SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Maj. Gen. Robert A. Knauff, commander of the 6,000-member New York Air National Guard and deputy commander of the 17,000 men and women of the New York Army and Air National Guard, retired today during a formal ceremony held at Hancock Field Air National Guard Base.
Knauff, a pilot with 3,900 flying hours in F-106 Delta Daggers, F-15 Eagle, F-16 Falcon and OV-10 observation aircraft, commanded the 174th Fighter Wing at Hancock field from 1996 to 2003, prior to becoming Chief of Staff of the Air National Guard and then Commander.
"Since assuming command of the New York Air National Guard in 2005, Gen. Knauff put New York's air units at the heart of the Global War on Terrorism and humanitarian support operations throughout the United States and around the globe," said Maj. Gen. Joseph Taluto, the adjutant general and commander of the New York National Guard. "Under his leadership, New York deployed thousands of airmen as part of designated deployments worldwide, including domestic security operations in the years following the 2001 World Trade Center attacks and combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan."
A 1975 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Gen Knauff completed undergraduate pilot training in 1976. In the years following, he undertook a series of flying and command assignments culminating with his present duty at the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs in Latham, NY. In addition, he served as the Air National Guard assistant to the commander, U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command. He is a combat veteran with more than 3,900 flying hours.
A resident of Manlius, Onondaga County , Knauff's previous assignments included serving as an F-15 instructor pilot at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona; serving as a forward air controller at George Air Force Base in California; flying F-106s with the New Jersey Air National Guard; and serving as the Chief of Staff of the New York Air National Guard.
Knauff's awards include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, Combat Readiness Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Overseas Ribbon, and Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the New York State Conspicuous Service Medal, and the New York State Defense of Liberty Medal.
The New York Air National Guard is the nation's largest state air force comprised of five flying wings and the Northeast Defense Sector. It has more than 6,000 officer and enlisted members statewide. New York Air National Guard units fly C-130 and giant C-5A cargo aircraft, operate rescue helicopters that fly missions along the Atlantic seaboard, and watch the skies over the northeastern United States. The 174th Fighter Wing in Syracuse, which currently
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