NY Air Guard recognizes new top enlisted Airman on Monday, Feb. 26, at National Guard Headquarters

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Command Chief Master Sgt. Maureen Dooley

LATHAM, NY (02/25/2018) (readMedia)-- New York Air National Guard Command Chief Master Sgt. Maureen Dooley, a Rome resident, will be recognized as the senior enlisted Airman in the 5,600-member New York Air National Guard during a ceremony at Division of Military and Naval Affairs Headquarters on Monday afternoon, Feb. 26.

Dooley has replaced Command Chief Master Sgt. Amy Giaquinto, a Ballston Spa resident, who now serves as the senior enlisted advisor for both the Army and Air National Guard.

The senior enlisted advisor reports to the commander on training, discipline, advancement, and other issues regarding the enlisted force.

WHO: Command Chief Master Sgt. Maureen Dooley, the incoming senior enlisted advisor; Command Chief Master Sgt. Amy Giaquinto, the outgoing senior enlisted advisor; Major General Anthony German, the Adjutant General of New York and Commander of the New York Air National Guard, and representatives of the New York Air National Guard's commands from across the state.

WHAT: A Change of Authority Ceremony in which the incoming senior enlisted advisor is recognized as taking over the duties of the top enlisted person in the New York Air National Guard, from the outgoing non-commissioned officer. Major General Anthony German, as the commander of the New York Air National Guard will preside over the ceremony.

WHEN: 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018

WHERE: Division of Military and Naval Affairs Headquarters, 330 Old Niskayuna Road, Latham, N.Y.

Coverage Opportunities:

Video and still photographic coverage of the traditional Change of Authority Ceremony. There will be the opportunity to interview key leaders.

Members of the press wishing to cover the event must call the Division of Military and Naval Affairs Public Affairs Office at 518-786-4581 for access to this secure military facility.


Command Chief Master Sgt. Maureen Dooley:

Chief Master Sgt. Maureen 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.

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.

Command Chief Master Sgt. Amy Giaquinto

In October 2017, the Ballston Spa, New York, resident became the first Air National Guard member–and the first woman–to serve as the top enlisted advisor to the adjutant general of New York.

She's now the senior noncommissioned officer dealing with issues impacting the enlisted Soldiers of the 10,300-member New York Army National Guard as well as the Airmen of the New York ANG.

Giaquinto started off her military career wearing green, as an enlisted Army Soldier from 1984 to 1987 in Germany.

"Command Sgt. Major Piwowarski has been in the position for the last two years. He did a great job, and he is now competitive at the national level to be the command sergeant major of the National Guard, or any other position the Army needs," German said. "So to be fair, on the Air Guard side, I wanted to make sure we were competitive on the national level."

After leaving the Army in 1987, where she served as an administrative specialist at U.S. Army Europe Headquarters in Heidelberg, Germany, Giaquinto had a 10 year break in service.

In 1997 she joined the 109th Airlift Wing in Scotia, New York, the New York Air Guard unit which specializes in flying in the Antarctic and Arctic.

She served in information management, administration and human resources jobs at the 109th AW between 1997 and 2011. She also deployed to Afghanistan in 2009 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

From 2011 to 2013, she served as personnel superintendent at the New York ANG Headquarters in Latham. In 2013 she was named command chief for the 109th Airlift Wing a position she held until 2016.


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.