Veterans Video Interviews Can Now Be Seen on Military Museum YouTube Channel

New York Army National Guard 1st Lt. Carleen Calypso is pictured during a 2007 video interview about her service in Iraq which is one of more than 600 veterans interviews which can now be seen on the New York State Military Museum YouTube Channel.

May 22, 2015

New York and New Jersey National Guard Train to Respond to Attacks

LAKEHURST, New Jersey- New York Army National Guard Soldiers from Company A, 427th Brigade Special Troops Battalion checks on Master Sgt. Foy, 106th Medical Group Medical Technician and extractor during confined space training April 18 at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. (New York Air National Guard/ Master Sergeant Cheran Cambridge/ released)

Apr 21, 2015

New York National Guard recalls fallen in Memorial Day Ceremony

LATHAM, N.Y. -- Command Sgt. Major Frank Wicks, the New York National Guard command sergeant major, speaks at a Memorial Day Ceremony held at the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs here May, 20, 2014. More than 200 personnel attended the event, which included a bugler playing "Taps" and a detail of Soldiers who fired volleys to salute the fallen. In his remarks, Wicks encouraged everyone to keep those who’ve fallen in mind, and to visit veterans’ grave sites and memorials. In accordance with military tradition, the helmet, inverted rifle, dog tags and empty boots visible in the foreground represent service members who sacrificed their lives for America. (U.S. National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Raymond Drumsta, Joint Force Headquarters, New York Army National Guard)

May 23, 2014

Holocaust survivor and World War II veteran speaks to New York National Guard Soldiers and Airmen

Holocaust survivor Martin Becker, 87, poses with New York Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer Heather Ruter, New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs, equal employment manager, following a discussion about his experiences growing up in Germany and escaping Nazi rule during 1939, April 30. The presentation was coordinated by Ruter in observance of Holocaust Remembrance week, April 27–May 4, 2014. The talk focused on a book written by Bruce Chadderton of Auckland, New Zealand, titled “Descent into the Abyss: The Shoah” published in 2012 by the Education Fund, Society of Israel Philatelist, which was dedicated to Becker’s sister, brother-in-law and niece, all murdered during the Holocaust.

Apr 30, 2014

New York National Guard Airmen and Soldiers teaching emergency response to residents

FARMINGDALE, N.Y.-- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo addresses residents attending one of the first Citizens Preparedness Corps Training Program events at Farmingdale State College here on Saturday, Feb. 1.

Feb 05, 2014

New York National Guard maintenance technicians help rennovate historic vehicles to tell Guard Story

FORT DRUM-- This M-48A5 tank, used by Army National Guard Armored Battalions in the 1970s and 1980s, will be repainted by the New York Maneuver Area Training Equipment Site for display by the Connecticut National Guard as a historic vehicle.

Dec 31, 2013

New York National Guard on Duty in New York City to Aid Holiday Travelers

New York Army National Guard Sgt. Wayne Stevens, at right, and Senior Airman Steven Jones walk the concourse of Grand Central Terminal here on Thanksgiving Day 2012 as a presence patrol in support of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police. The troops are serving with the New York National Guard’s standing security force in the city, Joint Task Force Empire Shield. Members of the National Guad’s Joint Task Force Empire Shield regularly augment and support law enforcement agencies across New York City at transportation hubs. (U.S. Army photo by Ubon Mendie) NEW YORK - Thanksgiving week is no holiday for the New York National Guard’s Joint Task Force Empire Shield, which will have all hands on deck during the busiest travel days of the year. The task force of 240 New York National Guard Soldiers and Airmen helps deter terrorist operations in the New York City Metropolitan Area, by augmenting and assisting civilian police in the city’s major transit hubs. During the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, task force members normally assigned to training and administrative functions will be working security as well, said task force Commander Lt. Col. Peter Riley, a New York Army National Guard officer. Read more:

Nov 26, 2013

A Focus on Joe: ARNG Command Sergeant Major Stresses People, Praises NY National Guard

Army National Guard Command Sgt. Maj. Brunk W. Conley (right) poses with former New York state Command Sgt. Maj. (retired) Robert Van Pelt (left) at the Fifth Annual Capital District of New York AUSA Soldier Recognition Banquet here on Sept. 14. Conley spoke at the banquet and the New York Army National Guard’s 2013 Senior NCO Leadership Seminar earlier in the day. Conley is holding a plaque Van Pelt presented to him for participating in the events. (photo by Staff Sgt. William Valenza, New York Army National Guard)

Sep 23, 2013

National Guard exercises Homeland Response Force

VALHALLA, N.Y. – New York Army National Guard Soldiers from the search and extraction element of the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear enterprise evacuate a simulated casualty during a disaster response exercise here Aug. 9 at the Westchester County Fire Training Center. The CBRN Enterprise, part of the Homeland Response Force Region II, trained here this week to prepare its Soldiers and Airmen to extract casualties from a contaminated incident, provide decontamination to both ambulatory and litter patients and conduct medical triage to assist civil authorities. The scenario for the exercise involved a hazardous chemical spill from a train derailment. The search and extraction team is comprised of engineers of the 1156th Engineer Company, based in Kingston, N.Y. U.S. Army National Guard photo by Col. Richard Goldenberg, Army National Guard (RELEASED).

Aug 12, 2013

Air Wing Takes TAG Match for Fourth Year

Members of the New York National Guard compete in the individual pistol marskmanship range here June 1 during the New York State Adjutant General’s Marskmanship Competition. The TAG Match pits representatives of all of New York State’s military forces in team and individual weapons marksmanship tournaments. The training, held June 1-2, recognizes the best shooters in the New York National Guard for 2013. Photo by Col. Richard Goldenberg, New York National Guard Joint Force Headquarters. (RELEASED)

Jun 04, 2013

State Headquarters Marks Memorial Day

LATHAM-- Ms. Mary Kavaney, Assistant Deputy Secretary for Public Safety, representing Gov. Andrew Cuomo, speaks to Soldiers and Civilian at the Division of Military and Naval Affairs annual pre-Memorial Day Ceremony on Thursday, May 23.

May 23, 2013

Top US CENTCOM NCO praises New York National Guard soldiers and airmen

U.S. Army Command Sgt. Major Frank Grippe, right, the senior enlisted leader of U.S. Central Command recognizes Spc. Rachel Blanchette, the New York 2013 Soldier of the Year, during the Enlisted Association of the New York National Guard annual conference and award dinner in Utica, N.Y., April 20, 2013. Blanchette is a supply parts specialist with Echo Company, 3rd Battalion 142nd Aviation Regiment, 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade. (U.S. Army National photo by Master Sgt. Corine Lombardo/Released)

May 23, 2013


Sgt. Ivan Villanueva of the 442nd Military Police Company and native of Deer park, N.Y., represented the 369th Sustainment Brigade during the 2013 New York Army National Guard’s Best Warrior Competition held here, March 23-24, 2013. Here he works on assembling and disassemblying an M249. Fourteen Soldiers and NCO’’s representing all the major commands in the NYARNG gathered to compete for top homors in three categories: AGR of the Year, NCO of the Year and Soldier of the Year. The NCO and Soldier of the Year go on to compete at the Regional Competition to be held at the Camp Smith Training Site, Cortlandt manor, N.Y., May 14-17.

Mar 29, 2013

New York Army National Guard Shares Hurricane Lessons Learned with Israeli Homefront Command

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

Feb 04, 2013

Team Sandy Continues to Offer Help to New Yorkers in Storm’s Aftermath

QUEENS, NY -- New York Army National Guard Soldier Sgt. Alfaro Geovanny with C Company, 642nd Aviation Support Battalion and McKineley Theobald with the Americorps National Civilian Community Corps talks with a local resident of Breezy Point, NY November 28, 2012. Working with local authorities in the wake of hurricane Sandy, Geovanny and other Soldiers of the 642nd are going door to door, providing goods and services, like water and food, and also collecting data to better assess the welfare of the residents.

Dec 31, 2012

New York ESGR Boss Lift Teaches Employers About The Guard and Encourages them to hire Soldiers, Airmen

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana-- Participants in the latest New York National Guard/ Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve "Boss Lift" after arriving in Indianapolis on Friday, Oct. 19 for an event sponsored by Panther Racing. ( Eric Durr/ NYS DMNA)

Oct 25, 2012

Local aviators and fire fighters team up to train for emergencies

Albany International Airport firefighter Ron Coy extracts Warrant Officer Kevin Swint, a pilot assigned to Company A, 3-142 Aviation from a UH-60 "Blackhawk" Helicopter during a simulated emergency training opportunity at the Army Aviation Facility in Latham.

Oct 02, 2012

New York National Guard Meets Face to Face to Strengthen Relationships with South Africa

(from left) Major General Roy Andersen, Chief of the South African National Defense Reserve Forces, Brig. General Debbie Molefe, Director Defence Reserves, Chaplain Gen. Andrew Jamangile, Major Gen. Verle Johnston, the commander of the New York Air National Guard and Col. Ray Shields, the Director of Joint Staff for the New York National Guard meet to discuss state partnership program initiatives. The New York delegation is here as part of a U.S. military contingent displaying aircraft and equipment at the Africa Aerospace and Defense Airshow and Exhibition, Sept. 18-23, 2012.

Sep 25, 2012

Army’s Top Installation Manager Visits New York Army National Guard Facilities

Photo Credit: Master Sgt. Corine Lombardo, New York Army National Guard UTICA, NY- Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installation, Energy and Environment discusses New York Army National Guard facilities energy conservation initiatives with Col. Ray Shields, New York National Guard Director of Joint Staff (Right) and Lt. Col. Andrew Stewart, New York National Guard Construction and Facilities Management Officer (Center) outside the Utica Armory during an installation visit on Thursday, August 2.

Aug 02, 2012

New York National Guard Families Stay in Focus

HALFMOON, N.Y. -- Teens attending the 2012 New York National Guard Family and Volunteer Training Workshop worked as a team to complete a high ropes obstacle course at the Edge, an outdoor climbing gym, April 14.

Apr 19, 2012

Brig. Gen. Paul Genereux Completes Nearly 40 Years of Military Service

WEST POINT-- Major Gen. Steven Wickstrom, commander of the 42nd Infantry Division, presents a retirement gift to Brig Gen. Paul Genereux during Brig. Gen. Genereux’s retirement ceremony here on Saturday, Jan. 14. Brig. Gen. Genereux is a past commander of the 42nd Infantry Division.

Jan 19, 2012

New York National Guard Soldiers and Airmen Recognized by the Governor

ALBANY-- New York State Military Museum employee Wayne Clark stands beside a display of 19th Century military headgear worn by members of the New York Militia. The display, on the history of the New York Militia and National Guard, was unveiled as part of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s opening new historic exhibits at the State Capitol to on Jan. 4, 2012 as part of the events surrounding his State-of-The-State message.

Jan 05, 2012

Honors for an American President

KINDERHIOOK, N.Y. -- New York Congressman Chris Gibson, a Kinderhook, N.Y. native, gives remarks at the grave site of President Martin Van Buren here Dec. 5 during the New York National Guard Military Forces Honor Guard annual commemoration of the president’s birth. U.S. Army photo by Lt. Col. Richard Goldenberg, NY National Guard/RELEASED

Dec 05, 2011

Kids Honor Veterans and Serving Soldiers

Some of the letters Kids who took part in the Operation Military Kids Veterans Day event wrote to service members. (Photo by Master Sgt. Corine Lombardo)

Nov 18, 2011

New York National Guard First Responders take over downtown Kingston

Kingston,N.Y.- Soldiers of the 1156th Engineers Company in full Hazardous Material gear assist civilian participant during the extraction phase of a joint force first responders exercise in reaction to a radioactive attack. New York National Army and Airmen Guardsmen collaborate with local authorities to help train for the response to a radioactive terrorist attack, Nov. 6,2011,(Photo by Spc Brian Godette, NYARNG, 138th PAD)

Nov 07, 2011

Van Pelt Retiring After 42 Years of Service

CSM Robert Van Pelt speaks during his retirement dinner on May 7 at the Saratoga Springs Hilton Hotel.

May 10, 2011

Family Readiness is Key to National Guard Success

Lisa Charbonneau of Saratoga (right), a 4-H Volunteer Archery Instructor teaches Amy Baldwin, age 7 from Rochester, NY how to properly hold and shoot an arrow during the NY National Guard Family and Youth Training Workshop, April 16. The NY National Guard Youth program provides support and skills training in leadership, mentoring and resource coordination that reflect the unique needs of military youth. The program provides safe activities and a place to meet, talk and have fun with other military youth while addressing deployment issues, such as separation anxiety, increased responsibility and reintegration when a loved one returns home.

Apr 22, 2011

Empire Shield Welcomes New Commander

Members of Joint Task Force Empire Shield render honors during the change of command ceremony of the New York National Guard standing security task force in New York City April 13. Some 250 members of the New York National Guard serve in the force to provide city first responders and law enforcement with enhanced security forces. Photo by Sgt. Tamara Gabbard, 42nd Infantry Division.

Apr 14, 2011

New Commander for 24th CST

FORT HAMILTON-- Brig. Gen. Anthony German, the Assistant Adjutant General for Air, hands the guidon of the 24th Civil Support Team to Major Jody Lupo during Change of Command ceremonies here on Wednesday, March 9. (Photo by NYG Warrant Officer Ubon Mendie)

Mar 10, 2011

South African Reserve Chief and Staff Visit New York National Guard

New York Army National Guard Col Craig Meinking explains New York Army National Guard health check procedures to South African Major General Roy Andersen, the Chief of Defence Reserves for the South African National Defence Force. Representatives from the South African National Defense Forces-Reserve Forces visit the Division of Military and Naval Affairs during annual Soldier Readiness Processing December 4, 2010.The State Partnership Program is a National Guard initiative designed to grow relationships, enhance international secuirty and promote the exchange of free ideas and open doors of cooperation in political, military, economic and social realms. (Photo by Spec. Mary Hogle, 138th Public Affairs Detachment

Dec 06, 2010

Military Voters to Receive Absentee Ballots by Email

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Oct 06, 2010

On the Waterfront

NEW YORK-- Two members of the 24th Civil Support Team check their gear before begining an operation. (Photo by NYG Pfc Ubon Mendie)

Oct 01, 2010

Guard Bureau Chief Meets Troops in Big Apple Joint Task Force from NY National Guard Provides Security Assistance in New York

Gen. Craig McKinley, Maj. Gen. Patrick Murphy, Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police Department Assistant Chief Stephen Conner and Inspector Robert Terrett, speak outside Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt entrance.

Aug 27, 2010

New York State Adjutant General Pins on Two-Star Rank

Carolyn Murphy pins his new rank on her son, Major General Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General of New York. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Steven Petibone, 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade)

Aug 13, 2010

‘Coming Home’ Painting features Guard Men and Women

"Coming Home", the picture now on display at the New York State Military History Museum.

Aug 02, 2010

Racers Run in the Rain to Raise Resources for Family Readiness

New York Army National Guard Private David Marthy, 17, crosses the finish line first during the 3rd Annual Hometown Heroes Run held at Colonie Crossings Park on June 12 to raise money for the New York National Guard Family Readiness Council

Jun 14, 2010

New York Army National Guard History Museum Display Opens

ALBANY--Brig. Gen. Patrick Murphy,the Adjutant General of New York, speaks during ceremonies opening the Citizen Soldier exhibit at the New York State Museum. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Steven Petibone, Joint Force Headquarters)

May 27, 2010

Citizen Soldier Exhibit to open for Memorial Day Weekend

ALBANY--A World War II-era M-8 armored car is manuevered into position by its owner, vehicle collector Greg Wolanin, as the centerpiece of a New York State Museum exhibit honoring the service of New York Army National Guard Soldiers. The 101st Cavalry Group of the New York NationalGuard operated M-8s during their service in Europe in 1945. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Steve Petibone)

May 19, 2010

New York National Guard Hosts Top South African General

Brig. Gen. Renwick Payne (left) Chief of Joint Staff for the New York Army National Guard, and Gen. Godfrey Ngwenya, Chief of the South African National Defense Staff during Ngwenya’s visit to New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs Headquarters on Monday, May. 17. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Steven Petibone, 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade)

May 17, 2010

New York Army National Guard Picks Top Soldiers

Staff Sgt. Joshua Todd is the New York Army National Guard Traditional NCO of the Year for 2010

Mar 30, 2010

Fallen New York Soldier Honored in Oils

New York Military Forces Honor Guard members Sgt. Jose Pereze (left) and Sgt. Pablo Rivera honor Sgt. David Fisher during ceremonies Friday, Nov. 13 at Divison of Military and Naval Affairs headquarters.

Nov 13, 2009

Vigilant Guard Exercise Largest ever in State

Members of the New York National Guard’s CERFP move simulated disaster victims away from the incident site in Tonawanda as Exercise Vigilant Guard moved into high gear on Nov. 2, 2009. Photo by Staff Sgt. Dennis Gravelle, 369th Sustainment Bde.

Nov 04, 2009

New York National Guard Task Force Takes on Rubble Pile

New York Army National Guard Soldiers rescue a mock casualty from a rubble heap during Operation Vigilant Guard in Tonawanda on Monday. The soldiers are part of a joint-service task force specially trained to find disaster casualties, decontaminate them if necessary, treat their injuries and evacuate them from disaster areas. Photo by Staff Gt. Ray Drumsta, 138th PAD

Nov 03, 2009

Guard Family Volunteers Meet In Saratoga

Youth Symposium participants take a break in the action during Saturday’s all-day training event at Shiloh’s Edge high ropes challenge course. Photo by Master Sgt. Corine Lombardo, 42nd Infantry Division

Sep 24, 2009

Dr. Jill Biden Visits New York National Guard Soldiers and Families

Family members and Rear Detachment Soldiers of the 206th Military Police Company, headquartered in Latham, NY, pose with Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joseph Biden on Monday, Sept. 21, during a meeting at New York National Guard headquarters. Pictured are (from) left Sgt. Derreck Venne; Theresa Martel, wife of 206th MP Company 1st Sgt. Joseph Martel; Mary Lou Herringshaw, wife of Sgt. 1st Class Frederick Herringshaw; Dr. Biden; Family Readiness Group lead volunteer Gordon Lattey; Kim Manion, wife of Capt. Kevin Manion; and 2LT Stephen Groene, rear detachment commander Photo by Sgt. First Class Steven Petibone, 42nd Combat Aviation Bde. (Released).

Sep 22, 2009

New York National Guard Brings Civil War Soldier Home

The NY National Guard’s Military Forces Honor Guard returns an unknown New York Soldier from the Antietam Battlefield to the NYS Military History Museum. Photo by Lt. Col. Richard Goldenberg.

Sep 17, 2009

Task Force Empire Shield Welcomes RAF Bike-Riders to New York City

Members of the New York National Guard’s Joint Task Force Empire Shield joined representatives of the New York Police and Fire Departments in welcoming a British Team that bicycled across the United States to New York on Saturday, June 13. The five-man British Team, two Royal Air Force members and three London Metropolitan Police Officers were riding across the country as a fundraiser for wounded British veterans. The New York National Guard coordinated with New York City Officials to allow the British cyclists to lay a wreath at Ground Zero, where the World Trade Venter once stood.

Jun 16, 2009

New York National Guard Trains For Dirty Bomb Disaster

Members of the New York National Guard CERFP train at the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control training site in Colonie on Saturday June 6. Photo by Staff Sgt. Kevin Abbott, Joint Forces Headquarters-NY

Jun 07, 2009

New York’s Fixed Wing Aviators Gear Up for Afghanistan Deployment

Active duty Senior Airman Rachel Cole makes a last minute breathing apparatus check on New York and Virginia National Guardsmen before sealing the oxygen chamber during high-altitude training at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. On Feb. 25.

Feb 27, 2009

Nor’Easter Response features new Guard Emergency Approach

SGT Tracy Ann Stewart, an Army National Guard Soldier from the 101st Signal Batallion, based in Yonkers, NY conducts a traffic control point in Mamaroneck, NY after severe flooding knocked out power to the area on April 17, 2007. Photo by: SPC Dennis Gravelle

Apr 14, 2008

Preparing for the Big One

Support vehicles from state and federal emergency response agencies partnered with members of the National Guard and Northern Command’s ARNORTH during the hurricane response exercise Ardent Sentry from May 1-4, 2007 in Providence, Rhode Island. Courtesy photo

Apr 14, 2008

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