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Four NY Air National Guardsmen at EADS Promoted

Dunford Promoted to Major

Brad Dunford was promoted to major on Nov. 29. Maj. Kip Trausch of the 224th Air Defense Squadron served as the promoting officer.

VanDeusen Promoted to Senior Master Sgt.

Natasha VanDeusen, right, was promoted to senior master sergeant on Nov. 29 by Col David Bartczak, the Commander, 224th Support Squadron.

Balash Promoted to Tech. Sgt.

Frank Balash, right, was promoted to technical sergeant on Nov. 29 by Col. David Bartczak, Commander, 224th Support Squadron.

Gallagher Promoted to Staff Sergeant

Tracy Gallagher, right, was promoted to staff sergeant on Nov. 29. Col. John Balbierer, 224th Air Defense Group Commander, served as the promoting officer.

Rome, New York --

ROME, N.Y – Maj. Gen. Anthony P. German, the Adjutant General for the State of New York, announces the recent promotion of members of the New York Air National Guard’s 224th Air Defense Group in recognition of their capability for additional responsibility and leadership.

The 224th ADG, composed of the 224th Air Defense Squadron and 224th Support Squadron, provides the forces to conduct the Eastern Air Defense Sector’s mission. Part of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), EADS is responsible for the air defense of the eastern U.S.

Promoted Airmen are:

  • Brad Dunford, Wampsville, to the rank of Major. Dunford is an air battle manager assigned to the 224th Air Defense Squadron.

  • Natasha VanDeusen, Rome, to the rank of Senior Master Sergeant. A cyberspace communications superintendent, VanDeusen is assigned to the 224th Support Squadron.

  • Frank Balash, Ava, to the rank of Technical Sergeant. Balash is a cyber transport systems technician assigned to the 224th Support Squadron.

  • Tracy Gallagher, Sherrill, to the rank of Staff Sergeant. Gallagher is a personnelist with the 224th Air Defense Group.   

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, visit 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