New York Guard Col. Brian Farley (center) passes the 10th Brigade colors to the New York Guard Chief of Staff, Col. Larry Bishop, who will then pass the colors to Col. David Molik (right) the new commander of the 10th Brigade, New York Guard. Sgt. Maj. Thomas Czurlanis (left) later receives the colors on behalf of the organization.
Capital District Guard Brigade Changes Command Story and photo by Maj. David Greenwood, 10th Brigade, New York Guard TROY – Volunteers of the New York Guard’s 10th Brigade welcomed their new commander, Col. David Molik, of Ballston Spa, during a change of command ceremony at the South Lake Avenue Armory Sep. 15 . Molik succeeds Col. Brian P. Farley from Albany. Farley received the New York State Conspicuous Service Medal for his actions as commander of the 10th Brigade since 2003, leading the brigade at Fort Drum during Operations Phoenix Warrior and Patriot East, supporting and preparing Army, Army National Guard, Air Force, Dutch and Belgian Air Forces in their training for combat operations. Farley was acting brigade commander during the New York Guard’s historic response following the terror attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11 and led the brigade during the many support missions for the New York National Guard. Fall 2012
He is a practicing attorney in his civilian career and moves on to new responsibilities as the Deputy Chief of Staff for the New York Guard at the Camp Smith Training Site. Colonel Molik has more than 15 years of service with the New York Guard, including support operations for the National Guard for the crash of TWA Flight 800 in 1996, the North Country Ice Storm of 1998, the 9/11 response to the terror attacks at the World Trade Center and more recently, the disaster response training exercise Vigilant Guard in 2009. Molik is a Supervising Administrative Law Judge with the NY State Office of Children’s and Family Services and a graduate of SUNY Buffalo and SUNY Buffalo Law School. 49
Fall 2012 Guard Times Magazine