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224th ADG Promotes, Recognizes Airmen

Redden Receives German Military Award

Master Sgt. Sean Redden, right, received the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (GAFPB) bronze award from Col. Paul Quigley, Commander, 224th Air Defense Group, during a promotion and awards ceremony on Nov. 28 at the Eastern Air Defense Sector in Rome. Airmen earn the badge by passing a strenuous test composed of physical fitness and military skills evaluations. Those who pass the test receive gold, silver or bronze awards based on their scores.

Adam Earns German Armed Forces Award

Staff Sgt. Caleb Adam, right, received the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (GAFPB) gold award from Col. Paul Quigley, Commander, 224th Air Defense Group, during a promotion and awards ceremony on Nov. 28 at the Eastern Air Defense Sector in Rome. Airmen earn the badge by passing a strenuous test composed of physical fitness and military skills evaluations. Staff Sgt. Adam’s high score earned him the gold award, which is the badge’s highest honor.

Kuc Promoted

Staff Sgt. Kyle Kuc, right, was promoted on Nov. 28 at the 224th Air Defense Group’s promotion ceremony, held at the Eastern Air Defense Sector in Rome. Lt. Col. Joe Roos, Commander, 224th Air Defense Squadron, was the promoting officer.

Taylor Promoted

Lt. Col. Jason Taylor, right, received his new rank on Nov. 28 at the 224th Air Defense Group’s promotion ceremony, held at the Eastern Air Defense Sector in Rome. Lt. Col. Jeffrey Kerneklian, Operations Director, 224th Support Squadron, served as the promoting officer.

Rome, N.Y. -- Major General Raymond F. Shields, the Adjutant General for the State of New York, announces the recent promotion of two members of the New York Air National Guard’s 224th Air Defense Group (ADG) in recognition of their capability for additional responsibility and leadership.

Held on Nov. 28, the 224th ADG promotion ceremony also recognized two New York Air National Guardsmen who recently earned the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge.

Promoted Airmen were:
• Jason Taylor, Warners, to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Taylor is the Assistant Director of Operations at the 224th Support Squadron.
• Kyle Kuc, Camden, to the rank of Staff Sergeant. Kuc is a tracking technician at the 224th Air Defense Squadron.

The German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (GAFPB) test is a strenuous examination of physical fitness and military skills and the award is one of the few foreign medals U.S. military personnel can wear on their uniforms. The 224th ADG conducted the test in June and two Airmen qualified for the badge. They were:

• Staff Sgt. Caleb Adam, who qualified at the highest level and received the Gold GAFPB.
• Master Sgt. Sean Redden earned the Bronze GAFPB.

The 224th ADG is composed of the 224th Air Defense Squadron and 224th Support Squadron, located in Rome, and Detachment 1 and Detachment 2 that serve in the Washington, D.C. area. The 224th ADG 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.

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.