LATHAM, NY -- Sergeant Robert Rivera, a Piscataway resident in the New York Army National Guard, reenlisted to continue service with the 145th Maintenance Company.

Rivera is among National Guard members whose re-enlistments were recently announced by Major Gen. Ray Shields, the adjutant general for the State of New York.

"It's great to see soldiers staying in the Army and continuing to serve their state and nation in the New York Army National Guard," Shields said. "The most important Army asset we have is the individual soldier. The dedication, skills, and leadership traits they bring to our community and their employers are invaluable."

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Shields continued, "By choosing to stay in the Army National Guard they directly contribute to our nation's security and to the governor's ability to respond to disasters, all while building a bright future for their families through the Guard's retirement, education, and health insurance programs.”

The New York National Guard (New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs) is the state's executive agency responsible to the Governor for managing New York's Military Forces, which consists of nearly 20,000 members of the New York Army National Guard, the New York Air National Guard, the New York Naval Militia and the New York Guard.