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Army National Guard soldiers begin military careers

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LATHAM -- Major General Anthony P. German, the Adjutant General of New York, announces the recent service accomplishment of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their initial commitment to serve community, state and nation.

The newest Citizen Soldiers to complete Army basic combat training and advanced individual training were welcomed to their units during New York Army National Guard battle handoff ceremonies this fall.

  • Pvt. Ralph Nisbet from Arcade was formally welcomed to the Headquarters and Support Company, 42nd Infantry Division during a transition ceremony at the Masten Avenue Armory in Buffalo on December 3, 2017.
  • Pvt. Peter Saxman from Oakfield Townlin was formally welcomed to the 222nd Military Police Company during a transition ceremony at the Patriot Way Armory in Rochester on December 3, 2017.
  • Pfc. Alexander Mutter from Depew was formally welcomed to the Troop C, 2nd Squadron, 101st Cavalry (Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition) during a transition ceremony at the Masten Avenue Armory in Buffalo on November 5, 2017.
  • Pfc. Harley Niel from Fredonia was formally welcomed to the Company D (Forward Support Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition), 427th Brigade Support Battalion during a transition ceremony at the Masten Avenue Armory in Buffalo on November 5, 2017.
  • Pvt. Nathan Bozek from Hamburg was formally welcomed to the Company D (Forward Support Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition), 427th Brigade Support Battalion during a transition ceremony at the Masten Avenue Armory in Buffalo on December 3, 2017.
  • Spc. Robert Santos from Lockport was formally welcomed to the Company C (Signal), 27th Brigade Special Troops Battalion during a transition ceremony at the Masten Avenue Armory in Buffalo on December 3, 2017.
  • Pvt. Jacob Szymczak from Buffalo was formally welcomed to the Troop C, 2nd Squadron, 101st Cavalry (Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition) during a transition ceremony at the Masten Avenue Armory in Buffalo on December 3, 2017.
  • Pfc. Nicolas Laboy from Buffalo was formally welcomed to the Troop C, 2nd Squadron, 101st Cavalry (Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition) during a transition ceremony at the Masten Avenue Armory in Buffalo on November 5, 2017.
  • Spc. Jason Nagy from Sloan was formally welcomed to the Company C, 427th Brigade Support Battalion during a transition ceremony at the Masten Avenue Armory in Buffalo on December 3, 2017.
  • Pvt. Nathan Smith from Buffalo as formally welcomed to the 105th Military Police Company during a transition ceremony at the Masten Avenue Armory in Buffalo on December 3, 2017.
  • Pvt. Oniel Williams from Rochester was formally welcomed to the Company A, 427th Brigade Support Battalion during a transition ceremony at the Patriot Way Armory in Rochester on November 5, 2017.
  • Pvt. Joshua Vick from Rochester was formally welcomed to the Company A, 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry during a transition ceremony at the Patriot Way Armory in Rochester on December 3, 2017.
  • Pfc. Giovanni Figueroagonzalez from Rochester was formally welcomed to the Troop A, 2nd Squadron, 101st Cavalry (Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition) during a transition ceremony at the Patriot Way Armory in Rochester on December 3, 2017.
  • Pvt. Christopher Skrotzki from Rochester was formally welcomed to the Company A, 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry during a transition ceremony at the Patriot Way Armory in Rochester on December 3, 2017.
  • Pfc. Brandon Purdy from Cassadaga was formally welcomed to the 152nd Engineer Company during a transition ceremony at the Masten Avenue Armory in Buffalo on November 5, 2017.

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."

"Every Soldier or Airman in every unit across our state plays an important role in defending our homeland and serving our nation. We welcome these newest Citizen Soldiers as part of our New York National Guard family."

The New York Army National Guard welcomed 89 new Soldiers to their units during the November and December ceremonies around the state.

For more information about the New York Army National Guard, visit www.1800goguard.com.

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.