Maj. Todd Balog, an Afghanistan War veteran and Saratoga Springs resident took command of the New York Army National Guard’s 369th Special Troops Battalion on Sunday, Oct. 22 at a changing of the guard ceremony in Camp Smith. He replaced Lt. Col. Seth Morgulus, who led the battalion since 2013.

The 369th Special Troops Battalion is part of the 369th Sustainment Brigade which has elements across New York City and the Hudson Valley. Maj. Todd Balog was serving full-time in the New York Army National Guard as part of the Joint Staff in the New York National Guard Headquarters at the time of his promotion. He was the Force Development Officer for the Joint Training & Exercises Division.

Balog received his commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Army from the Michigan State University Army ROTC program in August 2001. Following the Armor Officer Basic Course. Balog served with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment and a Protocol Officer in Fort Irwin, California.

Balog joined the New York Army National Guard in September 2007 where he has served as an Operations Officer in the 42d Infantry Division G3, Aide-de-Camp to the Division Commander, Company Commander of Headquarters Company and Division Secretary of the General Staff. In 2012, Balog deployed to Afghanistan for a combat tour with the Headquarters Company, 427th Brigade Support Battalion as a Base Closure Team Leader in Regional Command East.

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