Senior NCOs promoted at EADS

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  • By Tim Jones
  • Eastern Air Defense Sector

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

Promoted senior NCOs, identified by their new ranks, are:

  • Chief Master Sgt. Natasha VanDeusen. VanDeusen is the Chief Enlisted Manager for Cyber Operations at the 224th Support Squadron (SPTS).
  • Senior Master Sgt. John McCormick. McCormick is the Cyber Operations superintendent with the 224th SPTS.
  • Master Sgt. Nicholas Tharrett. Tharrett currently serves as the Noncommissioned Officer-in-Charge of the identification section at the 224th Air Defense Squadron (ADS).
  • Master Sgt. Anibal Verdejo. Verdejo is a Security Forces flight sergeant at the 224th SPTS.

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 For more information on the Eastern Air Defense Sector and the 224th Air Defense Group, visit