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Niagara Falls National Guard Soldier retires from military service

STAFF REPORTS

LATHAM, N.Y. -- 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.

Staff Sergeant James Parks from Niagara Falls, N.Y. and assigned to the Company A, 2-108th Infantry retired from the New York Army National Guard last month after some 30 years of military service.

Parks first entered the military in June 1988.

"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.dmna.ny.gov or www.1800goguard.com