LATHAM — Maj. Gen. Ray Shields, adjutant general for New York, has announced the following promotions of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their capability for additional responsibility and leadership:
Justin Orourke, of Camden, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry, promoted to private;
Brandon Welsh, of New Hartford, Company D, 152nd Brigade Engineer Battalion, promoted to private first class; and
That Oo, of Utica, 102nd Military Police Battalion, promoted to private.
Army National Guard promotions are based on overall performance, attitude, leadership ability, and development potential, the announcement said, adding that the promotions additionally recognize the best qualified soldiers and attract and retain the highest caliber citizen soldiers for a career in the New York Army National Guard. The New York National Guard is the state’s executive agency responsible to the governor for managing New York’s Military Forces, which consists of nearly 20,000 members of the New York Army National Guard, the New York Air National Guard, the New York Naval Militia and the New York Guard.