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42nd Infantry Division Commander Warns His Second Star


Steven Wickstrom of Upton, Mass., commander of the Troy-based 42nd Infantry Division, was promoted to major general.

His wife, Collette, pinned his two-star rank on his uniform during a Feb. 12 ceremony at the Glenmore Armory in Troy.

Maj. Gen. Patrick Murphy, commander of the New York Army National Guard and adjutant general of state militia forces, presided over the ceremony.

Wickstrom is responsible for the training, combat readiness, mobilization readiness and domestic preparedness of more than 14,500 soldiers.

Wickstrom has led the division headquarters since May of 2009. The division headquarters includes more than 500 soldiers and support staff that make up the 42nd Special Troops Battalion.

The division currently provides leadership and staff support to the National Guard’s Domestic All- Harzards Response Team. The DART element in Troy rapidly coordinates the availability and movement of National Guard forces for major disasters or crises across the entire eastern United States.

Wickstrom, his staff and support personnel provide leadership, training and resource oversight for the combat readiness and mobilization of the 26th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade in Massachusetts, the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade and the 369th Sustainment Brigade, in New York state; the 50th Infantry Brigade Combat Team in New Jersey; the 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain) in Vermont, the 197th Fires Brigade in New Hampshire.

The Iraq war veteran previously served in active Army and Army National Guard infantry units. He is a former strategic plans and joint exercises and training officer with the Joint Forces Headquarters, Massachusetts Army National Guard. Wickstrom also is a former commander of the 26th Infantry Brigade of the 26th Infantry (Light) Division, the 1st Battalion, 181st Infantry of the 29th Infantry Division (Light).

Wickstrom received his commission as an infantry second lieutenant upon graduation from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1981. He also is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Infantry Officer Advanced Course, and the Command and General Staff College. He is an Army War College graduate and has a masters of science from Texas A&M University. He also graduated from Army Airborne and Ranger schools.

He has earned two Meritorious Service Medals, a Joint Services Commendation Medal, five Army Commendation Medals, a Joint Meritorious Unit Award, a Ranger Tab, an Expert Infantryman Badge and a Parachutist Badge.

Guard soldiers advance

Mathew Tully of Niskayuna was promoted to lieutenant colonel while serving with the New York Army National Guard’s Headquarters of the 42nd Infantry Division in Troy. April Critelli of Glenville advanced to lieutenant colonel while on duty with the Medical Command. John Collins of Watervliet, was promoted to staff sergeant while assigned to Joint Force Headquarters. Other promoted soldiers include:

Sergeant: Jeffrey Doring of Troy, 3rd Battalion, 142nd Aviation; Robert Nowatchik of Niskayuna, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade; Christopher O’Rourke of Troy, Joint Force Headquarters; Maria Romeo of Clifton Park, Headquarters, 42nd Infantry Division; and James Rose of Stillwater, 3rd Battalion, 142nd Aviation. Specialist: Marcus Cassin of Latham, Headquarters, 42nd Infantry Division; Nicholas Loving of Albany, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 42nd Special Troops Battalion; Benjamin Roden of Johnsonville, Headquarters, 42nd Infantry Division; and Elizabeth Stockwell of Troy, Medical Command.

New military personnel

Army National Guard Spc. David Bernacki of Albany has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

Air Force Airman Tyler Desjardins of Latham, Airman Justin Edberg of East Greenbush, Airman Joshua M. Evans of Castleton, Airman Steven Hedgepeth of Ballston Spa, and Airman Kevin W. Kingsley of Cohoes have graduated from basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio. Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Johnathon Martinez, son of Tammy Martinez of Albany, graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio. Navy Seaman Recruit Joseph Hollner, son of Mary Pat and Kenneth W. Hollner of Colonie, graduated from basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

 

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