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Gary Monroe Begins a Military Career in the New York Army National Guard

LATHAM, NY – 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.

Pvt. Gary Monroe from Oswego, completed the Army’s rigorous basic combat training and advanced individual training, culminating with a ceremony held December 4 at the Auburn Armory in Auburn to mark start of training with their new unit, the Company B, 2-108th Infantry.

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.”

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