GLOVERSVILLE, N.Y. – Soldiers apart of a local New York Army National Guard were honored for their service in Afghanistan on Sunday, celebrating at a final yellow rose homecoming event.
The soldiers of the New York Army National Guard's Company E 427th Brigade Support Battalion, and the Company C 2nd Battalion 108th Infantry were honored for their year-long service and appointed new commanders at the Gloversville High School gym on Sunday.
The 2nd Battallion 108th Volunteer Infantry Unit was deployed last year to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom shortly after Specialist Tyler Hallenbeck exchanged vows with his wife, Samantha.
Specialist Hallenbeck, along with 74 of his military comrades, received an Army Achievement Medal. Fifteen others got Commendation medals, and three more were awarded Broze Star medals for their service in Iraq.
The National Guard "Freedom Salute" recognition ceremony and company change of command ceremony features the traditional passing of the guidon from the outgoing to the incoming commander.
1st Lt. Mark Colloton, a combat veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan will take command of the Company E 427th Brigade Support Battalion Sunday.
Capt. Dermont Gavin, a combat veteran, will take command of the Company C 2nd Battalion 108th Infantry.