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Maj Gen John Gronski Explains U.S. Mission in Ukraine on SAL Report WVOX 1460AM

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On Feb. 21, Maj. Gen. John L. Gronski -- the Deputy Commanding General for Army National Guard, U.S. Army Europe -- visited the Combat Training Center in Yavoriv, Ukraine. Currently, more than 220 New York Army National Guard Soldiers of the 27th IBCT (fwd) from Syracuse are on a nine-month deployment to Ukraine where they are working with the Ukrainian Army to train and develop working relationships with NATO allies. Gen Gronski observed training conducted by Soldiers of the 3rd Battalion, 14th Mechanized Brigade; spoke with Canadian and American instructors of sniper tactics; presented scout sniper trainer Sgt. Michael Peters with a challenge coin for his exemplary service and devotion to his duties; reviewed the activities of Range Control activities with staff including Staff Sgt. Ian Merritt, the range control non-commissioned officer in charge; and discussed the history and future of the Joint Multinational Training Group with various soldiers in the unit.  Near the end of the day, General Gronski took a few minutes to speak with Sons of the American Legion members Ken Kraetzer and John Chuhran and explain his visit and the unit's mission as well his upcoming 40th anniversary of joining the U.S. Army. Highlights of the interview were broadcast  on "The Sons of the American Legion Radio Report" on Monday, Feb. 26, on WVOX 1460AM in New Rochelle, NY. The program, which was the recipient of the Robert Morrill first place award for Journalistic Excellence at the 2017 American Legion National Convention, is the only weekly radio program in the New York City market to share the stories of active troops and veterans. It airs weekly at 2:30-3 pm Eastern time and can be heard worldwide at Now in its 11th year, "The Sons of the American Legion Radio Report" is a production SAL Squadron 135 in White Plains, NY. Thank you to Lt. Col. Richard Goldenberg and Lt. Derrick Garner for working to make this interview possible.