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    Pennsylvania Capitol hosts Guard Day 2018

    Pennsylvania Capitol hosts Guard Day 2018

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Zane Craig | Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general, and other Pennsylvania...... read more read more

    HARRISBURG, PA, UNITED STATES

    05.23.2018

    Story by Sgt. Zane Craig 

    Joint Force Headquarters - Pennsylvania National Guard

    HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Pennsylvania National Guard held its annual “Guard Day at the Capitol” here May 23 to showcase the mission and capabilities of the Pennsylvania National Guard to state legislators, staff and visitors through numerous displays.

    House and Senate resolutions proclaimed May 23, 2018 to be National Guard Day in Pennsylvania.

    The event serves as an opportunity for Pennsylvania National Guard leadership and members to inform and interact with state lawmakers.
    The day began with a breakfast meeting with Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general, other Pennsylvania National Guard senior staff, and dozens of legislators and their staff.

    During the meeting, Carrelli thanked the legislators for their role in supporting the Pennsylvania National Guard and talked about the positive role the Guard plays in the Commonwealth.

    “We are very fortunate and proud to have your support for the programs and equipment we need to do our job, which is to serve this Commonwealth,” said Carrelli.

    He added that the members of the Pennsylvania National Guard truly are Pennsylvania, living in every community and working as teachers, police officers, fire fighters, students, nurses and more.

    Guard members representing a variety of units and functions of the Pennsylvania National Guard spent the morning setting up colorful visual displays in the rotunda. Knowledgeable Soldiers and Airmen explained to curious legislators, staff and visitors their unique roles in the 19,000 member force, the third largest Guard in the nation.

    When the House and Senate were called to session, several outstanding Guard members were recognized for their accomplishments on the House floor.

    “I work at the operations desk in the Joint Emergency Operations Center, where we provided support to all the winter storms and all the hurricanes we’ve had in the past year,” said Sgt. Joshua Kleese, an operations noncommissioned officer with Joint Force Headquarters, Pennsylvania National Guard, who was recognized for his service today by the House.

    “That is one of the reasons I joined the Guard, is that we help out in snow emergencies, in floods, in any type of natural disaster, we at the operations desk send out the Guard members, the trucks exactly where they’re needed.”

    Also honored by the House today were: Chief Warrant Officer 2 Erik Roberts with the 28th Infantry Division and Chief Master Sgt. Keith Lloyd with the 201st RED HORSE, 111th Attack Wing.

    The Senate recognized: Col. Alvydas Siuparis with the Lithuanian Army, Pennsylvania’s partner of 25 years in the State Partnership Program, Spc. Patrick Stevens with the 213th Regional Support Group, and Tech. Sgt. Allyson Manner with the 171st Air Refueling Wing.

    Guard Day at the Capitol highlights the close relationship between members of the Pennsylvania National Guard and the Commonwealth’s elected leaders.

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    Date Taken: 05.23.2018
    Date Posted: 05.23.2018 13:50
    Story ID: 278124
    Location: HARRISBURG, PA, US 

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