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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

Defense Visual Information Distribution System -- Tue, 22 Apr 2014

National Guard supports 2014 Boston Marathon

BOSTON-- More than 800 Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island National Guardsmen helped local law enforcement agencies in eight cities and towns to keep the route clear for runners as they... (more)

Defense Visual Information Distributions System -- Mon, 21 Apr 2014

Forging a friendship

TABUK, Saudi Arabia -- For the third time in five years, U.S. Forces conducted a joint exercise in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as part of Friendship and Ironhawk three at the Tactical Training... (more)

Times Union -- Mon, 21 Apr 2014

Duty Calls: Two airmen earn Meritorious Service Medal

Two New York Air National Guard senior master sergeants have earned a Meritorious Service Medal.

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