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Fall 2012 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Commander in Chief Maj. Gen. Patrick Murphy, The Adjutant General Eric Durr, Director of Public Affairs Col. Richard Goldenberg, Public Affairs Officer Capt. Alvin Phillips, Command Information Officer Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Wheeler, NYARNG, Editor About Guard Times The Guard Times is published quarterly using federal funds authorized under provisions of AR 360-1 and AFI 35-101 by the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs and the New York Army and Air National Guard Public Affairs Office. Views which appear in this publication are not necessarily those of the Department of Defense, the Army, the Air Force or the National Guard Bureau. The Guard Times has a circulation of 20,000 and is distributed free to members of the New York State Military Forces and employees of the Division of Military and Naval Affairs. Submissions Articles, photos and letters are welcome. Please provide article submissions via email saved in Microsoft Word or rich text (rtf) format along with high resolution digital (jpg) photos. Submission deadlines are January 15 (winter issue), April 15 (spring issue), July 15 (summer issue), and October 15 (fall issue). Send your submissions to:


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This Issue’s Highlights: The Joint Force 12 18 20 23

New York Military Forces Respond to Sandy Western Region Counterdrug Supports Binghamton NY National Guard Helps Seize Millions in Marijuana JTF-4 Conducts Simulated Hurricane Response

Army National Guard 24 26 28 30 31 33 34

NY Guardsman Commemorate Fallen at Fort Bliss 9/11 Retreat Ceremony 1-258th Artillery Conduct Raid Training New York Medics on the Job in Germany Signal Soldiers Hone Skills in Mexican Desert New York Engineers Lay Foundations in Germany 138th PAD Trains at Ft. Bliss; Guantanamo Bound Task Force Iron Returns from Afghanistan

Air National Guard 36 37 40 42 44

109th Air Wing Returns to the Pole New Planes: 105th Receives Extended Range C17s Pararescue Rodeo Competition 107th Lights Up Night Sky over Lake Ontario Accident Exercise in Syracuse

New York Guard Band Leader Finale for West Point Performance Capital District Guard Brigade Changes Command

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Joint Training on New York Waters for Naval Militia

107th Mentoring in Cybersecurity Salute to Guard for Keeping Communities Safe Bucket List for a Boss Lift GHENT, NY-- Fire fighters from the 109th Airlift Wing , New York Air National Guard, spray retardant foam on the remains of a chemical recycling facility operated by TCI of New York here which caught fire in the early morning hours of Thursday. August 2. The Division of Military and Naval Affairs dispatched a specially equipped fire fighting truck and a command vehicle, along with three fire fighters to assist in containing the blaze.

ON THE COVER: NEW YORK-- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver work with New York Army National Guard Soldiers at the Lexington Avenue Armory loading emergency supplies for distribution to New York City residents on Thursday, Nov. 1. The governor has deployed more than 2,800 New York National Guard Soldiers and Airmen to respond to the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy (Warrant Officer Ubon Mendie, New York Guard). BACK COVER: ALBANY, N.Y. -- A New York Army National Guard Soldier reunites with family during the homecoming of the 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry from Afghanistan at Albany International Airport Sep. 23. The first elements of the battalion returned from demobilization at Camp Shelby, Miss., bringing some 200 Soldiers home to their families. The remainder of the battalion task force is expected home Sep. 26. U.S. Army photo by Col. Richard Goldenberg, New York National Guard (RELEASED).

Fall 2012 Guard Times Magazine  

Fall 2012 Guard Times Magazine

Fall 2012 Guard Times Magazine  

Fall 2012 Guard Times Magazine