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LATHAM, N.Y. - Sergeant Ed Rose, an electrical maintenance technician at Army Air Support Facility #3 checks "under the hood" of the UH-60 Firehawk for properly operating equipment while local news media looks on.
The New York Army National Guard will be lending its specially-equipped fire-fighting aircraft to the state of California under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) which is an agreement between all 50 states and four territories to share emergency management duties.
"In state government, we have a responsibility to protect our citizens. We also have the moral obligation to provide assistance to other states when the need arises. This is such a time." said New York State Governor David Paterson.
The helicopter will be initially manned and operated by pilots and crew from the Florida National Guard in the absence of Firehawk trained New York pilots and crew who are training at Fort Sill, Okla. for a deployment to Iraq later this summer.
The California Army National Guard will assume responsibility and cover all costs associated with New York's aircraft until after the fire season is over sometime in October, 2008.

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NY National Guard In the News

defense.gov -- Mon, 29 Aug 2016 Soldiers Participate in Premobilization Training Soldiers participate in premobilization training at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa., Aug. 16, 2016. Photos by Army National Guard Sgt. Cesar Leon

Rome Sentinel -- Mon, 29 Aug 2016 EADS marks 15th anniversary of 9/11 When he heard the news on Sept. 11, 2001 of the terrorist attacks unfolding that day, Col. Emil J. Filkorn says that "like everyone else," he was "stunned, surprised."

Times Union -- Sun, 28 Aug 2016 Wynantskill colonel earns Legion of Merit New York Army National Guard Col. Martin Dinan of Wynantskill, a veteran of three wars, has received a Legion of Merit for meritorious service before his retirement after 30 years of duty.

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