EAST SYRACUSE--Major General Patrick Murphy (far left) the Adjutant General, discusses issues surrounding support to civil authorities with (from left, Col. Doug Mills, the Emergency Preparedness Liasion Officer from the Army for New York; New York Naval Militia Capt. Mark Woolley, and Thomas LaCrosse, the director of Defense Support of Civil Authorities for the Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense; during the New York National Guard’s annual Domestic Operations Conference on Tuesday, Sept. 14 at the DoubleTree Hotel here. The annual meeting brings together key leaders and joint task force commanders from across the New York Military Forces to refine plans for aiding local and state government when directed to do so by the governor.