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Mechanicville vet spread news of Japan's surrender
MECHANICVILLE

Mechanicville vet spread news of Japan's surrender

Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015
A young sailor from Mechanicville was a shipboard radioman helping news organizations get the word out to the world that the Japanese had officially surrendered on Sept. 2, 1945.
 
2 women pass Army Ranger School, first female graduates
WASHINGTON

2 women pass Army Ranger School, first female graduates

Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015
Two women have passed the Army's Ranger School, becoming the first females to complete the grueling combat training program and earn the right to wear Ranger tabs on their uniforms.
 
House veterans chairman: VA should fire bad workers faster
DENVER

House veterans chairman: VA should fire bad workers faster

Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015
The chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee said Monday the troubled VA should fire problem employees faster and that Congress should make it easier for the entire government to dismiss bad workers.
 
Schumer: Bring WWI hero's Medal of Honor to Albany
ALBANY

Schumer: Bring WWI hero's Medal of Honor to Albany

Thursday, July 16, 2015
The Medal of Honor posthumously awarded last month to a World War I soldier from Albany should be put on public display in his hometown, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said Thursday.
 
Pentagon readying plan to lift transgender ban
WASHINGTON

Pentagon readying plan to lift transgender ban

Monday, July 13, 2015
Pentagon leaders are finalizing plans aimed at lifting the ban on transgender individuals in the military, with the goal of formally ending one of the last gender- or sexuality-based barriers to military service, senior U.S. officials told The Associated Press.
 
Air National Guard getting new commander
LATHAM

Air National Guard getting new commander

Monday, June 22, 2015
Brig. Gen. Anthony German of Oneonta, former commander of the 109th Airlift Wing, will officially take command of the New York state Air National Guard today and be promoted to major general.
He will be replacing Maj. Gen. Verle Johnston, who has held the post since 2012.
 
Air National Guard commander to retire
LATHAM

Air National Guard commander to retire

Thursday, June 11, 2015
Maj. Gen. Verle Johnston will relinquish command of the New York Air National Guard on Friday and end his 41-year military career.
 
SCHENECTADY

Flags honoring veterans taken from Schenectady park

Tuesday, June 9, 2015
A handful of flags commemorating local veterans were taken from Veterans Park on State Street in Schenectady.
 
Glenville WWII veteran gets medal after 70 years
GLENVILLE

Glenville WWII veteran gets medal after 70 years

Thursday, June 4, 2015
The residents of Judson Meadows assisted living community turned out in the main living room to honor a war hero last week.
 
Albany native, WWI hero finally receives Medal of Honor
WASHINGTON

Albany native, WWI hero finally receives Medal of Honor

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Declaring it’s never too late to make things right, President Barack Obama posthumously bestowed the Medal of Honor on two World War I veterans whose heroic acts nearly 100 years ago went unrecognized in an age of discrimination.
 
Henry Johnson's WWI courage honored today
ALBANY

Henry Johnson's WWI courage honored today

Monday, June 1, 2015
Sgt. Henry Johnson, an black World War I hero and former Albany resident, will posthumously receive the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama today in Washington, D.C.
 
Rotterdam family breaking down gender and racial barriers
ROTTERDAM

Rotterdam family breaking down gender and racial barriers

Friday, May 29, 2015
Aaron Mair was elected May 18 to serve as the first African-American president of the prestigious Sierra Club, a national environmental organization with more than 800,000 members. Around the same time, his daughter, Marjana Bidwell, a captain in the U.S. Army, learned she will take command of the renowned Old Guard regiment that oversees Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
 

Saratoga museum puts 600-plus veterans interviews on YouTube

Thursday, May 28, 2015
Video interviews of hundreds of veterans from the Empire State are now available on a new YouTube channel established by the New York State Military Museum.
 
Ceremony set at NY gravesite of unknown Colonial soldiers
LAKE GEORGE

Ceremony set at NY gravesite of unknown Colonial soldiers

Monday, May 25, 2015
About 50 people attended a Memorial Day ceremony at a grave that a New York historical group says contains the oldest known remains of unknown soldiers in the United States.
 
Putting flags on veterans’ graves sign of respect, history lesson for Scouts
SCHENECTADY

Putting flags on veterans’ graves sign of respect, history lesson for Scouts

Saturday, May 23, 2015
A small crew of Scouts from Troop 357 in Schenectady, with help from parents and friends, poked two-foot tall flags into the ground and ensured 600 men and women from the past would be remembered over the holiday weekend.
 
 

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