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Air National Guard officers change commands via virtual ceremony

Photo courtesy of Eastern Air Defense Sector -- Col. Joseph F. Roos, right, incoming Commander of the 224th Air Defense Group, salutes New York Air National Guard Commander Maj. Gen. Timothy J. LaBarge, left, during a change-of-command ceremony held May 28.

Three local New York Air National Guard officers recently took new command positions at the Eastern Air Defense Sector in Rome.

Posted: May 29, 2020 9:46 AM
Updated: May 29, 2020 9:50 AM

ROME, N.Y. – Three local New York Air National Guard officers recently took new command positions at the Eastern Air Defense Sector in Rome.

The change-of-command ceremonies were held following social distancing guidelines, and available to view virtually.

Col. Paul M. Bishop, an Oriskany resident, took command of the Eastern Air Defense Sector Commander on May 21 with an official first day of command on May 28.

Bishop replaced Col. Emil J. Filkorn, who is transferring to Headquarters Air Force in Washington, D.C.

Col. Joseph F. Roos, a Manlius resident, took command of the New York Air National Guard's 224th Air Defense Group on May 28, from Bishop during a ceremony conducted today.

Finally, Lt. Col. Steven H. Rathmell, an Ava resident, took over command of the 224th Air Defense Squadron from Roos on Wednesday, May 27.

Lt. Gen Marc H. Sasseville, commander of the Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Region-1st Air Force, was the ceremony's presiding officer.

"The Eastern Air Defense Sector is an absolutely critical component of NORAD's ability to execute its mission of aerospace warning and control. That is why it is vital to ensure that EADS is well trained, equipped and led," Sasseville said. "I'm proud of Col. Filkorn, his leadership, and where he has taken the men and women of the great state of New York who are the Sector. Undoubtedly, Col. Bishop will continue this tradition of excellence and raise the bar once again."

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