Monday, August 7, 2017




New York Guard conducts annual training at Camp Smith

CORTLANDT MANOR – Two hundred members of the New York Guard, the state's volunteer state defense force, are conducting their week-long annual training at Camp Smith Training Site in Cortlandt Manor through 12.

The New York Guard is a force of 500 uniformed volunteers, organized as a military unit, who augment the New York National Guard during state emergencies. They provide administrative and logistics support to the National Guard. Members of the New York Guard have been involved in flood control efforts along the Lake Ontario shoreline this summer.

Unlike members of the New York National Guard, New York Guard members do not have a federal military role and do not deploy outside the state. New York Guard members usually train in a volunteer status and are only paid when they are placed on state duty during emergencies.

Many members of the New York Guard are retired members of the National Guard and Reserve forces, who bring their experience to the force. Previous military membership is not a requirement for New York Guard service.

During the week-long training session, new Guard members will go through an initial entry training program and current members will conduct primary leadership and officer training.  New York Guard engineers will also be involved in construction projects at Camp Smith.

The New York Guard will celebrate its 100th anniversary this month.

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