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Thursday, January 04, 2018

New York Army National Guard announces retirements of 3 WNYers

All WNY News     Thursday, January 04, 2018    

STAFF REPORTS



LATHAM -- Major General Anthony P. German, the Adjutant General for the State of New York, announces the recent retirement of members of the New York Army National Guard, marking their end of service to community, state and nation as part of the Army National Guard.
  • Lieutenant Colonel John Nitka from Penfield and assigned to the Joint Force Headquarters retired from the New York Army National Guard last month after some 28 years of military service. Nitka first entered the military in May 1989.
  • Sergeant Darryl Mehnert from Grand Island and assigned to the Company C (Signal), 27th Brigade Special Troops Battalion retired from the New York Army National Guard last month after some 20 years of military service. Mehnert first entered the military in August 1997.
  • First Sergeant Luke Simon from Lancaster and assigned to the B Troop, 2-101 Cavalry (Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition) retired from the New York Army National Guard last month after some 20 years of military service. Simon first entered the military in March 1997.
"It is a bittersweet achievement, each time we celebrate the retirement for one of our National Guard Citizen Soldiers," German said. "I want to applaud the accomplishment and the milestone of more than 20 years of service not only of these Soldiers, but of their families and civilian employers. We say that we recruit Soldiers in the Army National Guard, but we know that to make this a career we retain families," German said.

"On behalf of our force, I want to wish only the greatest success for all the future endeavors of our retirees as they embark on new chapters of their lives."

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

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