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Locals promoted in New York Army National Guard

STAFF REPORTS


LATHAM -- Major General Ray Shields, the Adjutant General for the State of New York, announces the promotion of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their capability for additional responsibility and leadership.
  • Samantha Antolik from North Tonawanda and assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2-101 Cavalry (Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition) received a promotion to the rank of Staff Sergeant.
  • Joshua Aponte from Buffalo and assigned to the C Troop, 2-101 Cavalry (Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition) received a promotion to the rank of Sergeant.
  • Aaron Brown from Rochester and assigned to the 222nd Military Police Company received a promotion to the rank of Private First Class.
  • Christopher Candelaria from Buffalo and assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2-108th Infantry received a promotion to the rank of Captain.
  • Cristian Cirino from Buffalo and assigned to the C Troop, 2-101 Cavalry (Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition) received a promotion to the rank of Private First Class.
  • Lauren Cook from Cheektowaga and assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 102nd Military Police Battalion received a promotion to the rank of Sergeant.
  • Evan Durkin from Rochester and assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 427th Brigade Support Battalion received a promotion to the rank of Captain.
  • Brian Fenske from Wellsville and assigned to the B Troop, 2-101 Cavalry (Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition) received a promotion to the rank of Private.
  • Caitlin Fuller from Penfield and assigned to the Company A (Distribution), 427th Brigade Support Battalion received a promotion to the rank of Sergeant.
  • Kyle Heitzenrater from Gowanda and assigned to the Company A, 642nd Support Battalion received a promotion to the rank of Sergeant.
  • Tyler Herold from Attica and assigned to the Company A, 2-108th Infantry received a promotion to the rank of Staff Sergeant.
  • Thorance Hilderbrandt from Tonawanda and assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 102nd Military Police Battalion received a promotion to the rank of Sergeant Major.
  • Bennett Judge from Pittsford and assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Combat Aviation Brigade, 42nd Infantry Division received a promotion to the rank of Captain.
  • Jeremy Lounsbury from Hamburg and assigned to the 152nd Engineer Support Company received a promotion to the rank of Sergeant.
  • Brandon Mcmullen from Tonawanda and assigned to the Headquarters and Support Company, 42nd Infantry Division received a promotion to the rank of Private First Class.
  • Jacob Napier from Hilton and assigned to the A Troop, 2-101 Cavalry (Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition) received a promotion to the rank of Sergeant.
  • Isabella Opperman from Batavia and assigned to the 222nd Military Police Company received a promotion to the rank of Private First Class.
  • Andrew Piacelli from Scottville and assigned to the Company A (Distribution), 427th Brigade Support Battalion received a promotion to the rank of Sergeant.
  • Narath Pokharel from Rochester and assigned to the Company A (Distribution), 427th Brigade Support Battalion received a promotion to the rank of Private First Class.
  • Matthew Porter from Buffalo and assigned to the Company D (Forward Support Company Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition), 427th Brigade Support Battalion received a promotion to the rank of Private First Class.
  • Johnathan Pritt from Fredonia and assigned to the 152nd Engineer Support Company received a promotion to the rank of Private.
  • Nikiesha Renko from Kendall and assigned to the Headquarters and Service Company, 642nd Support Battalion received a promotion to the rank of Specialist.
  • Christopher Skrotzki from Rochester and assigned to the Company A, 2-108th Infantry received a promotion to the rank of Specialist.
  • Clayton Stock from North Tonawanda and assigned to the Combat Engineer Company B, 152nd Brigade Engineer Battalion received a promotion to the rank of Sergeant.
  • Christopher Terian from Cheektowaga and assigned to the Operations Company, 42nd Infantry Division received a promotion to the rank of Major.
  • Mateo Torres from Niagara Falls and assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 152 Brigade Engineer Battalion received a promotion to the rank of Specialist.
  • Jose Velazquez Aponte from Buffalo and assigned to the C Troop, 2-101 Cavalry (Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition) received a promotion to the rank of Private First Class.
Army National Guard promotions are based on overall performance, attitude, leadership ability, and development potential.

These promotions additionally recognize the best qualified Soldiers and attract and retain the highest caliber Citizen Soldiers for a career in the New York Army National Guard.
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