Syracuse Mobilization Ceremonies
Central NY Soldiers Mobilize for Overseas Service
Media Advisory
By New York State Division of Military & Naval Affairs
For more information contact: Maj. Jeff Brown, 174th FIghter Wing Public Affairs, 315-663-8734

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The shoulder insignia of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (01/27/2012)(readMedia)-- More than 375 Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard's Headquarters Company 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Special Troops Battalion and 427th Brigade Support Battalion mobilize this weekend for service in support of security operations in Kuwait and other duties the Army requires.

Across New York, 1,800 Soldiers assigned to the 27th Brigade Combat Team will mobilize on Saturday and Sunday as part of the brigade mission.

The brigade will train for deployment and refine their task organization during post-mobilization training at Camp Shelby, Miss. Elements of the brigade are expected to depart for Kuwait in April.

WHAT: Departure ceremony for more than 375 Soldiers from the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

WHO: More than 375 New York Army National Guard Citizen Soldiers from across Central New York, their families and community supporters.

WHERE: Hangar 610, Hancock Air National Guard Base, 6900 Thompson Road, Syracuse, N.Y. 13211. Access is only available through the Thompson Road gate entrance adjacent to the Hancock Field Air National Guard Base.

WHEN: Sunday, January 29 at 9 a.m.


Videographers and still photographers can capture imagery of the Soldiers and their families as they prepare for deployment. There will be opportunities for short interviews with Soldiers and their family members.

For access to the secure military installation, news media must contact Maj. Jeff Brown, 174th FIghter Wing Public Affairs, 315-663-8734 before the end of the day on Saturday, Jan. 28, for entry through the main security gate at 8:30 a.m.


The brigade's Soldiers will train for their mission following their mobilization at Camp Shelby, Miss. In addition to the New York Soldiers, 800 National Guard Soldiers from South Carolina and another 800 from Wisconsin, Alabama, Illinois, Florida, California, Kansas and Michigan are being mobilized as part of the 27th Brigade Combat Team.

The Soldiers expect to be on federal active duty for up to 12 months, but the Army continues to review and reduce forces needed overseas. Some Soldiers may be released sooner than the one-year deployment timeline if the Army makes further changes to the mission requirements in Kuwait. Other Soldiers may be deployed on different missions.

Current plans call for the New York Army National Guard to deploy Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry, which is headquartered in Utica and has elements in Gloversville, Glenville, Geneseo, Ithaca, and Leeds.

The 427th Forward Support Battalion, with companies located in Syracuse, Buffalo and Rochester will also be called up. The 427th Forward Support Battalion provides logistics support-maintenance, supply, and medical support-to the brigade.

The 27th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, which is headquartered in Buffalo and has elements in Lockport and Syracuse will also mobilize. The 27th Brigade Special Troops Battalion includes intelligence, engineering, signal, and other specialized support units.

The brigade will be supported by the 4th Battalion, 118th Infantry from the South Carolina Army National Guard and a composite battalion from eight other states.

Under current rules, the Soldiers deploying with the brigade to Kuwait will be eligible for hazardous duty pay of $225 monthly. They will also pay no federal or New York State income taxes on money earned while deployed up to a level specified by law.

In October 2011, almost 2,000 New York Army National Guard Soldiers participated in three weeks of realistic training at Fort Irwin, California to prepare the 27th IBCT for its planned deployment to Afghanistan.

There are some 10,500 Soldiers throughout the entire New York Army National Guard.

Imagery of the New York Army National Guard Soldiers training recently at Fort Irwin is available for publication at our Flickr website,

27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team

The 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team is headquartered in Syracuse, N.Y. It traces its lineage to the New York National Guard's 27th Division in World War I.

After the terrorist attacks of 9-11, NY National Guard members guarded the World Trade Center site, New York City train stations and airports and upstate nuclear power plants.

In 2007, the 27th Brigade formed Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix and served across Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom in 2008
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