GLOVERSVILLE - Infantry soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry and the New York Army National Guard's Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package, transfer command of the statewide response mission to fellow soldiers from Central New York in a ceremony in held Jan. 11 to mark the transition and recognize the contributions of Gloversville soldiers for nearly two years of training and incident preparedness.
As a part of the ceremony, Capt. Patrick J. Dixon from West Chazy received the Meritorious Service Medal for support to the CERFP mission. The soldiers and airmen from the incoming CERFP element belong to New York Army and Air National Guard units based in Auburn, Buffalo, Syracuse and Niagara Falls. The CERFP is a joint force specializing in extracting victims from destroyed buildings, decontaminating them, and providing medical treatment in support of civilian first responders.