New York Guard (State Defense Force) Legal Support Help Deploying Airmen
Photos by 2nd LT JOSEPH ANTHONY DEMPSEY, 56th Brigade, LSO Detachment
STEWART NATIONAL GUARD AIR BASE, NEWBURGH, N.Y.– On July 24 2015, over 10 New York Guard Soldiers from the New York Guard 56th Brigade and additional units participated in a Legal Services Operation, in support of a Yellow Ribbon Event for deploying Airmen of the New York Air National Guard and their families.
Led by Maj. Steven Hartov, JAG officers Captains Brian Kanner and Captain Frederick Marasco, together with 1st Lieutenant Robert Ellis, Jr. and 2nd Lieutenant Joseph Dempsey provided legal counsel, prepared wills and powers of attorney, and briefed soldiers on their legal rights as deploying military members. In addition to legal support, Chaplains from the New York guard provided Chaplain Services and support.
“These Yellow Ribbon operations are a great way for the New York Guard to provide much needed assistance to soldiers deploying to some dangerous places. Worrying about legal problems facing you or your family back home needlessly adds to the stress of overseas deployments and takes focus away from the job at hand. We work to put soldier’s minds at ease so they can focus on the mission,” 2nd Lieutenant Dempsey said.
Soldiers from the New York Guard 56th Brigade, Legal Support Unit (R) help deploying New York Air National Guard service members with legal forms and documents during a Yellow Ribbon pre-deployment event.