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Camp Smith Gains New Training Institute Commander

A new commander of the Training Institute at Camp Smith was named today by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo as part of several command changes  in the senior leadership of the 10,500-member New York Army National Guard.

Lt. Col. David Gagnon has been tapped to assume command of the 106th Regional Training Institute at Camp Smith Training Site near Peekskill. Gagnon, a Military Police officer and veteran of the Iraq War, currently serves as Chief of Protection for the 42nd Infantry Division in Troy. He replaces Col. Michael Natali who will move into the position of intelligence officer at the New York National Guard headquarters. Gagnon is a Certified Public Accountant and a partner in the firm of Daniel D. Gagnon CPA, PC and lives in Stone Ridge with his wife Nora and daughter Andrea.

“New York’s National Guard has stood strong in their courageous efforts to defend our nation abroad and protect our citizens here at home, and today’s announcement is further recognition of the exemplary dedication and leadership that our guardsmen and women demonstrate each day,” Governor Cuomo said. “I congratulate the new leaders of the New York National Guard on their promotion in rank, and on behalf of all New Yorkers extend my gratitude for their continued service protecting our state and nation.”

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