LATHAM — A Clifton Park resident has taken over command of the staff at the state Joint Force Headquarters from a Glenville resident who has retired after 28 years of military service.
New York Army National Guard Major Doug Berinstein assumed command from New York Army National Guard Major Amy Crounse at a July 30 ceremony presided over by Maj. Gen. Michel Natali, the assistant adjutant general for the Army Guard.
The Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment consists of 321 soldiers who staff the headquarters in Latham.
Natali said the company plays a critical role, and the National Guard could not function without it.
Berinstein, of Clifton Park, enlisted in 2006 and was commissioned an officer in 2009. Much of his career has been in military police units, including at Guantanamo Bay. Upon promotion to major in September 2020, he became garrison executive officer at the Camp Smith Training Site in the Hudson Valley.
He holds a bachelor of arts in political science from New England College and a law degree from Albany Law School. He and his wife, Rebecca, have two children, Alex and Logan.
Crounse, of Glenville, enlisted in the Army in 1993 as a Russian language linguist and joined the Army National Guard after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. She was commissioned an officer in 2004.
She is a veteran of the Iraq War and her deployments have included a stint in the U.S. embassy in Moscow and military exercises in Ukraine.
Crounse is a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College and also holds a master of business administration from Rochester Institute of Technology.
During her retirement ceremony, Natali presented her with the Meritorious Service Medal and the New York State Long and Faithful Service Certificate.