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    Binghamton's New York Army National Guard Battalion, the 204th Engineer's, got a new commander on Saturday, June 27

    204th Engineer Battalion Change of Command

    Courtesy Photo | New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Brandon Gendron (left) receives the colors of...... read more read more



    Story by Eric Durr 

    New York National Guard

    Binghamton, N.Y. — Lt. Col. Brandon Gendron, a New York Army National Guard officer took command of the 204th Engineer Battalion during a ceremony held at the battalion's Binghamton, N.Y. headquarters on Saturday, June 27.

    Gendron, who was commissioned as an Army officer in 2004, replaced Lt. Col. Wing Yu as the battalion commander.

    Yu, who took command of the battalion in 2017, is also a full-time National Guard officer and will now serve as the executive officer of the 153rd Troop Command in Buffalo.

    The 204th Engineer Battalion is one of two engineer battalions in the 10,300 member New York Army National Guard. The battalion has elements across the state ranging from Kingston and the Camp Smith Training Site in the Hudson Valley to Buffalo.

    Gendron, who was initially trained as an Engineer officer, has served as the commander of the battalion's Headquarters and Service Company.

    "The 204th has a diverse and important mission not only in the U.S. Army but also here at home," Gendron said. "I look forward to serving alongside the officers, NCOs and Soldiers of the battalion."

    Gendron is a full-time New York Army National Guard officer who also serves in the operations section of the New York Army National Guard's headquarters in Latham, N.Y. as state training officer.

    His assignments have also included serving as Commander of Company D, 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry; fire support officer for the 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry, personnel officer and operations officer for the 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery and executive officer of the 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry and the 106th Regional Training Institute. He has deployed to Kuwait.

    He is a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College and the State University of New York at Buffalo. He also holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Nichols College.

    His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge.

    Gendron has been honored with the Field Artillery Order of St. Barbara and the Infantry Order of Saint Maurice. Both awards are presented for accomplishment in those military fields.

    He and his wife Suzanne, who live in Simsbury, Connecticut, have an 8-year old daughter, Kyleigh, and a 3-year old son, Jack.



    Date Taken: 06.27.2020
    Date Posted: 06.30.2020 10:10
    Story ID: 373084
    Location: BINGHAMTON, NY, US 

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