Brig. Gen. Steven Ferrari takes command of New York National Guard's 42nd Infantry Division
TROY, N.Y. (03/03/2017) (readMedia)-- Brig. Gen. Steven Ferrari, a veteran of the Iraq War and a Winslow Township, New Jersey resident, has been named commander of the New York Army National Guard's, Troy-based, 42nd Infantry Division.
The 54-year old replaces Major General Harry Miller who has moved into a full-time active duty assignment with the Army National Guard.
Ferrari previously served as one of the division's two assistant commanders.
The 42nd Infantry Division is based in Troy, N.Y. but has command responsibility over National Guard brigades throughout the northeast including units in New York, New Jersey, Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. In 2005 the 42nd Infantry Division was responsible for command of 23,000 Soldiers in north-central Iraq.
The 42nd Infantry Division is also responsible for the Federal Emergency Management Region II Homeland Response Force which can deploy 1,200 New York and New Jersey National Guard Soldiers and Airmen in the event of an emergency.
A formal change-of-command ceremony will take place in May.
Ferrari joined the New Jersey Army National Guard in 1981 and has served in a variety of positions to include Deputy Adjutant General of the New Jersey National Guard, Chief of Staff of the New Jersey Army National Guard, Commander of the 50th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, and Commander of the 3rd Battalion, 112th Field Artillery.
Ferrari commanded the 50th Infantry Brigade Combat Team in Iraq in 2008-09 when the unit was responsible for security force operations at Camp Cropper, Camp Bucca, Balad, Ashraf and Baghdad.
Ferrari was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1982 after graduating from Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, GA. He served as an Active Duty, full-time, Guardsman from June 1986 to August 2011.
His military education includes the Army War College, Dual Status Commander Course, Army Strategic Leadership Development Program – Intermediate and Basic, Command and General Staff Officer Course, Field Artillery Officer Advanced Course, and the Master Fitness Trainers Course.
He holds a Bachelor's of Science in Business Information Systems and a Master's degree in Strategic Studies.
Ferrari's awards include: the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Service Star, Iraqi Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Gold Hourglass and M Device, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal, and the New York Meritorious Service Medal
Ferrari and his wife Tracy have four children Steven, Nicholas, William and Malyssa.