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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

WTEN -- Thu, 21 May 2015 National Guard honors military forces ahead of Memorial Day (Video) LATHAM, N.Y. (NEWS10) -- The New York National Guard conducted a pre-Memorial Day ceremony honoring military members who have died while serving their nation.

Army.mil -- Thu, 21 May 2015 New York Command Sergeant Major to receive Medal of Honor for World War I hero LATHAM, N.Y. (May 20, 2015) -- New York Army National Guardsman, Louis Wilson, has done a lot in a 39-year career.

Associated Press -- Thu, 21 May 2015 NY National Guard holding annual Memorial Day ceremony ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- The New York National Guard will be conducting a pre-Memorial Day ceremony honoring military members who have died while serving their nation.

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