Oneida resident is EADS Honor Guard Manager of the Year

Tech. Sgt. Michael Carson received EADS Honor Guard Manager of the Year for 2019 at the unit’s recent awards banquet.

The Eastern Air Defense Sector and the New York Air National Guard’s 224th Air Defense Group has named their annual award winners for 2019. Among them was Tech. Sgt. Michael Carson, Oneida, Outstanding Honor Guard Manager.

A computer maintenance supervisor, Carson manages the Honor Guard as an additional duty. Carson planned and coordinated 154 events while personally participating in 24 military funerals and 29 color details.

He was recognized for Honor Guard work by 1st Air Force Commander and Command Chief Master Sergeant.

“EADS’ air defense mission requires engaged and consistent excellence from all of our members,” said Col. Paul Bishop, 224th Air Defense Group Commander. “This year’s winners distinguished themselves by going above and beyond our high standards. I congratulate them on their outstanding accomplishments and thank them for their efforts.”

The 224th ADG 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 (NORAD), the Sector is responsible for the air defense of the eastern U.S.

This year, EADS recognized members of it full-time force, Drill Status Guard (DSG) force – traditional National Guardsmen who serve one weekend a month – and federal civilians. Awards were presented in 11 separate categories: full-time and DSG company grade officer (junior officers below the rank of major), senior noncommissioned officer, full-time and DSG noncommissioned officer, junior enlisted airman, honor guard program manager, and civilians in three categories.

The annual awards ceremony was held at the Oneida Community Mansion House in Oneida on Saturday, Jan. 11.

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.

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