New York Soldiers Guard Capitol

WASHINGTON- New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment man a security post near the Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 12, 2021. 20,000 National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from several states have deployed to Washington to provide support to federal and district authorities leading up to the 59th Presidential Inauguration. New York has sent 1,000 Soldiers and Airmen to be part of the mission.

Jan 15, 2021

NY Snipers finish Fourth

FORT CHAFFE, Arkansas--Sgt. Andres Diaz (left) and Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Melendez both assigned to the New York Army National Guards 1st Battalion 69th Infantry participate in the ruck march segment of the annual Willliam P. Winston Sniper Championships conducted by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center at Fort Chaffee Joint Maneuver Training Center in Blanding Arkansas on Dec. 5 2020. The two Soldiers represented New York at the competition. and finished in 4th place. ( U.S.Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Israel Sanchez)

Dec 28, 2020

NY Soldier competes at National Guard Best Warrior

CAMP SHELBY, MISSISSIPPI--Staff Sgt. Matthew Ortiz a member of the New York National Guard's 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry disassembles an M249 Squad Automatic Weapon as part of a weapons proficiency event during the Army National Guard 2020 Best Warrior Competition Sept. 14 2020 being conducted at Camp Shelby. The Best Warrior Competition is a four-day competition that tests competitors Army aptitude through board interviews physical fitness tests written exams warrior tasks and battle drills relevant to todays operational environment.

Sep 16, 2020

New York Soldier competes at National Best Warrior

CAMP SHELBY, MISSISSIPPI-- Corporal Troy Perez a member of the 1st Battalion Infantry Battalion New York National Guard conducts the leg tuck event during the Army National Guard's 2020 National Best Warrior Competition at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center near Hattiesburg Miss. Sept. 13 2020. The National Best Warrior Competition showcases each competitors Soldier skills physical endurance and knowledge. Perez and Staff Sgt. Matthew Ortiz, another 69th Infantry Soldier, are representing the northeastern states at the event.

Sep 15, 2020

NY Guard Officers on Network TV Show

NEW YORK--New York Army National Guard Capt. Joseph Whaley discusses his experiences as one of the military responders in New York City following the terror attacks of 911 with Fox News with other military veterans with Fox News reporter Peter Hegseth far right for the news channel 2020 commemoration of the 911 attacks at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City on September 2 2020. Whaley has served 20 years in the New York Army National Guard with increasing positions of responsibility with the battalion including response missions at the World Trade Center following the terror attacks of 911 his combat tour to Iraq the Superstorm Sandy response in New York City and most recently the COVID-19 pandemic response as commander of the 69th Infantry.

Sep 10, 2020

NY Army Guard Soldiers win Regional Best Warrior

CAMP ETHAN ALLEN, Vermont-- New York Army National Guard Corporal Troy Perez a member of the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry finishs up the 12-mile ruck march during the Army National Guard Northeast Region Best Warrior Competition at Camp Ethan Allen in Jericho Vermont on August 16 2020. Perez finished first in the junior enlisted category of the competition. It is the third time in three years a New York Army Guard Soldier has won.

Aug 20, 2020

69th Infantry NCO wins Best Warrior event

CAMP SMITH--U.S. Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Matthew Ortiz, an infantryman assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment, who won in the non-commissioned officer category of the New York Army National Guard Best Warrior event on July 25-26, disassembles a Mk 19 grenade launcher as part of the land navigation event during the state NYARNG Best Warrior Competition at Camp Smith Training Site, N.Y., July 25, 2020. The Best Warrior Competition, held July 25-26, 2020, is an annual event in which junior enlisted Soldiers and non-commissioned officers from various New York Army National Guard units compete in several events intended to test their military skills and knowledge, as well as their physical fitness and endurance.

Jul 27, 2020

Soldiers train at Air Base

GABRESKI AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE -- New York Army National Guard B Company 1st Battalion 69th Infantry Soldiers (left to right) Specialist Dorace Thomas M240 gunner and Private Steven Espinoza assistant gunner prepare to engage with enemy targets during ground combat-focused field exercises at the 106th Rescue Wing F.S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton Beach NY on January 11 2020. Soldiers of the 69th Infantry conducted ground combat-focused field exercises at the 106th RQW as part of their monthly training.

Jan 15, 2020

69th Infantry Soldier at National Best Warrior

CAMP GRUBER, Oklahoma--Army Cpl. Joseph Ryan an assistant squad leader with the New York Army National Guards Headquarters and Headquarters Company 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment gets ready for the land navigation portion of the 2019 Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition at Camp Gruber Oklahoma July 16. Ryan was one of fourteen Soldiers competing in the event hoping to be named Army Guard Soldier of the Year. New York Army National Guard Sgt 1st Class Martin Cozens, a member of the 2nd Battalion 108th Infantry was the runner up in the non-commissioned officer category.

Jul 25, 2019

69th Infantry Soldier at National Best Warrior

New York Army National Guard Corporal Joseph Ryan prepares to participate in the 2019 Army National Guard Best Warrrior Competition rappel at Camp Gruber Training Center Oklahoma on July 17 2019. Ryan a member of the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry and Sgt. 1st Class Martin Cozens a platoon sergeant in the 2nd Battalion 108th Infantry are among 14 competitors in the Army National Guard competition.

Jul 18, 2019

69th Infantry mortar Soldiers hone skills

FORT DRUM, NY New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment conduct training with the M224 60mm mortar at Fort Drum, N.Y. on June 21. During the live-fire exercise the Manhattan-based unit honed their marksmanship techniques while sending more than 600 rounds downrange.

Jun 28, 2019

New Yorkers win regional Guard Best Warrior Event

Spc. Joseph Ryan, an assistant operations specialist with Headquarters Company, 1-69th Infantry Regiment, New York Army National Guard, low crawls through an obstacle course during a rainy second day of the 2019 Regional Best Warrior Competition at the Regional Training Institute in Center Strafford, NH, April 30. Ryan and New York Army National Guard SFC Martin Cozens, a platoon Sergeant in 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry both came in first place in their categories. This annual event pits state best warrior winners from CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY and RI to compete for the regional title.

May 03, 2019

69th Soldiers train in Puerto Rico

CAMP SANTIAGO, Puerto Rico -- New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to Alpha Company 1st Battalion 69th Infantry Regiment conduct marksmanship training here on Apr. 12, 2019. While in Puerto Rico the Soldiers honed their warfighting skills by practicing short-range marksmanship techniques.

Apr 15, 2019

69th Infantry Soldiers head for Puerto Rico

SAVANNAH Ga. New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to Alpha Company 1st Battalion 69th Infantry Regiment board a LC-130M Hercules Aircraft after refueling while en route to Camp Santiago Puerto Rico for a training event Apr. 11. While in Puerto Rico the Soldiers will conduct marksmanship training and hold a company morale wellness and recreation event. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Alexander RectorReleased)

Apr 12, 2019

69th Infantry Marks St. Patrick's Day in New York

NEW YORK --New York Army National Guard Soldiers of the Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry march up 5th Avenue as they lead the St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 16 2019. One squad of Soldiers marched in tactical gear while the rest wore the Army Service Uniform. The 69th Infantry has led the St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York since 1851.

Mar 17, 2019

69th Infantry leads St. Patrick's Day Parade

Once again, the N.Y. Army National Guard Soldiers of the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry Regiments Color Guard will lead the New York City St. Patricks Day Parade on Saturday March 16, 2019. In this photos the battalion color Guard passed by the reviewing stand on March 17 2018.

Mar 14, 2019

69th Vets recognize Civil War Soldiers

MENANDS--Major Stephen Kitchen a member of the New York National Guards 42nd Infantry Division headquarters and a veteran of the 1st Battalion 69th Infantryand another Soldier place a memorial wreath at the Grand Army of the Republic monument in the Soldiers Lot of Albany Rural Cemetery on March 10 2019. Veterans of the New York National Guards 1st Battalion 69th Infantry who live in the Albany N.Y.- area marked the graves of Irish-American Civil War Soldiers at Albany Rural Cemetery and St. Agnes Catholic Cemetery to acknowledge the link between their service and the 69th Infantry which was historically an Irish-American unit and part of the Irish Brigade during the war. ( U.S. Army National Guard photo by Eric Durr)

Mar 11, 2019

Soldiers tackle Army Combat Fitness Test

CAMP SMITH--U.S. Army Sgt. Nicholas Zito an infantryman assigned to the B Company 1st Battalion 69th Infantry Regiment New York Army National Guard drags a 90-pound sled during an Army Combat Fitness Test grader certification training on the parade field at Camp Smith Training Site Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. Nov. 29 2018. Camp Smith was selected as one of several pilot sites to test the new Army Combat Fitness Test and trained 118 Soldiers from eight states and territories over the course of four days.

Dec 10, 2018

NY Guardsmen compete for national title

FORT INDIANTOWN GAP-- New York Army National Guard Sgt. Ilya Titov (left) and Sgt. Quentin Davis, both assigned to the 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment run a two-mile run at Fort Indiantown Gap P.A. on July 25 2018. Titov and Davis were taking the Army Physical Fitness Test during the 2018 National Best Warrior Competition. Titov was the first runner up in the enlisted Soldier category.

Jul 31, 2018

Soldier prepares for competition

FORT INDIANTOWN GAP--New York Army National Guard Sgt. Ilya Titov assigned to A Co. 69th Infantry Battalion and one of two New York National Guard Soldiers competing in the National Guard Best Warrior Competition here, takes a practice run on the obstacle course at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania on July 24 2018. Titov and Sgt. Quentin Davis were selected to represent the northeast in the National Best Warrior Competition.

Jul 27, 2018

Fighting Father Duffy Remembered

NEW YORK-- Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York (center with star hat) and World War I Commission director Libby O'Connell join Army National Guard leaders at the statue of Father Francis P. Duffy, the chaplain of the 69th Infantry during World War I, following a ceremony marking Duffy's service on June 27, 2018. Father Duffy was a military chaplain for the New York National Guard's 69th Infantry Regiment in 1914 while serving as the pastor of Our Savior Parish in the Bronx.

Jun 29, 2018

Two 69th Inf. Soldiers win Regional Best Warrior

WEST POINT-- Spc. Ilya Titov an infantryman assigned to Company A 1-69th Infantry Regiment New York Army National Guard completes the 12-mile ruck march portion of the Region 1 Best Warrior Competition at West Point N.Y. May 19 2018. Titov and Sgt. Quentin Davis, also a member of the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry won the regional Best Warrior event.

May 21, 2018

Soldier Swimming Skills Tested

CAMP SMITH--U.S. Army Sgt. Quentin Davis a signal support systems specialist assigned to the Headquarters Company 1st Battalion 69th Infantry Regiment New York Army National Guard , swims during the German Armed Forces Swim Test portion of the state-level NYARNG Best Warrior Competition in Arvin Gym at the United States Military Academy West Point N.Y. April 19 2018. The Best Warrior Competition held April 18-22 2018 is an annual event in which junior enlisted Soldiers and non-commissioned officers from various units compete in several events intended to test their military skills and knowledge as well as their physical fitness and endurance.

Apr 24, 2018

69th Leads St. Patrick's Parade

NEW YORK--New York Army National Guard Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment, march in the 257th St. Patricks Day Parade Manhattan, New York City, N.Y., March 17, 2018. The 69th was leading the 257th St. Patricks day parade, as they were created as a regiment of Irish immigrants.

Mar 19, 2018

NY National Guard trains "down under"

SHOALWATER BAY, Queensland, Australia--Soldiers from Charlie Company 1st Battalion 69 Infantry Regiment of the New York Army National Guard acting as an opposing force defend their positions during the final battle of Exercise Talisman Saber at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area Queensland Australia on July 19 2017.

Jul 26, 2017

New York Army Guard stands ground in Australia

Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment of the New York Army National Guard, acting as the opposing force, defend their ground against Battlegroup Coral during the final assault at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area during Exercise Talisman Saber on 20 July, 2017, in this photograph provided by the Australian Defence Force.

Jul 21, 2017

NY National Guard Soldiers exercise in Australia

Soldiers from Charlie Troop 2nd Battalion 101st Cavalry Squadron of the New York Army National Guard man an observation post at Shoalwater Bay Queensland Australia during exercise Talisman Saber July 14. During the exercise New York Army National Guard Soldiers participated in

Jul 17, 2017

69th Soldiers get ready for Talisman Sabre

SHOALWATER BAY,Queensland, Australia--Soldiers assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment, inventory medical supplies while preparing for exercise Talisman Saber, July 10. During the exercise Soldiers from the 69th will hone their fighting skills alongside Australian and New Zealand service members.

Jul 12, 2017

69th Infantry Arrives in Australia for Training

ROCKHAMPTON, Australia 300 Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment, arrive in Rockhampton to participate in Operation Talisman Saber,on July 8. 600 Soldiers flew from Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, N.Y. to Australian on two charter flights. The Soldiers participating in the exercise will conduct maneuvers at the Shoalwater Bay Military Training Area, and hone their fighting skills alongside service members from Australia and New Zealand.

Jul 10, 2017

St. Patrick's Day Command Change

NEW YORK-- U.S. Army Captain Dennis Tierney, right, passes the colors of the New York Army National Guard's Company A, 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry to his first sergeant, Sgt. 1st Class Jairo Aquino, following his assumption of command ceremony in New York City March 17, 2017. Tierney and his Soldiers conducted the ceremony following the unit activities for the Army's famous "Fighting 69th" as they led the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade up 5th Avenue. The battalion, with its unique Irish heritage, has led the city parade for 166 years.

Mar 22, 2017

69th Infantry Heads St. Patrick's Day Parade

NEW YORK-- New York Army National Guardsmen assigned to 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment once again led the New York City's St. Patrick's Day Parade here Mar. 17. The regiment, which has a long and storied history with the parade began its day by attending mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral before taking a place of honor at the head of the world famous parade.

Mar 20, 2017

Realistic environment challenged 1-69 at JRTC

FORT POLK-- New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry interact with the "Atropian Police"--played by members of the Ohio Army National Guard -- while conducting presence patrols in the village of Dara Lam during training at the Army's Joint Readiness Training Center Fort Polk La. Thursday July 21 2016. Role-players added a level of realism to the exercise.

Aug 03, 2016

69th Soldiers take a break at Polk

FORT POLK-- New York Army National Guard infantrymen with Co. B 1st Battalion 69th Infantry rest during a rare lull in training at the Armys Joint Readiness Training Center Fort Polk La. July 23 2016. The infantrymen joined more than 3000 Soldiers from New York and 2000 Soldiers from other state Army National Guard units active Army and Army Reserve troops as part of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team task force. The Soldiers will hone their skills and practice integrating combat operations ranging from infantry troops engaging in close combat with the enemy to artillery and air strikes July 9-30 2016.

Jul 26, 2016

Medics sharpen their skills at Fort Polk

FORT POLK--New York Army National Guard medics, assigned to Headquarters Co., 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry, triage a Soldier during a mass casualty exercise at the Armys Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, La., Saturday, July 16, 2016. More than 3,000 New York Army National Guard Soldiers deployed for a three week exercise at the Armys Joint Readiness Training Center, July 9-30, 2016.

Jul 20, 2016

69th Infantry Joins the "Fight" at Fort Polk

FORT POLK-- Soldiers assigned to the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry, a part of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team prepare to depart for a field exercise at the Armys Joint Readiness Training Center Fort Polk La. on July 17 2016. More than 5000 Soldiers from state Army National Guard units active Army and Army Reserve troops came together as part of 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team task force.

Jul 18, 2016

Getting Ready at JRTC

FORT POLK, LA -- Pfc. Charles Liu and Spc Jason Sneed from the New York Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry attach Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES) sensors to an armored tactical vehicle here on July 11. More than 3,000 New York Army National Guard Soldiers deployed here for a three-week exercise being held at the Army's Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) July 9 to 30 2016.

Jul 14, 2016

1-69th Infantry Salutes Army B-Day in Times Square

NEW YORK--New York Army National Guard Sgt. Alexis Caceres ( far left) and Spc. Tanner Scheible ( far right) join Lt. Gen. Robert Caslan the Superintendent of the United States Military Academy; and Capt. Kelly Elminger an Army nurse and a member of the American Invictus Games team; in cutting the Army Birthday cake in New YorksTimes Square on Tuesday June 14 the Armys 241st Birthday. Both National Guard Soldiers are members of the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry. The battalion supported the Military District of Washingtons Army Birthday event in Times Squares by providing equipment and Soldiers in battle gear to speak with members of the public.

Jun 15, 2016

The 69th Leads the Way on St. Patrick's Day

NEW YORK-New York Army National Guard Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment once again led the country's largest St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York Mar. 17. After leading the parade, the unit took a special subway train back to its Lexington Ave. armory, where a change of command ceremony was conducted, and soldiers were recognized for their long and faithful service to the Fighting 69th

Mar 17, 2016

1st Bn 69th Inf. Command Sgt. Major Retires

CAMP SMITH--New York Army National Guard Command Sgt. Major James Meltz (left) and Lt. Col. Sean Flynn commander of the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry display Meltzs retirement gift following battalion change of responsibility ceremonies in Friday Jan. 29 2016 at Camp Smith Training Site. Meltz, a New York State Trooper in civilian life, received the Bronze Star with V for valor following an Afghan deployment in 2008 as first sergeant of D Co. 2nd Battalion 108th Infantry.

Feb 04, 2016

Infantrymen Train at Police facility in the Bronx

NEW YORK--New York Amy National Guard Soldiers of A Co., 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry conduct urban tactical training at the New York Police Department training facility and range on Rodmans Neck in The Bronx, NY on January 9-10 2016.

Jan 11, 2016

NY and Mass Irish Regiments Compete at Camp Smith

CAMP SMITH--Soldiers from the New York Army National Guards 1-69th Infantry Regiment and the Massachusetts Army National Guards 1-182nd Infantry Regiment compete in the Annual Logan-Duffy Rifle Match held at Camp Smith Training Site on October 3, 2015.

Oct 07, 2015

69th Infantry Soldiers On the Attack at Fort Drum

FORT DRUM, N.Y. An New York Army National Guard Infantryman assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment, takes part in a platoon combat training exercise at Fort Drum, N.Y. July 23. The unit was preparing, along with the rest of the 27th IBCT, for its rotation at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La. scheduled for next summer

Jul 31, 2015

69th Infantry Marks Army Birthday in Times Square

NEW YORK- New York Army National Guard Spc. Michael John ( left)a member of the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry, joined Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno (center), and Staff Sgt. Edimael Aponte in cutting the Army Birthday Cake in Times Square on Friday, June 12. John was the youngest Soldier present for the traditional cake cutting. Soldiers from the 1-69th took part in the event, which marked the Army's 240th year.

Jun 15, 2015

69th Infantry Marks Army Birthday In Times Square

NEW YORK -- New York Army National Guard Spc. Harrison Wang, a member of the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry Battalion, explains the mechanics of the 120 mm mortar system to a visitor to the Army 240th Birthday celebration on Friday, June 12 in Times Square. The 69th Infantry supported an event featuring Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno. The mortar system was the most popular display during Army Birthday celebration at Times Square.

Jun 12, 2015

69th team breaks 107th winning streak at TAG match

CAMP SMITH-- Members of the Army National Guard Team from the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry which won the annual Adjutant Generals Combat Sustainment Training Exercise or "TAG Match" for 2015 are: from right Capt. Michael Sicinski, Staff Sgt. Michael Palopoli, Sgt. Mathew Melendez, and Sgt. Zachary Keckley. The previous winning team from the 107th Airlift Wing had won every year since 2009.

Jun 02, 2015

Joint Chief's Chairman Visits 69th Infantry

NEW YORK- Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,leads members of the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry in singing "The Fighing 69th" during unit day events following the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade,led by the battalion, on Tuesday, March 17. Dempsey, an honorary member of the regiment added a new verse to the song-- which commemorates the 69th's service in the Civil War-- which talked of the battalion's Soldiers service in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Mar 18, 2015

69th Marches in St. Patrick's Day Parade

NEW YORK--A riderless horse from the 3rd Regiment of Infantry, the Old Guard, joins members of the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry during the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade on Tuesday, March 17. The horse symbolized the 23 Fighting 69th Soldiers who lost their lives while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2004/2005 and 2008.

Mar 18, 2015

Fighting 69th Honors Louisiana Guard Soldiers

HOUMA, Louisiana --A Soldier lays a wreath in front of a memorial to a fallen comrade to mark the 10th anniversary of the Louisiana National Guards C Co., 2nd Battalion, 156th Infantry Regiment, 256th Brigade Combat Teams 2004-2005 deployment to Iraq where eight of the units soldiers lost their lives while serving with the New York Army National Guard's 1st Battalion 69th Infantry.Lt.Col. Sean Flynn, the commander of the 69th Infantry and other crrent and former members of the unit, took part in the ceremony here here on Jan. 10, 2015.

Jan 13, 2015

M-2 Training at Fort Dix

JOINT BASE MAGUIRE-DIX- LAKEHURST-- A Soldier from the 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry sends rounds downrange during M-2 machine gun training during the battalion's recent Annual Training deployment here.

Aug 14, 2014

1st 69th Marks Army Birthday in New York

NEW YORK-- New York Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Daniel Dukin poses with a visitor to the weapons and equipment display the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry presented in Bryant Park on Friday June 13 as part of events commemorating the 239th Birthday of the United States Army on Saturday June 14 2014.

Jun 13, 2014

Guard Soldiers Go Hollywood

FARMINGDALE NY--Set and costume designer Stev Taylor makes an adjustment to the custom being worn by New York Army National Guard Sgt Joseph Murphy of the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry during the filming of scenes for the Universal Television TV show State of Affairs at Republic Airport here on April 3. Murphy portrayed a Navy SEAL in the TV show.

Apr 15, 2014

Air Assault Start at Camp Smith

CAMP SMITH TRAINING SITE, N.Y. -- Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry board UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters of the 3rd Battalion, 142 Aviation here for a mock air-assault exercise at a Fort Dix, New Jersey training area on April 5, 2014. The Soldiers, who belong to the battalion's A Company, also conducted patrols and performed other task as part of the exercise.

Apr 14, 2014

69th Infantry Leads St. Patrick's Day Parade Again

NEW YORK--Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard's 1st Battalion 69th Infantry lead the St. Patrick's Day parade here for the 163rd time on Monday, March 17.The Soldiers of the battalion were joined by the New York Army National Guard's 42nd Infantry Division Band as well as by Major General Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General of New York, and other key leaders of the New York National Guard. More than 800 New York National Guard members participated in the parade. Lieutenant General Joseph L. Lengyel, the vice chief of the National Guard Bureau joined the battalion's Soldiers during this year's march along with U.S. Representative Peter King.-

Mar 18, 2014

New York Soldiers Compete in Squad Stakes

FORT AP HILL Va.- New York Army National Guard Pfc. Ryan Seigel standing and Spc. John Dolengewicz kneeling at the mock casualty both from 2nd Squad 2nd Platoon Company B 1st Battalion 69th Infantry conduct a medical evaluation of a simulated casualty during the Fighting 69th Squad Stakes Competition medical task station during annual training here July 30. Sgt. Philip Browning at left scores their performance as they conduct one of 10 medical tasks that squads must complete as a part of the day-long challenge. The competition develops esprit-de-corps and camaraderie in a grueling course that tests their mental and physical fitness as they negotiate obstacles and scenarios that involve completion of warrior tasks while maintaining security and movement. The competition started at 5 a.m. with a squad run in full battle gear and a pack inspection to standardize load and equipment for the challenge. The Warrior tasks associated with the lane incorporated Shoot Move Communicate and Survive as well as other infantry battle drills (react to contact establish security perform actions as a member of a mounteddismounted patrol and evaluate a casualty). The winning team receives bragging rights as Best Squad in the battalion as well as individual Iron Mike trophies and recognition from the battalion commander and command sergeant major. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Lt. Col. James Gonyo/RELEASED)

Jul 31, 2013

69th Soldiers conduct medical tasks during AT

FORT AP HILL--PFC Ryan Seigel and SPC John Dolengewicz (B Co, 2nd Plt, 2nd Squad) conduct an evaluation of a casualty during the "Fighting 69th Squad Stakes Competition" medical task station. SGT Philip Browning scores their performance as they conduct one of 10 medical tasks that squads must complete as a part of the day-long challenge. The winning team receives the bragging rights as "Best Squad" as well as individual Iron Mike trophies and recognition from the Battalion Commander and Battalion Command Sergeant Major.

Jul 30, 2013

New York Guard Soldier Celebrates Army B-Day

NEW YORK--New York Army National Guard Pvt Justin Paradiso, a TOW gunner in the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry (right) joins Command Sgt. Maj. Cal Christensen of the US Army Military Academy Band(left), and Gen. John Campbell, 34th Army Vice Chief of Staff (center) as they celebrate the 238th Army birthday during a cake cutting ceremony, June 14, in Times Square, New York City. Traditionally the oldest and youngest Soldiers present at an Army Birthday event cut the cake. Paradiso, who enlisted in the New Yotk Army NAtional Guard in 2012 was born in 1994.

Jun 17, 2013

Governor Shares St. Patrick’s Day with Guardsmen

NEW YORK-- Governor Andrew Cuomo joins Major General Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General of New York( on the governor’s right) and Lt. Col. James Gonyo, the Commander of the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry and other members of the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry in a special St. Patrick’s Day Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Saturday, March 16. General Frank Grass, the Chief of the National Guard Bureau is behind the governor. Following the service the Soldiers of the "Fighting 69th led the St. Patrick’s Day Parade-- the world’s largest such event-- as they have every year since 1851.

Mar 16, 2013

Soldier Demonstrates Emergency Rations

NEW YORK -- New York Army National Guard Spec. Eric Ramos a member of the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry, provides a class on how to use the heater in FEMA emergency rations to volunteers at Confucius Plaza . New York National Guard delivery and distribution of food and water at this one location services two buildings (44 stories and 22 stories) with a population of over 3000 people. The residents are non-english speaking and the videos and presentation will assist volunteers with safety and use as they conduct health and wellness checks daily.

Nov 02, 2012

Governor and Speaker Help Guard Soldiers

NEW YORK-- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver work with New York Army National Guard Soldiers of the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry at the Lexington Avenue Armory load emergency food supplies for distribution to New York City residents on Thursday Nov. 1. The governor has deployed more than 2,800 New York National Guard Soldiers and Airmen to respond to the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy

Nov 01, 2012

Guard Soldiers Evacuate Bellevue Hospital

NEW YORK CITY-- Soldiers assigned to the New York Army National Guard’s 3rd Platoon of Company A, 1-69th Infantry rush a patient from Bellevue Hospital on Wednesday night, Oct. 31 after the decison was made to evacuate the hospital. Despite losing power when Hurricane Sandy hit on Monday, Oct. 29, the hospital stayed open using an emergency generator on the roof which was refueled by 1-69th Soldiers carrying five gallon fuel jugs up 13 floors to keep the 1000 gallon tank filled. 150 Soldiers were called out to respond to the evacuation order to move 500 patients after millions of gallons of water were discovered in the basement.

Oct 31, 2012

Guardsman Celebrates Army Birthday in Times Square

NEW YORK-- New York Army National Guard Private Cheyanne Jose Pena (center, right), a member of the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry, joins General Raymond Odierno, the Chief of Staff of the Army in cutting the Army Birthday Cake during a ceremony in Times Square on Thursday, June 14, the 237th Birthday of the United States Army. Major General Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General of New York, also took part in the event. Traditionally the oldest and youngest Soldiers present at an Army Birthday celebration cut the cake. Also taking part was Buddy Valastro (right) from the television show "Cake Boss" who made the special birthday cake.

Jun 14, 2012

Joint Chief’s Boss Visits 69th Infantry

NEW YORK CITY-- General Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff leads members of the New York Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion 69th Infantry in a chorus of "The Fighting 69th", an Irish folk song about the regiment, at the Lexington Avenue Armory on March 17 during St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations. Dempsey joined the Soldiers to recognize the 69ths unique role in leading the St. Patrick’s Day Parade each year.

Mar 19, 2012

69th Infantry Leads St. Patricks Day Parade

NEW YORK CITY-- Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion 69th Infantry lead the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade up Fifth Avenue on Saturday March 17. The 69th, which was born as a New York Militia regiment of Irish immigrants, has led the annual parade since the 1850s.

Mar 19, 2012

69th Commander Helps Close Stock Exchange

NEW YORK CITY-- New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. James Gonyo, the commander of the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry, joins members of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee in ringing the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday, March 15. On St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday March 17, the "Fighting 69th" will once again lead the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Mar 16, 2012

Soldier and Daughter Enjoy New Bike

CAMP SMITH TRAINING SITE, Cortlandt Manor--New York Army National Guard Specialist Lawrence Stayton, a member of Company C 1st Battalion 69th Infantry visits with his daughter, two and a half-year old Selena Stayton, during a Build-A-Bike event the USO and New York National Guard Family Programs sponored in conjunction with the units return from the National Training Center in California on Oct. 22. The bikes were donated and put together by employees of Endurance Services Ltd, a White Plains company and then given to the USO to be distributed to children of militry families in the Hudson Valley.

Nov 01, 2011

NY Soldiers Meet Their Civil War Counterparts

NATIONAL TRAINING CENTER, FORT IRWIN, Calif. -- New York Army National Guard Col. Geoffrey Slack hosts Civil War Reenactor Neil Morrison, a member of the Southern California Civil War reenactors of the 69th Infantry Regiment and curator of the Fort Irwin Museum. The Civil War reenactors met with their contemporary peers of the Guard’s 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry and talked about the differences in the lives of 69th Soldiers over the past 150 years. Col. Slack is the former battalion commander of the 69th Infantry and now commands the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. The brigade is completing its redeployment home from the NTC training Oct. 22.

Oct 21, 2011

Ceremony Honor’s Guard Soldier

GREENLAWN, N.Y. - A New York Army National Guard Color Guard joins family and friends of New York Army National Guard Sgt. Anthony L. Mangano during a ceremony in which a street here was named for him on June 21, 2011. The date was the third anniversary of his death in 2008 when his vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device killing him and four other Soldiers from the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

Jul 13, 2011

Soldier Memorial Rededicates Hometown Street

GREENLAWN, N.Y. - Family and friends of New York Army National Guard Sgt. Anthony L. Mangano stand outside of his mother Constance Mangano’s house for a moment of silence during a street dedication memorial here June 21. This date is the third anniversary of his death in 2008 when his vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device killing him and four other Soldiers from the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. Photo by Sgt. Tamara Gabbard, 42nd Infantry Division.

Jun 22, 2011

National Guard Poet Remembered

FORT DRUM-- Lt. Col. James Gonyo, commander of the New York Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion 69th Infantry displays the crucifix carried by Sgt. Joyce Kilmer, a famous poet and member of the 69th Infantry’s intelligence section who was killed in action in World War I. Kilmer’s crucifix has been handed down from commander to commander since then and carried on a daily basis. Kilmer, who wrote the poem "Trees" penned the poem "Rouge Bouquet" about death on the battlefield shortly before his own death.

May 19, 2011

Soldier Learns Survival Skills with Canadian Army

GOGOMA, Ontario -- New York Army National Guard Pfc. Joey Delancey(center), a Soldier with the 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry, displays the rabbit he caught in a snare during winter warfare training here on March 15. Delancey was one of nine Soldiers from the 1-69th, and 450 members of the Canadian Forces to participate in Operation Wolf Pack Endeavour 2011, a winter warfare training exercise held by the 33rd Canadian Brigade Group of the Canadian Army Reserve held March 7 to March 21, 2011.

Mar 30, 2011

’Fighting’ 69th Leads 250th St. Pat’s Day Parade

NEW YORK CITY--With the Chrysler Building in the background, the Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion 69th Infantry marches down Lexington Avenue as they return from the 250th New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The "Fighting 69th" traditionally leads the parade each year following a special Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. This year marks the 160th time the 1st 69th has lead the Parade which begins when the commander of the 69th Infantry responds " The 69th is always ready" when the head of the parade asks if he is ready to go.

Mar 18, 2011

New York City Residents Tour Historic Armory

NEW YORK--New York Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Norberto Carrasquillo explains the history of the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry to New York City residents taking part in the annual "Tour New York " program. The event allows residents to visit historic buildings they would not otherwise get a chance to see; in this case the Lexington Avenue Armory where the 1-69th is headquartered. Volunteers from the unit and former members who are part of the units Regimental staff and Veterans Corps served as greeters and presenters for the visitors on the armory’s history collections and displays which date back to the unit’s founding and service in the civil War.

Jan 27, 2011

New Commander for 1st Battalion 69th Infantry

NEW YORK-- New York Army National Guard Major James Gonyo II accepts the colors of the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry from Col. Geoffrey Slack (right), commander of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, during Change of Command ceremonies at the Lexington Avenue Armory on Saturday, Nov. 20. Gonyo accepted command of the battalion from Lt. Col. John Andonie. Gonyo who received his commission in Fort Benning, Ga., also received his Bronze Star in Iraq. During his 19-year military career, he has served in a variety of assignments, including tactical officer for the NYNG’s Officer Candidate School and commander of the NYNG Counterdrug Task Force, among others.

Nov 22, 2010

Sending Rounds Downrange at Devens

FORT DEVENS, Mass--New York Army National Guard Spec. Alex Rodrigues, a Soldier with the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry Regiment fires an M4 during the annual Logan-Duffy Rifle Match between the "Fighting 69th" of New York and the "Fighting Irish" of the Massachusetts Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion 182nd Infantry Regiment here on Saturday, Oct. 2. The two units have conducted the annual match, named for their commanders during the Spanish-American War since 1936. The 1-69th won this years event.

Oct 04, 2010

NY Soldier Helps Unveil New NASCAR Guard Car

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- New York Army National Guard Spc. Joseph Ruiz, from the Headquarters Company of the 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment in New York City, receives a plaque of recognition for the 8 Soldiers, 8 Missions from NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., June 30, 2010. On July 3, Earnhardt’s No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet featured a special paint scheme in honor of the 8 Soldiers and 8 Missions in which they served. Photo by Sgt. Michael Baltz.

Jul 08, 2010

Lt. Dan Band Performs for the Troops in NYC

NEW YORK -- Gary Sinise, at right, and Jeff Vezain perform with the Lt. Dan Band at the New York Army National Guard’s armory on Lexington Avenue March 18 in tribute to the Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry. Sinise, an acclaimed actor who stars in the CBS hit television series CSI:NY has won both Emmy and Golden Globe awards and was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as Lt. Dan Taylor in the mega hit movie Forest Gump. He teamed up with Vietnam veteran Kimo Williams to form the Lt. Dan Band in 2004 and has entertained tens of thousands of U.S. military personnel all over the world. Proceeds from the event will benefit the SSG Chistian P. Engeldrum Memorial Scholarship Fund. Chris Engeldrum was a NY City Firefighter assigned to Ladder Company 61 in the Bronx, responded to the terror attacks on September 11, 2001 and went on to serve with the “Fighting 69th” in Iraq. Engledrum was killed in action on November 24, 2004.

Mar 22, 2010

Stepping Off On St. Pat's Day

New York-- Led by Lt. Col. John Andonie, the battalion commander, the Soldiers of the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry head up Fifth Avenue during the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City on Wednesday March 17. . The 69th Infantry has led the NYC parade for the past 159 years in honor of its Irish origins and heritage. Photo by Sgt. Errol Cadet.

Mar 22, 2010

Irish Defense Forces join 'Fighting 69th' in NYC

NEW YORK - Members of the Irish Defense Forces 58th Reserve Infantry Battalion render honors as Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment pass outside Saint Patrick's Cathedral following the mass of Saint Patrick in New York City March 17. The 69th Infantry, famous for its part of the Civil War's Irish Brigade, has long historic ties to its Irish heritage. The 69th Infantry has led the city's Saint Patrick's Day parade up 5th Avenue for the past 159 years.

Mar 18, 2010

Gunning for Success

AIBANO TRAINNG SITE, JAPAN-- New York Army National Guard Spec. Joshua Earle, a member of 1st platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Bn, 69th Inf. Regiment fires a 240 Bravo machine gun against opposing forces during Orient Shield field training exercise, Aibano Training Site, Japan, Oct. 16, 2009. Orient Shield is a mutual US Army and Japan Ground Self Defense Force joint exercise designed to enhance staff coordination and promote regimental and battalion level command and staff training opportunities, combat readiness and tactical level training. The exercise took place at Camp Imazu and Aibano Training Area in Shiga-prefecture, Japan, October, 10-17, 2009.

Oct 18, 2009

On Guard With Japanese Troops

AIBANO TRAINING AREA, JAPAN--New York Army National Guard Pvt. Shaheem Danztler and Pvt. First Class Carlos Gonzalez, members of 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment's scout platoon, along with members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, stand stacked and ready to move as a squad during scout training at Camp Imazu and Aibano Training Area, Shiga-prefecture, Japan October 14, 2009 as part of exercise Orient Shield.

Oct 16, 2009

New York Soldiers Learn About Japanese Forces

AIBANO TRAINING AREA, JAPAN-- New York Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Johnny Madera, a Squad Leader with Bravo Company, 1-69th Infantry Regiment, Queens Village, NY gets a lesson from Japanese Soldier Nobuyasu Hirata, a Combat Instructor for the 3rd Army Division on the Joint Ground Self-Defense Force Tank Type 74 . during MOUT training, October 10, 2009 during exercise Orient Shield.

Oct 15, 2009

U.S. - Japan Forces Come Together For Joint Training

OTOMO BARRACKS, Japan -- Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment, exchange salutes while greeting Soldiers of Japan?s 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Division, Middle Army, Joint Ground Self-Defense Force during the opening ceremonies for Exercise Orient Shield, Oct. 9. The New York Soldiers will train with their Japanese counterparts for three weeks.

Oct 09, 2009

Fallen 1-69th Soldier and Firefighter Honored

NEW YORK CITY-- A portrait of the late SSG Christian P. Engledrum of the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry ("Fighting 69th") New York Army National Guard is unveiled to his family during a special ceremony aboard the Intrepid Museum in New York City on September 12th, 2009. The Dallas, TX-based artist and founder of the American Fallen Soldier Project has been painting portraits of fallen service members and is sponsored by American Airlines which has been flying him and the portraits for special presentations around the nation.

Sep 14, 2009

69th Infantry Remembers Troops on Memorial Day

NEW YORK - New York Army National Guard Command Sgt. Maj. Jorge Vasquez from the Guard's 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry and Mr. Thomas Fitzsimmons of the 69th Veteran's Association place a memorial wreath dedicated to the fallen servicemen and women this Memorial Day at the New York City Soldiers' & Sailors' Monument in Manhattan. The Memorial Service, which included remarks by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, honors all veterans and pays special homage to New Yorkers who gave their lives in the Civil War. The special tribute of the day honored the legendary 69th Infantry Regiment, one of the first units to answer President Lincolns call for New York volunteers. The Memorial Day wreath laying included 17 veterans, heritage and civic organizations, including the American Legion, the Navy League, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Daughters of the American Revolution, Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A. and Old Guard of the City of New York. Photo by Ed Dunn, Jr.

May 28, 2009

New York National Guard Welcomes New Officers

HEMPSTEAD -- Three members of Hofstra University Army ROTC received their commissions as second lieutenants for service in the New York Army National Guard. In a ceremony held May 14 at Hofstra University, the graduating cadets from the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) four associated Long Island colleges or universities received their oath of commission and gold bars from their professor of military science. Newly commissioned 2nd Lieutenant Anthony J. Fasano (pictured above) receives his lieutenant bars from his family. Fasano, an Adelphi University senior, was commissioned a field artillery officer and will serve with the New York Army National Guard s Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry. Joining Fasano were new lieutenants Andrew P. Stein, a new aviation officer who graduates from Hofstra and will serve with Company D, 3rd Battalion, 142nd Assault Helicopter in Ronkonkoma and Stephen Totter, a Hofstra graduate who received his commission as an intelligence officer and will serve with the 501st Ordnance Battalion in Schenectady, N.Y. Photo by 2nd Lt. Mark Getman, 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery.

May 15, 2009

New York's Fighting 69th St. Patrick's Day Parade

NEW YORK -- Soldiers from the New York Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry celebrate Saint Patrick's Day in Manhattan in leading the citywide parade up Fifth Avenue past Saint Patrick's Cathedral. The battalion celebration included the homecoming Freedom Salute for more than 300 recently returned veterans from Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan where the Soldiers served as Afghan army and police mentors or security forces for the embedded training teams. The unit, famous throughout the Army as the "Fighting 69th" from its combat actions in the Civil War, has led the New York City Saint Patrick's Day parade for the past 158 years. Photo by Lt. Col. Richard Goldenberg.

Mar 17, 2009

National Guard Farewells Fellow Soldier

CALVERTON, N.Y. Members of the New York Army National Guard Military Forces Honor Guard render final honors to Sgt. Jonathan Keller at Calverton National Cemetery Feb. 2. Keller, a Citizen Soldier from Wading River, N.Y., had served in the Army National Guards 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment and received full military honors during his funeral service. Dozens of fellow Soldiers, including his battalion commander, brigade deputy commander and division commander attended the funeral mass and service. Keller died Jan. 24 while recuperating at the Armys Warrior Transition Unit at Fort Bragg, N.C. following combat service and wounds received earlier in Afghanistan in April 2008.

Feb 02, 2009

Big Apple Rededicates Father Duffy Square

The Times Square memorial for New York Army National Guard Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Francis Duffy shines on October 16, 2008. The City of New York rededicated Father Duffy Square after years of renovations and restoration for the heroic World War I National Guard veteran of the city's famous 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry, the Army's illustrious "Fighting 69th." The unit has served as a National Guard military force in the nation's Civil War, Mexican Expedition of 1916, World War I, World War II and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Most recently, hundreds of New York City, Long Island and Hudson Valley Soldiers from the 69th volunteered to deploy for service in Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom.

Oct 22, 2008

Change of Command for Historic Guard Unit

FORT PICKETT, Va. - Commander of the 42nd Infantry Division, Brig. Gen. Paul Genereux, passes the 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry colors to in-coming commander, Lt. Col. John Andonie at a change-of-command ceremony at the Fort Pickett movie theater on Oct. 17. At right, Lt. Col. Charles Crosby, out-going 69th commander, looks on.

Oct 17, 2008

Fighting 69th continue Irish traditions in NYC

1st Lieutenant Shawn Tabankin and members of Company C, 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry present honors as they approach Saint Patrick's Cathedral in New York City on March 17, 2008. The Citizen Soldiers of "The Fighting 69th" attended the morning mass to receive the blessing of New York Cardinal Edward Egan before marching up Fifth Avenue in the Saint Patrick's Day Parade. The New York Army National Guard infantry battalion has led the city parade on Saint Patrick's Day for more than 150 years. U.S. Army Photo by Lt. Col. Richard Goldenberg (RELEASED)

Mar 19, 2008

Guard Part of Legend

1st Battalion 69th Infantry Command Sergeant Major Jorge Vasquez presents a battalion coin to movie star Will Smith during the filming of the newly released movie "I Am Legend" under the Brooklyn Bridge in January this year. Members of the 69th Infantry and other New York Army National Guard units portrayed MPs during the filming.

Dec 28, 2007

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