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NY Army National Guard lands at Saratoga Battlefield

August 14, 2019 03:12 PM

STILLWATER – Visiting the Saratoga Battlefield is always a popular summer activity but how about doing it from the seat of a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter?

Three dozen NY Army National Guard leaders did just that on Wednesday, landing in a field that in 1777 was a key battle in the American Revolution. It's part of a training week for soldiers to understand what took place before and what lies ahead.

"There's so many lessons that you can take away from the Battle of 1777 right here at Saratoga – artillery, logistics, command decisions – all played vital roles in the battlefield back then there are lessons we can draw from today," said Col. Richard Goldenberg.

Weeklong-training includes understanding unit readiness management for training, personnel, and equipment, along with the information technology systems and resources to leverage to prepare units for domestic emergencies or overseas deployments.

Soldiers will learn from staff assistance experts to leverage the Inspector General office, staff judge advocates, education counselors, substance abuse coordinators, equal opportunity officers, retention NCOs, unit chaplains and family readiness groups to establish a successful command team in their new units.

Wednesday focused on leadership lessons from the Battles of Saratoga in 1777. The historical park preserves the first significant American military victory of the Revolutionary war. American forces met, defeated, and forced a major British army to surrender, an event which led France to recognize the independence of the United States, and enter the war as a decisive military ally of the struggling Americans.

First authorized as a NY state historic preserve in 1927 on the sesquicentennial of the battles, the battlefield was made part of the National Park system in 1938 when Saratoga National Historical Park was authorized by Congress.


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