Patrick Center of Ballston Spa is promoted to brigadier general in the New York Army National Guard

National Guard Promotes Ballston Spa Man to Brigadier General

Patrick Center of Ballston Spa is promoted to brigadier general in the New York Army National Guard

Brig. Gen. Patrick Center stands at attention as Warrant Officer Matt Starr and his brother Joe, left, unroll his general officers flag during promotion ceremonies on Friday, July 1./Photo provided.

LATHAM – A Ballston Spa man has been promoted to a one-star general in the New York Army National Guard.
Patrick Center, of Ballston Spa, was promoted to brigadier general, one star, at a ceremony on Friday, July 1 at the Division of Military and Naval Affairs headquarters here. Center serves as the director of joint staff for the 16,000-member New York Army and Air National Guard.

Maj. Gen. Anthony German, the adjutant general of New York, praised Center’s work ethic and attitude.

“He takes on all jobs with vim and vigor,” German said in a statement. “He is an absolute pleasure to work with.”

Center’s previous assignment was chief of staff for the 10,300-member New York Army National Guard, where he was responsible for the day-to-day administrative management of the force. He also served as the Director of Logistics for the New York Army National Guard, managing a network of repair facilities across the state. Center was responsible for logistics support provided to troops and local governments during the New York National Guard’s response to super storm Sandy in 2012.

Center is one of five one-star generals in the New York Army National Guard. Two serve as deputy commanders of the Troy-based 42nd Infantry Division, which has units in several states, and two other one-star generals command the New York Army National Guard and the 53rd Troop Command of the New York Army National Guard.

Center, who has served in the National Guard since 1979, is a National Guard technician, which means he works for the National Guard daily as a federal civilian employee as well as serving in the National Guard as an officer. He lives in Ballston Spa with his wife, Michelle, and two daughters, Kayla and Meghan.

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