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Cato National Guard Soldier Retires from Military Service

LATHAM — Maj. Gen. Anthony P. German, the adjutant general for the state of New York, announces the recent retirement of a member of the New York Army National Guard, marking his end of service to community, state and nation as part of the Army National Guard.

Staff Sgt. James Oot, from Cato, and assigned to the Headquarters and Service Company, 642nd Support Battalion, retired from the New York Army National Guard last month after some 20 years of military service. Oot first entered the military in February 1997.

"It is a bittersweet achievement, each time we celebrate the retirement for one of our National Guard citizen soldiers," German said in a news release. "I want to applaud the accomplishment and the milestone of more than 20 years of service not only of these soldiers, but of their families and civilian employers. We say that we recruit soldiers in the Army National Guard, but we know that to make this a career, we retain families."

For more information about the New York Army National Guard, visit dmna.ny.gov or 1800goguard.com.

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