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New York Guard Annual Training At Camp Smith

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  More than 300 members of the New York Guard are participating in their annual week-long training at Camp Smith in northern Westchester County.  

Through August 22nd, the all-volunteer defense force members are drilling in communications, staff coordination, and individual skills training and instruction.

Unlike the New York Army or Air National Guard, NY Guardsmen are not in the federal military force, don't carry weapons, and do not conduct missions outside New York. Their role is to augment and assist the New York National Guard during state emergencies and domestic support missions.

NY Guard members are paid by the state only when assisting in disaster relief operations when ordered by the governor.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.