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Photo by Sgt Logan Ambrosio, New York Army National Guard Aviation (Released)
A New York Army National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk dumps 660 gallons of water from a "Bambi Bucket" on a wild fire raging in Minnewaska State Park, Ulster County, New York on April 21. The fire, which erupted on Thursday, April 17, consumed 3,100 acres, making it the largest such fire in New York in 13 years.
Army National Guard aviation assets responded to a State Emergency Management Office request for assistance on Saturday, April 19, when one Blackhawk helicopter flew 37 water dump missions. On Sunday April 20, and Monday April 21, two Blackhawks responded, flying 14 water missions each day.
A New York Army National Guard OH-58 recon helicopter equipped with a thermal imaging device was also used to identify fire hot spots for targeted drops.
Helicopters from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York State Police also participated in the fire-fighting mission.

NY National Guard In the News

Fiscal Times -- Fri, 18 Apr 2014

States Decry Proposed Cuts to National Guard

Reducing overall U.S. troop levels may put a strain on states’ resources, particularly when they need to respond to natural disasters.

Army.mil -- Thu, 17 Apr 2014

N.Y. Guard Soldiers support filming of new TV thriller

EAST FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (April 15, 2014) -- The Soldiers of the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry aren’t Navy SEALs, but now they’ve played them on TV. Nine members of the battalion... (more)

Niagara Frontier Publications -- Tue, 15 Apr 2014

Niagara Falls Air Guard engineers helping to move massive radar to Australia

35 members of the 107th Airlift Wing will work on a building that will house Space Surveillance Network radar

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