- Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A western New York native is set to take over as the personal advisor for all enlisted-related issues handled by the head of the New York Army National Guard.

David Piwowarski (pee-WAR’-skee) of Ballston Spa will become the Army National Guard’s top enlisted soldier during a ceremony being held Friday afternoon at the state Division of Military and Naval Affairs headquarters outside Albany.

As command sergeant major, Piwowarski will advise Maj. Gen. Patrick Murphy on all issues dealing with training and quality of life for the state Army National Guard’s 10,350 members.

Piwowarski, originally from the Buffalo area, has more than 30 year of service in the military and served in Afghanistan with the Syracuse-based 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

Piwowarski replaces Command Sgt. Maj. Louis Wilson of Rochester, who’s retiring after nearly 40 years in the National Guard.

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