Army National Guard soldiers receive new rank
LATHAM, N.Y. — Major General Patrick A. Murphy announced the promotion of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their capability for additional responsibility and leadership.
Brandon Zahniser, of Frankfort, serving with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2-108th Infantry, was promoted to the rank of private.
Ralph Isabella, of Ilion, serving with the 1427th Transportation Company, was promoted to the rank of private first class.
Army National Guard promotions are based on performance, attitude, leadership ability and development potential.
The promotions recognize the best qualified soldiers and attract and retain the highest caliber citizen soldiers for a career in the New York Army National Guard.
Briggs graduates from basic infantry training
COLUMBUS, Ga. — Army Pfc. Phillip M. Briggs has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.
Briggs is the son of Arthur Briggs, of Ilion, and Kathleen Briggs, of Marcy.
He is a 2005 graduate of Whitesboro Senior High School.
Army National Guard soldiers re-enlist
LATHAM, N.Y. — Major General Patrick A. Murphy announced the recent re-enlistment of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their continuing commitment to serve community, state and nation.
Sergeant 1st Class Dwayne Manley, of Frankfort, has re-enlisted to continue service with the Operations Company, 42nd Infantry Division.
Sergeant Austen Levesque, of Newport, has re-enlisted to continue service with the Company D, 3-142d Aviation.
"The New York Army National Guard has sustained our force at or above 100 percent strength for the better part of five years now," Murphy said in a news release. "Keeping those ready forces in our ranks means that New York is ready to provide forces for state missions here at home, as we saw during Hurricane Sandy or for the federal missions supporting our nation around the country and around the world.”
“Each of our 16,000 men and women serving in the Army and Air National Guard has an important role and I'm pleased that so many continue to reenlist and remain part of our New York National Guard family,” Murphy added.