New York Army National Guard Soldiers Mobilize For Afghanistan

By Lt. Col. Paul Fanning, New York Army National GuardFebruary 18, 2010

BUFFALO-- New York Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Ronald Koestler is greeted by Col. Reginald Sanders, commander of the 153rd Troop Command, as he symbolically "crosses over" into federal service and membership in the 827th Engineer Company for deployment to Afghanistan. 
Members of the Knights of Columbus provided an honor guard for the event, held Thursday Feb. 18 at the Connecticut St. Armory.
1 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – BUFFALO-- New York Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Ronald Koestler is greeted by Col. Reginald Sanders, commander of the 153rd Troop Command, as he symbolically "crosses over" into federal service and membership in the 827th Engineer Company for deployment to Afghanistan. Members of the Knights of Columbus provided an honor guard for the event, held Thursday Feb. 18 at the Connecticut St. Armory. (Photo Credit: Lt. Col. Paul Fanning, New York National Guard) VIEW ORIGINAL
BUFFALO--New York Army National Guard Sgt. Austin Bessong, a resident of Cheektowaga, NY and an immigrant from Cameroon, was joined by his brother and father from New Jersey during a mobilization ceremony at the Connecticut Street Armory here on Thursday, Feb. 18.
Bessong will deploy to Afghanistan with the 827th Engineer Company.
2 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – BUFFALO--New York Army National Guard Sgt. Austin Bessong, a resident of Cheektowaga, NY and an immigrant from Cameroon, was joined by his brother and father from New Jersey during a mobilization ceremony at the Connecticut Street Armory here on Thursday, Feb. 18. Bessong will deploy to Afghanistan with the 827th Engineer Company. (Photo Credit: Lt. Col. Paul Fanning,New York Army National Guard) VIEW ORIGINAL
BUFFALO--New York Army National Guard Capt. Jeffery Miles, commander of the 827th Engineer Company from Horseheads, NY, enjoys a moment with his two-year old daughter Olivia, and wife Heather during a mobilization ceremony at the Connecticut St. Armory here on Thursday Feb. 18.
Mile's company will deploy to Afghanistan to assist in infrastructure construction.
3 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – BUFFALO--New York Army National Guard Capt. Jeffery Miles, commander of the 827th Engineer Company from Horseheads, NY, enjoys a moment with his two-year old daughter Olivia, and wife Heather during a mobilization ceremony at the Connecticut St. Armory here on Thursday Feb. 18. Mile's company will deploy to Afghanistan to assist in infrastructure construction. (Photo Credit: Lt. Col. Paul Fanning, NewYork Army National Guard) VIEW ORIGINAL
BUFFALO--New York Army National Guard PFC Victoria Mariana, a Buffalo State University student, speaks with the press during a mobilization ceremony at the Connecticut Street Armory here on Thursday Feb 18.
Mariana, a member of the 152nd Engineer Support Company is deploying to Afghanistan with New York's 827th Engineer Company.
4 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – BUFFALO--New York Army National Guard PFC Victoria Mariana, a Buffalo State University student, speaks with the press during a mobilization ceremony at the Connecticut Street Armory here on Thursday Feb 18. Mariana, a member of the 152nd Engineer Support Company is deploying to Afghanistan with New York's 827th Engineer Company. (Photo Credit: Lt. Col. Paul Fanning, New York Army National Guard) VIEW ORIGINAL
BUFFALO-- Members of the New York Army National Guard's 152nd Engineer Support Company salute during the National Anthem during a mobilization ceremony Thursday, Feb. 18 at the Connecticut Street here. 80 members of the company are mobilizing to deploy to Afghanistan with the 827th Engineer Company.
5 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – BUFFALO-- Members of the New York Army National Guard's 152nd Engineer Support Company salute during the National Anthem during a mobilization ceremony Thursday, Feb. 18 at the Connecticut Street here. 80 members of the company are mobilizing to deploy to Afghanistan with the 827th Engineer Company. (Photo Credit: Lt. Col. Paul Fanning, New York Army National Guard) VIEW ORIGINAL