MPA Alumnus Promoted to N.Y. National Guard Major General

A Distinguished Military Career Since 1981

Marist College MPARaymond Shields, MPA '00 of Saratoga Springs has been promoted to New York Army National Guard major general during a ceremony at Division of Military and Naval Affairs Headquarters in Latham.

Shields serves as commander of the 10,300-member New York Army National Guard and as assistant adjutant general. He is a full-time employee of the National Guard. New York Army National Guard Maj. Gen. Anthony German, adjutant general of New York, led the ceremony.

Shields' military career began when he enlisted in the Army Reserve in 1981. Two years later he joined the New York Army National Guard when he was appointed as a second lieutenant through the Reserve Officers Training Corps program at Marion Military Institute, in Marion, Ala. While in college he also served in the Army Reserve's 75th Field Hospital in Tuscaloosa, Ala., as an enlisted soldier. He joined the New York Army National Guard following his commissioning as a platoon leader in the 205th Support Group, based in Troy.

Shields served as the executive officer and deputy commander of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and was the brigade chief of staff during its deployment to Afghanistan in 2008-2009. The brigade was responsible for Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix assigned to train the Afghan Army and police headquartered in Kabul, Afghanistan.

He earned a bachelor's degree in history from the University at Albany, and a master's degree in public administration from Marist College, Poughkeepsie. Shields also earned a master's degree in strategic studies from the Army War College in Carlisle, Pa.
He has earned a Legion of Merit, a Bronze Star, five Meritorious Service Medals, five Army Commendation Medals, an Army Achievement Medal, four Army reserve Components Achievement Medals and a Combat Infantryman Badge.

Original article published in the Albany Times Union on August 20, 2017

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