Six promoted at Air National Guard’s 224th Air Defense Group

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ROME — Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Shields, adjutant general for New York, has announced the recent promotions of several airmen at the New York Air National Guard’s 224th Air Defense Group in recognition of their capability for additional responsibility and leadership.

Those promoted, identified by their new ranks, include:

Senior Master Sgt. Evan Thorn, of Camden, an assistant flight superintendent with the 224th Air Defense Squadron (ADS);

Tech. Sgt. Jovan Wimberly, of Sherrill, a cyber transmission systems technician with the 224th Support Squadron (SPTS);

Senior Airman Raven Buchwald, of Rome, a cyber systems technician at the 224th Support Squadron (SPTS);

Senior Airman Zachary Houle, of Rome, a Security Forces journeyman with the 224th Support Squadron (SPTS);

Staff Sgt. David Redner, of Rome, a Security Forces journeyman at the 224th Support Squadron (SPTS); and

Staff Sgt. Garrett Reilley, of Rome, an identification technician at the 224th Air Defense Squadron.

The 224th Air Defense Group is comprised of the 224th Air Defense Squadron and the 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 (EADS) 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, the announcement said, adding that 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 ADG, or to the website www.eads.ang.af.mil..

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