Maj. Peter Onan, right, recently received the Meritorious Service Medal during a ceremony at the Eastern Air Defense Sector in Rome. Lt. Col. Joe Roos, Commander of the 224th Air Defense Squadron, presented the award.

The 224th Air Defense Group recently presented service medals for outstanding performance; among them was New York Air National Guard Maj. Peter Onan of Oneida, who received the Meritorious Service Medal.

A mission crew commander at the 224th Air Defense Squadron, Onan was recognized for his outstanding work directing operations supporting Presidential flights and National Special Security Events. Other contributions included developing and conducting qualification training for more than 60 Airmen, and spearheading the unit’s participation in a $1.6 billion test and evaluation project.

The 224th Air Defense Group is composed of the 224th Air Defense Squadron and 224th Support Squadron, located in Rome, and Detachment 1 and Detachment 2 that serve in the Washington, D.C. area. The 224th ADG provides the forces to conduct the Eastern Air Defense Sector’s mission. Part of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, the Sector is responsible for the air defense of the eastern U.S.

For more information about the New York Air National Guard, visit For more information on the 224th Air Defense Group and the Eastern Air Defense Sector, visit

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.

By martha

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