Clinton man receives Meritorious Service Medal

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LATHAM — The 224th Air Defense Group at the Eastern Air Defense Sector recently recognized Lt. Col. Rex Vernales, of Clinton, who received the Meritorious Service Medal.

A member of the 224th Support Squadron, Vernales successfully led a remote cyber survey of all North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) battle control centers. Other accomplishments included integrating new technologies and sensors into Eastern Air Defense Sector battle control system and leading a first-of-its-kind mobile radar integration project with the Canadian air defense forces.

The New York National Guard is the state’s executive agency responsible to the governor for managing New York’s military forces, which consists of nearly 20,000 members of the New York Army National Guard, the New York Air National Guard, the New York Naval Militia and the New York Guard.

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