promotion call for Senor Airman Samantha Post from the 107th Medical Group stationed at Stratton Air National Guard Base in support of the NY National Guard response to COVID19 as she was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant in the New York Air National Guard.But the promotion wasnt the only total surprise to Amn Post. What made it even more special was that she was promoted by Major General Timothy LaBarge the Assistant Adjutant General and the Commander of the New York Air National Guard.The reason why the general wanted to be here was that Senior Airman now Staff Sergeant Post was on duty at the SUNY Albany COVID19 testing site this year when an emergency happened and Sgt Post saved a mans life.
9 Jun, 2020CAMP SMITH --New York Guard Brig. Gen. David Warager, commander of the New York Guard, bumps elbows with specialist Laura Dickinson after awarding a certificate of appreciation for her hard work during the COVID-19 pandemic at the emergency operations center on Camp Smith Training Site, June 6, 2020. The New York Guard is the state's volunteer self-defense force which augments the New York National Guard during state emergencies. New York Guard members have been part of the COVID-19 response since the start.
5 Jun, 2020BUFFALO-New York National Guard Sgt. Ashley Braddock of the 105th Military Police Company works in the operations section of a Joint Operations Center in Buffalo, New York, May 27. Braddock is part of the headquarters element overseeing members of the Army and Air National Guard, New York State Guard, and New York Naval Militia serving as part of the COVID-19 response mission in the western end of New York State.
3 Jun, 2020UTICA- New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry guide an M-114 armored scout vehicle into position outside the Utica Armory on May 20, 2020. The vehicle, used by armored cavalry units in the 1960s was refurbished by employees at the New York National Guard Maneuver Area Training Equipment Site at Fort Drum and installed in front of the armory as part of the New York National Guard's effort to note its history.
1 Jun, 2020ELMSFORD--New York Army National Guard Soldiers along with Feeding Westchester staff help to distribute food to people in need of food assistance during coronavirus pandemic as apart the Nourish New York event at the Feeding Westchester distribution center in Elmsford NY May 28 2020. The event is part of Governor Andrew Cuomos Nourish New York initiative which provides 25 million for food banks across the state to procure products produced in New York.
27 May, 2020NEW YORK-- New York Army National Guard Pvt. Mathew Burke from Mechanicville N.Y.(left), and Pfc. Janelle McKoy from New Windsor N.Y., both assigned to the 104th Military Police Battalion, deliver COVID 19 test kits to a nursing facility in The Bronx N.Y. on May 26 2020. New York National Guard troops produced 350,000 test kits over the Memorial Day weekend to send to nursing homes across the state and delivered supplies to 136 nursing facilities in the Bronx and Queens. New York National Guard members are supporting the multi-agency response to COVID-19.
22 May, 2020LATHAM, N.Y.-Army Maj. Gen. Ray Shields the Adjutant General for the New York National Guard and Command Sgt. Maj. David Piwowarski the New York Army National Guard Senior Enlisted Advisor present a wreath and render honors during a Memorial Day weekend remembrance ceremony to honor fallen members of the New York Army and Air National Guard at the Joint Forces Headquarters in Latham N.Y. May 22 2020. Members of the National Guard senior staff conducted the ceremony with appropriate personal protective equipment and using social distancing measures during the coronavirus pandemic. The ceremony was recorded and broadcast later in the day on social media for the force.
22 May, 2020LATHAM-- New York Army National Guard Col. Mark Slusar is greeted by his family-- his wife Sandra and daughters Abigail and Camryn-- following his final flight as an Army aviator at Aviation Support Facility 3 hanger on May 21 2020 in Latham New York. Slusar is retiring from the New York Army National Guard after 34 years of military service. His last job was as New York Army National Guard State Aviation Officer. ( U.S. Army National Guard photo by Eric Durr)
21 May, 2020BUFFALO-- Members of the four branches of the New York Military Forces-- the New York Army National Guard, New York Air National Guard, the New York Guard, and New York Naval Militia, assigned to the New York National Guard's COVID-19 response operations in Western New York, stand for a photo at the Connecticut Street Armory, Buffalo, N.Y., May 14, 2020. The Connecticut Street Armory serves as the New York National Guard's headquarters for joint-service COVID-19 response operations in Western New York.
13 May, 2020New York Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crews conduct water bucket ("Bambi Bucket") training at Round Lake, NY Wednesday May 13. A full Bambi Bucket holds 560 gallons and weights over two tons. Pilots, crews and maintenance personnel train with the bucket every spring in order to remain ready to support the New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. In July of 2018 two New York Army National Guard UH-60 helicopters equipped with Bambi Buckets were called to a forest fire in Flat Rock State Forest in Altona N.Y. where the aircrews dropped 126,000 gallons of water on the 526-acre fire over a 3 day period.
19 May, 2020JONES BEACH, NY - Members of the 106th Rescue Wing, joined by members of the New York Army National Guard and New York Naval Militia watch as an HC-130J and pair of HH-60 aircraft fly formation over a COVID-19 testing site at the Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center at Jones Beach, New York on May 15, 2020. The formation was designed to boost morale for first responders, and was designed as a salute to everyone in the fight against the ongoing outbreak.
18 May, 2020CAMP ARIFJAN--Sixteen Soldiers assigned to the 42nd Infantry Division headquarters who deployed with the division to Iraq in 2005 and are currently deployed to Camp Arifjan Kuwait gathered for a group photo on May 16 2020. The Soldiers are displaying a special flag the division commander commissioned in 2004 to commemorate the divisions role in the response to the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City on Sept. 11 2001. In 2005 the division commanded 23000 Soldiers in four Iraqi provinces. Currently the division is providing mission command for Army elements in the Middle East .
13 May, 2020A search and rescue plane and two rescue helicopters assigned to the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing will conduct a flyover around Long Island on Friday, May 15 to salute healthcare, essential workers and first responders dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. The flyover, which will begin at 12p.m. over Westhampton Beach, and will conclude by 2 p.m. after making a circuit of eastern Long Island, will feature one of the wing's HC-130J search and rescue aircraft and two HH-60G rescue helicopters flying in formation.
12 May, 2020An LC-130 assigned to the 109th Airlift Wing of the New York Air National Guard passes by an American flag erected on a fire trucks ladder during a flyover at St. Marys Hospital in Amsterdam N.Y. on May 12 2020. The wing conducted a multi-city flyover on May 12 as part of the Air Force Salutes flyover program to salute medical workers first responders and essential employees during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
22 May, 2020CAMP SMITH TRAINING SITE-- New York Guard SGT Mark Pisanelli, also assigned to NYG Team Alpha, coordinates a check of the water supplies of Camp Smith with New York Army National Guard MAJ Foster and SSG Kelly of the CSTS Garrison Command. In addition to performing key tasks for CSTS Garrison, SGT Pisanelli was one of many New York Guard soldiers to receive training from the National Guard to operate their four wheel Gator vehicles in order to better perform their duties in this ongoing mission.
8 May, 2020SCOTIA, N.Y--The New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing will conduct a flyover to salute healthcare workers, essential workers, and first responders across Capital Region, North Country and Mohawk Valley on Tuesday, May 12. The flight will go over hospitals in Amsterdam, Utica, Glens Falls, Saratoga Springs, Troy, Albany, and Schenectady. The flight is part of an Air Force-wide effort to conduct flyovers to salute first responders.
8 May, 2020BUFFALO --New York Army National Guard Pfc. Patrick Smith, assigned to the 105th Military Police Company, renders a salute to Maj. Gen. Raymond Shields, Jr., the Adjutant General of the State of New York, at a COVID-19 mobile testing site in Buffalo, New York, May 5. Smith received a coin for excellence while supporting state agencies at one of 15 test sites across New York.
22 May, 2020CAMP SMITH-New York Guard PFC Donald Elliston, assigned to Camp Smith Training Site (CSTS) Garrison's NYG Team Alpha, sanitizes facilities used by hundreds of New York's service members to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Twice a day every day, PFC Elliston and other members of Alpha Team ensure that the risk of COVID-19 infection at Camp Smith is mitigated by disinfecting every door knob, light switch, bathroom, table and other surfaces on post.
7 May, 2020ROME, NY Pvt. 1st Class Devan Lewis, a wheeled vehicle mechanic assigned to Echo Company, 427th Brigade Support Battalion, staffs a drive through Covid-19 test site May 2. Currently more than 3,000 New York National Guard troops are on active duty in response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
4 May, 2020NEW YORK-- Soldiers from the 104th Military Police Battalion and the 102nd Military Police Battalion conduct a change of responsibility ceremony on Saturday May 2, to mark the turnover of responsibility for the incident command center at the Javits New York Medical Station The 104th was tasked with organizing the multiagency response that facilitated the building and operation of the JNMYS during the COVID-19 pandemic. The 102ndassumed responsibility of the JNYMS Unified Command and will facilitate operations of the medical station.
2 May, 2020DELHI NY -- 1st. Lt. Eric Hamilton a platoon leader assigned to Delta Company 2nd Battalion 108th Infantry Regiment conducts food distribution operations in Delhi NY on Apr. 30. During the operation the Soldiers assisted volunteers as they sorted packaged and handed out numerous dairy products at a drive-through donation center located at the SUNY Delhi campus. Currently more than 3600 National Guard personnel are on active duty in response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
1 May, 2020OLD WESTBURY--Major General Ray Shields the Adjutant General of New York, speaks with New York Army National Guard 1st Lt. Mae Battaglia, a member of the 152nd Brigade Engineer Battalion, who is assigned to control access at the alternative care facility constructed at the State University of New York Old Westbury campus by the Army Corps of Engineers in Old Westbury on Long Island on April 28 2020. Shields journeyed to Long Island along with Command Sgt. Major David Piwowarski and Major General Tim LaBarge the commmander of the New York Air National Guard to meet with Soldiers and Airmen mobilized for the COVID19 pandemic response mission. The Old Westbury facility was built so it could be equipped and staffed as an overflow hospital is necessary.
29 Apr, 2020NEW YORK-- Sgt. 1st Class Jonathan Morrison a combat medic specialist from Brooklyn N.Y. assigned to 24 Civil Support Team Weapons of Mass Destruction 53rd Troop Command New York Army National Guard processes a COVID-19 test at a rapid mobile testing site located at the Jacob Javits Center field hospital in New York N.Y. April 27 2020. New York National Guard members continue to manage the Javits site as the unified command post for the multi-agency response. As of April 27 1093 patients have been treated at the Javits New York Medical Station.
28 Apr, 2020KUWAIT-- Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard's 42nd Infantry Division, providing mission command of the Army's Task Force Spartan Shield in the Middle East, conduct a Mobile Command Post Exercise on April 27, 2020. 650 members of the 42nd Infantry Division headquarters deployed to the region earlier this year. The Commander of Task Force Spartan Shield, Major General Steven Ferrari, visited his Soldiers and Staff during their recent Mobile Command Post Exercise. The General's visit allowed for a showcase of the Mobile Command Post and the Soldiers that helped set it up.
28 Apr, 2020NEW YORK-- Asian-American service members stationed at Javits New York Medical Station at the Javits Convention Center speak to Chinese language reporters (World Journal Sinovision & Tsing Tao) on April 21 2020. The service members Lt. Commander Tiensi Ho Commader Michael Liao 1st Lieutenant Liu Zhao Kai and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Lester Chang a member of the New York Naval Militia ( right) explained the purpose of station the Unified Command and their experiences in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.
27 Apr, 2020NORWICH, NY New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry Regiment, conduct food distribution operations, Apr. 23 in Norwich, N.Y. The Soldiers are currently serving on active duty in response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Since beginning the food distribution mission on April 21, the Soldiers of Delta Company have assisted the Chenango County Office of the Aging by delivering more than 2800 meals.
24 Apr, 2020NEW YORK CITY--Spc. William Remis and Sgt. Justin Rivera two Soldiers assigned to Alpha Company 2nd Battalion 108th Infantry Regiment reaffirm their commitment to serve during an extension ceremony in Times Square Apr. 21. Remis and Rivera along with other Soldiers from the 2-108 are currently serving on active duty supporting New York States response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic
23 Apr, 2020NEW YORK --New York National Guard Spc. Dylan Messina from Albany N.Y. left and Spc. Chris Smith of Kingston N.Y. both assigned to the New York National Guard COVID-19 response look on as Labrador retriever service dogs provided by Puppies Behind Bars chase a ball in their New York City hotel on April 21 2020. Puppies Behind Bars, a nonprofit organization that trains prison inmates to raise service dogs for wounded war veterans and first responders as well as explosive-detection canines for law enforcement brought the dogs to the hotels where the Soldiers were staying to help them relax. ( U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Sean Madden)
22 Apr, 2020NEW YORK--New York Army National Guard Sgt. Major Nicholas Pardi, a member of the 104th Military Police Battalion, salutes after presenting an American flag during a memorial service for a veteran who died of COVID 19 while a patient at the Javits New York Medical Station erected at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City, on on April 19, 2020. Active military and members of the New York National Guard Military, along with staffers who are prior service military, rendered final honors as his remains were transferred.
18 Apr, 2020ELMSFORD--New York Army National Guard Specialists Marvin Clarke ( left) and Emananuel Agyemang, assigned to the 101st Signal Battalion of the 369th Sustainment Brigade load boxes of food on a pallet at the Feeding Westchester mobile food pantry in Elmsford N.Y. April 17 2020. National Guard members and Feeding Westchester have processed and distributed more than 2.5 million pounds of food to surrounding communities since the COVID-19 pandemic.
16 Apr, 2020STEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE--New York Army National Guard Sgt. Tyrone Price assigned to the 1569th Transportation Company, 369th Sustainment Brigade New York Army National Guard moves a pallet of supplies for the COVID-19 response at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh April 14 2020. New York Soldiers and Airmen are also conducting logistics missions including warehousing and commodity distribution of medical supplies at 6 sites in the Hudson Valley the Albany area and Mohawk Valley.
15 Apr, 2020ALBANY--Army Major General Ray Shields the Adjutant General of New York meets New York Air National Guard Airmen assisting the Department of Healths Wadsworth Laboratory in assembling COVID-19 test kits for distribution across the state at the Sage Colleges building which was formeraly the New Scotland Avenue Armory in Albany N.Y. on April 9 2020. The 30 Soldiers and Airmen on the mission part of a contingent of 3400 New York National Guard Soldiers and Airmen mobilized by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to help respond to the COVID-19 pandemic assembled 20000 kits that day.
10 Apr, 2020NEW ROCHELLE--New York Army National Guard Spc. Gilliam-Gray Shawnese assigned to the 101st Expeditionary Signal Battalion 369th Sustainment Brigade New York Army National Guard gives instructions to people in their vehicles at the COVID-19 Mobile Testing Center in Glenn Island Park New Rochelle Apr. 8 2020. The New York National Guard continues support at seven drive-thru testing sites. Soldiers and Airmen are collecting samples and providing general-purpose support at the testing locations now exceeding 5000 tests per day in total.
9 Apr, 2020NEWBURGH --This message inside a packing box of a ventilator flown from California to New York by Airmen from the 146th Airlift Wing of the California Air National Guard greets members of the New York Army National Guard's 369th Sustainment Brigade as they take inventory of the delivery at the 105th Airlift wing on April 7 2020 at Stewart Air National Guard Base Newburgh NY. The use of the C-130J Super Hercules along with the NY Army National Guard facilitated the shipment of medical equipment which will support the ongoing COVID-19 medical response being conducted in the New York and New Jersey areas. Each state received 100 of the ventilators .
8 Apr, 2020STEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Newburgh--Airmen from the 146th Airlift Wing of the California Air National Guard in Oxnard CA deliver 200 ventilators to members of the 105th Airlift Wing of the New York Air National Guard on April 7 2020 at Stewart Air National Guard Base Newburgh NY. The use of the C-130J Super Hercules along with personnel from the NY Army National Guard facilitated the shipment of medical equipment which will support the ongoing COVID-19 medical effort being conducted in the New York and New Jersey areas
7 Apr, 2020LATHAM-- New York Army National Guard Major Stephen Keblish is promoted from captain during a ceremony at New York National Guard Joint Forces Headquarters on April 6 2020 by Col. James Cahill the director of military personnel during a COVID-19 complaint ceremony. The ceremony was livestreamed for section members who were working from home and Cahill and Keblish followed the approved social distancing easures. Keblish a native of Herkimer N.Y. has served in the New York Army National Guard since 2004.
6 Apr, 2020NEW YORK--Construction teams rapidly assemble the partitions that will form the Patient Care Units (PCU) that will transform the Javits Center into a 2,000 bed field hospital, of which 48 beds are for intensive care (ICU). The convention center is part of New Yorks multi-agency response effort to combat COVID-19.
4 Apr, 2020BRONX -- New York Army National Guard Sgt. Joseph Ryan of Holbrook N.Y. assigned to the 1st Battalion,69th Infantry Regiment instructs a motorists at a drive-thru COVID-19 sampling site in The Bronx N.Y. April 3 2020. New York National Guard members are supporting the multi-agency response to COVID-19.
3 Apr, 2020ALBANY--New York Army National Guard Soldiers load food supplies into vehicles at the Times Union Center in Albany N.Y. on March 312020 for delivery to Albany County residents who are under quarantine. The New York National Guard has mobilized more than 2800 Soldiers and Airmen as part of the state response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
2 Apr, 2020NEW YORK-- New York Army National Guard Pfc. Jerrica Bosch assigned to the 1st Battalion 258th Field Artillery part of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team stands ready to confirm registration at the Entry Control Point of the Bronx-Lehman College COVID-19 Testing Site in New York City on April 1 2020. This Soldier is part of a statewide effort of more than 2700 members of the New York National Guard responding to community needs to mitigate the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic.
1 Apr, 2020April 1 2020 is officially Census Day. Residents across the country should have already received a questionnaire in the mail. You can fill in the attached form and mail it back or go on line and answer the questions in ten minutes. Major General Ray Shields, the Adjutant General of New York, is urging all members of the New York National Guard to make time to complete the census.
31 Mar, 2020NEW YORK-- The United States Naval Ship Comfort passing the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center where the New York National Guard helped create an alternate medical care site for non-COVID-19 patients in New York N.Y. on March 30 2020. The Comfort which has 1000 beds will provide another site for non-COVID 19 patients to relieve overcrowding in New York Citys hospitals.
30 Mar, 2020New York-- Gen. James C. McConville, Chief of Staff of the Army, talks to New York Army National Guard Soldier Spec. Dylan Messina, a member of the 104th Military Police Battalion, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, March 29, 2020. New York National Guard Soldiers helped to construct a field hospital in the convention center so it can serve as an alternate care site as part of New Yorks multi-agency response to COVID-19. (Image altered, controlled material obscured)
29 Mar, 2020NEW YORK- Governor Andrew M. Cuomo praises members of the New York National Guard's 133rd Composite Supply Company at a press conference at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, on March 27, 2020. The convention center will be 1000-bed alternate care site as part of New Yorks multi-agency response to COVID-19. Members of the 133rd worked to get the site up and running in less than a week.
28 Mar, 2020NEW YORK- New York Army National Guard Soldiers of the 133rd Composite Supply Company, part of the 369th Sustainment Brigade demonstrate assembling a cot at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City March 26, 2020. The convention center will be an alternate care site to ease the bed shortage of New York Hospitals as part of the state response to the COVID-19 outbreak
27 Mar, 2020ORISKANY--New York Army National Guard automated logistical specialists assigned to Alpha Company 427th Brigade Support Battalion 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Spc. Manuel Cintron Jr., Spc. Ayesha Burr, and Staff Sgt. Laura Yeager discuss the storage of medical supplies at the New York State warehouse in Oriskany N.Y. while on state active duty on March 24 2020 in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic Mar. 24. Currently more than 2000 New York National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are on duty as part of the response effort.
26 Mar, 2020NEW YORK--A New York Army National Guard Soldier of the 133rd Composite Supply Company, part of the 53rd Troop Command, warehouse and inventory the initial shipments of a FEMA Field Hospital for setup at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City March 25, 2020. The Javits Center will be converted to a temporary medical facility to ease the bed shortage of New York Hospitals as part of the state response to the COVID 19 outbreak. More than 2,000 New York National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are on duty as part of the response effort.
25 Mar, 2020NEW ROCHELLE-- New York Army National Guard Spc. Reagan Long a horizontal construction engineer assigned to the 827th Engineer Company of the 204th Engineer Battalion alongside Pfc. Naomi Velez a horizontal construction engineer assigned to the 152nd Engineer Support Company register people at a COVID-19 Mobile Testing Center in Glenn Island Park New Rochelle Mar. 14 2020. Members of the Army and Air National Guard from across several states have been activated under Operation COVID-19 to support federal state and local efforts.
19 Mar, 2020HAWTHORNE-- Members of the New York Army National Guard take calls at a Coronavirus Hotline call center under the guidance of a site leader in Hawthorne N.Y. March 16 2020. The New York State Department of Health established a toll-free Coronavirus Hotline (1-888-364-3065). More than 1,400 members of the New York Military Forces are currently on missions to assist in controlling the spread of the COVID-19 virus in New York .
15 Mar, 2020NEW ROCHELLE __From left Spc.Sherman Bristol a member of the New York Army National Guards 4th Finance Detachment and Airman 1st Class Nieves with the New York Air National Guards 106th Rescue Wing help clean City Hall in New Rochelle New York March 14 2020. New York Army and Air National Guard members are supporting the multi-agency response to COVID-19.
14 Mar, 2020NEW ROCHELLE-- New York Army National Guard medics who will be helping with information collection at a drive-thru coronavirus testing station in Westchester County receive instruction on how to wear protective clothing from Westchester County health sanitarian Stefan Goreau at the New York State Department of Health officers in New Rochelle N.Y. on March 14 2020. New York State is establishing drive-thru testing stations so that people dispatched to get a test by their doctor can do so easily and not contaminate other people. The New York National Guard Soldiers will asisst in data collection at the stations. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has mobilized National Guard Soldiers to assist in administrative tasks as part of the effort to contain the COVID-19 virus.
13 Mar, 2020New York Army National Guard Soldiers distribute food parcels in Westchester County N.Y. on March 12 2020 as part of the New York State response to the effort to contain a cluster of coronavirus also known as Covid-19 cases in New Rochelle N.Y. The Soldiers and Airmen were providing food to families to make up for school lunch and breakfast meals students are missing after schools in New Rochelle were closed to prevent the spread of the virus.
10 Mar, 2020CAMP SMITH-- U.S Army Soldiers sprint during the spring-drag-carry as a part of the Army Combat Fitness Test during the 53rd Troop Command Best Warrior Competition at Camp Smith Training Site N.Y. February 21 2020. The 53rd Troop Command Best Warrior Competition is an annual event in which junior enlisted Soldiers and non-commissioned officers from various 53rd Troop Command units compete in several events intended to test their military skills and knowledge as well as their physical fitness and endurance with the winners proceeding the State competition in March.
6 Mar, 2020FORT HOOD-- Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard's 42nd Infantry Division headquarters board a plane at Fort Hood, Texas on March 5, 2020 as they depart for the Central Command Area of responsibility in the Middle East. The Soldiers will conduct mission command operations for Task Force Spartan, the Army's force in the region.
5 Mar, 2020ALASKA--U.S. Marines with 5th Battalion 11th Marine Regiment load a M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) onto a New York Air National Guard LC-130H assigned to the 109th Airlift Wing during U.S. Northern Commands Exercise Arctic Edge. Arctic Edge 2020 is a North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command exercise scheduled every two years. The exercise focuses on training experimentation techniques tactics and procedures development for Homeland Defense operations in an Arctic environment. Arctic Edge 20 provides opportunities to validate Arctic capabilities. The 109th Airlift Wing sent 65 Airmen and two planes to the exercise
2 Mar, 2020FORT HOOD--The commander of the New York Army National Guards 42nd Infantry Division Major General Steven Ferrari left and Division Command Sergeant Major Corey Cush officially case the units colors at Fort Hood Texas on March 1 2020This ceremony involves the Divisions colors or flag being covered until the unit arrives overseas for their deployment where it will be unfurled again. The division headquarters 650 Soldiers will be deploying to the U.S. Central Command Area of Responsibility in the Middle East to exercise mission command of Task Force Spartan.
28 Feb, 2020CAMP SMITH--New York Air National Guard Senior Master Sgt. Todd Lobraico Sr. a Sherman Connecticut resident and member of the 105th Airlift Wing looks at the memorial wall commemorating 39 New York Army and Air National Guard Soldiers and Airmen who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001 which was unveiled at Camp Smith Training Site on Thursday Feb. 27. His son Staff Sgt. Todd Lobraico Jr. who was killed in Afghanistan in 2013 is commemorated on the memorial wall.
20 Feb, 2020JRAT is available to all members of all components of the U.S. Armed Forces (Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force) and the Coast Guard. It is an interactive tool designed to educate users and enhance safety by providing Service-specific mishap statistics, vignettes and summaries, as well as guidance and resources related to a variety of mission types and off-duty activities. The New York Army National Guard Safety Office invites all members to register and use this helpful tool.
26 Feb, 2020QUEENS- New York Guard members assigned to the 15th Detachment of the 88th Area Command stand at parade rest during a change of command ceremony held at the Whitestone Armory on Jan. 26, 2020. Capt. Joseph Polcha was replaced as the detachment commander by 2nd Lt. Zachary Perkins. The New York Guard is the state's volunteer self-defense force which augments New York National Guard units during state emergencies.
25 Feb, 2020Senior Chief Boatswain's Mate Elizebeth Spain rings "four bells" during the re-dedication ceremony of the U.S.S. Flusser bell at the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs in Latham, N.Y., February 25, 2020. The day marked the 100th anniversary of the commissioning of the bell's ship, the U.S. Navy destroyer DD-289, U.S.S. Flusser in 1920. The bell is an artifact belonging to the New York State Military History Museum in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and will be displayed at the Division of Military and Naval Affairs.
24 Feb, 2020FORT HOOD, TEXAS-- Soldiers assigned to the 42nd Infantry Division zero their 240B machinegun on a range at Fort Hood, Texas on Feb. 21, 2020 during post-mobilization training. More than 650 Soldiers assigned to the division headquarters are training to deploy to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility and assume mission command for Task Force Spartan, the Army elements operating in the area.
14 Feb, 2020FORT HOOD, TEXAS-- New York Army National Guard State Command Sergeant Major David Piwowarski (center) meets with members of the 42nd Infantry Division at the DFAC at Fort Hood Texas on Feb. 11, 2020. Six hundred and fifty Soldiers from the division's headquarters are conducting post-mobilization training at Fort Hood as they prepare to deploy to the Central Command area of responsibility and assume mission command of Operation Spartan Shield.
12 Feb, 2020New York Army National Guard Sgt Andrew Valenza (right) is joined by his parents, Major Julie Valenza and Sgt. 1st Class William Valenza as they prepare to deploy together during the 42nd Infantry Division farewell ceremony held on January 11, 2020, at Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y. All five members of the Valenza family are serving. A son is already deployed in Afghanistan and a daughter is in the New York Army National Guard as well. The 42nd Infantry Division headquarters held farewell events in Loudonville, Staten Island, and Rochester.
11 Feb, 2020ANTARCTICA- A loadmaster from the New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing directs the loading of cargo on board an LC-130 "Skibird" on Jan. 24, 2020. The wing flies equipment and people across Antarctica in support of the National Science Foundation's research on the continent. Loading gear on board an LC-130 is like playing Tetris, the video game that requires matching different shapes in places where they will fit.
10 Feb, 2020FORT HOOD-- New York Army National Guard Soldiers attached to Signal Co. of the 42nd Infantry Division conducts the deadlift exercise of the Army Combat Fitness Test on Fort Hood Tx. Feb. 7 2020. Soldiers of the 42nd needed to learn the newly implemented ACFT in order to be combat ready for their upcoming deployment.
6 Feb, 2020LATHAM-- Major General Ray Shields the Adjutant General of New Yorkremoves the major rank from Lt. Col. Brandon Gendrons uniform as his wife Suzanne looks on with his children Jack and Kyleigh during promotion ceremonies on Friday January 31 at New York National Guard headquarters in Latham N.Y. Gendron who was commissioned as an officer in 2004 serves as the Training Officer for the New York Army National Guard and has been selected to command the 204th Engineer Battalion.
3 Feb, 2020GLENVILLE- Airmen from the 109th Airlift Wing provide funeral honors for New York Air National Guard Staff Sgt. George Girtler on January 31, 2020 at St. Anthony Cemetery, Glenville, N.Y. Girtler, a mechanic in the wing, died of a pulmonary embolism on January 11 while deployed to McMurdo Station, Antarctica with other members of the 109th Airlift Wing. Girtler, age 37,was an aircraft electrical and environmental specialist.
23 Jan, 2020GABRESKI AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE--New York Army National Guard Soldiers from Bravo Company of the 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry assault a simulated enemy position during training at Gabreski Air National Guard Base at Westhampton Beach, N.Y. on January 11, 2020. The Soldiers are (left to right) Specialist Artez Wilkins and Private First Class Steven Garcia Grenadier Soldiers of the 69th Infantry conducted ground combat-focused field exercises at the 106th Rescue Wing base as part of their monthly training.
22 Jan, 2020ROCHESTER --Soldiers assigned to the 42nd Infantry Division form up in front of their families, friends and distinguished guests during a ceremony marking their deployment to the Central Command area of responsibility, Rochester, N.Y., Jan. 11, 2020. The division headquarters are deploying to provide command and control to units and elements in theater.
10 Jan, 2020STRATTON AIR GUARD BASE--A finished crate constructed by Airmen of the 109th Airlift Wing and designed to carry the landing gear skis that enable wing's LC-130s to land on ice and snow, sits on a trailer ready to be shipped to Antarctica for use at Stratton Air National Guard Base in Scotia N.Y. in December 2019. The 109th Airlift Wings Logistical Readiness Squadron designed the new crates to carry the 25-foot long skis of the wing's LC-130s.
15 Jan, 2020GABRESKI AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE -- New York Army National Guard B Company 1st Battalion 69th Infantry Soldiers (left to right) Specialist Dorace Thomas M240 gunner and Private Steven Espinoza assistant gunner prepare to engage with enemy targets during ground combat-focused field exercises at the 106th Rescue Wing F.S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton Beach NY on January 11 2020. Soldiers of the 69th Infantry conducted ground combat-focused field exercises at the 106th RQW as part of their monthly training.
13 Jan, 2020LOUDONVILLE--New York National Guard Soldiers of the 42nd Infantry Division stand in formation during the 42nd Infantry Division farewell ceremony held on January 11, 2020 at Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y. The 42nd Infantry Division headquarters held farewell events in Loudonville, Staten Island and Rochester.
11 Jan, 2020LOUDONVILLe-- Chief Warrant Officer Timothy Schultz, and his son Spec. Jordan Schultz speak to a reporter from WNYT Channel 13 during the 42nd Infantry Division farewell ceremony held on January 11, 2020 at Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y. The 42nd Infantry Division headquarters held farewell events in Loudonville, Staten Island and Rochester. Jordan Schultz deployed with the 42nd Infantry Division.
10 Jan, 2020FORT DRUM-- Army ROTC Cadet Felicia L. Showers (left) and New York Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Jeffery A. Barker (center) both from the 10th Mountain Division (LI) Main Command Post Operational Detachment New York Army National Guard demonstrate how to properly perform a supine chest press during an Army Combat Fitness Test training event in Syracuse N.Y. Nov. 17 2019. The ACFT will become the Armys fitness test of record in October 2020 replacing the Army Physical Fitness Test.