Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Wheeler, 138th Public Affairs Detachment
The New York Army National Guard's newest brigadier general, Brig. Gen. Raymond Shields (center) joins Chief Warrant Officer 5 Brian Smith, who enlisted in 1973, and Pvt. Shelbi Vanderbogart, who enlisted Dec. 13, 2011, in cutting the National Guard's Birthday Cake during a ceremony held at New York National Guard headquarters in Latham, N.Y., Dec. 13, 2012, which marked the 376th anniversary of the birth of the National Guard. The celebration has become an annual event.