18 Dec, 2015GRIFFISS TECH PARK--Major General Patrick Murphy ( left) the Adjutant General of New York and Col. Timothy LaBarge the commander of the 105th Airlift Wing presented a 105th Airlift Wing poster to Oneida County Aviation Commissioner Russell Stark in recognition of the support that Griffiss International Airport and the Million Air company provide to the wings training program. The 105th Airlift Wing is based at Stewart Air National Guard Base outside Newburgh.
31 Dec, 2015HAWTHORNE--Colonel Timothy J. LaBarge, commander of the 105th Airlift Wing presents an American flag to the wife of New York Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Joseph G. Lemm at a funeral ceremony held on December 30, 2015. Tech. Sgt. Lemm was killed in action while deployed to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan on December 21st, 2015.
30 Dec, 2015BUFFALO-- Soldiers of the 152nd Engineer company manuever at annual training in a video they prepared for submission in the first New York National Guard video competition. Their video was picked as the best unit video by Major General Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General of New York. Earlier this year the general urged Army and Air Guard units to submit videos highlighting their unit training.
28 Dec, 2015STEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE--The remains of New York Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Joseph G. Lemm are transferred from a C-17 to a hearse during a ceremony on Monday, Dec. 28, 2015 at Stewart Air National Guard Base by members of the 105th Airlift Wing. Lemm was killed in action while deployed to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan on December 21st 2015. Staff Sgt. Louis Bonacasa, another member of the 105th Base Defense Squadron and four other Airmen were also killed in the attack.
28 Dec, 2015WATERFORD, N.Y. -- As part of final honors for WWII veteran Leo P. Dean, New York Army National Guard Honor Guard OIC 1st Lt. Alix Walls (right) presents the flag that draped Dean's casket to his friend Renee Farley (left) during Dean's funeral at St. Mary's Cemetery here on Dec. 17, 2015. Walls is from Rock City Falls, N.Y. (U.S. National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Raymond Drumsta, 42nd Infantry Division/released)
24 Dec, 2015GLENS FALLS, N.Y. - New York Army National Guard Soldiers join dozens of military family members and hundreds of friends for the 12th annual Christmas Eve-morning three mile road march in Glens Falls, N.Y. to show support for military men and women serving in Afghanistan and locations around the world. The event was led by guidon bearers from the 1427th Transportation Company carried by Spc. Andrew Sheerer and 466th Area Support Medical Company carried by Spc. Cody LaBarge, based in Queensbury and the 206th Military Police Company from Latham, N.Y. carried by Staff Sgt. Casey Harris. U.S. National Guard photo by New York Army National Guard Col. Richard Goldenberg/RELEASED.
23 Dec, 2015ROME- New York Air National Guard Staff Sergeants Tom Silva and Rachael Alcorta practice Santa tracking at the Eastern Air Defense Sector in Rome. Each year the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, conducts its annual "Santa Tracking" by hosting a website that allows kids to follow Santa Claus journey around the world on Christmas Eve. See the Santa Tracking site here:http://www.noradsanta.org/
23 Dec, 2015BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan- Soldiers and Airmen pay their respects to six Air Force members killed by a suicide bomber while on a mission outside Bagram Air Base on Monday, Dec. 21. Two of those killed -- Tech Sgt. Joseph Lemm and Staff Sgt.Michael Bonacasa-- were members of the New York Air National Guard's 105th Airlift Wing.
18 Dec, 2015NEWBURGH--New York Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Daniel DiChiara president of the 105th Airlift Wing First Six Council uses a cordless drill to drive a screw through a stake and into a wooden board while New York Air National Guard Senior Master Sgt. Elizabeth Colton of 105th Logistics Readiness Squadron Aerial Port holds the stake steady.
17 Dec, 2015SYRACUSE--An MQ-9 remotely piloted aircraft operated by the New York Air National Guards 174th Attack Wing takes to the air from the runway at Syracuse Hancock International Airport in Syracuse N.Y. on Wednesday Dec. 162015. This was the first time a military RPA operated from an air field used by both military and civilian aircraft. Hancock Field Air National Guard Base the home of the 174th shares the field with the commercial airport. Until now the wing has only flow its MQ-9 Reaper aircraft from Wheeler Sack Army Airfield at Fort Drum N.Y.
15 Dec, 2015NEW YORK--Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard's 369th Sustainment Brigade pose with children from the Harlem Children's Zone during a toy and coat drive event at the Harlem Armory December 5 2015. The event was organized as a way for the 369th Sustainment Brigade to give back to the community in which the unit has its roots.
14 Dec, 2015ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard's 42nd Infantry Division Band play with student performers attending the annual Winter Conference of the New York State School Music Association at the Riverside Convention Center here on Saturday, Dec. 5. The New York Army National Guard's Recruiting Battalion arranged the band's Brass Quintet so the students could learn how to put their musical skills to use and see if they can meet the Army's standards for performance.
10 Dec, 2015GOSHEN, N.Y. -- Student chefs (left) wait in anticipation as New York Army National Guard culinary specialists Sgt. Duwann Gordon (middle) and Pvt. Yorby Fernandez (right) judge a meal the students prepared using MRE food components at a Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) vocational education facility here on Dec. 4 2015. The students prepared meals with MREs as part of a New York Army National Guard educational challenge designed to test their skills and familiarize them with Army careers.
11 Dec, 2015LATHAM, N.Y. -- New York National Guard recruits Zander Griffin (left) and Andrew Valenza (right) join retired New York Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer Five Brian Smith to cut a cake during ceremonies celebrating the National Guard's 379th birthday at the New York State Division of Military Affairs here on Dec. 11, 2015. Griffin and Valenza, both 17, are some the of youngest New York National members while Smith served for 39 years as helicopter pilot. Smith performed tours of duty in Iraq and Bosnia, took part in humanitarian missions in Central America, and responded to domestic emergencies such as Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy. To recognize his many years of service, Smith was awarded the Legion of Merit at the cake-cutting ceremony. Griffin is part of the 109 Airlift Wing and Valenza is part of Joint Force Headquarters. The National Guard traces its birth to December 13, 1636 in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Raymond Drumsta, 42nd Infantry Division/released)
10 Dec, 2015CAMP SMITH-- New York Army National Guard Capt. Odelle Despot accepts the guidon of Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 369th Sustainment Brigade during change of command ceremonies conducted at Camp Smith Training Site on Saturday Dec. 5. He replaces Capt. Louis Delli-Pizzi as the commander of the company.
8 Dec, 2015LONG ISLAND CITY--New York Army National Guard Sgt 1st Class Jonathan Morrison a member of Headquarters Battery 1st Battalion 258th Field Artillery poses with his wife Danielle Morrison during the annual St. Barbaras Day Dinner held on Friday Dec. 4 2015. Morrison was awarded the Order of St. Barbara for his contributions to the Field Artillery Community while his wife was honored with the Honorable Order of Molly Pitcher for her support of the battalion.
8 Dec, 2015KINDERHOOK--New York Army National Guard Brig. Gen. Raymond Shields and Command Sgt. Major David Piwowarski prepare to present a wreath from President Barack Obama honoring President Martin Van Buren during a ceremony at the Dutch Reformed Cemetery in Kinderhook N.Y. on Dec. 5 2015 the 233rd anniversary of the eighth presidents birth here in 1782. The military lays wreaths from the current president at the graves of former presidents on the anniversay of their birth. Kinderhook Mayor Carol Weaver looks on.
7 Dec, 2015KINGSTON-- Soldiers of the 1156th Engineer Company are served Christmas Dinner by one of the company's officers during the unit's annual holiday gathering at the Armory here. Soldiers and their family members enjoyed a traditional military holiday dinner, served by the leaders of the company.
3 Dec, 2015SARATOGA SPRINGS -- The New York State Military Museums newest exhibit Ever Upward, telling the story of the New York Air National Guard, opened to the public on Nov 20. The exhibit includes several photographs and artifacts to highlight the story of the 5,600 member New York Air National Guard.
30 Nov, 2015CAMP SMITH-- Assemblywoman Sandra Galef ( far left) joined Maj. Gen. Patrick A. Murphy the Adjutant General of New Yorkand other members of the New York Army National Guard and construction contractors for a ceremonial ground breaking on a new Combined Support Maintenance Shop at Camp Smith Training Site in Cortlandt Manor NY on November 24 2015. The new facility which is expected to be completed by December 2017 is designed to provide maintenance support for approximately 1200 wheeled vehicles assigned to NY Army National Guard units in the Hudson Valley Long Island and New York City areas.
23 Nov, 2015Members of the New York Army and Air National Guard load one of about 125 donated Christmas Trees at Ellms Tree Farm in Charlton N.Y. in support of their delivery this holiday season as part of Trees for Troops on Monday. Nov. 30. The Soldiers part of the 42nd Infantry Division Headquarters and Airmen from the 109th Airlift Wing were present to show their support of fellow service members currently overseas for the holiday season. The donated trees will be delivered to Fort Bragg North Carolina.
25 Nov, 2015New York Army National Guard Sgt. Norma Saderimoreira helps provide security support at New York Citys Pennsylvania Station AMTRAK platforms Nov. 25. The New York National Guards Joint Task Force Empire Shield regularly employs forces in support of city, state and federal law enforcement agencies across New York City. November 25th is considered the busiest travel day of the year as families gather for the Thanksgiving holiday. Photo by Spc. Napoleon Valazquez, Joint Task Force Empire Shield.
13 Nov, 2015CAMP SMITH --Soldiers who successfully completed the Army Basic Instructor Course taught by the 106th Regional Training Institute at Camp Smith Training Site near Peakskill pose for a class picture in Nov. 18 2015. The class, taught November 9-18, prepares officers and non-commissioned officers to provide effective classroom instruction. Participants included Sodliers from the New York Army National Guards 106th Regional Training Institute the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and the 53rd Troop Command and a member of the District of Columbia Army National Guard.
19 Nov, 2015BOLTON LANDING--New York Army National Sgt. 1st Class Juanita Salas-Jackson congratulates New York State Police Superintendent Joseph DAmico after presenting him with an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriotic Employer Award pin to at New York State Intelligence Summit held November 18 at the Sagamore Resort and Conference Center in Bolton Landing New York as Major General Patrick Murphy the Adjutant General of New York looks on. Salas-Jackson a New York State Trooper and military liaison between the two agencies. Superintendent DAmico was recognized for supporting programs that support the estimated 1600 military veterans and service member serving in law enforcement as members of the State Police.
12 Nov, 2015GARDEN CITY--New York Army National Guard Major Ian Seagriff and Staff Sergeant Justin Wolcott presented a memorial wreath on behalf of the New York Army National Guards 42nd Infantry Division at the World War I Rainbow Division Veterans Memorial located on Long Island in Garden City (Nassau County) on Nov. 10, 2015 to honor the service of past 42nd Infantry Division Soldiers for Veterans Day. The monument commemorates the location where the division was mobilized during World War I.
28 Oct, 2015CAMP ATTERBURY, IN--Col. David Martinez, commander of the New York Army National Guard's 369th Sustainment Brigade, participates in discussion Oct. 25 during First Army's first Total Force Sustainment Readiness Commanders Conference at Camp Atterbury, Ind. Attending the conference were commanders of Army National Guard and Army Reserve sustainment units, along with commanders of their active-duty sustainment unit training partners, and senior leaders from First Army, National Guard Bureau, Army Reserve, U.S. Forces Command and Combined Arms Support Command. Participants worked on building partnerships and discussed how to maximize opportunities to provide the readiness training reserve-component sustainment units want and need.
12 Nov, 2015NEW YORK-- Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard's 369th Sustainment Brigade head down 5th Avenue during the New York City Veterans Day Parade on Wednesday, Nov. 11. More than 1,000 members of the brigade, as well as the 42nd Infantry Division Band and members of the New York Guard, the state's volunteer defense force, participated in the annual event.
12 Nov, 2015ALBANY--Major General Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General of New York, and Command Sgt. Major Anthony McLean, Command Sgt. Major of the 369th Sustainment Brigade, speak to reporters following a ceremony at the New York State Capitol on Monday Nov. 9 marking the display of a Medal of Honor awarded posthumously to New York National Guard Soldier Sgt. Henry Johnson for his heroic actions in 1918. McLean accepted the award of the New York State Medal for Valor the states higheste military award on Johnsons behalf.
8 Nov, 2015GULFPORT, MS - New York Air National Guard Technical Sgt. Dave Rosante, an airman with the 102nd Rescue Squadron,part of the 106th Rescue Wing, conducts Forward Area Refueling Point training at the Trent Lott Combat Readiness Training Center during Exercise Southern Strike 16, Nov. 2, 2015.The exercise emphasizes air-to-air, air-to-ground, and special operations forces training opportunities.
5 Nov, 2015HANCOCK AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE--New York Air National Guard Airmen assigned to the 174th Attack Wing dismantle an F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter at Hancock Field Air National Guard Base, Syracuse N.Y., on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015. The aircraft will be shipped to New York National Guard Headquarters in Latham, N.Y.where it will be displayed at the front gate.
22 Oct, 2015Great Neck, NY - New York Army National Guard Captain Stephen Totter, Citizen Preparedness Training Instructor leads a Citizens Emergency Preparedness Corps session held at the Great Neck Social Center in Great Neck (Long Island), NY on October 20th 2015. The event is part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's continuing Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program, which gives citizens the knowledge and tools to prepare for emergencies and disasters, respond accordingly, and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions.
2 Nov, 2015LATHAM --New York Army National Guard Command Sgt. Major David Piwowarski ( left) accepts the colors of the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs from Major General Patrick Murphy the Adjutant General Of New York during a Change-of-Responsibility ceremony on Friday Oct. 30 in which he took over as the Command Sgt. Major of the New York National Guard and New York Army National Guard. Piwowarski will now serve as the top enlisted advisor to Murphy on enlisted training morale and quality of life issues. He replaces Command Sgt. Major Louis Wilson who is retiring after 39 years of service.
28 Oct, 2015WESTHAMPTON BEACH NY - Staff Sgt. Edwin Laporte and Hector Gomez both members of the 106th Civil Engineering Squadron 106th Rescue Wing install a solar panel at FS Gabreski ANG on September 8 2015.The solar panels are part of a larger plan to reduce energy usage and save money by investing in renewable energy sources on base. (New York Air National Guard Staff Sergeant Christopher S Muncy released)
28 Oct, 2015CAMP SMITH-- Lt. Col. Pete Mehling accepts the colors of the 1st Battalion 258th Field Artillery from Col. Joseph Biehler, the commander of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, during change-of-command ceremonies here on Saturday Oct. 24. Mehling takes over from Lt. Col. Dave Feeley. The Battalion also conducted a change of responsibility ceremony in which Command Sgt. Major Sgt. Major Edwin Garris took on those duties.
27 Oct, 2015Major General Harry Miller (front left), the commander of the 42nd Infantry Division, Command Sgt. Major David Piwowarski, and Col. Phil Pugliese, the 42nd Infantry Division Chief of Staff, pose with key members of their office staff during the division's annual Dining Out on Saturday, Oct. 24.
23 Oct, 2015CAMP SMITH--New York Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Adam Myers the non-commissioned officer in charge of the 109th Airlift Wing Fire Department urban search and rescue team at Stratton Air National Guard Base directd high angle training during a joint search and rescue training exercise Oct. 21 2015 at Camp Smith New York with members of the New York Air National Guards 106th Rescue Wing. The 109th USAR team the lead within the New York Air National Guard is currently the only self-sufficient fully capable mobile unit in the Air National Guard.
22 Oct, 2015LATHAM--New York Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Joshua Spagnola tests a potential hazardous material in a vacant residential building at the Colonie Fire Training Center in Latham Oct. 20. Members of the 2nd Civil Support Team trained at the center to improve and test their teams ability to rapidly detect and identify chemical biological radiological or nuclear (CBRN) hazardous and respond to these threats
18 Oct, 2015New York Army National Guard Col. James Freehart transfers the unit guidon to Lt. Col. Jason Souza signifying the transfer of command of the 501st Ordnance Battalion (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) during a ceremony, Oct. 17 at the Armed Forces Readiness Center in Scotia-Glenville. Souza last served as served in the 501st EOD Battalion as the Battalion Operations Officer and the 53rd Troop Command as the Assistant Operations Officer. Photo by Sgt. Maj. Corine Lombardo, New York National Guard.
18 Oct, 2015Members of the New York Army and Air National Guard volunteer their time to support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention by participating in the 11th annual Capital Region Out of the Darkness Walk on Sunday, October 18 at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds, Ballston Spa, NY. Proceeds benefit local and national suicide prevention, awareness and education programs. The Soldiers and Airmen donated their own time and effort in support of the cause. Photo by Sgt. Maj. Corine Lombardo, New York National Guard.
17 Oct, 2015Lt. Col. Kevin Ferreira receives the battalion colors from 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade Commander Col. Jack James, center, as he takes command from Lt. Col. Jeffrey Baker, at right, of the 3rd Battalion, 142nd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, at Camp Smith, N.Y. (New York Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Harley Jelis/Released)
8 Oct, 2015WESTHAMPTON BEACH NY - New York Air National Guard Pararescue Jumpers and Combat Rescue Officers with the 103rd Rescue Squadron 106th Rescue Wing conduct mass casualty training with the Battlefield Air Targeting Man-Aided Knowledge System (BATMAN) at FS Gabreski ANG on August 25 2015.The BATMAN system is an Air Force research laboratory advanced technology demostration program that develops enhanced capabilities for battlefield airmen. The program applies an airmen-centric design approach to all its research and development efforts to maximize the airmens mission effectiveness and efficiency.
5 Oct, 2015MENANDS- Brig. Gen Michael Swezey, commander of 53rd Troop Command and Command Sgt. Maj. Louis Wilson, New York State sergeant major, salute the gravesite of former President Chester A. Arthur during a ceremony on Oct. 5, honoring the 186th anniversary of his birth. Arthur, the 21st President of the United States, was presented with a formal wreath laying on his grave at Albany Rural Cemetery
5 Oct, 2015Soldiers assigned to the New York Army National Guard's 204th Engineer Battalion work to clear space near Normanskill Creek in Albany N.Y. on Friday Oct. 2 2015 as part of New Yorks preparations for the possible landfall of Hurricane Joaquin. At the direction of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo members of the battalion were mobilized to work with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to clear obstructions from waterways which could cause flooding during a heavy rainfall. As part of that process the engineers created space where debris from the stream could be deposited.
30 Sep, 2015STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Scotia --New York Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Jennifer Bristol and Staff Sgt. Christopher Meyer (center) rescue a victim as Tech. Sgt. Brian Kissinger (right) assists during confined space training for the 109th Fire Departments search and rescue team at Stratton Air National Guard Base New York on Sept. 17 2015. The 12-person search and rescue team trains monthly on various rescue techniques.
29 Sep, 2015LATHAM-- Soldiers assigned to the Joint Force Headquarters Staff help themselves to lunch on Friday, Sept. 25, during a morale building picnic lunch held for members of the staff. Soldiers, Airmen and civilians assigned to state headquarters took some time off from work to eat hamburgers and hot dogs and enjoy each others company.
22 Sep, 2015WESTHAMPTON BEACH--Retired New York Air National Guard Col. Robert Landsiedel, a former vice wing commander of the 106th Rescue Wing and the president of the wing Alumni Association is joined by Col. Thomas Owens, the commander of the 106th Rescue Wing, in cutting a ribbon opening the wing's Heritage Park at F.S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base at Westhampton Beach, N.Y., Saturday, Sept. 12. The park includes models of aircraft flown by the wing as well as brinks with names of past wing members on them.
24 Sep, 2015GLENVILLE, NY-- Representatives from the New York Army National Guard, the Army Reserve,and the 10th Mountain Division gather for a group photo at the Glenville Armed Forces Reserve Center on Sept. 23, following a meeting of the Northeast Regional Partnership. The Northeast Regional Partnership consists of units from the 10th Mountain Division, and units from the Army National Guard and Army Reserve that work together to implement the Army's Total Force Policy. The partnership is focused on maximizing the readiness of all units through shared training opportunities. The meeting was hosted by the 42nd Division.
15 Oct, 2015SARATOGA--The 42nd Infantry Division Band, led by Chief Warrant Officer 3 Mark Kimes, plays the national anthem prior to the start of the race day at the Saratoga race track on Aug. 14. The 42nd Band toured the state playing at nine different venues as part of their 2015 annual training.
2 Sep, 2015New York Army National Guard Chaplains and members of the National Guard's Psychological Health and Suicide Prevention Program pose for a photograph during an August 18, 2015 workshop to discuss trends, resources and intervention tools. The workshop allowed participants to dialog on the importance of responding with safety and collaboration with Service Members, in immediate danger of harming themselves.
16 Sep, 2015SYRACUSE--Col. Joesph Biehler, the 27th IBCT commander, presents the 427th Brigade Support Battalion's colors to Lt. Col. Patrick Clare during a battalion change of command ceremony in Syracuse Sept. 12. Clare, who previously served as the 427th executive officer, replaces departing commander Lt. Col. Scott Jessop
20 Sep, 2015COLONIE- Racers get underway for the annual New York National Guard Family Readiness Council, Inc. Hometown Heroes Race on Sunday, Sept. 20, at Crossings of Colonie Park. More than 150 runners participated in the race which helps generate funds to aid Army and Air National Guard families.
14 Sep, 2015BUFFALO-- New York Army National Guard Sgt. Aaron Lawrence and Spc. Zach Bouley, two infantrymen assigned to Troop C, 2nd Squadron, 101st Cavalry Regiment, recon a landing site in advance of an inbound F470 Combat Rubber Raiding Craft during a training exercise in Buffalo Sept 13. During the exercise soldiers from the troop conducted waterborne operations and practiced covertly deploying to a simulated enemy beachhead.
11 Sep, 2015On this observance of Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance, we honor the sacrifice and values of those who gave their lives on September 11, 2001. As our thoughts are with those who lost loved ones on that tragic morning 14 years ago, we reflect on that day that demonstrated the resilience and readiness not only of this great Nation but of the U.S. Army.
9 Sep, 2015Members of the Whitehall (N.Y.) Detachment of the New York Naval Militias Military Emergency Boat Service receive the Naval Militias Josephthal Trophy for outstanding service from Rear Admiral Ten Eyck Trip Powell (at podium) the commander of the New York Naval Militia during a ceremony at Whitehalls Skenesborough Museum on Friday Sept. 5 2015. The Josephthal Trophey named after a former Naval Militia commander recognizes outstanding New York Naval Militia units and individuals.
28 Aug, 2015FORT DRUM-- New York Army National Guard Spc. Fernando Sanchez of the 101st Signal Battalion conducts a marksmanship class on a pop-up target range at Fort Drum New York on August 24 2015. The battalions annual two week training event focuses on building both the individual and collective skills of the Soldiers.
3 Sep, 2015WESTHAMPTON BEACH NY - Air National Guard Chief Master Sergeant James W. Hotaling conducts his final jump from a military aircraft with Pararescue Jumpers from the New York Air National Guard's 103rd Rescue Squadron 106th Rescue Wing over FS Gabreski ANG on September 2nd 2015. During his visit with the 106th Rescue Wing Hotaling met with junior and senior enlisted airmen to discuss their needs and any ongoing issues they may be face. Has the eleventh Command Chief Master Sergeant for the Air National Guard, he represents the highest level of enlisted leadership for the Air National Guard. Chief Hotaling is responsible for matters influencing the health morale and welfare of assigned enlisted personnel and their families.
28 Aug, 2015FORT DRUM --Brig. Gen. Michael C. Swezey, commander of the 53rd Troop Command visits with Soldiers of the 369th Sustainment Brigade during annual training at Fort Drum, New York on August 18 2015. The brigades annual training event a two-week period focused on battle staff training for the brigade headquarters and individual and collective skills of the brigade Soldiers.
28 Aug, 2015WESTHAMPTON BEACH NY - Pararescue Jumpers and Combat Rescue Officers with the 103rd Rescue Squadron 106th Rescue Wing conduct mass casualty training with the Battlefield Air Targeting Man-Aided Knowledge System (BATMAN) at FS Gabreski ANG on August 25 2015.The BATMAN system is an Air Force research laboratory advanced technology demostration program that develops enhanced capabilities for battlefield airmen. The program applies an airmen-centric design approach to all its research and development efforts to maximize the airmens mission effectiveness and efficiency.
25 Aug, 2015Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter will host a Worldwide "Troop Talk," event Tuesday, September 1 at 0900 Eastern Time. This event will feature live and pre-recorded questions from service members worldwide, which will then be live streamed via www.Defense.gov and broadcast live throughout the American Forces Radio and Television Service network from Studio 1, Defense Media Activity, Fort Meade, Maryland. The hour-long forum will enable service members to interact directly with the Department's top leader on key issues that affect each of them. New York National Guard members can participate by submit questions via Facebook, Twitter @ #AskSecDef or emailing questions to AskSecDef@mail.mil.
10 Aug, 2015QUEENS-- New York Army National Guard Soldier assigned to the 37th Financial Management Support Detachment take a group photograph along with Brig. Gen. Michael Swezey, commander of the 53rd Troop Command, and New York State Command Sgt. Major Louis Wilson on Sunday, August 9 during their Freedom Salute Ceremony at the Whitestone Armory. The Soldiers recently returned from a deployment where they managed finance offices in Kuwait and Jordan.
26 Aug, 2015FORT DRUM--New York Army National Guard Pvt. Leloua Koffi prepares salad in the dining facility during the 369th Sustainment Brigades annual training at Fort Drum August 20 2015. The battalions annual two week training event focuses on building both the individual and collective skills of the Soldiers.
14 Aug, 2015HICKSVILLE, - The New York Army National Guards 42nd Infantry Division Band plays a free concert at Broadway Mall in Hicksville, Nassau County on August 11th 2015, as part of their annual training.Band members toured throughout the State, performing music spanning and connecting generations.
24 Aug, 2015FARMINGDALE -- New York Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Marlana Watson receives the New York State Medal for Valor from Major General Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General of New York, during Wednesday, August 19 ceremony at the Armed Forces Reserve Center here. Watson, an Afghan veteran and medic, rushed out of her house in Syracuse on the night of Nov. 5, 2014 to treat two victims of a driveby shooting despite not knowing if more gunfire would erupt.
14 Aug, 2015STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE --New York Air National Guard Chief Master Sgt. Mark Schaible instructs Staff Sgt. Jodie Ruther, a firefighter with the 109th Airlift Wing, on how to operate a skid steer on Aug. 12, 2015 at Stratton Air National Guard Base, New York. The skid steers are part of the equipment package the 109th AW received as part of the debris clearance package to support domestic operations. The 109th Logistic Readiness Squadron's Vehicle Maintenance Flight has been training members throughout the base on the equipment received. Schaible is the Vehicle Maintenance superintendent.
14 Aug, 2015SARATOGA -- The 42nd Infantry Division Band, led by Chief Warrant Officer 3 Mark Kimes, plays the national anthem prior to the start of the race day at the Saratoga race track on Aug. 14. The 42nd Band is touring the state playing at nine different venues as part of their 2015 annual training.
13 Aug, 2015HANCOCK FIELD AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE-- Air Force General Frank Gorenc, commander of U.S. Air Force Europe and U.S. Air Force Africa speaks with a member of the New York Air National Guard's 174th Attack Wing during a visit to Hancock Field Air National Guard Base on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015. Gorenc spoke with the wing's senior leaders, senior non-commissioned officers and all Airmen during his visit. The wing's 152nd Air Operations Group (AOG) provides Airmen to augment the Ramstein Air Force Base Air Operations Center (AOC) in Germany, supporting U.S. Air Forces Europe where they plan, direct,and control air operations
11 Aug, 2015CAMP SMITH- Two Naval Militia members conduct forklift training on Saturday, July 25, during the New York Naval Militia's "Rapid Gunwale" exercise at Camp Smith Training Site. The exercise provided an opportunity for Naval Militia members to exercise skills they would need in a state emergency.
31 Jul, 2015Fort Drum, N.Y. -- A Soldier from the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team's Detachment 1, Company B,27th Special Troops Battalion, prepares to launch one of seven Shadow RQ-7 UAV's during the 27th's Exportable Combat Training Capabilities annual training in preparation for JRTC next year. The RQ-7s are used by the brigade's intelligence company to locate enemy positions and monitor the battlefield.
11 Aug, 2015HANCOCK AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE--Future Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTAC) with the New York Air National Guard's -274th Air Support Operations Squadron (ASOS) undergo rigorous physical training prior to attending their first formal technical school while at Hancock Field Syracuse N.Y. Aug.8. The National Guard Bureaus One-Level Program has directed all Air National Guard Air Support Squadrons to prepare their airmen both physically and academically to help ensure their future success while enrolled in the JTAC apprentice program.
14 Aug, 2015SLEEPY HOLLOW-- This Memorial Stone in the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery memorializes 40 members of the New York Guard who died during the world wide influenza epedimic in 1918 while on duty guarding the New York City water system. The stone was hewn from the aqueduct quarry in upstate New York by the members of the First Provisional Regiment and placed at a site purchased by William Rockefeller for the burial of those members of the Regiment that were homeless or did not otherwise have a place to be buried. PVT Frank DeCosta, New York Guard is buried there.
4 Aug, 2015STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE-- Members of the 139th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron of the New York Air National Guards 109th Airlift Wing the 118th Medical Group Tennessee Air National guard and the Albany New York Veterans Administration members carry patients made up from the New York Civil Air Patrol from the staging area tent to a LC-130 Hercules aircraft during an exercise at Stratton Air National Guard Base Scotia New York.
4 Aug, 2015GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba Lt. Col. Todd Bookless, commander of 42nd Infantry Division-GTMO Team, congratulates Staff Sgt. Stephanie Schneider after she reenlisted underwater in Guantanamo Bay, Aug. 1. The 42nd deployed a team of soldiers to Cuba last Fall to staff the personnel, operations, logistics, and signals sections of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, which is charged with overseeing detainee operations at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay.
31 Jul, 2015FORT DRUM-- New York Army National Guard Spc. Taylor Bechand, a member of Company E, 3rd Battalion 142nd Aviation, adjusts the fuel flow on a HEMTT fuel tanker while setting up a Forward Arming and Refueling Point, or FARP, during the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade's annual training at Fort Drum on July 21, 2015.
3 Aug, 2015KINGSTON, R.I. -- Paratroopers sit and wait on a New York Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter assigned to Company B. 3rd Battalion 126th Aviation prior to a jump at Leapfest here on Aug. 1 2015. Leapfest is an International parachute competition hosted by the 56th Troop Command Rhode Island National Guard to promote high level technical training and esprit de corps within the International Airborne community. Two CH-47F helicopters from the New York unit spent almost six hours supporting the event on Saturday, August 1.
31 Jul, 2015FORT 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
23 Jul, 2015FORT DRUM-- Two New York Army National Guard Soldiers from Company A, 427th Brigade Support Battalion, prepare to attach a sling-load to a CH-47 Chinook helicopter piloted by aviators from Company B, 3rd Battalion, 126th Aviation, July 19, 2015. The Soldiers, part of the 27th IBCT are at Fort Drum participating in an Exportable Combat Training Capability exercise in preparation of the Brigades rotation at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La., scheduled for 2016.
23 Jul, 2015CICERO--New York Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Stephen Tschiderer, a fllight medic assigned to Company F, 1st Battalion, 169th General Support Aviation Battalion,brings a simulated casualty on board a hovering UH-60 helicopter during a training exercise near Frenchman Island pier on Oneida Lake in Cicero, N.Y., during a training exercise with local volunteer fire departments on Saturday, July 18, 2015.
23 Jul, 2015FORT DRUM, N.Y. New York Army National Guard cannon crewmembers from Battery A, 1st Battalion, 258th Artillery Regiment based out of New Windsor, New York, fires an M119 howitzer July 17. The unit, part of the 27th IBCT is at Fort Drum conducting gunnery training in preparation for its rotation at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La. scheduled for summer 2016.
21 Jul, 2015FORT DRUM--New York Army National Guard Indirect-fire Infantrymen with the 2nd Squadron 101st Cavalry perform range operations with an M120 mortar during an Exportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) exercise at Fort Drum, N.Y., on July 15, 2015. The M120 is capable of putting rounds 7200 meters downrange and is manned by a crew of three.
17 Jul, 2015FORT DRUM, NY New York Army National Guard Soldiers with Company B, 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry Regiment participate in a platoon live-fire exercise during the units annual training at Fort Drum, NY on July 16. The training, part of an Exportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) exercise, required the coordination of the entire platoon, and provided the unit's Soldiers with an opportunity to improve their combat techniques
17 Jul, 2015FORT DRUM, NY-- New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to Company C "Charlie Med" , the medical company of the 427th Brigade Support Battalion, 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team work on a simulated casualty during in a Mass Casualty (MASCAL) exercise during their annual training at Fort Drum, NY on July 15. The exercise, designed to simulate a large-scale medical emergency, involved the simultaneous evacuation, triage, and treatment of a multiple number of casualties
17 Jul, 2015FORT INDIANTOWN GAP--New York Army National Guard Soldiers of Companies A and B of the 642nd Aviation Support Battalion prepare for a combat convoy lanes training exercise at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania on July 15, 2015 during annual training. Soldiers of the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade are conducting annual training at Fort Indiantown Gap, Camp Smith Training Site, near Peekskill, N.Y. and Fort Drum, N.Y.
16 Jul, 2015FORT DRUM NY -- New York Army National Guard Soldiers from Company A 27th Brigade Special Troops Battalionheadquartered in Lockport NY operate an All Terrain Lifter Army System (ATLAS) to place a pallet of concertina wire during the 27th Infantry Bridge Exportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) exercise at Fort Drum NY July 12. Co. A 27th BSTB was tasked with creating the base defenses for the 27th IBCTs Tactical Command Post
14 Jul, 2015FORT DRUM-- New York Army National Guard Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion 108th Infantry exit a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter flown by 3rd Battalion 142nd Aviation during an air assault exercise at Fort Drum on Monday, July 13 as part of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team andf 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade annual training period. The two brigades are focusing on combat skills during their annual training period.
30 Jun, 2015FORT DRUM--New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Kevin Ferreira the operations officer for the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade conducts a simulated flight during training on June 17 2015 at Fort Drum N.Y. as part of a Multi-echelon Integrated Brigade Training exercise conducted during annual training. Soldiers of the 42nd Infantry Division headquarters executed mission command tasks as part of joint training with the 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team from the Vermont Army National Guard and the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team from the Virginia Army National Guard.
29 Jun, 2015ROCHESTER--Capt. Kenneth Hilkert accepts the guidon of Detachment 1 Company B, 3rd Battalion 126th Aviation from Lt. Col. Michael Charnley the commander of the 642nd Aviation Support Battalion during change of command ceremonies at Army Aviation Support Facility 3 in Rochester on Sunday June 28 2015. Hilkert took command of the CH-47 Chinook company nicknamed Kong from Capt. Brendan Flansburg. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Benjamin J. Postle released)
30 Jun, 2015ORISKANY--An officer of the Endicott N.Y. Police Department and a New York Army National Guard Soldier from the 1108th Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Co. render safe a training IED during the Raven's Challenge bomb disposal training exercise on June 24 2015 at the New York State Preparedness Training Center in Oriskany NY.The 2015 Ravens Challenge in Oriskany brought together EOD units from the New York Army and Air National Guard U.S. Army police forces from across New York and military and police forces from Canada. Over the course of the week long challenge the forces shared their unique specialties and knowledge pooling resources to tackle multiple counter-IED exercises in a realistic training environment.
22 Jun, 2015FORT DRUM--New York Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Jeff Quivey explains better techniques for firing an M-2 .50-caliber machine gun to two Headquarters Support Company Soldiers of the 42nd Infantry Division, based in Troy, N.Y., June 19.The 42nd was conducting their annual training at Fort Drum, New York and took the time to qualify Soldiers on the .50 Cal.
11 Jun, 2015HANCOCK FIELD AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE--Congressman John M. Katko, representative of the 24th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, operates the Advanced Joint Terminal Attack Controller Training System (AAJTS) during his base visit Saturday, June 6, 2015. Katko spoke to unit members and toured the base to learn more about its missions.
25 Jun, 2015FORT DRUM --Soldiers of the New York Army National Guards 42nd Infantry Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion bunking down in tents constructed on the range June 19 2015 during annual training at Fort Drum N.Y. The sleeping tents save travel time as Soldiers fire weapons around the clock.
17 Jun, 2015LATHAM-- New York Army National Guard Command Sgt. Maj. Louis Wilson (left), Private Eric Dawson, a member of the 427th Brigade Support Battalion, (center) and Maj. Gen. Patrick Murphy cut the cake during ceremonies at the 240th Army Birthday, June 12 at Latham Headquarters. Traditionally the oldest Soldier present, in this case Wilson, is joined by the youngest Soldier present, in cutting the Army Birthday cake.
24 Jun, 2015FORT DRUM--New York Army National Guard Sgt. Jessica Gonzalez practices combat lifesaver techniques on Pfc. Derek Schneider during annual training at Fort Drum N.Y. on June 17. 2015 The two Soldiers are members of the New York National Guard 42nd Infantry Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion.
23 Jun, 2015LATHAM-- Major General Patrick Murphy the Adjutant General of New York (left) presents the flag of the New York Air National Guard to Major General Anthony German as he assumes command of the 5900-member New York Air National Guard on June 22, 2015 at New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs in Latham N.Y.
16 Jun, 2015STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE-- Members of the Alplaus Fire Department deal with a simulated casualty with a sign post in his stomach during a Major Accident Response Exercise conducted on Sunday, June 14 by the 109th Airlift Wing here. The exercise tested the ability of the wing and local first responders to deal with a tanker fire and other incidents at the base. About 50 local fire fighters, emergency medical service and police took part in the exercise.
18 Jun, 2015CAMP SMITH TRAINING SITE--New York Army National Guard Spc. David Sharbowicz a member of the 1156th Engineer Company treats a victim played by a Marine Reserve member during a joint civilian-military emergency drill at the New York National Guards Camp Smith Training Site near Peekskill N.Y. on Saturday June 13. Volunteer fire fighters and area emergency medical responders joined New York Army National Guard Soldiers in an emergency response drill designed to test their ability to deal with an incident on the post.
16 Jun, 2015LATHAM-- New York Air National Guard Commander, Major General Verle Johnston (right), receives a New York State Flag from Major General Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General of New York, during a retirement ceremony for Johnston on Friday, June 12. Johnston, whose service in the Air Force began in 1974 after he graduated from the Air Force Academy, will be replaced as Air Guard commander by Brig. Gen. Anthony German.
15 Jun, 2015NEW 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.
11 Jun, 2015HANCOCK FIELD--Lt. Col. Michele Kilgore, right, assumes command of 174th Operational Support Group on Sunday, June 6 at Hancock Field Air National Guard Base. Kilgore is the first female group commander in the history of the 174th Attack Wing. Col. Greg Semmel, the commander of the 174th Attack Wing is at left.
12 Jun, 2015NEW 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.
11 Jun, 2015WESTHAMPTON BEACH NY - Staff Sergeant Brian Alfono and Senior Airman Ian Kuhn both SERE (Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape) Specialists with the 106th Rescue Wing conduct refresher training at FS Gabreski Air National Guard Base on June 6 2015. During this training aircrew members of the 106th Rescue Wing Operations Group participated in tactical movements built shelters and trained on proper elements of cover and concealment
28 May, 2015CAMP SMITH--New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Rob Mitchell the director of G-6 for the New York National Guard presents the Adjutant Generals Award for excellent service to contractor Jeremiah Tate a communications specialist at Camp Smith. The award recognizes Tates dedication and excellent job performance during the last six years he has worked at Camp Smith Training Site.
2 Jun, 2015ROCHESTER- Naval Militia Patrol Boat 280 manuevers into the dock following operations on the Genessee River and Lake Ontario on Saturday, May 30. Naval Militia sailors spent the day developing boat handling skills to prepare themselves to operate with the Military Emergency Boat Service. The Naval Militia mans nine patrol boats to support law enforcement and federal agencies operating on New York's waterways.
8 Jun, 2015FORT DRUM-- Soldiers of Headquarters Detachment, 102nd Military Police Company, practice reacting in incoming artillery fire (simulated with yellow smoke) while conducting detainee operations at a simulated detention facility here on Friday, June 5. The unit, which specialized in detainee operations, conducted hands on training in detainee operations as part of Annual Training.
2 Jun, 2015CAMP 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.
3 Jun, 2015WASHINGTON- New York Army National Guard Command Sgt. Major Louis Wilson speaks about Medal of Honor Winner Sgt. Henry Johnson during an event on Wednesday, June 3, marking Johnson's induction into the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes. Johnson, a member of the New York National Guard's 369th Infantry Regiment, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama on June 2. Because Johnson has no living relatives Wilson represented him at both ceremonies.
2 Jun, 2015WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama presents a posthumous Medal of Honor awarded to New York National Guard Soldier Henry Johnson for his heroism during World War I to New York Army National Guard Command Sgt. Major Louis Wilson, who represented Johnson during the Tuesday, June 2 event in the East Room of the White House. Wilson accepted the medal because Johnson, a member of the 369th Infantry --the Harlem Hell Fighters-- has no living relatives.
2 Jun, 2015WASHINGTON- New York National Guard Sgt. Henry Johnson ( pictured here) a member of the 369th Infantry Regiment, the Harlem Hell Fighters who died in 1929 will be honored with a posthumous Medal of Honor today, Tuesday June 2, at the White House. New York Army National Guard Command Sgt. Major Louis Wilson will receive the medal from President Barack Obama on his behalf. Johnson was honored with a French medal for his heroism but received no American honors at the time.
1 Jun, 2015CAMP SMITH-- Members of the New York Army and Air National Guard engage targets during the Adjutant General's Combat Sustainment Training Exercise here on Saturday May 30, 2015. The "TAG Match" is an annual exercise designed to promote marksmanship training. Teams from Army and Air National Guard units, as well as members of the New York Naval Militia and the New York Guard, participated.
28 May, 2015NEW YORK-- Members of the New York National Guards 24th Civil Support Team train at the Fire Department of New York Randalls Island training facility to hone their skills. Team members work in a subway car simulator filled with smoke. The Fort Hamilton-based team is trained to detect chemical biological and radiological agents and report their presence to law enforcement fire departments and other first responders
22 May, 2015SARATOGA SPRINGS--Video interviews with more than 600 New York Veterans of World War I World War II Korea Vietnam Iraq Afghanistan and the Cold War can now be viewed online by going to the New York State Military Museum YouTube Channel. The museum which is run by the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs has been collecting video interviews since 2000.
21 May, 2015CONCORD, MASS- New York Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Christian Hager,a member of the 2nd Battalion 108th Infantry from Batavia, runs across the Old North Bridge here at the conclusion of the Northeast Region Best Warrior competition on May 15, 2015. Hager won the New York Army National Guard Best Warrior competition in the NCO category. The competition was held at Camp Edwards May 12-15 and wrapped up with a 12-kilometer road march that ended at the historic site. The Old North Bridge marks the spot at which Massachusetts militia members fired back at British soldiers on April 19, 1775.
22 May, 2015LATHAM --Major General Patrick Murphy the Adjutant General of New York speaks during a pre-Memorial Day ceremony held on Thursday May 21 at New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs headquarters in Latham. New York National Guard members and Division of Military and Naval Affairs employees dedicated the new New York Military Forces Memorial commemorating fallen New York National Guard members of all wars and remembering the 33 New York National Guard members who died in Iraq and Afghanistan.
20 May, 2015CONCORD, Massachusetts-- New York Army National Guard Spec. Michael Rowland a member of the 501st Ordnance Battalion runs over the historic Old North Bridge here on May 15, 2015 as the Army National Guard's Northeast Best Warrior Competition wrapped up. Rowland and Staff Sgt. Christian Hager, a member of Company A, 2nd Battalion 108th Infantry represented New York at the eight-state event held May 12-15 at Camp Edwards, Massachusetts. The Old North Bridge marks the spot at which Massachusetts militia members fired back at British soldiers on April 19, 1775.
20 May, 2015SOUTHINGTON, CT-- Major General Patrick Murphy, The Adjutant General of New York, speaks at the annual Connecticut Armed Forces Day Luncheon at the Aqua Turf Club here on May 15. Murphy was the keynote speaker at the annual event, during which the Connecticut National Guard recognized outstanding Soldiers and Airmen.
18 May, 2015FORT 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.
18 May, 2015LATHAM--Col. Jack James, center, the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade commander, leads Command Sgt. Maj. Jorge Vasquez, left, and Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph Marino, right the outgoing and incoming 42nd CAB command sergeants major, respectively, in marching during a change of responsibility ceremony Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Division of Military and Naval Affairs headquarters in Latham, N.Y.
12 May, 2015LATHAM-New York Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Michael Farrel,Staff Sgt. Charles Volcheck and Sgt 1st Class David Colliton adjust a satellite dish outside Division of Military and Naval Affairs headquarters on Tuesday, May 12. Farrell, a member of the 206th Military Police Company was learning to use the system so the company could set up internet connectivity during training.
12 May, 2015NORTH KINGSTON, Rhode Island-- A Soldier of the Rhode Island Army National Guard's Company A 2nd Battalion 19th Special Forces Group exits a CH-47F Chinook helicopter flown by the New York Army National Guard's Company B 3rd Battalion 126th Aviation during flight operations in Kingston, R. I. on May 3, 2015. The New York Army National Guard Aviators provided lift support so that members of Company A could conduct required paradrop training. participating in the exercise allowed the Rochester, N.Y.- based, CH-47F unit to certify a pilot and crew chief on parachute operations.
11 May, 2015HANCOCK FIELD-- New York National Guard Leadership including The Adjutant General of New York, Maj. Gen. Patrick Murphy, New York Air National Guard Director of Operations for Air, Brig. Gen. Kevin W. Bradley and New York Air National Guard Chief of Staff, Brig. Gen. Anthony German along with 174th Attack Wing Commander, Col. Greg Semmel and other leadership from Hancock field dedicated a new training facility for the 108th Attack Squadron in memory of Retired Major General Robert Knauff on Sunday, May 3. Joining the National Guard Leadership and actually cutting the ribbon for the new facility are family members of Knauff .
8 May, 2015Security Forces Squadron members of the New York Air National Guards 106th Rescue Wing conduct night-firing training at the Suffolk County Police Range in Westhampton Beach NY on May 7th 2015.During this training the airmen learned small-group tactics how to use their night-vision gear and trained with visible and infrared designators.
6 May, 2015ELLENVILLE-- A UH-60 Blackhawk from the Army Aviation Support Facility in Latham heads out on a fire supression mission on Tuesday, May 5 while another UH-60 gets ready to go. Two UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters and crews assisted in fighting a forest fire in Shawangunk Ridge State Forest near Summitville in Ulster County.
4 May, 2015FORT DIX, NJ- New York Army National Guard Sgt. Robert Gadsden looks throught the aiming device in order to line an initial deflection prior to a live fire excersise at Artillery Firing Point 14, Fort Dix, N.J., May 2. Gadsden and other members of the 1st Battalion 258th Field Artillery were preparing for a tour at the Joint Readiness Trianing Center, Fort Polk, La. next summer.
1 May, 2015WESTHAMPTON BEACH NY - A New York Air National Guard Pararescue Jumper with the 103rd Rescue Squadron of the 106th Rescue Wing trains on the climbing wall at F.S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base here on April 30 2015.The climbing wall allows airmen to train for multiple scenarios with each color-coded grip representing various difficulty levels.
30 Apr, 2015CLIFTON PARK--Fleet Master Chief Terrence I. Molidor, Command Senior Enlisted Leader for Headquarters, North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command(center) poses with New York Army and Air National Guard members recognizedfor outstanding performance during the Enlisted Association of the New York National Guard annual awards dinner, April 25 in Clifton Park, N.Y.
21 Apr, 2015CALVERTON, NY - New York Air National Guard Staff Sergeant Michael Pennolino, a member of the 106th Rescue Wing Honor Guard, and New York Army National Guard PFC Richard Blount, a member of Company B 3rd Battalion 142nd Aviation and the New York Military Forces Honor Guard, fire a salute during funeral services at Calverton National Cemetary on April 10, 2015.
24 Apr, 2015TROY--New York Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Kenneth Geib, a member of Intelligence and Sustainment Company of the 42nd Infantry Division, uses his off-duty time to spar with Nikki Albert at the Boys and Girls Club in Troy on April 2. About a dozen kids, aged 7-16 from around the Capital region took boxing lessons from Gieb and other New York National Guardsmen who volunteered to teach them. Mission Ringside, a boxing initiative involving youth and Veterans. ( Courtesy photo.)
21 Apr, 2015LATHAM-- New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Jeffrey Baker, Commander of the 3rd Battalion, 142nd Aviation Regiment (left) presents the A. Company guidon to 1st Lt. Christopher Giunta as he assumes command of A Co. 3rd Battalion, 142nd Aviation Regiment during a change of command ceremony in Latham, April 19, 2015.Giunta is a traditional Guardsman and works full time as a systems Engineer for Commercial Avionics at BAE Systems on Endicott, NY
21 Apr, 2015LATHAM- New York Air National Guard Senior Master Sgt. Harold Erickson offers a toast to Maggie Bonner, United States Air Force Protocol and Special Events Coordinator, based in San Antonio, TX, who conducted a week-long training event on protocol for members of the New York Air National Guard and other Air Guard members at Division of Military and Naval Affairs Headquarters April 13-17.
21 Apr, 2015STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE--Airmen don their masks during the hands-on chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear training at Stratton Air National Guard Base, New York, on April 18, 2015. The training was part of the 109th Airlift Wing's first ancillary training rodeo where more than 200 Airmen were trained on CBRN as well as self-aid and buddy care.
16 Apr, 2015LATHAM-- Kerry McIntosh, a force protection trainer from the Army's Military Police School at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, speaks to students taking a week-long anti-terrorism officer course taught at Division of Military and Naval Affairs headquarters the week of April 13-17. Fifty students from the Army Reserve and Army National Guard participated in the instruction.
20 Apr, 2015CAMBRIDGE BAY, Nunavut, Canada -A ski-equipped LC-130 Hercules assigned to the New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing lands at Cambridge Bay Airport, Nunavut to drop off cargo during Operation NUNALIVUT 2015, on April 14, 2015. Two LC-130s from the 109th and their crews are supporting this annual Canadian Forces Exercise.
16 Apr, 2015U.S. Army Pfc. Dandy Beverly uses a jack hammer to break through reinforced cement April 16 at Joint Base Maguire-Dix-Lakehurst under the guidance of New Jersey Task Force One urban search and rescue instructor Bob McDermott. Beverly and fellow New York Army National Guard Soldiers from Company A, 27th Brigade Special Troops Battalion conducted breaching and breaking training using heavy concrete drills, chain saws, jack hammers and torches to better prepare for urban search and rescue. The engineers, based in Lockport, New York, are part of the National Guard Homeland Response Force that supports the Federal Emergency Management Agency Region II.
15 Apr, 2015CAMP SMITH, NY - Members of the 106th Rescue Wing Security Forces Squadron conduct their semi-annual "force on force" training at Camp Smith April 12, 2015.During the two-day long training event, security forces airmen secured "enemy" held buildings, retrieved injured allied personnel, provided first aid to the wounded and worked with pararescue jumpers from the 103rd Rescue Squadron to evacuate them to a pair of inbound HH-60 Pavehawk helicopters.
15 Apr, 2015CAMP SMITH- New York Army National Guard Pfc. Kyle Winne, a member of 42nd Inf. Div. Headquarters Services Company, egresses from a an upside down vehicle rollover training here on April 11, carrying a simulated M-16. The Soldiers participated in HMMWV (humvee) Egress Assistance Trainer (HEAT) drills during their April annual training. The device helps Soldiers learn to cope with a vehicle rollover incident.
13 Apr, 2015WESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY - Members of the New York Air National Guard's103rd Rescue Squadron,part of the 106th Rescue Wing conduct a multi-day training course at the firing range on April 9, 2015. The live-fire training consisted of multiple events, including tactical movement, responding to incoming fire, retrieving and caring for wounded individuals and night-time shooting.
13 Apr, 2015GUILDERLAND--New York Army National Guard Sgt. Andrew Mesick, left, of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade, helps Master Sgt. Gregory Martin repair part of a Command Post Tent System during training event at the Guilderland Range Saturday, April 11, 2015.
13 Apr, 2015STEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Newburgh-- New York Air National Guard Lt. Col. Linda Rohatsch receives a Bronze Star Medal with Valor awarded posthumously to her son, Staff Sgt. Todd "TJ" Lobraico, from Col. Timothy LaBarge, commandeer of the 105th Airlift Wing, during ceremonies here on Saturday, April 11. Lobraico, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in September 2013 is credited with taking actions which saved the life of other members of the 105th Security Forces Squadron. His father, Master Sgt. Todd Lobraico is also a member of the 105th.
10 Apr, 2015LATHAM- Nathanael Coons and Emily DellaRocco, children of New York National Guard members met Ruby, therapy dog, and her owner Lella Debonis during a military child day camp held at Joint Force Headquarters here on Friday, April 10. Thirty-five children took part in the event which marked the Month of the Military Child.
8 Apr, 2015CAPE COD AIR STATION--Airmen from the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing check out a Royal Canadian Air Force CH-144 Cormorant helicopter during Operation Orange Flag 2015, a joint exercise run by the United States Coast Guard. The 106th Airmen trained with Coast Guardsmen and Canadian Search and Rescue technicians during the exercise.
7 Apr, 2015CAPE COD, MA - New York Air National Guard Captain Marty Viera, a combat rescue officer with the 103rd Rescue Squadron of the 106th Rescue Wing exits a U.S. Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry during Operation Orange Flag 2015 at Cape Cod Air Sation March 31st 2015.Operation Orange Flag 2015 was a multi-service, multi-national search and rescue exercise designed to allow various rescue personnel and assets to learn to seamlessly operate together under a variety of conditions.Orange Flag featured multiple jumps out of US Coast Guard, Air National Guard and Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft, including C-144's, C-130's, H-60's and HH-60's.
3 Apr, 2015FAR ROCKAWAY, NY - New York Army National Guard 1LT Alexandria Wiedenbaum leads a Citizens Emergency Preparedness Corps session held at Beach Channel High School in Rockaway Park, NY on March 28, 2015The event is part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's continuing Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program, which gives citizens the knowledge and tools to prepare for emergencies and disasters, respond accordingly, and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions. Working with the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) and local emergency management personnel, troops are conducting these training events across the state.
2 Apr, 2015HANCOCK FIELD, SYRACUSE, NY A Member of the New York Air National Guard's 174th Attack Wing Munitions Flight train on loading procedures on March 7, 2015 at Hancock Field Air National Guard Base. The munition load crew must be certified quarterly on transporting, loading and wiring munitions onto the MQ-9 Reaper that precisely hit specific targets.
1 Apr, 2015Lt. Col. Rolfe K. Metz of the German Army presents the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge to New York Army National Guard Spc. Adilia Murillo, a member of the 107th Military Police Battalion, following the New York Army National Guard's 2015 Best Warrior Competition on Sunday, March 29, 2015. The events of the German Proficiency Badge course were integrated into the competition to introduce the competitors to a wider variety of tasks. Five of the 11 competitors received the German award.
2 Apr, 2015HANCOCK FIELD, SYRACUSE, NY Member of the 174th Attack Wing Munitions Flight train on loading procedures on March 7, 2015 at Hancock Field Air National Guard Base. The munition load crew must be certified quarterly on transporting, loading and wiring munitions onto the MQ-9 Reaper that precisely hit specific targets.
31 Mar, 2015CAMP SMITH-- New York National Guard Command Sgt. Maj. Louis Wilson (center) poses with Spc. Michael Rowland (right), a member of the 501st Ordnance Battalion ( Explosive Ordnance Disposal) and Staff Sgt. Christian Hager (left) from Company A, 2nd Battalion 108th Infantry, the winners of Soldier of the Year and NCO of the Year (respectively) after the New York Army National Guards 2015 Best Warrior Competition on Sunday March 29 2015.
30 Mar, 2015CAMP SMITH- Soldiers competing in the New York Army National Guard's Best Warrior competition engage targets with M-9 pistols on Friday, March 27. The pistol shooting event was included so that competitors had a chance to qualify for the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge during the four-day event. Specialist Michael Rowland from Glens Falls, a member of the 501st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion, was named best enlisted Soldier and Staff Sgt. Christian Hager from Batavia, a member of Company A, 2nd Battalion 108th Infantry was picked as top NCO.
27 Mar, 2015CAMP SMITH- New York Army National Guard Spc. Adilia Murillo, a military police Soldier assigned to the 107th MP Company, kicks off for the 100 m. swim in full uniform during the annual New York State Best Warrior Competition March 26, 2015, at Camp Smith, N.Y.The 100 m. swim is an event in the German army physical fitness test, and was included in the best warrior competition this year.
18 Mar, 2015HANCOCK FIELD, Syracuse-- Airmen of the New York Air National Guards 152nd Air Operations Group man their stations during Virtual Flag, a computer wargame the unit participated in Feb. 18-26 from Hancock Field Air National Guard Base. The computer hookup allowed the air war planners of the 152nd to interact with other Air Force units around the country and in Europe.
23 Mar, 2015TROY-- Major General Harry Miller, the commander of the New York Army National Guard's 42nd Infantry Division speaks to division Soldiers heading for Fort Bliss, Texas and then the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base on Sunday, March 22 at 42nd Division headquarters here. The team conducted a farewell ceremony before heading to Fort Bliss for post mobilization training.
18 Mar, 2015FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Airmen from the New York Air National Guard's 274th Air Support Operations Squadron wait to board a CH-47F 'Chinook' helicopter from Company B, 2nd Battalion, 126th Aviation of the New York Army National Guard during joint training at Fort Drum on Saturday, March 14. The two units teamed up to conduct air insertion and tactical training at Fort Drum.
18 Mar, 2015NEW 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.
18 Mar, 2015NEW 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.
17 Mar, 2015LATHAM-- Soldiers assigned to the New York Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion pose with their new battalion commander, Lt. Col. James Gonyo (front kneeling left)and outgoing commander, Lt. Col. Henry Pettit (front kneeling right) following change of command ceremonies at Division of Military and Naval Affairs Headquarters on Monday, March 16. Gonyo is moving into the command after serving as commander of the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry and as deputy commander of the 369th Sustainment Brigade.
13 Mar, 2015PERRY, GA - Technical Sergeant Lindy Ross, a member of the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing demonstrates how to prepare a sample of an unidentified substance for testing during a training scenario at Global Dragon deployment for training at the Guardian Centers of Georgia, Perry, Ga., March 10, 2015. The testing provides a refresher course for Airmen, allowing them to put their skills to use to identify live chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear agents and materials. Air National Guard emergency management technicians from more than 20 individual units participated in Global Dragon.
12 Mar, 2015GABRESKI AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Westhampton Beach- South African Air Force Major General Wiseman Mbambo is briefed about the Gau-2 Mini Gun systems on the HH-60 Pavehawk helicopters flown by the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing here on Tuesday, March 3. Mbambo visited the base as part of a National Guard State Partnership visit to New York the week of March 1-4.
11 Mar, 2015PERRY GA - New York Air National Guard Airman First Class Bryan Chang an emergency manager from the 106th Rescue Wing strips off his Level A hazardous material suit during exercises on the first day of exercise Global Dragon here on March 9 2015. Airmen trained in Level A Hazardous Material suits used their equipment to test for chemical biological radiological and nuclear (CBRN) contamination. The training emphasized coordination within small teams with each airman working to support their wingman to accomplish the mission. Exercise Global Dragon is a two-week long course taking place at the Guardian Center in Perry Georgia. The Guardian Center houses several training fascilities that simulate demolished city blocks flooded towns and CBRN-contaiminated areas.
5 Feb, 2015CAMP SMITH--New York Army National Guard Honor Guard members Spec. Kenval Small, Sgt. James Barton and Spec. Dana Kelly, prepare their weapons during practice firing party drills during Honor Guard Academy Training at Camp Smith Training Site near Peekskill, N.Y. on Thursday, Jan. 29. Fifteen Honor Guard members attended the weeklong training academy here the week of January 26-30.
10 Mar, 2015CAMP SMITH--New York Army National Guard Spc. Nelson Guzman (left) Capt. Charles Sanders and Staff Sgt. Thomas Garbarini report enemy activity using a SALUTE report back to headquarters as part of training at Camp Smith Training Site on March 1, 2015. The three are among 56 Soldiers from the 42nd Infantry Division preparing for a deployment to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
9 Mar, 2015WESTHAMPTON BEACH NY - Airmen assigned to the 106th Rescue Wings Civil Engineering Squadron practice cutting up a tree during chainsaw training conducted at Gabreski Air National Guard Base on March 5th 2015. The day was part of a week-long course on storm damage removal. New York State Forest Rangers conducted classroom and hands-on training.
6 Mar, 2015LATHAM--Specialist Paul Neaton a New York Army National Guard Soldier assigned to Company C 1st Battalion 108th Infantry in Gloversville N.Y. (left) and Brandon Wynn a former Army Private 1st Class from Albany talk to James McDonald a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer about employment opportunities March 5 during a job fair held at New York Division of Military and Naval Affairs headquarters in Latham N.Y. The veterans joined roughly 200 fellow veterans who took advantage of the Hiring Our Heroes job fair sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
4 Mar, 2015NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION-- The New York Air National Guard's 107th Airlift Wing hosted an Instructor Certification Program for military education instructors the week of March 2-6 with 16 Guardsmen attending in order to become facilitators for courses. Master Sgt. William Conner from Knoxville Tenn. teaches one of the instructors for this course March 3 2015.
24 Feb, 2015CAMP SMITH-- Soldiers from the New York National Guard's 42nd Infantry Division conduct land navigation training at Camp Smith Training Site on Monday, Feb. 23. Fifty Soldiers from the Troy-based unit are preparing to deploy to Guantanamo Bay at the end of March and going through required individual training at Camp Smith.
2 Mar, 2015STEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE-- New York Air National Guard Capt. Patrick Gillen leads South African Maj Gen Wiseman Simo Mbambo on a tour of a C-5M Super Galaxy cargo bay undergoing refurbishment at the base on Monday, March 3. Mbambo visited Stewart Air National Guard Base as part of the State Partnership Program between the New York National Guard and the South African National Defence Force.
19 Feb, 2015SYRACUSE-- 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.
27 Feb, 2015CAMP SMITH-- New York Army National Guard 1st Lt. Yvette Valle assists her group in starting to plot out points on the map they were just given in preparation for a snowy land navigation course at Camp Smith Training Site on Feb. 23. Valle is among a group of 42nd Infantry Division Soldiers that are preparing to deploy to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
26 Feb, 2015STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE--New York Air National Guard Master Sgt. Shawn Talbota member of the 109th Maintenance Squadron talks to the media after his flight home from McMurdo Station Antarctica to Strattion Air National Guard Base outside Schenectady N.Y. on Tuesday Feb. 24 2015. Talboty and 29 other Airmen returned home after supporting Operation Deep Freeze in Antarctica. More Airmen and LC-130 ski-equipped aircraft will return throughout the week following the the 109th Airlift Wings 27th year supporting the National Science Foundation.
25 Feb, 2015CAMP SMITH-- A 42nd Infantry Division Soldier prepares to throw a training grenade during basic skills training at the Camp Smith Training Site on Feb. 22. Fifty 42nd Infantry Division Soldiers are going through basic deployment training here to prepare for a deployment to Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba, in March.
24 Feb, 2015McMurdo Station, Antarctica--Secretary of the Air Force, Deborah Lee James, greets 109th Airlift Wing members Airman 1st Class Wyatt Peters and Lt. Col. Kurt Bedore in Antarctica on 25 January, 2015. Both Airmen were supporting transportation operations in Antarctica as part of Operation Deep Freeze. The first of seven deployed LC-130s returned to Stratton Air National Guard base early on Tuesdaymorning, Feb. 24 and Airmen and plans will be arriving back in New York all week.
11 Feb, 2015SARATOGA SPRINGS --This painting by 19th century military artist James Walker, depicting the May 13-14, 1864 Battle of Resaca, in Georgia, was "lost" following the demolition of a New York National Guard armory in New York City in 1959. The painting, stored at West Point before being turned back over to the New York National Guard, was actually mislabeled as the "Battle of Gettysburg." The challenge now is where to display the 12-foot-long artwork held by the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs.
19 Feb, 2015Col. Joseph Biehler, commander of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team presents the 200 Years of Service Award to Lt. Col. Feeley and Command Sgt. Maj. Reyes of the 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery in recognition of its official effective date during an address to Commanders and First Sergeants at latest commanders call on the importance of recruiting and retention at brigade headquarters.
19 Feb, 2015WASHINGTON--Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia, senior enlisted advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, congratulates New York Air National Guard Master Sergeant Kimberly Carmody, after recognizing her efforts in coordinating the Air National Guard Chiefs Executive Course, at National Defense University's Lincoln Hall, on Fort Lesley J. McNair, in Washington, D.C., Feb. 13, 2015.Battaglia was a guest speaker for the one-week course run by the Air National Guard Readiness Center. Carmoody, a 19-year Air Force and Air National Guard veteran, is a member of the New York Air National Guard's Headquarters Staff.
9 Feb, 2015WESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY - Pararescue Jumpers and Combat Rescue Officers with the 103rd Rescue Squadron of the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing board a United States Coast Guard HC-130 during a vist of Coast Guardsmen from Air Station Elizabeth City to discuss possible joint training, compare rescue tactics and showcase squadron equipment and training on February 5th, 2015.
10 Feb, 2015NEW YORK- Major General Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General of New York, speaks to New York Army National Guard Non-Commissioned Officers interested in becoming Warrant Officers Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Lexington Avenue Amory in New York. Murphy and other speakers discussed the role of the Warrant Officer and their importance to the Army National Guard, as well as outlining the process of becoming a Warrant Officer. Similar meetings are set for March 7 at Joint Force Headquarters in Latham, and at the Patriot Way Armory in Rochester on April 11.
9 Feb, 2015HANCOCK FIELD, Syracuse--Spec. Dylan Lunde, from Yaphank, New York, a cannon crew member assigned to the 1st Battalion 258th Field Artillery Regiment, performs a functions check on a M249 Squad Automatic Weapon during the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team's Best Warrior Competition at Hancock Field on Feb. 07.
5 Feb, 2015WARREN GROVE, NJ -An HH-60 Pavehawk rescue helicopter assigned to the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing flares for a landing at the Warren Grove Gunnery Range here on January 23, 2015 during a Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) exercise. During the exercise, two 106th personnel acted as a pair of downed pilots in a hostile area while two Pennsylvania Army National Guard AH-64 attack helicopters provided cover .
22 Jan, 2015BINGHAMTON-- Representatives from the American Legion, Southern Tier Veterans Support Group, BAE Systems and Professional Lighting and Sound, and the American Red Cross display certificates of support presented to them by 204th Engineer Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Christopher Guilmette, in recognition of their support to the battalion and the battalion's Family Readiness Group. These donors and volunteer groups enabled the Family Readiness Group to hold a picnic and Christmas Party and the battalion's Engineer Ball.
3 Feb, 2015Members of the New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team train in a mock drill with members of the New York National Guard's 2nd Civil Support Team from Stratton Air National Guard Base in Scotia, NY. The teams worked together in a simulated response to a potential Weapon of Mass Destruction (WMD) lab, mitigating the situation and collecting evidence on Thursday, Jan. 29
2 Feb, 2015CAMP SMITH--New York Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Luis Pagan, an instructor at the week-long Honor Guard Academy held at Camp Smith Training Site near Peekskill N.Y. the week of Jan. 26-30,watches as Spec. Sebastian Rivera and PFC Alex Spencer begin folding the flag covering a casket during training on Thursday Jan. 29.
29 Jan, 2015WESTHAMPTON BEACH-- Airmen from the New York Air National Guards 106th Rescue Wing begin digging out F.S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base on Tuesday, Jan. 27 after a snow storm pummeled eastern Long Island. Members of the 106th also provided mobility support to local police agencies during the storm.
28 Jan, 2015LINDENHURST-- New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 204th Engineer Battalion join New York Governor Andrew Cuomo during a press conference here on Tuesday, Jan. 27. The governor outlined the efforts New York State was making to assist Suffolk County governments in snow removal following the snowstorm that hit the region on Jan. 26-27.
27 Jan, 2015NEW YORK - New York Army National Guard Staff Sergeants Adrian McLaughlin and Kehinde Ayeni discuss the deployment of National Guard vehicles and crews with New York Fire Department Captain Joseph Pataky on Monday Jan 26 2015. Thirty-one National Guard humvees and trucks were assigned to provide mobility support to Fire Department Emergency Medical Technicians as New York City braced for a storm.
26 Jan, 2015STEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Newburgh-- Ramp operations continue at the 105th Aiflit Wing here as snow begins to hit the Hudson Valley on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015 as the region braces for a major blizzard. Members of the 105th also manned a National Guard Initial Response Force in the Hudson Valley as state agencies, including the National Guard, prepared to deal with heavy snowfall.
26 Jan, 2015LATHAM--New York National Guard staff at the Joint Operation Center in Latham get the situation update Monday morning January 26 as 260 New York Army and Air National Guard members were called out to assist in the New York State response to a massive blizzard hitting New York City Long Island and the Hudson Valley.
13 Jan, 2015CAMP SMITH TRAINING SITE, CORTLANDT MANOR, N.Y. New York Army National Guard members listen to the East Ward Missionary Baptist Church Choir singing during a Prayer Breakfast held on Sunday, Jan. 11 at the Chaplain Duffy Chapel and Spiritual Fitness Center which brought together Soldiers and Chaplains of all faiths and denominations to discuss Spiritual Readiness and Soldier resiliency. New York Army National Guard and New York Guard members participated in the event.
22 Jan, 2015WESTHAMPTON BEACH NY - 106th Rescue Wing Operations Group Commander Colonel Brian Rex Reilly accepts a folded American flag during his retirement ceremony from the New York Air National guard at FS Gabreski Air National Guard Base on Jan. 11 2015. Col. Reilly retires following over 28 years of military services.
16 Jan, 2015FORT DIX, N.J. -- New York Army National Guard Sgt. Stephen Anderson, a gunner with Battery A of the New York Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery Regiment pulls on a hand spike to lower the trails of the howitzer so the other crew members can remove the tire and spin the tube into position on Jan. 10, 2015. Soldiers from the 258th Field Artillery conducted dry firing drills on their M119 howitzer during training at Fort Dix on Saturday Jan. 10. 373 members of the battalion, as well as fire support specialists from other New York Army National Guard units conducted training to prepare for live fire exercises in May Jan.9-11.
15 Jan, 2015BAGRAM, Afghanistan-- New York Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Richard Perec, a motor transport operator, attached to the 4th Resolute Support Sustainment Brigade from Fort Hood, Texas, monitors the download of munitions during a recent demilitarize operation near Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Saturday, Jan. 10.Perec's mission that day was to destroy 6,000 pounds of unneeded ammunition. Its safer to blow the ammunition up than to let it fall into the hands of the enemy or try to ship it home and risk it detonating in transit, he said.
14 Jan, 2015MCMURDO STATION, Antarctica-- New York Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Peck, a member of the 109th Airlift Wing, runs the annual McMurdo Marathon in Antarctica on Jan. 11, 2015. He and Master Sgt. Michael Lazzari, also a 109th Airlift Wing member both ran the 26.2-mile course -- a feat few in the world can say they accomplished. The wing rotates Airmen and ski-eqipped LC-130 planes into and out of the United States McMurdo Station to support Antarctic research duiing the Antarctic summer from the wing's home at Stratton Air Natinal Guard Base in Scotia.
13 Jan, 2015BUFFALO--New York National Guard response forces from the 105th Military Police Company provide traffic control near Buffalo, New York following substantial lake effect snowfall across Western New York January 9. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo activated approximately 100 National Guard members to provide augmentation to law enforcement during the snowfall, which forced the closure of the New York State Thruway and local roads in the region. The Guard employed three initial response forces with humvees and personnel for the traffic control missions, ensuring motorists avoided the closed roads.
13 Jan, 2015HOUMA, 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.
12 Jan, 2015ROME-- New York Air National Guard Commander Maj. Gen. Verle Johnston hands the guidon of the 224th Air Defense Group to Col. Wade Dewey, the Title 32 Commander at the Eastern Air Defense Sector during ceremonies here on Jan. 10. Dewey assumed command of the newly-activated 224th Air Defense Group as the Easter Air Defense Sector reorganized its structure.
11 Jan, 2015New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Peter Riley, commander of the Guards Joint Task Force Empire Shield, speaks with Israeli Defense Force Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City January 9. Gantz visited New York following meetings in Washington with Gen. Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs as part of his transition out after his service as the IDFs 20th Chief of Staff. Riley provided an overview of the National Guards response after 9/11 and its ongoing role to augment law enforcement agencies at critical transportation sites in New York during Gantz visit.
9 Jan, 2015CHEEKTOWAGA-- Two New York Army National Guard Soldiers from the 2nd Squadron 101st Cavalry man a traffic control point along the New York State Thruway in Cheektowaga on Friday, Jan. 9. After Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo ordered the Thruway closed due to road conditions on Thursday night, Jan.8, New York National Guard members on State Active Duty assisted the Thruway Authority and the New York State Police in closing the highway to traffic. The 107th Airlift Wing and 105th Military Police company also took part in the mission.
7 Jan, 2015BUFFALO-- New York Air National Guard Col. Kevin Rogers, the Inspector General of the 107th Airlift Wing, places a wreath from President Barak Obama on the grave of President Millard Fillmore at Forest Lawn Cemetery here on Wednesday, Jan. 7. The military traditionally places a wreath from the sitting president at the graves of past presidents on the anniversary of their birth.
5 Jan, 2015NEW YORK- Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard's 1st Battalion 258th Field Artillery pose after receiving the Order of St. Barbara during the unit St. Barbara's Ball on Dec. 20, 2014. The Saint Barbara Award was presented to Major Richard W. Powell, Captain Nicholas Tommaso, Sergeant First Class Alexander Vargas, Sergeant first Class Garth Harris, and Staff Sergeant Felix Camacho. Recipients of the award, named after the patron saint of artillerymen, are recognized for excellence.
16 Mar, 2015CAMP SMITH- New York Guard Col. Martin Ingram is congratulated on Saturday, March 154 after receiving New York State's highest military award, the Medal of Valor, from New York Guard Commander Brig. Gen. Stephen Bucaria. Ingram received the award in recognition of his heroic actions as the fire chief of the Point Breeze Volunteer Fire Department during Hurricane Sandy.The New York Guard is the state's volunteer defense and emergency response force.