ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) - Hundreds of New York Army National Guard soldiers are being honored for their service in Afghanistan last year, and some of their units are getting new commanders at the same time.
The members of the National Guard's 2nd Battalion of the 108th Infantry and the 69th Infantry were honored Saturday during "Freedom Salute" ceremonies that were held at several locations, including Ithaca, Utica, Glenville, Gloversville and Peekskill.
Change of command ceremonies were also held for the new company commanders for units based in Ithaca, Glenville and Gloversville.
The 2nd Battalion of the 108th Infantry conducted combat missions in Afghanistan last year as part of a task force.
The soldiers in the 69th served with the 108th Infantry during its deployment. The 108th is part of the Syracuse-based 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.