ASSUMING COMMAND — Col. Paul J. Quigley, at right, receives the 224th Air Defense Group guidon from Brig. Gen. Timothy J. LaBarge, chief of staff for the New York Air National Guard, during a recent assumption of command ceremony. (Photo submitted)

New commander takes helm of 224th Air Defense Group

Published Jul 10, 2018 at 4:00pm

Col. Paul J. Quigley has taken command of the New York Air National Guard’s 224th Air Defense Group (ADG) of the Rome-based Eastern Air Defense Sector (EADS).

The 224th ADG provides the forces to conduct EADS’ mission of being responsible for air defense of the eastern U.S. The facility is based at Griffiss park.

Quigley succeeds Col. John M. Balbierer, who is retiring, according to the announcement by the New York State Division of Military & Naval Affairs.

Brig. Gen. Timothy J. LaBarge, chief of staff of the New York Air National Guard, served as officiating officer for the ceremony at EADS in which Quigley received command of the 224th ADG, according to an announcement by military officials.

A Manlius resident, Quigley is married and has two children.

He graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1992, and is a native of Kings Park, N.Y.

After assignments at various locations, in 2004 he joined the New York Air National Guard and was assigned to EADS. Prior to taking command of the 224th ADG, he served as the 224th Air Defense Squadron commander from August 2015 to June this year.

EADS, a North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) headquarters unit, is staffed primarily by New York Air National Guardsmen from the 224th ADG.

The unit also includes a Canadian Forces detachment, U.S. Army and Navy liaison officers, and federal civilians.