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224th ADG promotes four Airmen

Rathbun promoted to technical sergeant

Tech. Sgt. Sierra Rathbun, right, was promoted at a recent ceremony held at EADS. Maj. Kevin Bunch of the 224th Air Defense Squadron served as the promoting officer.

Lambie promoted to technical sergeant

Tech. Sgt. Nicholas Lambie, right, was recently promoted. Maj. Kevin Bunch of the 224th Air Defense Squadron was the promoting officer.

Vernales promoted to lieutenant colonel

Lt. Col. Rex Vernales, right, recently received his new rank during a ceremony at the Eastern Air Defense Sector. On the left is Col. Jeffrey Kerneklian, 224th Support Squadron Commander, who served as the promoting officer.

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

Promoted Airmen, identified by their new ranks, are:

  • Lt. Col. Rex Vernales. Vernales is the cyber operations/plans and resources flight commander at the 224th Support Squadron (SPTS).
  • Master Sgt. Jeffery Coleman. Coleman is the noncommissioned officer in charge of the 224th Air Defense Squadron’s (ADS) drill status guard flight.
  • Tech. Sgt. Nicholas Lambie. Lambie is a weapons director at the 224th ADS.
  • Tech. Sgt. Sierra Rathbun, Rathbun is a weapons director at the 224th ADS.

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.