CORTLANDT MANOR, New York — More than 300 members of the New York Guard are participating in their annual week-long training at Camp Smith in northern Westchester County.
From Aug. 15-22, the all-volunteer defense force members will take part in communications, staff coordination, and individual skills training and instruction.
Unlike the New York Army or Air National Guard, members of the New York Guard 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.
New York Guard personnel volunteer their time to train. They are paid by the state only when assisting in disaster relief operations when ordered by the governor.