Thursday, 24 August 2017 17:30

Promotion for City Soldier

Major Gen. Raymond Shields (at left) with Command Sgt. Major David Piwowarski in Latham on Aug. 10, 2017. Major Gen. Raymond Shields (at left) with Command Sgt. Major David Piwowarski in Latham on Aug. 10, 2017. Photo courtesy of New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs.

LATHAM – Saratoga Springs resident Raymond Shields, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, was promoted to two-star Major General in the New York Army National Guard on Thursday, Aug. 10 during a ceremony at the Division of Military and Naval Affairs headquarters in Latham.

Shields, who joined the Army Reserve in 1981, has served as the commander of the 10,300 soldiers of the New York Army National Guard since June of 2016.

Shields has served in the New York Army National Guard since May of 1983 when he was appointed as a second lieutenant through the Reserve Officers Training Corps program at Marion Military Institute, in Marion, Alabama before joining the 205th Support Group in Troy, New York.

Shields has served as the executive officer and deputy commander of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and was the brigade chief of staff during its deployment to Afghanistan in 2008 and 2009.

The brigade was responsible for Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix, the mission to train the Afghan Army and police headquartered in Kabul, Afghanistan.

in October 2011, Shields was named New York Army National Guard Chief of Staff. He served as Director of Joint Staff for the New York National Guard, responsible for coordinating the National Guard response to state emergencies from 2012 to 2016.

Shields' awards include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghan Campaign Medal, NATO Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

New York Army National Guard Soldiers have served in Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan and responded to snowstorms, hurricanes, and flooding here in New York.

Read 529 times

Blotter

  • POLICE Ramiz T. Hajratalli, age 31, Saratoga Springs, was charged Aug. 28 with felony burglary He is suspected of illegally entering and unlawfully remaining within an occupied residence on Caroline Street during the early morning hours of July 28. He was released on $10,000 cash bail. The case was handed up to Saratoga County Court on Sept. 7 when two misdemeanor counts and one felony burglary count related to July 29 were applied, in addition to a second felony burglary count related to Aug. 11. Deborah L. Latalladi, 55, of Wilton, was charged Sept. 3 with promoting prison contraband after…

Property Transactions

  • BALLSTON SPA 257 Lake Rd., $499,900. Second Half Investments LLC sold property to Karen and Julie Royston.  129 Hop City Rd., $147,000. Harry Bliss sold property to Garth Ellms.  CHARLTON 4 Little Troy Lane, $300,000. Victoria and Kenneth Hayner, Sr. sold property to William and Joelle West.  CORINTH 369 West Maple St., $55,000. US Bank Trust (by Atty) sold property to Frank Brownell.  GALWAY  1058 NYS Route 29, $180,000. Thomas Cooper sold property to Vanessa Konkel and Ronald West. MALTA 90 Woodfield Blvd., $65,000. Michaels Group Holdings LLC sold property to HELD Properties LLC.  2147 Rowley Rd., $24,000. Jacqueline Traver…
  • NYPA
  • Saratoga County Chamber
  • BBB Accredited Business
  • Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau
  • Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association
  • Saratoga Mama