Pownal National Guard Soldier Receives New Rank, New Responsibilities
LATHAM, N.Y. — A Pownal, Vt., man has been promoted to the rank of sergeant in the New York Army National Guard.
Robert Hoard, assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry Regiment, received the promotion Feb. 6.
He was one of a number of promoted guard members announced by Maj. Gen. Ray Shields, the adjutant general for the state of New York, in recognition of their capability for additional responsibility and leadership.
Army National Guard promotions are based on a soldier's overall performance, demonstrated leadership abilities, professionalism and future development potential.
These promotions recognize the best qualified soldiers for a career in the New York Army National Guard.
Army National Guard citizen soldiers who serve their states and nation are eligible for monthly pay, educational benefits (from the state and federal government), travel across the globe, technical and leadership training, health and dental insurance and contributions toward retirement programs similar to a 401(k).
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 and Air National Guard, New York Guard and the New York Naval Militia.
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