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Eight Promoted at EADS

Gagnon Promoted

Senior Master Sgt. Derek Gagnon, right, was officially promoted on July 25. Lt. Col. Joe Roos of the 224th Air Defense Squadron served as the promoting officer. Gagnon is the Superintendent of Inspections for the 224th Air Defense Group.

Grinnell Promoted

Tech. Sgt. Matt Grinnell, right, was officially promoted on July 25. Lt. Col. Paul Bishop, Commander, 224th Support Squadron served as the promoting officer. Grinnell is a heating, ventilation and air conditioning maintenance specialist at the 224th Support Squadron.

Pelland Promoted

Master Sgt. Matt Pelland, right, was officially promoted on July 25. Lt. Col. Paul Bishop, Commander, 224th Support Squadron served as the promoting officer. Pelland is a cyber surety specialist at the 224th Support Squadron.

Brooks Promoted

Master Sgt. Lawrence Brooks, right, was officially promoted on July 25. Lt. Col. Joe Roos of the 224th Air Defense Squadron served as the promoting officer. Brooks is an air surveillance technician at the 224th Air Defense Squadron.

Barthle Promoted

Master Sgt. Amanda Barthle, right, was officially promoted on July 25. Lt. Col. Paul Bishop, Commander, 224th Support Squadron served as the promoting officer. Barthle is a cyber transportation systems specialist at the 224th Support Squadron.

Armitage Promoted

Chief Master Sgt. Mark Armitage was officially promoted during a ceremony at the Eastern Air Defense Sector on July 9. The Operations Superintendent at the 224th Air Defense Squadron, Armitage was promoted by Col. Paul Quigley, the Commander, 224th Air Defense Group.

Weber Promoted to Chief

Chief Master Sgt. Tammy Weber was officially promoted on July 25. Col. Paul Quigley, Commander, 224th Air Defense Group (ADG) served as the promoting officer at the ceremony. Chief Weber is the Senior Enlisted Leader at the 224th ADG.

Kujawski Promoted

Senior Master Sgt. Adam Kujawski, right, was officially promoted on July 25. Lt. Col. Joe Roos of the 224th Air Defense Squadron served as the promoting officer. Kujawski is an assistant flight superintendent at the 224th Air Defense Squadron.

Rome, NY --

Maj. Gen. Anthony P. German, the Adjutant General for the State of New York, announces the recent promotion of eight members of the New York Air National Guard’s 224th Air Defense Group (ADG) 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 (EADS) mission. Part of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), the Sector is responsible for the air defense of the eastern U.S.

Promoted Airmen are:

  • Tammy Weber, Sherrill, to the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. Weber is the Senior Enlisted Leader at the 224th Air Defense Group.
  • Mark Armitage, Holland Patent, to the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. Armitage is the Operations Superintendent at the 224th Air Defense Squadron.
  • Derek Gagnon, Fayetteville, to the rank of Senior Master Sergeant. Gagnon is the Inspections Superintendent for the 224th Air Defense Group.  
  • Adam Kujawski, New Hartford, to the rank of Senior Master Sergeant. Kujawski is an Assistant Flight Superintendent at the 224th Air Defense Squadron.
  • Amanda Barthle, Rome, to the rank of Master Sergeant. Barthle is a cyber transportation systems specialist at the 224th Support Squadron.
  • Lawrence Brooks, Ilion, to the rank of Master Sergeant. Brooks is an air surveillance technician at the 224th Air Defense Squadron.
  • Matthew Pelland, Canastota, to the rank of Master Sergeant. Pelland is a cyber surety specialist at the 224th Support Squadron.
  • Matthew Grinnell, Rome, to the rank of Technical Sergeant. Grinnell is a heating, ventilation and air conditioning maintenance specialist at the 224th Support Squadron.

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.