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Malta Man Joins New York Army National Guard

MALTA– Pfc. Michael Teal, of Malta, is set to join his new unit in the New York Army National Guard.

Teal completed Army basic training and  advanced to individual training with a ceremony held Sunday, July 10, at the South Lake Armory in Troy. Teal will join the 827th Engineer Company.

The ceremony marks the 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 hand off ceremony marks the introduction of our new soldiers to their unit and receiving new shoulder insignia, highlighting the start of their military service here in New York to serve state and nation,” Major General Anthony P. German, the adjutant general of New York, said in a statement. “I commend these soldiers for their initial accomplishments in training as their first milestone of a career as a citizen soldier.

“Every soldier or Airman in every unit across our state plays an important role in defending our homeland and serving our nation. We welcome these newest citizen soldiers as part of our New York National Guard family.”

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