UTICA, NY – The Utica Armory held an open house Saturday to show the public just exactly what they do.
The armory is home to the 2nd Battalion 108th Infantry Regiment.
Those who attended the open house got the chance to learn about the latest weaponry and communications technology the Guard uses.
They also got to see the unit’s medical platoon in action.
Guardsmen and women were on hand to answer any questions the public had.
Capt. Joseph Moeller, the Armory’s company commander, says the open house not only gives local residents an up close and personal look at what goes on there but also serves as a way to recruit future guard personnel.
“In the National Guard, we not only have the benefit of serving our community as one of our primary roles, but we also have the chance to operate nationally to support the Army in any sort of expeditionary missions worldwide. So it’s a chance to help people locally, and do our mission in a combat role overseas if needed.”