Soldier competes for Best Warrior title

CMAP 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.

Oct 28, 2020

New Commander for 27th Brigade

FORT DRUM--Col. Robert Charlesworth (left) accepts the colors of the New York Army National Guard's 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team from Major General Steven Ferrari, commander of the 42nd Infantry Division, during change-of-command ceremonies at Fort Drum N.Y. on June 22 2019. Charlesworth replaced Col.Col. Christopher Cronin as the commander of the brigade.

Jun 26, 2019

New York Soldiers meet Ukrainian students

LIVIV, Ukraine--- New York Army National Guard Soldiers from the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team assigned to Joint Multinational Training Group Ukraine meet with academic leaders during a visit to the Lviv Polytechnic National University Apr 26. During the visit the Soldiers met with the universitys students and were given a chance to talk about the JMTG-U mission and their experiences in Ukraine.

May 08, 2018

NY Army Guard Troops at work in Ukraine

YAVORIV, Ukraine-- New York Army National Guard 1st Lt. Dulae Ahn a Bravo Company platoon leader from the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team assigned to the Joint Multinational Training Group Ukraine poses for a photo while preparing for a Ukranian battalion's field training exercise at the Yavoriv Combat Training Center here Mar. 15. Currently more than 220 New York National Guard Soldiers are assigned to the CTC where they are mentoring Ukrainian Army Soldiers as they strive toward obtaining NATO interoperability.

Apr 02, 2018

Adjutant General meets Soldiers in Ukraine

Yavoriv Ukraine - Maj. Gen. Anthony German right the Adjutant General of New York meets with with officers of the New York Army National Guards 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team at the Simulations Center assigned to the Joint Multinational Training Group - Ukraine. German speaks with from left Major Thomas Woods Lynbrook N.Y; Capt. Atnhony Pedicone Lima N.Y;Capt. Christopher Terian Cheektowaga N.Y.; and Capt. Brendan Jones Latham N.Y. Currently more than 220 New York Army National Guard Soldiers are assigned to the Combat Training Center where they are helping to mentor Ukrainian units as they work to achieve NATO interoperability.

Mar 13, 2018

NY Soldiers oversee Ukraine training

YAVORIV, UKRAINE-- Staff Sgt. Ronald Thomas an infantryman assigned to the New York Army National Guards 2nd Squadron 101st Cavalry and deployed with the Joint Multinational Training Group Ukraine observes training conducted by Ukrainian Army Soldiers from 3rd Battalion 14th Mechanized Brigade at the Yavoriv Combat Training Center (CTC) here Feb. 16. Currently the 3-14th is completing a training rotation at the CTC where they will be mentored by U.S. Canadian Lithuanian Polish and U.K service members as they strive toward attaining their goal of achieving NATO interoperability.

Feb 22, 2018

NY Soldiers hear Canadian, Ukraine leaders

YAVORIV, UKRAINE-- Soldiers assigned to the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the New York Army National Guard (center formation) join Canadian and Ukranian soldiers in listing to remarks from Canada's Governor General, Julie Payette, and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko during a ceremony held at the Yavoriv Combat Training Center on Jan. 18, 2018. Payette is Queen Elizabeth II's representative in Canada. More than 200 New York Army National Guard Soldiers are deployed to the training center to assist in training the Ukranian Army.(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Alexander Rector)

Jan 22, 2018

NY Army Guard medics training in Ukraine

Yavoriv Ukraine -- New York Army National Guard Spc. Caleb Bailey and Spc. Robert Graber two combat medic assigned to the Joint Multinational Training Group Ukraine (JMTG-U) participates in a mass casualty exercise here Jan. 12. The exercise which was designed to resemble a vehicle collision was used to test the JMTG-U Medical Sections readiness and capabilities. During the exercise the medics that responded had to triage and treat simulated casualties before transporting them to the Troop Medical Clinic for further care. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Alexander Rector)

Jan 12, 2018

NY Guard Soldiers visit Ukrainian orphanage

Krakovets, Ukraine - New York Army National Guard Major Amy Crounse, member of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team deployed to Ukraine, spends time with a child at the orphanage in Krakovets, Ukraine on Dec. 27. During the visit, Soldiers brought games and toys to give to the children, and spent a few hours interacting and playing with them. The New York Army National Guard troops are assigned to the Joint Military Training Group- Ukraine and working with Ukrainian Army Soldiers. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Alexander Rector)

Jan 09, 2018

NY Soldiers enjoy Christmas meal in Ukraine

YAVORIV, Ukraine-- New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Joint Multinational Training Group Ukraine enjoy a Christmas dinner at the Yavoriv Combat Training Center near Yavoriv Ukraine. Currently more than 220 Soldiers from the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team are deployed overseas working alongside the Ukrainian Army.

Dec 27, 2017

Memorial Service for New York Soldier

YAVAROV COMBAT TRAINING CENTER, Ukraine--Leaders render honors during a memorial service honoring Specialist Joseph Nelk a New York Army National Guard Soldier who died of apparent natural causes while on Dec. 10 2017 while serving as part of the Joint Military Training Group- Ukraine at the Yavarov Combat Training Center Ukraine. The memorial ceremony was conducted on Dec. 12 2017 and included Soldiers from the United States Canada Ukraine Great Britain Lithuania and Ukraine.

Dec 13, 2017

New York troops honor Ukraine's Army

YAVORIV- UKRAINE-- New York Army National Guard Soldiers from the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team assigned to the Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine (JMTG-U) attend a Ukrainian Armed Forces Day celebration at the Yavoriv Combat Training Center Dec. 6. During the ceremony Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko addressed the soldiers of the JMTG-U and presented awards to Ukrainian Soldiers.

Dec 08, 2017

New York Troops take over Ukraine Mission

YAVORIV UKRAINE - New York Army National Guard Col. Dennis Deeley the Joint Multinational Training Group - Ukraine commander and Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Ciampolillo uncases the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Teams colors during a JMTG-U Transfer of Authority ceremony here Nov. 22. During the ceremony Soldiers from the New York Army National Guards 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) took command of the JMTG-U from the Oklahoma National Guards 45th IBCT who have been in Ukraine since January.

Nov 27, 2017

Turkey Day for Troops Overseas start with 8k run

Yavoriv Ukraine -- New York Army National Guard Sgt. Janna Enyart a human resource specialist assigned to the Joint Multinational Training Group Ukraine (JMTG-U) celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday by participating in a 8 kilometer run here Nov 23. The Inaugural Joint Multinational East Buffalo Turkey Trot about 4500 miles east of Buffalo NY to be exact was attended by over 80 soldiers stationed at the JMTG-U. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Alexander Rector)

Nov 24, 2017

NY Guard Soldiers training in Ukraine

YAVORIV, UKRAINE--New York Army National Guard Spc. Kris Sells a combat medic assigned to the Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine unloads a patient from a Canadian LVSW ambulance during a massive casualty (MASCAL) exercise at the Yavoriv Combat Training Center Nov. 17. During the exercise the units medics were tested on their skills and techniques while having to triage treat and transport a large number of simulated patients.

Nov 22, 2017

NY National Guard collects relief supplies

BUFFALO-- New York Army National Guard Spc. Jason Stopka, center, helps pass donated cases of water to Spc. Nigel Howard at a New York National Guard donation collection point at the Connecticut Street Armory in Buffalo, N.Y. Dulinawka, along with other Soldiers of the 27th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, helped collect donations for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands as part of New Yorks support to recovery efforts following Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Sep 29, 2017

NY Army Guard Soldiers in sniper championship

FORT CHAFFE, ARKANSAS-- Sgt. David Peters, 2nd Squadron 101st Cavalry; and Staff Sgt. Masami Yamakado, 1st Battalion 69th Infantry; both members of the New York Army National Guard compete on the second day of the 26th Winston P. Wilson Sniper Championship at Ft. Chaffee Joint Maneuver Training Center Ark. on April 23 2017.

May 17, 2017

PT Test At Fort Drum

FORT DRUM Soldiers from the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conduct an army physical fitness test as part of the 27th IBCT best warrior competition at Fort Drum, N.Y., Feb. 11. In addition to the APFT, the Soldiers had to go before a military board, complete a land navigation course, perform an eight mile ruck march, and pass a written test as part of the brigade-level competition.

Feb 13, 2017

Adjutant General Visits Fort Polk

FORT POLK-- Maj. Gen. Anthony German, the Adjutant General of New York, (right) and Brig. Gen. Raymond Shields, (center) the commander of the New York National Guard chat with a 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team officer following a mission brief at the Army's Joint Rotational Training Center Ft. Polk La. July 16 2016. More than 3000 New York Army National Guard Soldiers deployed to Fort Polk Louisiana for a three-week exercise at the Armys Joint Readiness Training Center July 9-30 2016.

Jul 19, 2016

Getting Ready at Fort Polk

FORT POLK-- Vehicles vehicles line up and their drivers patiently wait to have the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System installed on their vehicles. More than 3000 New York Army National Guard Soldiers deployed to Fort Polk Louisiana for a three week exercise at the Armys Joint Readiness Training Center July 9-30 2016.

Jul 15, 2016

Soldiers heading for Fort Polk

HANCOCK FIELD ANGB--Soldiers assigned to the New York Army National Guards 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team board a charter aircraft on Saturday July 9 2016 at Hancock Field Air National Guard Base in Syracuse N.Y. The Soldiers are heading to Fort Polk Louisiana for a three week exercise at the Joint Readiness Training Center there.

Jul 12, 2016

Prepare to be tired, JRTC vets tell first-timers

FORT POLK -- A sweat-soaked Soldier of the New York Army National Guard's 27th Brigade moves through the Army's Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) at Fort Polk, Louisiana during the brigade's war-fighting exercises there in August, 2001. The unit, now designated the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT), is heading there again for war-fighting exercises in July. New York Army National Guard combat veterans who trained with the brigade at JRTC in 2001 advised troops to be ready for JRTC's high operations tempo (ops tempo).

Jun 10, 2016

27th IBCT Gearing up for AT

Fort Drum, N.Y. -- Members of the New York Army National Guard's 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conduct a rehearsal of concept briefing on a giant map of Fort Drum as part of preparation for annual training at Fort Drum July 12 to August on May 16

May 22, 2015

Marksmanship Training at Fort Drum

FORT DRUM-- A New York Army National Guard Soldier assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team draws a bead on a target downrange as the unit conducted ms individual weapons qualification during a drill at Fort Drum on May 16. Guardsman are expected to maintain a high level of marksmanship, and qualify each year on their assigned weapon.

May 18, 2015

27th Brigade Focuses on Recruiting and Retention

SYRACUSE-- New York Army National Guard Col. Joseph Biehler, commander of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team speaks to company commanders and first sergeants about recruiting and retention during a meeting on Feb. 19 at brigade headquarters. Beihler emphasized the importance of unit level retention efforts during his discussion.

Feb 19, 2015

Heroism Recognized

SYRACUSE-Seven Soldiers and Civilians were awarded the New York State Conspicuous Service Medal at 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team headquarters here on Saturday, Oct. 17 to recognize the role they played in rescuing New York Army National Guard Capt. Timothy Neild from a fiery automobile crash on Dec. 9, 2013. Recognized were: Sgt. 1st Class Raymond Presley, who received the Soldiers Medal; Sergeant John Tirinato, of Castleton, who also received the Soldiers Medal and the New York State Conspicuous Service Medal; and civilians Thomas Buckle of Syracuse; Kevin Harrigan of Syracuse; Sherry Kline of Syracuse, Joseph Krywalski of Liverpool; Dr. Christopher Sewell of Woodbridge, CT; and Kevin Shier of Toronto, Ontario. The civilians all received the New York State Conspicuous Service Medal.

Oct 20, 2014

Final Honors for WWII MIA Soldier

ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, WASHINGTON - World War II veteran Pfc. Bernard Gavrin, a former member of the New York Army National Guard’s 105th Infantry Regiment, is laid to rest with full military honors here September 12. Gavrin was listed as missing in action in Saipan following the July 7, 1944 infamous suicide attack by Japanese forces, considered the largest banzai attack of the war. Gavrin’s remains were recovered in September 2013 from an unmarked burial site by a Japanese non-governmental organization interested in recovering Japanese Soldiers from the battle in Saipan. The remains were handed over to the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command which identified them as Pfc. Gavrin. Along with family members, former New York Army National Guard Soldiers of the 105th Infantry, including Lt. Cols. Michael Murphy and Christopher Panzer and Maj. Paul Hernandez. A wreath from the 27th Infantry Division Association and 105th Infantry Regiment was placed at Gavrin’s graveside. Photo by Maj. Paul Hernandez, New York Army National Guard.

Sep 15, 2014

Guard Soldier Receives Medal of Valor

ALBANY-- New York Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Raymond Presley IIIreceives the New York State Medal for Valor from Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy during Governor Andrew Cuomo's Veterans and Military Family Summit here on Thursda, March 20. Presley was honored for risking his life to save New York Army National Guard Capt. Timothy Neild on Dec. 9, 2013, after Neild's truck crashed and caught fire on the New York State Thruway. The Medal of Valor is New York's most prestigious military award.

Mar 26, 2014

Troops, Families Honored During Freedom Salute

NEW YORK - New York Army National Guard Spc. Frankie Aguilar of the 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment watches as his daughter Jadalyse plays with his unit patch during a Freedom Salute Ceremony April 28 in Queens, N.Y. Aguilar, a Brentwood resident, has just returned from serving in Kuwait. The ceremony, held 90 days after Soldiers returned to their homes, honored both returning Soldiers and the families, and employers friends who supported them. Photo by Spc. J.p. Lawrence, 42nd Infantry Division.

Apr 29, 2013

New Commander for 27th Infantry Brigade

HANCOCK FIELD AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Syracuse-- Lt. Col. Joseph Biehler, accepts the colors of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team from Major General Steven Wickstrom, the commander of the 42nd Infantry Division, during Change of Command ceremonies here on Saturday, April 7. Biehler, the former commander of the 2nd Battalion 108th Infantry, replaces Col. Geoffery Slack as commander of the brigade

Apr 08, 2013

Yellow Ribbon for Returning Troops

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - New York Army National Guard Capt. Ashlee Coye provides educational material to 1st Lt. Steven Oh from the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team during the unit’s 30-day Yellow Ribbon reintegration event here March 2. More than 150 Soldiers from the brigade, who deployed to Kuwait, Bahrain and Afghanistan over the past year attended the reintegration event. The daylong event provides Soldiers and their families with information and redeployment and the transition back to civilian life. Support from a variety of state or federal agency partners and volunteer organizations provide information regarding resources for employment, education, veterans benefits, counseling or other transition challenges. U.S. Army photo by Col. Richard Goldenberg, Joint Force Headquarters New York National Guard.

Mar 08, 2013

Rainbow Commander Visits Troops in Kuwait

CAMP BUEHRING, KUWAIT -- Maj. Gen. Steven N. Wickstrom, commander of the New York Army National Guard’s 42nd Infantry Division (left), shakes hands with Spc. Vanessa Banks, of Niagara Falls, N.Y. (right) during Wickstrom’s visit here on Nov. 23. Banks and about 100 other troops of the New York Army National Guard’s 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team are serving with the 4th Battalion, 118th Infantry Regiment, South Carolina Army National Guard, which assumed security force and camp-operations missions in Northern Kuwait in April.

Nov 29, 2012

Guard Soldier Works With Afghan Teachers

SPIN BOLDAK, Afghanistan-- New York Army National Guard Sgt. Andrew Brechko ( far left) leads an Afghan teachers seminar held at Forward Operating Base Spin Boldak here on Oct. 12, 2012. Brechko, a member of the the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and a Binghamton, NY native, led the class, which focused on teaching strategies like student assessment, teacher collaboration and establishing clear teaching objectives.

Oct 17, 2012

Guardsman Supports Afghan Drug Eradication Effort

DAND DISTRICT, AFGHANISTAN - New York Army National Guard Angola, N.Y. resident Lt. Col. Russell Clark (left), poses with his interpreter in an opium poppy field as Afghan National Police (ANP) use sticks to hack off the plants' seed pods before they can be used to make heroin. The field is just one of many the Dand District ANP destroyed last spring under the mentorship of Clark and other New York Army National Guard Soldiers. Photo courtesy of Lt. Col. Russell Clark, New York Army National Guard.

Oct 01, 2012

Base Defense Team Deploys to Kuwait

CAMP SHELBY MS--New York Army National Guard Soldiers of the Base Defense Operations Cell (BDOC) pose outside the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum here. The Soldiers, who left here for Kuwait on March 17, are the first 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team troops to undertake an overseas mission since the brigade deployed to Afghanistan in 2008. The BDOC’s overall mission will be to oversee other Soldiers and contractors providing force protection at bases in Kuwait. Other brigade Soldiers are here preparing to deploy for overseas missions as well.

Mar 19, 2012

Soldier Goes All Out for ’Operation Cookie’

CAMP SHELBY, Miss. -- New York Army National Guard Soldier Sgt. 1st Class Walter Meshenberg poses with some of the 3,600 boxes of cookies the Girl Scout Council of Suffolk County, N.Y. recently delivered to 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Soldiers, who are here preparing to deploy overseas. The cookies were delivered under �Operation: Cookie," which allows people to buy boxes of Girl Scout cookies to be donated to members of U.S. Armed Forces. Meshenberg is also here preparing to deploy with a brigade unit, and he organized the donation with his cousin Jonathan Chekin, who works for the Suffolk County Girl Scout Council. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Raymond Drumsta, 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

Mar 12, 2012

27th IBCT Soldiers Learn Combat Lifesaver Skills

CAMP SHELBY, Miss. -- Spc. Michael Fornbacher treats a mock casualty, played by Spc. Brent Gorman, during a Combat LifeSaver class here Feb. 9. Combat Lifesavers are non-medical Soldiers who provide lifesaving measures as a secondary mission as their primary and combat missions allow. The Soldiers belong to A Company, 4-118th Infantry Battalion, which is part of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. Brigade troops are here preparing to deploy overseas.

Feb 21, 2012

New York Soldiers Watch Super Bowl at Camp Shelby

CAMP SHELBY, MS -- Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard’s 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, which is at Camp Shelby preparing to deploy overseas, took time out Feb. 5 to watch Super Bowl XLVI and root for the New York Giants. Soldiers of the Brigade Special Troops Battalion, above, react as the Patriots fail to score in the final seconds of the game, clinching the Giants’ victory. The battalion’s units are based in Buffalo, Rochester, Lockport and Syracuse, N.Y.

Feb 08, 2012

Soldiers Mobilize in Syracuse

HANCOCK FIELD AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Syracuse-- Soldiers of Headquarters Company 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, the 27th Special Troops Battalion and the 427th Brigade Support Battalion stand in formation during ceremonies held here on Sunday, Jan. 29 to mark their mobilization. The Soldiers will deploy to Camp Shelby Mississippi for post-mobilization and deployent to Kuwait and other locations.

Jan 29, 2012

Waiting for Bombs at the National Training Center

NATIONAL TRAINING CENTER, FORT IRWIN, Calif. " New York Army National Guard Deputy Commander Brig. General Brian Balfe (far right) observes Company B, 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry as they prepare to begin their assault on a mock insurgent compound here Oct. 8 during training. The Soldiers are training here as part of the unit’s preparations for mobilization and deployment to Afghanistan with the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team in early 2012. About 1,500 of the Soldiers are currently scheduled to deploy.

Oct 13, 2011

Soldiers Build Giant NTC Sandtable

FORT IRWIN, Calif. " Geospatial engineers (from left) Sgt. 1st Class Vince Tomasello of Rochester, N.Y., Spc. Ryan Blount of Medina, N.Y. and Sgt. Luke Zeurcher of Mattydale, N.Y., of the New York Army National Guard’s 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team construct a sandtable as the unit prepares for the headquarters Combined Arms Rehearsal here Oct. 3. The brigade leadership and staff are preparing for their rotation at the National Training Center as part of the unit&rsquot;s upcoming mobilization and deployment to Afghanistan in early 2012. The exercise will include more than 2,000 Soldiers from the brigade, along with a battalion from the South Carolina Army National Guard, with a realistic, demanding training environment.

Oct 12, 2011

Terrain Model Helps Train Troops

NATIONAL TRAINING CENTER, FORT IRWIN, Calif. - New York Army National Guard Soldiers Sgt. Luke Zuercher (left) and Spc. Ryan Blount from the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team use maps, rocks and sand to create a sand table so brigade leaders can conduct briefings on the unit’s planned actions during its movement through the Fort Irwin’s National Training Center Exercise area. The unit arrived at Fort Irwin late in September, and is conducting simulated combat missions and stability operations in preparation for its deployment to Afghanistan in early 2012.

Oct 10, 2011

Troops Prep for NTC Training at Fort Irwin

FORT IRWIN, Calif. - New York Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer Charles Eldridge (left), assigned to the New York Army National Guard’s 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and Master Sgt. William Yohn, with the 42nd Infantry Division Headquarters (right) install secure communications data into a vehicle radio during the brigade’s rotation to the National Training Center, Ft. Irwin, Calif., Oct. 3..The training, conducted at the NTC through late October, will provide Soldiers from the brigade with a realistic, demanding training environment. The exercise will stress leaders, Soldiers and staffs in a simulated combat environment and prepare them for their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.

Oct 04, 2011

27th BCT Train for Traffic Control

Soldiers of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team set up a traffic control point as part of the Mounted Training Lane August 15, 2011.

Aug 22, 2011

Troops Clear the Floor During Fort Drum Training

FORT DRUM, N.Y. - Soldiers of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team prepare to enter and clear a house during premobilization training here August 16, 2011.

Aug 17, 2011

Gunner Trains at Fort Drum

FORT DRUM, NY--FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- New York Army National Guard 2nd Lt. Dawn Hersey trains as a vehicle gunner during premobiization training here June 4 with the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

Jun 15, 2011

Chaplains Train Alongside Troops

FORT DRUM, N.Y. - New York Army National Guard Chaplain (1st. Lt). Raziel Amar of the 369th Sustainment Brigade covers his ears during dismounted infantry training here June 3. While the New York, N.Y., resident cannot, in accordance with military non-combatant law carry a weapon, he participates in training to gain an understanding of his Soldiers’ lives. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. J.P. Lawrence)

Jun 08, 2011

Troops Train for Combat Deployment

FORT DRUM, N.Y. - 2nd Lt. Austin Luckenbach, an intelligence officer with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, watches his peers crawl through mud and jagged wires during a mock village assault here June 3. Luckenbach, a Yonkers, N.Y., native, was participating in training meant to prepare Soldiers of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team for combat and counter-insurgency while deployed to Afghanistan. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. J.P. Lawrence).

Jun 08, 2011

Down and Dirty Training

FORT DRUM--Soldiers from the New York National Guard’s 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team engage the enemy during training exercises here on June 3. More than 2,200 Soldiers from the brigade have been training at Fort Drum since the beginning of May to prepare for deployment to Afghanistan in 2012.

Jun 06, 2011

Orion Soldiers Hone Soldier Skills

FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Members of the New York Army National Guard’s 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conduct small-unit individual and collective training here May 13 as part of the brigade’s premobilization training cycle. Nearly 2,000 Soldiers are involved in the month-long training event, running from May 3 until early June to prepare individual Soldiers from the brigade for mobilization in the fall and deployment to Afghanistan in early 2012.

May 27, 2011

Easy Does It

FORT DRUM--New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team negotiate a concertina wire obstacle during premobilization training here on Friday, May 13. More than 2,200 Soldiers of the 27th IBCT are slated to deploy to Afghanistan in 2012 and are training at Fort Drum in May and June.

May 13, 2011

27th Brigade Soldiers Find the Route

FORT DRUM-- New York Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Sergio Casanas, a human resources NCO for the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and Sgt. David Nieves, also of the 27th BCT prepare to negotiate the land navigation course on May 11. More than 2,200 members of the 27th BCT are training at Fort Drum in May and June to prepare for a 2012 deployment to Afghanistan.

May 11, 2011

Give Me a Lift

FORT DRUM-- New York Army National Guard Sgt. Katrina Stellakis, gives a lift to Sgt. William Preston during training in casualty evacuation techniques here on May 7. More than 2,200 members of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team are slated to deploy to Afghanistan in 2012 and are training at Fort Drum in May. SGT William Preston, training and operations NCO (standing) and SGT Katrina Stellakis, a personnel NCO, pr actice carrying techniques during pre-mobilization training here on May 7. More than 2,200 members of the unit are slated to deploy to Afghanistan in 2012.

May 09, 2011

Premobilization Training at Fort Drum

FORT DRUM--New York Army National Guard Soldiers of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team practice evacuating a wounded man during pre-mobilization training here on May 7. More than 2,200 members of the unit are slated to deploy to Afghanistan in 2012.

May 09, 2011

Keeping Things Running at Fort Drum

FORT DRUM--New York National Guard Sgt. Jason Beckwith services a 10 K generator during 27th Brigade Combat Team training on the Standardized Integrated Command Post System conducted at Fort Drum the weekend of Nov. 5-6. Training on the new system required brigade soldiers to learn how to set up new improved DRASH (Deployable Rapid Assembly Shelter) tents, and operate new communications systems, computers and support equipment. The brigade is schedule to deploy to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2012.

Nov 12, 2010

27th Brigade Soldiers Train on Missile System

FORT DRUM-- A team from the New York Army National Guard’s 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team sends a Javelin anti-tank missile downrange during new equipment training here on Thursday, Sept. 23. Sixty-one Soldiers participated in the live-fire exercise as the 27th gears up for a possible deployment to Afghanistan. The Javelin is the Army’s latest generation infantry anti-tank weapon, capable of knocking out a tank, or busting a bunker more than two kilometers away.

Sep 24, 2010

Guard Helps Present WWII Vet Overdue Medals

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. -- New York Army National Guard Sgt. James Ader from the 501st Ordnance Battalion (Explosive Ordnance Disposal, EOD) congratulates John Sidur after he was presented long overdue recognitions 65 years after his actions in the Pacific during WWII. Sidur, a lifelong Cohoes native a former member of the National Guard’s 27th Infantry Division, received his Purple Heart and New York State Conspicuous Service Star for actions on Okinawa during a family ceremony here August 15. Both Soldiers served in upstate New York’s 105th Infantry Regiment. Ader continues the lineage of the infantry regiment after reorganization this decade into the 501st EOD.

Aug 16, 2010

Sending Rounds Downrange

FORT DRUM--Spc. Steve Freiberger, a rifleman with Company C, 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry Regiment, fires his M-4 carbine during qualification on a Fort Drum range July 25 during his battalion’s Annual Training. Freiberger is a native of Stillwater. More than 1,000 27th Brigade Combat Team Soldiers are conducting Annual Training at Fort Drum.

Jul 26, 2010

27th BCT Shows in Syracuse Parade

SYRACUSE - New York National Guard Soldiers from the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team march in the annual Syracuse Veteran's Parade, Saturday, Nov. 7. Elements from the NewYork Air National Guard's 174th Fighter Wing also marched, and F-16C fighters conducted a flyover during the parade. Elements from the United States Marine Corps Reserve, US Army, and Army ROTC joined dozens of Veterans groups and marching bands in the parade. The annual parade drew large crowds and local dignitaries in an early observance of Veteran's Day, Nov. 11.

Nov 09, 2009

Law Enforcement Day at the NYS Fair

SYRACUSE - Sergeant 1st Class Jeffrey Bailey, assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and who is also an police officer in the Onondaga County Sheriff's department, is shown with a citiation presented to him at the New York State Fair by State Comptroller Thomas P. Dinapoli on Law Enforcement Day at the fair, Aug. 28. Bailey served on a police mentoring team in Eastern Afghanistan last year as part of Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix VII.

Aug 28, 2009

Chairman of Joint Chiefs Meets Troops

U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff presents a leaders challenge coin to New York Army National Guard Spc. Jason DeFazio from the 27th Brigade Combat Team and Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix in Kandahar, Afghanistan, July 11. Mullen conducted a six-day tour of the region to visit troops and host a USO contingent including NFL All-Pros Drew Brees, quarterback of the New Orleans Saints, and Osi Umenyiora, defensive end for the New York Giants, as well as the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders. Members of CJTF Phoenix provided a transportation team to support Mullen during his time in Kandahar. Among the troops tasked with the transportation assignment were Spc. Joe Adle, Spc. Jason Defazio, Spc. Gary Dennis, Spc. Douglass Moore. Spc. Edward Nickles, Spc. James Penlon, Spc. Stephanie Wolfanger, Sgt. Michael McGrath, Sgt. Darren Ringler, Sgt. Steven Watt, Staff Sgt. Maurice Edwards, Staff Sgt.Fred Fah, Tech. Sgt. Dennis Marks and Lt. Cdr Edward Ferguson. Defense Dept. photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley.

Jul 30, 2008

Moving Out With MRAP's

A Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle operated by a New York Army National Guard Police Mentoring Team from Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix lines up for a convoy movement from the Camp Phoenix Motor Pool. The team is commanded by CPT Richard Redmond from Utica and the NCO in charge is SFC Robert Marshall from Watertown. They are members of the 27th Brigade Combat Team, New York Army National Guard. About 1,700 members of the New York Army National Guard are deployed to Afghanistan training the Afghan National Army and Police. The MRAP vehicle offers increased survivability over the M-1114 armored humvee. The Army recently received its 10,000th MRAP.

Jul 07, 2008

Packages Bound for Afghan Children

ALBANY, N.Y. - New York Army National Guard Soldiers load supplies bound for Afghanistan on June 16. Sixth Grade students from Sand Creek Middle School collected school supplies and clothing for the children of Afghanistan. The supplies will be shipped to Afghanistan and be distributed by New York Army National Guard Soldiers in the 27th Brigade Combat Team.

Jun 18, 2008

Police Station Opens in Helmand Province

New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Mike Mallin (center), a member of the 27th Brigade Combat Team, cuts the ribbon at the new $14 million Helmand Provice Afghan Police station on May 27. Mallin, originally assigned to the 42nd Infantry Division and a police officer in civilian life, is the senior mentor to the Helmand Provincial Police Chief. Mallin and other members of the 27th BCT are part of Regional Police Advisory Command-South working in Helmand province in conjunction with the British Army. Members of the Afghan Ministry of Interior and Police and local community leaders attended the ceremony

Jun 13, 2008

New York Adjutant General Meets Troops

New York Army National Guard Spc. Jeremy Singer from Oneida, N.Y. (Right) greets Major General Joseph Taluto, the Adjutant General of New York, at the Camp Phoenix Dining Facility in Kabul, Afghanistan on May 29. Taluto is on a week-long trip to Afghanistan, along with New York National Guard Command Sgt. Major Robert Van Pelt to met with New York Army National Guard Soldiers operating there. Hough is assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company 27th Brigade Combat Team, Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix VII.

May 29, 2008

M240 Maintenance a Key to Combat Effectiveness

New York Army National Guard Spc. Daniel Wiwczar from Kings Park, N.Y. lubricates his M240B machinegun from his gunners position on a humvee March 1, 2008 at Forward Operating Base Patriot on Fort Bragg, N.C. Wiwczar is assigned to Security Force Detachment C, part of the 27th Brigade Combat Team's preparations for deployment as Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix. The troops in the security force formed from the Bayshore-based company of the 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry, the Army's famed "Fighting 69th." The task force will deploy to Afghanistan later this spring to mentor and train Afghan national army and police forces.

Mar 05, 2008

88 Guard Car Draws a Crowd Across New York

Wade Ingalls and son Tyler, age 15, drove 70 miles from Lafargeville, N.Y. to get a look at the #88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. race car sposored by the National Guard. The race car was part of the New York Army National Guard Open House at the Thompson Road Armory in Syracuse on Sunday February 24. The armory is home to the Guard's 27th Brigade Combat Team, currently mobilized in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and preparing to deploy this spring as the lead command and control element for Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix. The unit will train and mentor Aghan army and police forces. In addition to the NASCAR race car, the unit also displayed Army National Guard vehicles and equipment. Soldiers shared their Guard experiences with members of the media and the public as well as new and prospective recruits. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Kevin Abbott (RELEASED).

Feb 28, 2008

Army Guard on the Road Again

Members of the New York Army National Guard's 27th Brigade Combat Team prepare to depart their Forward Operating Base at Fort Bragg, N.C. for predeployment convoy training on Feb 20, 2008. The Soldiers are part of more than 1,400 troops from the brigade supporting Operation Enduring Freedom later this spring. The troops will deploy and provide mentoring and training for Afghan army and police forces as part of the Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix in Afghanistan. U.S. Army photo by Spc. John Smith (RELEASED).

Feb 21, 2008

View from an Afghan Winter

New York Army National Guard Sgt. Jeffrey Dorvee looks out from his gunner's perch at the winter landscape of Afghanistan in January, 2008. Dorvee is part of the 27th Brigade's Embedded Training Team that serves alongside Afghan national army forces as mentors and trainers.

Feb 13, 2008

Guard Soldiers Find New Friends in Afghanistan

New York Army National Guard Spc. Thomas Kovacs meets with local Afghan children during a mission in January, 2008 with the Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix Embedded Training Team. Kovacs deployed with 16 other National Guard Soldiers from the 27th Brigade Combat Team to mentor, train and support Afghan national army soldiers.

Feb 13, 2008

Guardsmen celebrate Giants Super Bowl triumph

Members of the New York Army National Guard's 27th Brigade Combat Team erupt in joy as the New York Giants score the winning touchdown late in the 4th quarter of Super Bowl 42. The Soldiers enjoyed the game from inside a dining hall at Forward Operating Base Patriot, Fort Bragg, NC as the unit prepares for deployment overseas to train and mentor Afghan national army and police forces later this spring. The Guard Soldiers will lead Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix in Afghanistan through the remainder of 2008. U.S. Army photo by Lt. Col. Paul Fanning. (RELEASED)

Feb 04, 2008

Morning Maintenance at Fort Bragg

Specialist David Tinker,a member of the New York Army National Guard from Herkimer,New York, checks the oil level of a humvee during morning preventative maintenance checks and services at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Patriot at Fort Bragg , North Carolina. Tinker and other members of the 27th Brigade Combat Team are conducting post-mobilization training at Fort Bragg prior to deploying to Afghanistan in April. The unit arrived at Fort Bragg on January 20 and is participating in Theater Immersion Training in which soldiers live on a FOB similar to the one they will be based at in Afghanistan. Soldiers wear body armor and carry weapons routinely. The training day begins at 5:30 in the morning and runs until 8 p.m.

Jan 30, 2008

Outward Bound to Fort Bragg

Soldiers from the 27th Brigade Combat Team of the New York Army National Guard board a charter plane at Fort Drum's Wheeler-Sack Army Army Airfield in the early morning hours of Jan. 20, 2008 en route to Fort Bragg, N.C. The Soldiers will spend approximately two months training at Fort Bragg in preparation for their ten-month tour of duty with Joint Task Force Phoenix in Afghanistan. The Soldiers will be training the Afghan National Army and Police.

Jan 22, 2008

Packing Up and Moving Out

January 17, 2008 - Specialist Joseph Barber (left) and Sgt. 1st Class Charles Young position and seal pallets on the floor of the Thompson Road Armory as they work to prepare the New York Army National Guards 27th Brigade Combat Team Headquarters for deployment to Afghanistan. Both Soldiers are assigned to the brigades Communication Section. Soldiers of the 27th BCT depart for Fort Bragg, North Carolina on January 20th for a two month train-up period before heading to Afghanistan. The brigades Soldiers will be responsible for training the Afghan National Army and Police during their deployment.

Jan 18, 2008

Crawling Tward Afghanistan

Second Lieutenant Andrew Joyce from the N.Y. Army National Guards' 27th Brigade Combat Team crawls through a culvert during obstacle negotiation training at Fort Drum, NY October 10, 2007. The intensive three-week training is part of the 27th's preparation for their 2008 deployment to Afghanistan.

Oct 10, 2007

Governor Spitzer Salutes Deploying Soldiers

New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, the Commander in Chief of the New York National Guard, expresses support Tuesday, July 31, for members of the 27th Brigade Combat Team who are due to be deployed in Afghanistan in 2008. The brigade, which is headquartered in Syracuse, NY, will be responsible for training Afghan National Army troops. Approximately 1700 soldiers from around the state will be part of the deployment. Spitzer visited the brigades headquarters at the Thompson Road Armory to thank the soldiers for their service and pledge the support of the people of the state.

Jul 31, 2007

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