Halfmoon colonel earns Legion of Benefit Medal

 New York Military Countrywide Guard Col. Bob Epp of Halfmoon, an Iraq war veteran, has received a Legion of Merit Medal and a  New York Point out Conspicuous Support Medal  upon retirement just after 37 decades of military services provider.

Epp, New York Counter Drug Job Force coordinator,  received the medals in the course of his retirement ceremony at New York Countrywide Guard Headquarters in Latham.   The Legion of Advantage is introduced to assistance members who make significant contributions through the class of their navy service. He deployed  to Iraq with the Troy-dependent 42nd Infantry Division Headquarters in 2005, serving as an intelligence planner.

Epp, has experienced “great vocation with the (active) Army and the New York Military Countrywide Guard,” explained Maj. Gen. Ray Shields, the condition adjutant common, through the ceremony. All through Epp’s profession, he “has been a terrific chief and a great mentor,” Shields included.

The colonel started his army job as an enlisted soldier in 1983. He served in Korea and Fort  Benning, Ga.,  as an artillery hearth direction specialist. He sophisticated to sergeant in advance of he  joined the New York Military National Guard right after staying commissioned as a second  lieutenant in the 1st Battalion, 108th Infantry.

Epp, a military intelligence officer, has served in a range of positions, such as as an  intelligence officer for the 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry commander of the 227th Navy Intelligence Organization, strategic  intelligence officer with the Protection Intelligence Agency, assistant navy science professor at Syracuse University,  plans officer for the 42nd Infantry Division, intelligence officer for the 42nd Infantry Division, domestic functions programs officer, government officer to the adjutant normal, Camp Smith Training Site garrison commander and deputy personnel officer for the New York Nationwide Guard.

He also served as the chief of legislative affairs for the New York National Guard.

Epp is a graduate of the Military Command and Basic Workers University, the Joint Forces Workers University, and the Military War Faculty. He acquired a  master degree in Kurdish scientific tests from Empire Condition Higher education, a bachelor diploma from Utica Faculty, and an associate’s degree from Mohawk Valley Community Faculty.

The colonel has also attained a  Bronze Star Medal, a Meritorious Assistance Medal,  an Army Commendation Medal, an Military Accomplishment Medal, an Army Great Carry out Medal, an Humanitarian Assistance Medal, and a Meritorious Unit Quotation.


New commander

Main Dan Colomb, a previous Niskayuna resident, a veteran of the n Iraq and Afghanistan wars, has assumed command of the New York Countrywide Guard’s 24th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Workforce, a unit specializing in detecting chemical, radiological and biological weapons,  at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn, on May perhaps 21.

The 24th CST is a 22-individual device comprised of Army and Air Nationwide Guard staff who are skilled to determine chemical, biological, and radiological brokers in help of community law enforcement or other very first responders. The unit is primarily based at Fort Hamilton and focuses on missions in New York Metropolis. The 2nd CST is centered at Stratton Air Countrywide Guard Base in Scotia and focuses on missions in upstate New York and surrounding areas.

He beforehand served as domestic operations options main for the New York Countrywide Guard. In that posture he performed a crucial part in the New York Countrywide Guard response to the pandemic.


Colomb, who has just lately relocated to Manhattan, is a graduate of the U.S. Armed service Academy at West Place in 2003, and had served in the active Army as a overcome engineer platoon chief and deployed to Iraq with the 70th Engineer Battalion in 2005.

In 2007, he deployed to Afghanistan as the 70th Engineer Battalion ideas officer. During the deployment he was reassigned to head a corporation-sized anti-improvised explosive machine unit that included a few provinces.

Colomb joined the New York Army National Guard in 2009. He has served as 42nd Infantry Division options officer, commander of the 1156th Engineer Corporation, and staff officer for the 204th Engineer Battalion and functions officer for the New York Military National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion. He went on to provide as operations business for the 204th Engineer Battalion and led a workforce of 40 Troopers to Puerto Rico to assistance that territory get better from Hurricane Maria.

He gained a bachelor of science diploma in American legal systems and units engineering from West Position. 

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Colomb has attained a Meritorious Support Medal, an Army Commendation Medal, an Army Achievement Medal, a Parachutist Badge, and a Fight Action Badge.

Donations wanted

Money District Women of all ages Veterans is in want of donations of furnishings, domestic items and dollars to furnish its Christopher Property,  a  supportive group resident for girls veterans in will need, including individuals with children, at 515 Initial St., Troy. The moment totally furnished, the house will grow to be a dwelling for up to five veterans.

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Make checks payable to Capital District Women Veterans Plan and mail to: Money District Women Veteran’s Program, 515 To start with St., Troy,   NY 121801.      For info, get hold of Christine Rem at 518 428-1612 or electronic mail [email protected]