CAMP SMITH, NY (11/07/2017) New York Army National Guard Command Sgt. Major Joseph Freyn, a Brewerton resident and a veteran of wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan, has been named Command Sgt. Major of the Buffalo-based 153rd Troop Command.
As the Command Sgt. Major, Freyn is the highest ranking enlisted Soldier in the unit. He will report directly to Col. Michael Fowler, the commander of the 153rd on issues of training and discipline involving enlisted troops.
The 153rd Troop Command is the higher headquarters for New York National Guard's 102nd Military Police Battalion, 204th Engineer Battalion, and the 501st Ordnance Battalion. The command has units located throughout upstate New York.
Freyn took over from outgoing Command Sgt. Major Martin Foos, during a ceremony held on Saturday, Nov. 4 at Camp Smith Training Site near Peekskill.
Freyn joined the Army in 1991 and served on active duty as an intelligence specialist in Korea and Fort Meade, Maryland until he left active duty in 1995.
He joined the New York National Guard that year and served as a member of the 227th Military Intelligence Company in Syracuse until 2004. In 2004 and 2005 he deployed to Tikrit, Iraq as part of the 42nd Infantry Division, where he served as human intelligence analysis and requirements cell non-commissioned officer in charge.
Freyn continued to serve in the intelligence section of the 42nd Infantry Division in Troy until 201 when he became the First Sergeant of Company B, 27th Brigade Special Troops Battalion in Syracuse. He deployed to Kandahar Afghanistan in 2012 and in 2013 he was promoted to sergeant major and assigned to the Joint Operations Center for the New York National Guard in Latham.
Prior to his latest position he served as the command sergeant major for the 27th Brigade Special Troops Battalion of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team headquartered in Buffalo.
Freyn's awards include the Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, The NATO Medal and the Parachutist Badge.
Freyn holds a Bachelor's Degree from SUNY, Oswego and Master's Degree from American Public University.
He is currently a full-time member of the National Guard, serving as a Criminal Analyst and also as the senior enlisted advisor for the New York National Guard Counterdrug Task Force based at Stratton Air National Guard Base in Scotia.
He and his wife Cali have two sons; Cooper and Kyler.