Saratoga Springs resident Edward Keyrouze is promoted to colonel in the New York Guard

Edward Keyrouze, a Saratoga Springs resident, was promoted to colonel in the New York Guard during a promotion ceremony at Camp Smith Training Site in Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. on September 26, 2018.

The New York Guard is the state's uniformed defense force which augments the New York Army and Air National Guard during state emergencies. Many of the New York Guard's volunteers have previous military experience but they do not have to be retired or former military members. Unlike the National Guard they have no federal role and serve only on state duty.

Keyrouze works at the Division of Military and Naval Affairs in Latham N.Y. as the administrative officer for the New York Guard since 2013.

He began his military career, in 1979 when he enlisted in the United States Army Reserves. In 1981 he transferred to the Active Army and then later joined the NY Army National Guard where he received an officer's commission in 1990 from the Empire State Military Academy Officer Candidate School.

He retired from the Active Federal Service in 2004 after completing over 24 years of service. During his Army career he served in all three components of the Army.

His leadership responsibilities have included recruiting command positions, platoon leader, assistant operations officer, chemical officer, battalion and brigade personnel officer, officer strength manager, and battalion executive officer.

In 2010, he joined the New York Guard assigned to the Headquarters 10th Brigade New York Guard. During his time with the guard he has been activated in 2011 in support of Hurricane Irene and 2012 Tropical Storm Sandy.

Keyrouze has completed several military schools including; infantry officer basic course, air assault school, supply management officer course, infantry mortar leader course, infantry officer advance course, combined arms service and staff school, command & general staff course and joint special operations leaders course.

The presiding officer for the promotion ceremony was Brigadier General David Warager, commander of the New York Guard.

His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Army National Guard Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Non Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon and Overseas Service Medal.

He also earned the Military Emergency Management Specialist badge for state emergency activation through the State Guard Association of the United States.

Keyrouze is a graduate of Nyack College with a Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Management and a Graduate certificate in Project Management from Villanova University.

He is married to the former Dawn McHargue of Halfmoon, N.Y. and they have three children; Austin, Justin and Amanda.

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