ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A New York Army National Guard helicopter battalion with units based at airports in Albany and on Long Island is getting a new commander.
A change-of-command ceremony is scheduled for Friday night at the Guard's aviation support facility at the Division of Military and Naval Affairs headquarters in suburban Albany. Lt. Col. Jeffery Baker of Schenectady will be taking command of the 3rd Battalion, 142nd Aviation Regiment and its 350 soldiers.
A native of Harrisville in Lewis County, he's taking over for Lt. Col. Mark Slusar of East Chatham, who's being deployed to Kuwait.
The aviation regiment operates Blackhawk helicopters and has elements based at Albany International Airport and McArthur Airport at Ronkonkoma on Long Island. Its last deployment was to Iraq four years ago, when it supported the 10th Mountain Division.
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