Photo credit: Division of Military and Naval Affairs

Major General Anthony P. German, the adjutantgeneral of New York, announced the recent service accomplishment of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their initial commitment to serve their community, state and nation. The newest citizen soldiers to complete Army basic combat training and advanced individual training were welcomed to their units during a New York Army National Guard battle handoff ceremony March 11, 2018.

Pvt. Rashae Marshall of Pomona was among those formally welcomed into the 719th Transportation Company during a transition ceremony at the Leeds Armory in Catskill. The ceremony marks their completion of the National Guard Recruit Sustainment Program, a preparatory training program that provides new recruits with training, lessons and skills to excel at their initial military training. The soldiers will now embark on their traditional National Guard service to state and nation as part-time citizen soldiers.

“The handoff ceremony marks the introduction of our new Soldiers to their unit and receiving new shoulder insignia, highlighting the start of their military service here in New York to serve state and nation,” German said. “I congratulate these Soldiers for their initial accomplishments in training as their first milestone of a career as a citizen soldier.”

The New York Army National Guard welcomed 65 new soldiers to their units during the March ceremonies around the state. 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, consisting 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.

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