Brigadier General David J. Warager was appointed Acting Commander, New York Guard on January 1, 2017 and transitioned to Commander on May 17, 2018. General Warager is responsible for the mission readiness of the New York Guard, New York State’s volunteer state defense force whose mission is to augment the NY National Guard during training and state emergencies with units organized across New York State.
General Warager’s military service began in 1985 when he was commissioned First Lieutenant, New York Guard as Assistant Staff Judge Advocate, Command Headquarters, NYG. In March 1989, he was assigned as Assistant G-1 (Personnel) to 1st Brigade, NYG and promoted to Captain in August 1989 and subsequently assigned as Staff Judge Advocate, 1st Brigade, NYG in May 1991. In March 1992, he was assigned Secretary of the General Staff (SGS), Command Headquarters, New York Guard and promoted to Major in August 1992. Warager was assigned Staff Judge Advocate (SJA), 1st Battalion, 56th BDE, NYG in March 1995 and re-assigned as SJA, 56th Brigade in July 1997. On October 3, 1999, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel (LTC).
As part of the New York Guard’s response to the World Trade Center terror attacks of September 2001, then LTC Warager was deployed as Commander of Task Force Thiells during Operation WTC, September to October 2001. In October 2001, he was also assigned as S-3 (Operations and Training), 56th Brigade, NYG.
On 4 April 2005, he was appointed Deputy Commander, 56th Brigade, NYG. He assumed the role of Acting Commander, 56th Brigade on 1 June 2009 and was selected to serve as Commander of the 56th BDE on 1 July 2010 and promoted to Colonel.
During Super Storm Sandy - October/November 2012 - Warager commanded NYG soldiers assigned to Task Force Sandy and was coordinator of all Task Force Sandy Liaison Officers assigned to county emergency operations centers and other military commands. On March 14, 2014 he was assigned as Commander, NYG Recruiting, Retention & Public Affairs Directorate. General Warager was appointed Deputy Commander of the New York Guard on January 1, 2017 with additional duty as Acting Commander, New York Guard.
General Warager’s awards include the New York State Defense of Liberty medal, the Long & Faithful Service award (with 1 gold shield), NYS Medal for Humane Service, the NYS Recruiting Medal, the New York Guard Operational Support Medal (with 2 devices), the New York Guard Achievement Medal (with 2 devices) the New York Guard Unit Citation (with 1 device), the New York Guard Service Ribbon and the New York Guard Recruiting Badge.
In his civilian career, General Warager is Executive Director, Assistant General Counsel and Co-Head of the Global Trade Legal Practice Group within the JPMorgan Investment Bank. His practice focuses on traditional trade products, supply chain finance, structured trade finance, electronic banking, and distributed ledger technology and related fintech initiatives, and anti-boycott and anti-tying compliance.
General Warager resides in White Plains, NY with his wife, Laurel. They have two adult children.
As of Jul 1, 2018