Mechanicville National Guardsman dies in Antarctica

Sergeant George Anthony Girtler IV.
Sergeant George Anthony Girtler IV.

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GLENVILLE — A Mechanicville man who served in the Air National Guard recently died in Antarctica.

Sgt. George Anthony Girtler IV, 37, died from a pulmonary embolism on Jan. 11 while serving in Antarctica with the 109th Airlift Wing, Stratton Air National Guard Base in support of Operation Deep Freeze.

Born in Albany on July 26, 1982, he was the son of George and Victoria Rubino Girtler III, he was a 2001 graduate of Stillwater High School. Girtler received his associate’s degree from Hudson Valley Community College and then a bachelor’s in the Technical Management Program at DeVry University. 

After graduating from HVCC in 2005, Girtler worked for Arcadia MFG until 2011. In May 2010, he joined the Air National Guard, serving one year at the Westover Air Reserve Base before transferring to the 109th Airlift Wing at Stratton Air National Guard Base in Glenville. 

He was an aircraft electrician who served as crew chief on planes such as the C5 Galaxy. Most recently, he worked as an Aircraft Electro-Environmental Systems Technician on C130s at Stratton ANG Base. During his years in the Air National Guard, Girtler also worked for LQK and Globalfoundries. 

In 2004, Girtler married his high school girlfriend, whom he spoke to every day, even while deployed. Girtler enjoyed hunting and spending time with his wife and children. He was also an avid beer brewer who enjoyed sharing his brews with his friends at work.

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