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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.

NY State Military Museum opening Vietnam War exhibit

SARATOGA SPRINGS

NY State Military Museum opening Vietnam War exhibit

A new exhibit on the Vietnam War is opening at the New York State Military Museum on the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon.

‘Silent Sentinels’ stand guard 150 years later

SARATOGA SPRINGS

‘Silent Sentinels’ stand guard 150 years later

After the Civil War ended in April 1865, statues depicting Union and Confederate soldiers went up across the country, from New England squares to Southern courthouses. A century and a half later, these weathered “Silent Sentinels” still stand guard, rifles at the ready, gazing off in the distance.

National welding group honors Scotia man as USS Slater volunteer

ALBANY

National welding group honors Scotia man as USS Slater volunteer

Clark Farnsworth was honored Saturday morning at the Port of Albany by the American Welding Society for his lifetime of welding and service to his country and community.

Afghan soldier kills 1 American soldier, wounds 2 US troops

KABUL, Afghanistan

Afghan soldier kills 1 American soldier, wounds 2 US troops

An Afghan soldier shot and killed a U.S. soldier and wounded two others Wednesday before being shot dead, the first so-called "insider attack" to target NATO troops since they ended their combat mission at the start of the year.

Schenectady banners to recognize veterans, active military

SCHENECTADY

Schenectady banners to recognize veterans, active military

Schenectady’s military heroes will be recognized throughout the city starting this spring, in the Hometown Heroes Banner Program.

Pentagon chief considers easing of enlistment standards

Pentagon chief considers easing of enlistment standards

Saying the military needs to do more to compete with corporate America for quality recruits, Defense Secretary Ash Carter opened the door Monday to relaxing some enlistment standards — particularly for high-tech or cyber security jobs.

Donated aquariums help vets de-stress

CAPITAL REGION

Donated aquariums help vets de-stress

A new effort by the Capital District Marine Aquarists Society aims to expose more military veterans to aquariums and fish care, since finding ways to unwind is among the issues vets face — along with reconnecting with their families after deployments. Some have made that connection through tropical fish.

Benét Laboratories’ 120mm cannon set for test-firing this month

WATERVLIET

Benét Laboratories’ 120mm cannon set for test-firing this month

Test firing is slated to begin within the next several weeks on an extended range 120mm mortar ballistic test cannon designed by the U.S. Army’s Benét Laboratories.

Niskayuna student in line for commission

NISKAYUNA

Niskayuna student in line for commission

Faye Dohring is living proof that those who don’t succeed should keep on trying.

Rescued pit bulls fight stigma by guiding people in need

LOS ANGELES

Rescued pit bulls fight stigma by guiding people in need

When former Marine Joe Bonfiglio starts thrashing in his sleep, his pit bull service dog jumps on the bed, climbs on top of him and wakes him up to end the flashback.

Planes to stay at Stratton air base

GLENVILLE

Planes to stay at Stratton air base

The Stratton Air National Guard Base in Glenville will be holding on to two C-130 aircraft that had been scheduled for relocation, according to lawmakers.

GLENVILLE

Two 109th Airlift members named Airmen of Year

Two 109th Airlift Wing airmen were among six New York Air National Guard members recognized as Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2015.

Center aids veterans in launching companies

BALLSTON SPA

Center aids veterans in launching companies

The Veterans Business Outreach Center in Albany helps veterans with all aspects of starting a business, free of charge.

ALBANY

Coast Guard cutter clears ice from Hudson River

The Coast Guard cutter Thunder Bay is breaking ice along the Hudson River to keep shipping channels open between Kingston and Albany for barges carrying heating oil and road salt.

Final care packages going out to troops as deployments end

During his third tour in Iraq, U.S. Army Sgt. Eugenio Amador received much-needed morale boosts in the form of care packages sent by America’s Moms for Soldiers.

GUILDERLAND

Guilderland Marine veteran died of natural causes

Police say a former Marine found dead the same day The Associated Press featured the combat veteran in a story highlighting his struggles with post-traumatic stress died of natural causes.

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