National Guard Units Holding Training Exercise in Upstate NY

New York Army National Guard Soldiers Pfc. Keith Gray, Pfc. Juquan Ford and Spc. Joe Golonka move tactically during the NY Army National Guard's annual Infantryman Transition Course, Aug. 7, 2013. (U.S. Army photo/Sgt. 1st Class Raymond Drumsta)
New York Army National Guard Soldiers Pfc. Keith Gray, Pfc. Juquan Ford and Spc. Joe Golonka move tactically during the NY Army National Guard's annual Infantryman Transition Course, Aug. 7, 2013. (U.S. Army photo/Sgt. 1st Class Raymond Drumsta)

ORISKANY, N.Y. -- Members of New York Army National Guard units will be conducting two days of training at a state facility in central New York.

The state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services says 200 soldiers from various units will conduct tactical and medical evacuation training Saturday and Sunday at the New York State Preparedness Training Center in Oriskany, near Utica.

The facility located at the former Oneida County Airport is used to train thousands of New York's first responders every year.

This weekend's military training will involve soldiers using runways, buildings and the rest of the site to prepare for a three-week exercise scheduled for this summer at the U.S. Army post at Fort Polk in Louisiana.

Soldiers participating in the two-day exercise are from units based in Oneida, Fulton, Greene, Monroe, Onondaga and Albany counties.

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