LATHAM, N.Y. (WROC) — Michael Charnley, a Churchville resident, who served in Panama, Bosnia, and Kuwait was promoted to Colonel in the New York Army National Guard this week.
The ceremony took place Tuesday at the New York National Guard headquarters in Latham, New York.
Of the more than 10,000 men and women in the New York Army National Guard, only 32 have the rank of colonel.
Charnley entered the Army in 1991 and transferred to the New York National Guard in 2001 and served in various command and staff positions at company, battalion and brigade level.
He deployed homeland security support during Operation Nobel Eagle after September 11, 2001, provided aviation support during the National Guard response to the Southeast States following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and deployed to the Republic of Panama in support of a New Horizons training mission.
Charnley and his wife Karen have four children: Nicholas, Matthew, Kathleen, and Joseph.