NY National Guard marks 382nd Birthday of the National Guard at 3 p.m. today, Dec. 13 at Latham headquarters

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LATHAM, NY (12/13/2018) (readMedia)-- The New York National Guard will celebrate the 382nd birthday of the National Guard with a traditional military cake cutting ceremony at New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs headquarters today, Dec. 13.

Two young Guard members-- one from the Army Guard and one from the Air Guard -- will join Major General Ray Shields, the Adjutant General of New York, in cutting the cake. Members of the press are invited to attend.

WHO: Major Gen. Ray Shields, the Adjutant General of New York will preside over the cake-cutting ceremony. Airman First Class Emily Irish from Porter Corners, a member of the 109th Airlift Wing, and Pvt. Michael Mohabir a truck driver from Schenectady in the 1427th Transportation Company, will join Shields in cutting the National Guard birthday cake. Four Airmen and Soldiers will also be part of a enlistment affirmation during the ceremony.

WHAT: Commemoration of the National Guard's 382nd Birthday. The National Guard is the oldest armed service in the United States, predating the American Revolution, and traces its lineage back to the legislation organizing the Massachusetts Bay Colony militia which was approved on Dec. 13, 1636.

WHERE: New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs Headquarters, 330 Old Niskayuna Road, Latham, N.Y. 12210.

WHEN: 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, 2017.

Coverage Opportunities:

Video and still imagery of the traditional cake cutting ceremony. There will be opportunities to interview National Guard senior leader and the Soldiers and Airmen taking part in the event.

Members of the media interested in covering this event must contact the Division of Military and Naval Affairs Public Affairs Office at 518-786-4581 for access to this secure facility.