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

ALBANY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

NY WWII POW remembered in European town where bomber crashed

An upstate New York man who survived being shot down during World War II is being remembered by the European town where his bomber crashed.

Town of Florida's Veterans Memorial taking shape

FLORIDA

Town of Florida's Veterans Memorial taking shape

Three pieces of steel from the South Tower of the World Trade Center are standing erect for the first time since they fell in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on New York City.

Never forget: Armed Forces Day honors all who serve in military

Never forget: Armed Forces Day honors all who serve in military

People might not remember the day that honors all branches of the military. It’s today — Armed Forces Day is always observed on the third Saturday of May.

Finally...Albany WWI hero to finally get Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON

Finally...Albany WWI hero to finally get Medal of Honor

President Barack Obama will award a posthumous Medal of Honor for a black World War I hero from Albany next month.

JONESVILLE

Patriot Flight to include Jonesville veteran, Army veteran daughter

He’s been around the world twice, but there’s one place Merchant Marine veteran Richard Horstman has never been — Washington, D.C. The 87-year-old will be able to scratch that destination off the list May 16, when he and his daughter, U.S. Army veteran Grace Dunker, board a Patriot Flight to the nation’s capital to visit the war memorials there.

Scotia man gathering bios of men and women who died in Korea

SCOTIA

Scotia man gathering bios of men and women who died in Korea

For close to 20 years, Robert Hall Jr. has worked to put photos and life stories with the name of each Schenectady County military member whose life was lost during the Korean War.

Books for Troops founder honored

HALFMOON

Books for Troops founder honored

Retired teacher Ellen Keegan, who founded Books for Troops in 2010, was presented with a proclamation April 7 by Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam.

Obama chooses Marine general as Joint Chiefs chairman

WASHINGTON

Obama chooses Marine general as Joint Chiefs chairman

President Barack Obama on Tuesday nominated a respected, combat hardened commander as his next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to lead the military during a key period of transition.

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