Major General Anthony P. German, the Adjutant General for the State of New York, announces recent awards and individual recognitions for members of the New York Guard state defense force for their continuing commitment to serve community, state and nation as part of New York State's Military Forces.
Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Baldanza from Carmel, N.Y., serving with the 89th Band, received the 15-year Long and Faithful Service Award.
The New York Guard is a force of 500 uniformed volunteers, organized as a military unit, who augment the New York National Guard during state emergencies. They provide administrative and logistics support to the National Guard. Members of the New York Guard have been involved in flood control efforts along the Lake Ontario shoreline this summer.
Unlike members of the New York National Guard, New York Guard members do not have a federal military role and do not deploy outside the state. New York Guard members usually train in a volunteer status and are only paid when they are placed on state duty during emergencies.
"Our New York Guard volunteers bring skills and experiences from civilian life with the knowledge that they will apply themselves and be put to work for the people of New York," said Major General Anthony German, the Adjutant General of New York.
"New York Guard members, with their various backgrounds and experiences, are an important part for the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs planning our state emergency and natural disaster response," German said.
The New York Guard, which is one of 23 state defense forces around the country, is authorized to recruit just over 1,000 volunteers organized into units located across New York. Currently there are 600 New Nork Guard members.
About half of the New York Guard volunteers are former members of the active duty military or National Guard who bring a wealth of experience to the force while the other half have never served in the military. Previous military membership is not a requirement for New York Guard service.
People who have served in the military can serve in the New York Guard up until age 65. Those who have never served in the military must be between age 18 and age 55 to join.
The New York National Guard (New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs) is the state's executive agency responsible to the Governor for managing New York's Military Forces, which consists of nearly 20,000 members of the New York Army National Guard, the New York Air National Guard, the New York Naval Militia and the New York Guard.
Photo description:On August 9th, 2017 over 250 Soldiers of New York Guard, the state's volunteer state defense force, along with former commanders of the New York Guard and invited guests celebrated the 100th anniversary of the New York Guard during a morning ceremony at Camp Smith Training Site