New York Guard Completes AT and Celebrates 100th Anniversary 08/2017
CORTLANDT MANOR, Camp Smith Training Site, NY – The New York Guard, the state's volunteer state defense force, completed their week-long annual training at Camp Smith Training Site, which was held from August 5-11.

During the week-long training, 35 soldiers who were new to the New York Guard completed their (IET) initial entry training program, learning basic soldier in skills such as Drill and Ceremony, basic first aid, Map orientation and wear and appearance of the New York Guard Uniform. In addition, 20 new appointed officers completed their in residence portion of their Basic Officer course, and 40 Junior NCO’s completed their Professional Development Leaders course (PDLC), which prepares them for the role as future NCO’s in the New York Guard, and over 40 Soldiers assigned in the New York Guard Engineer unit were involved in construction projects throughout Camp Smith. After Annual training, a graduation ceremony was held, the Soldiers who completed IET, BOC, and PLDC were presented a certification of completion by the New York Guard Acting Commander, Colonel David Warager.

This year also marked the 100th Anniversary of the New York Guard, which was established August 3rd, 1917, when the 24,000 members of the New York National Guard were mobilized to fight in France in 1917, the state created the New York Guard as a state militia to replace the National Guard.

The New York Guard Celebrated with the unveiling of a Commemorative plaque by Major General Anthony P. German, the Adjutant General for the State of New York, and Colonel David Warager, who was also presented a Citation Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the New York Guard from the Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo. U.S. National Guard Photos by Cpt Mark Getman and Spc Chuck Garelick, New York Guard.
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