- Associated Press - Monday, June 22, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The New York Air National Guard now has a new commander.

Officials at the state Division of Military and Naval Affairs based in suburban Albany say Maj. Gen. Anthony German of Oneonta has taken over command Monday of the Air Guard’s nearly 6,000 members.

German replaces Maj. Gen. Verle (verl) Johnston, who retired earlier this month after commanding the Air National Guard since 2012.

German is a former commander of the 109th Airlift Wing, based at Stratton Air National Guard Base outside Schenectady. He was promoted from brigadier general to major general as he takes over duties as overall commander of the nation’s largest Air National Guard.

German joined the New York Air National Guard in 1989. Two of his four children are members of the 109th Airlift Wing.

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