National Guard in NY gets new leader

LATHAM, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The New York Air National Guard has a new leader.

Brigadier General Anthony German took command of the 5,900 member guard during a ceremony in Latham Monday morning.

He replaced Major General Verle Johnson who retired from the post on June 12. But Brigadier General German said he didn’t deserve the credit for his promotion; his family does.

“It’s only because of the family that we can do anything,” he said. “As a service member, you’re gone a lot, and they’re always home. And I have a great family; great wife, great kids, you know, just great fun.”

Brigadier General German is an Oneonta resident who previously commanded the 109th Airlift Wing based out of Stratton Air Base in Scotia. Two of his four children are members of the 109th Airlift Wing.

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