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New York Airman Takes Charge in Baghdad

SATHER AIR BASE, Iraq -- Col. Fred Cheney (left) the 447th Air Expeditionary Group commander, passes the 447th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron's guide on to New York Air National Guardsman Lt. Col. Carey Merritt, the 447 ECES commander, during a change of command ceremony held on May 10. Merritt is deployed from the 174th Mission Support Group, New York Air National Guard, where he commands the 174th's Civil Engineering Squadron.
Sather Air Base, located alongside Baghdad International Airport is named after Staff Sgt. SCott Sather, the first Airman to die during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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Associated Press -- Wed, 07 Oct 2015 NY creek debris blamed for Connecticut teen’s death removed SHANDAKEN, N.Y. (AP) - Debris in a Hudson Valley creek that led to the drowning death of a teenage Connecticut girl has been cleared away.

Associated Press -- Wed, 07 Oct 2015 NY Air Guard unit completes 1st solo drone combat mission NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) - A western New York-based Air National Guard unit that has made the shift from flying manned aircraft to operating remotely piloted drones has completed its first... (more)

Department of Defense -- Tue, 06 Oct 2015 New York Guardsmen Prepare for Hurricane Joaquin (Photo Essay) Guardsmen operate heavy equipment to clear space near Normanskill Creek in Albany, N.Y., Friday, Oct. 2, 2015 as part of New York’s preparations for the possible landfall of Hurricane... (more)

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