ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The New York National Guard is getting a new commander.
Maj. Gen. Anthony Shields, of Saratoga Springs, will assume the duties of adjutant general of New York during a change-of-command ceremony being held Friday afternoon at National Guard headquarters in suburban Albany.
As the commander of the state's military forces, Shields will oversee about 16,000 members of the Air Guard, Army Guard and Naval Militia. He's succeeding Maj. Gen. Anthony German, of Oneonta, who's serving with the National Guard in Washington, D.C., before retiring later this year after a 35-year military career.
Shields is a University at Albany graduate who joined the Army National Guard in 1983. His military career includes a tour in Afghanistan as chief of staff of the National Guard's Syracuse-based 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.