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New York Air Guard Unit Celebrates 100 Years

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.

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NY National Guard In the News

Associated Press -- Sat, 29 Aug 2015 Army, Air Guard offer simulators to New York State Fair Visitors SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP)-- Visitors to the New York State Fair will be able to get a feel for what it is like to drive an armored military vehicle and control a remotely piloted aircraft.

Military Notes -- Wed, 26 Aug 2015 Leigh Valley Live Mitchell Lango, of Knowlton Township, serving with the Joint Force Headquarters, New York Army National Guard, was recently promoted to the rank of Major.

Army.mil -- Wed, 26 Aug 2015 National Guard medic awarded state’s top military honor for heroism FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (Aug. 25, 2015) --Staff Sgt. Marlana Watson was spending a quiet night at her Syracuse home playing video games when the New York Army National Guard medic and Afghan War... (more)

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