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Major Todd M. Balog,
State Partnership Program Coordinator
New York National Guard

Major Todd M Balog, State Partnership Program CoordinatorMajor Todd M. Balog was assigned as the NYNG State Partnership Program Coordinator (SPPC) in November 2015. Prior to serving as the SPPC, Major Balog served as the 42d Infantry Division Headquarters Battalion Executive Officer for 3 years.

Major Balog received his commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Army from the Michigan State Army ROTC program in 2001. Following the Armor Officer Basic Course at Fort Knox, Kentucky, Major Balog served with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Fort Irwin, CA. In 2002, he served as an Armor Platoon Leader in B Troop, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. During National Training Center rotations, he served as a Mechanized Infantry Company Commander leading his team of OPFOR soldiers in over 11 rotations. Major Balog’s next assignment at Fort Irwin was with the National Training Center Protocol Bureau where he served as the Protocol Escort Officer for the Commanding General. Major Balog joined the New York Army National Guard in September 2007 where he has served as Aide-de-Camp to the 42d Infantry Division Commander, Company Commander of HHC, 42d Infantry Division (which became the Intelligence and Sustainment Company during a Division re-ogranziation) and Division SGS. In 2012, Major Balog served a combat tour in Afghanistan with HHC, 427th BSB as a Base Closure Team Leader in Regional Command East.

Major Balog is a graduate of the Armor Officer Basic Course, Scout Leader Course, Adjutant General Captains Career Course and Intermediate Level Education (Common Core). Major Balog holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University.

Major Balog’s awards and decorations include Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with 2 oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (with oak leaf cluster), Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Serve Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with M device), Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon (with 2 device), NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, Army Parachutist Badge and US Cavalry Spur Holder.

Major Brian S. Bonanno,
Republic of South Africa Bilateral Affairs Officer for New York

Major Brian S Bonanno, Republic of South Africa Bilateral Affairs Officer for New YorkMajor Bonanno was selected to serve as the Bilateral Affairs Officer to South Africa in June 2015. Prior to his assignment as the Bilateral Affairs Officer he served as the 42nd Infantry Division Electronic Warfare Officer for 2 years.

Major Brian S. Bonanno, born in Yonkers, New York was commissioned a second lieutenant through Officer Candidate School in August 2000. Following the attacks of September 11, 2001 he was assigned as the Executive Officer of Security Detachment La Guardia where he oversaw the logistics and manning of a 70-person detachment at La Guardia International Airport in New York City. In 2003, Major Bonanno volunteered to deploy as the Mortar Platoon Leader for 2-108th Infantry Battalion in Utica, New York in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II, where he commanded Soldiers in combat operations north of Baghdad, Iraq. Major Bonanno also served as a 105mm Howitzer Battery Executive Officer as well as Fire Direction Officer. In 2005, Major Bonanno took command of E Company, 427th BSB (Forward Support Company) in Schenectady, New York. His next assignment was Assistant Operations Officer at 53rd Troop Command, Valhalla, New York where he also fulfilled the duties of the Commanding General’s Aide-de-Camp. Following that assignment, Major Bonanno served as the 42nd Infantry Division Fire Effects Coordination Cell Intelligence Officer from March of 2010 to April 2011. In 2012, Major Bonanno deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to Kuwait where he served as the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Fire Support Officer. He was assigned as the 27th Military Engagement Team Deputy Chief in the United Arab Emirates where he fulfilled the duties of the U.S. Army Central Liaison Officer working in the U.S. Embassy Abu Dhabi.

His military education includes the Field Artillery Officer Basic and Advanced Course, the Electronic Warfare Officer Qualification Course, Joint Operational Fires and Effects Coordinator Course, Joint Firepower Course, Collateral Damage Estimation Analyst Course, Fire Support Coordinator Course, and Army Instructor Trainer Course. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Excelsior College in Albany, New York.

Major Bonanno’s awards and decorations include Meritorious Service Medal (with one bronze oak leaf cluster), Army Commendation Medal (with 2 bronze oak leaf clusters), Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (with 3 bronze oak leaf clusters), National Defense Service Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with “M” device), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service medals and Army Service Ribbon.

Major Bonanno is a New York State Trooper assigned to Troop “G” but currently resides in Pretoria, South Africa with his wife (Major) Amy Bonanno and their two children, Brian, age 6, and Grace, age 3.

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