ABOUT THE 11th NEW YORK REGIMENT USV-A
COL Michael Pensa
The 11th New York Regiment, USV-A was founded in December 2005 as the 2nd New York Brigade of the United States Volunteers-America, a Veteran Service Organization whose mission is to assist the US Military with Military Funeral Honors and to train its members in homeland security. The 2nd Brigade’s assigned region was the downstate NY area – the boroughs of New York City and Long Island.
Early in its formation, the 2nd Brigade meetings were held at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, New York. In June of 2006 the Brigade began conducting drills at the US Army Reserve Center in Farmingdale, New York under the direction of the 306th Engineering Company. Today our monthly drills are held at Long Island National Cemetery.
From December 2006 through early 2007, officers and troopers completed the New York Army National Guard Ceremonial Weapons Training held at the Kingsbridge Armory, Bronx, New York. With the awarding of these certificates, a core squad emerged, available to provide firing parties to all local military Honor Guards for Modified Full Honors of deceased local veterans.
In the fall of 2007, USV Command decided that the Brigade format throughout the country would be changed to a state Regimental structure and the 2nd NY became the 11th New York Regiment; so titled to signify New York as the 11th colony to enter the Union.
In 2008, the 11th grew its regiment in membership and resources and thus increased the frequency of its missions. It’s recognition and acceptance by Veteran Service Organizations, government agencies and funeral directors also increased and the 11th NY began to regularly fill the role for which it was founded.
By 2019, our unit had completed over 1,100 Military Funeral Honors and color guard missions to include a wide variety of memorials, parades and other patriotic events.