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National Guard Heritage Painting by Woodi Ishmael
In this painting from the National Guard historical series, members of the 1st Aero Company, New York National Guard, return from the first mass flight--12 JN-4"Jenny" aircraft-- in U.S. history from Mineola, Long Island to Princeton, N.J. and back, that was conducted Nov. 18-19, 1916.
The descendants of the 1st Aero Company, the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing, is based on Long Island today, flying air rescue missions out of Francis Gabreski Airport; the oldest Air National Guard unit in the United States.
The 1st Aero Company was organized as an Signal Corps observation balloon company by the New York National Guard on 30 April, 1908.
One hundred soldiers gathered in the 71st Regiment Armory in New York City eventually formed the company, which in 1915 switched from balloons to airplanes.

NY National Guard In the News

WHAM TV -- Thu, 30 Oct 2014

Chinook choppers arrive in Rochester

Rochester, N.Y. - A fleet of new Chinook helicopters landed in Rochester Wednesday night.

WTEN -- Wed, 29 Oct 2014

Gov. Cuomo directs flags to half-staff on two-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Governor Andrew M. Cuomo directed that flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 in honor of the 61 men and women who lost their... (more)

Associated Press -- Wed, 29 Oct 2014

NY Army National Guard at Rochester gets 3 new Chinook helicopters

ROCHESTER, New York -- The New York Army National Guard at Rochester is getting three of the latest model Chinook helicopters.

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