Col. Carlton Cleveland of Oneonta, assigned to the Joint Force Headquarters, retired from the New York Army National Guard last month after 29 years of military service. Cleveland joined the military in May 1990.

In a media release about the retirement of Cleveland and others, Maj. Gen. Ray Shields, Adjutant General for the State of New York said, “A full military career is a major achievement in the lives of our citizen soldiers and their families. I congratulate our soldiers, their loved ones and their employers on this milestone of more than 20 years of service. We may recruit individual soldiers into our Army National Guard, but I know full well that it takes the support of a family to make this a career.”  Shields also extended his best wishes for the success of the New York retirees as they begin new chapters in their lives.

 U.S. Air Force Airman William S. Bankston graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Bankston is the son of Kara G. Hillicoss of Middleburgh. He is a June graduate of Middleburgh Central School.

 

 

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Six area members of the New York Army National Guard were recently promoted in recognition of their capability for additional responsibility and leadership potential. According to a media release, promotions are based on overall performance, attitude, leadership ability and development potential.

Matthew McMullen of Cherry Valley, assigned to the 1156th Engineer Company, received a promotion to the rank of private first class.

Nathan Barker of New Berlin, assigned to the 152nd Engineer Support Company, received a promotion to the rank of private.

Adam Wagner of Masonville, assigned to the 827th Engineer Company, received a promotion to the rank of private.

Robert Lyons of Cobleskill, assigned to the Company B, Recruiting and Retention, received a promotion to the rank of Staff Sgt.

Zhane Smith of Delhi, assigned to the Company D, 3-142nd, Aviation, received a promotion to the rank of private.

Brian Stegen of Richfield Springs, assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2-108th Infantry, received a promotion to the rank of Sgt.

 

The promotions were announced by Maj. Gen. Ray Shields, adjutant general for the State of New York. 

 

U.S. Air Force Airman Brent Hirsch of Middleburgh graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Hirsch is a June graduate of Middleburgh High School.

 

 

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