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Major General Raymond F. Shields, the Adjutant General for the State of New York, would like to announce the recent promotion of Jamin Riddick of Dexter to major in the New York Air National Guard. The promotion is made in recognition of Maj. Riddick's capability for additional responsibility and leadership. Maj. Riddick serves a Senior Director at the 224th Air Defense Squadron (ADS), which is part of the 224th Air Defense Group (ADG). 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
Sailor Katelyn Marie Walker graduated Navy Boot Camp at Great Lakes, Illinois on Friday, January 25th.
While in Boot Camp Katelyn earned a sharp shooters badge. Katelyn will be stationed at Norfolk, Virginia. She graduated from Mt. View High School in 2016. Katelyn’s family recognizes her accomplishments.
Private John C. Malmquist of Palmyra graduated Basic Combat Training (BCT) at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, being only the second group to complete the “Forge”. The Forge is a new basic training style that upends basic training exercises of the last 20 years in favor of a more grueling, intense, and efficient training designed to ensure soldiers are more mobile and efficient on the battlefield. After BCT graduation, John attended Advanced Individualized Training (AIT) at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. While there, John graduated top of his class, receiving The United States Army Achievement Medal for Outstanding Performance. His dedication placing him above peers on discipline, presence and knowledge, rewarding him with the name, The Iron Knight. John is currently stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas. Private John Malmquist is a 2018 graduate of Nokomis Regional High. He is the son of John and Donna Malmquist of Palmyra.