Utica soldier lauded for accomplishment

Published Nov 1, 2018 at 4:00pm

Major General Ray Shields, adjutant general of New York, announced the recent service accomplishments of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their initial commitment to serve community, state and nation.

The newest Citizen Soldiers to complete Army basic combat training and advanced individual training were welcomed to their units during a New York Army National Guard battle hand-off ceremony Sept. 9.

Pfc. Elise Burby from Utica was formally welcomed into the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry during a transition ceremony at the Auburn Armory in Auburn.

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.

“For these new soldiers, being welcomed to their unit after basic training and advanced individual training is exhilarating and a proud day for them and their families,” Shields said.  

“They received their unit’s distinctive shoulder patch, which officially makes them part of their new team.  I congratulate these soldiers on this tremendous individual achievement and wish them the best as they integrate into their new unit and learn the teamwork and leadership skills necessary for success.”

He said, “Every soldier or airman across our great state makes a difference every day they serve.”