Chief Master Sgt. Maureen Dooley, a Rome resident, is new top enlisted leader for New York Air National Guard

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Chief Master Sgt. Maureen Dooley

LATHAM, NY (02/09/2018) (readMedia)-- New York Air National Guard Chief Master Sgt. Maureen Dooley, a Rome resident, is now the top enlisted Airman for the 5,600-member New York Air National Guard.

Dooley previously served as the Senior Enlisted Leader and Group Superintendent for the 224th Air Defense Group in Rome. Dooley served in the active Air Force from 1979 to 1987 and has served in the Air National Guard since 1995.

As Command Chief Master Sergeant for the New York Air National Guard, Dooley will serve as the advisor to Major General Anthony German, commander of the New York Air National Guard, on issues affecting enlisted Airmen.

"I'm excited to have been selected as the next Command Chief Master Sergeant for the New York Air National Guard, " Dooley said. "Taking care of our Airmen is priority one to me by guiding and mentoring them through successful careers, and eliminating barriers to their progression."

Dooley replaces Chief Master Sergeant Amy Giaquinto, a Ballston Spa resident, who now serves at the top enlisted leader for both the New York Army and Air National Guard.

The New York Air National Guard is located at five bases across New York and operates the MQ-9 remotely piloted aircraft, the C-17 Globemaster III strategic transport, the LC-130 ski-equipped Hercules transport, and the HH-60 search and rescue helicopter and the HC-130 search and rescue aircraft.

Most of the force consists of traditional Air National Guardsmen who serve on a part-time basis, but others serve full-time to ensure readiness.

The New York Air National Guard also includes the Eastern Air Defense Sector, where Dooley had served, responsible for the air defense of the United States east of the Mississippi.

Dooley is a native of Danielson, Connecticut. After joining the Air Force in 1979 she served as an aircraft maintenance specialists on the F-4E and then the F-15 fighter and the T-33 training aircraft before leaving the Air Force.

In December 1995, Dooley enlisted in the New York Air National Guard and joined what was then the Northeast Air Defense Sector (NEADS), part of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, and is responsible for identifying and tracking aircraft flying over the United States and Canada. The unit directs fighters to defend North American airspace.

Dooley worked in tracking and identification positions and also served in weapons director, air surveillance, mission crew controller and non-commissioned officer positions at NEADS and now EADs.

She served as Flight Superintendent and Operations Superintendent before becoming the Chief Enlisted Manager of the 224th Support Squadron in 2014. She served as the senior enlisted leader at the 224th Air Defense Group from 2016 until January 2018.

Dooley is a Distinguished Graduate of the Air Force Senior NCO Academy and holds a degree in Space Technology from the Community College of Air Force.

Her awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Air Force Achievement Medal, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Air Force Organizational Excellence Award, the Combat Readiness Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

A formal ceremony will be held at New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs headquarters on Feb. 26 to mark the transition from Command Chief Master Sergeant Amy Giaquinto to Dooley.