NEW YORK -- New York National Guard Brig. Gen. Ray Shields, Director of the Joint Staff, and IDF Maj. Zerit Gershkovitch, Director of Public Guidance for the Israeli Home Front Command, listen to NYS Commissioner for DHSES Jerome Hauer during a Hurricane Sandy roundtable discussion. Eight Israeli members of the Home Front Command met with New York National Guard and emergency managers here Jan. 31 to discuss best practices. U.S. Army photo by Col. Richard Goldenberg, New York National Guard.