Troy resident to command Buffalo NY Guard unit

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LATHAM, N.Y. (AP) — Officials say New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. James Freehart of Troy has been selected to command the Buffalo-based 153rd Troop Command.

Freehart is an Afghan war veteran who has been commander of the 204th Engineer Battalion headquartered in Binghamton since 2011. Under his command the unit responded to Tropical Storms Irene and Lee and Superstorm Sandy, as well as summer flooding in the Mohawk Valley in 2013.

He replaces Saratoga Springs resident Col. James Pabis as 153rd Troop Command commander.

Pabis will become deputy commander of the 53rd Troop Command, a New York Army National Guard general officer command responsible for about 4,300 soldiers. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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