Brig. Gen. Patrick Center, a Charleton resident, retires after almost 40 years in NY Army National Guard

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Brig. Gen. Patrick Center with his daughter Kayla, wife Michele, and daughter Meghan. ( Capt. Jean Marie Kratzer)

LATHAM, NY (07/30/2018) (readMedia)-- New York Army National Guard Brig. Gen. Patrick Center, a Charleton resident, will retire after almost 40 years of service on Tuesday afternoon, August 31.

Center serves as the Director of Joint Staff for the New York National Guard, responsible for coordinating National Guard joint responses to New York state emergencies. He will be replaced by New York Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Timothy Labarge.

Members of the media are invited to cover the retirement ceremony.

WHO: Brig. Gen. Patrick Center and his family and Major General Anthony German, the Adjutant General of New York.

WHAT: A short retirement ceremony during which Center will be recognized for his years of work for the New York National Guard.

WHEN: 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31, 2018.

WHERE: New York National Guard headquarters, 330 Old Niskayuna Road, Latham, N.Y.

Coverage Opportunities:

Reporters can interview Brig. Gen. Patrick Center about his career and obtain video and still photographs of the military retirement ceremony.

Reporters must contact the Division of Military and Naval Affairs Public Affairs Office at 518-786-4581 for access to this secure military facility.

BACKGROUND:

Brig. Gen. Patrick Center, has almost 40 years of service in the Army National Guard. His most recent assignment has been serving as the Director of Joint Staff for the New York National Guard since 2016.

Center enlisted in the New York Army National Guard in 1979. He attended Officer Candidate School in 1985 and 1986 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in June 1986.

During his term as the Director of Joint Staff, responsible for coordinating New York Military Forces domestic operations, Center has overseen the work of Joint Task Force Empire Shield, the New York National Guard standing security force in New York City, two Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Teams, and the FEMA Region II Homeland Response Force and the operations of the Citizens Preparedness Training Teams and the New York Counterdrug Task Force.

During this period the New York National Guard deployed Army and Air Guard forces to Texas, Puerto Rico, Florida, and the Virgin Islands in response to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria in the summer and fall of 2017. The New York Military Forces were involved in a massive collection and distribution of donated goods for Puerto Rico and responded to Lake Ontario flooding with a massive sand bagging operating a tornado in western New York and snowstorms in the Hudson Valley the resulted in lost power for hundreds of thousands of people.

During his years in the New York Army National Guard, Brig. Gen. Center served as Chief of Staff of the Army National Guard and was Director of Logistics when the New York National Guard responded to storms in 2011 and Superstorm Sandy in 2012.Troops under his direction pumped half a million gallons of fuel to local government vehicles, moved critical supplies across the state, and managed a logistics support area for 2,500 troops.

Center has also served as the Deputy Officer in Charge of the United States Property and Fiscal Operations Office for New York and as executive officer for the Adjutant General of New York.

Other jobs include commander of the 369th Quartermaster Battalion, Supply and Services Branch Chief for the New York Army National Guard's Logistics Office, Commander for Headquarters Company of the 427th Support Battalion, Assistant Logistics Officer for the 42nd Infantry Division, quartermaster company commander and transportation detachment commander.

He has served as a federal technician working full-time for the National Guard.

Center is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College and Nyack College and a National Security Management Certificate from Syracuse University's Maxwell School.

Center's awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, The Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal.

He and his wife Michele Center live in Charleton, N.Y. and have two daughters, Kayla and Meghan. Their daughter Meghan is engaged to Ian Stewart.