Rome resident promoted to chief master sergeant

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LATHAM — Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Shields, the adjutant general for New York, has announced that Natasha VanDeusen, of Rome, has been promoted to chief master sergeant, one of four promotions of senior noncommissioned officers (NCOs) at the New York Air National Guard’s 224th Air Defense Group in recognition of their capability for additional responsibility and leadership.

Chief Master Sgt. VanDeusen is the chief enlisted manager for cyber operations at the 224th Support Squadron.

The 224th ADG is comprised of the 224th Air Defense Squadron and 224th Support Squadron, located in Rome, and Detachment 1 and Detachment 2 that serve in the Washington, D.C. area. The 224th ADG provides the forces to conduct the Eastern Air Defense Sector’s mission. Part of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), the Sector is responsible for the air defense of the eastern U.S.

Air National Guard promotions are based on overall performance, attitude, leadership ability and development potential. These promotions additionally recognize the best qualified airmen and attract and retain the highest caliber Citizen Soldiers for a career in the New York Air National Guard.

For more information about the New York Air National Guard, go online to www.dmna.ny.gov. For more information on the Eastern Air Defense Sector and the 224th Air Defense Group, visit www.eads.ang.af.mil.

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