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News | July 23, 2020

EADS Staff Sergeant is ANG Honor Guard Member of Year

By Tim Jones Eastern Air Defense Sector

Staff Sgt. Edward Pugh has been named the Air National Guard’s Outstanding Honor Guard Member for 2019.

A New York Air National Guardsman stationed at the Eastern Air Defense Sector, Pugh is a tracking technician instructor with the 224th Air Defense Squadron (ADS). He received the award for his selfless volunteer service as an Honor Guard member.

In 2019, Pugh participated in 10 military funerals and 27 color guard details, which included three Syracuse University basketball games, a joint service honor guard at New York State Fair, and a flag retirement ceremony for the Rome Memorial Day Association. Pugh also placed more than 900 wreaths on veterans’ graves at a local cemetery and directed an elementary school Flag Day ceremony that was attended by more than 400 students.

Pugh, who received the New York Air National Guard Honor Guard Member of the Year award in January, will go on to compete for the overall Air Force Honor award later this year.

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 (EADS) mission. Part of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), the Sector is responsible for the air defense of the eastern U.S.

For more information about the New York Air National Guard, visit For more information on the Eastern Air Defense Sector and the 224th Air Defense Group, visit