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New Yorkers Back Up Shuttle Launch for 100th Time

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Florida -- The crew of "King 2", HC-130 rescue aircraft from the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing, gather for a group photograph on Monday, May 11, as they wait for the launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis.
This mission marked the 100th time that Airmen from the Long Island wing provided rescue support to Space Shuttle launches.
Joining the HC-130 crews from Gabreski Field Air National Guard Base at Westhampton Beach, New York, were pararescuemen from the California Air National Guard's 131st Rescue Squadron, based at Moffett Federal Airfield, located near Mountain View, California.
If the shuttle crew had been forced to leave the spacecraft near the Kennedy Space Center these men would have been responsible for pulling the astronauts from the water.

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NY National Guard In the News

WTEN -- Wed, 27 May 2015 Henry Johnson’s Medal of Honor to be received by local guardsman ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) -- A local army national guardsman will accept the Medal of Honor on behalf of an Albany resident who courageously fought in World War I.

Military spot.com -- Wed, 27 May 2015 More than 600 New York veterans interviews can be viewed on YouTube Channel SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - New York Army National Guard 1st Lt. Carleen Calypso earned her commission through Officer Candidate School, responded to the World Trade Center attacks in 2001 and... (more)

Times Union -- Wed, 27 May 2015 Airman in high demand advances in rank An airman who has a way in making the most of staring at the clouds is in high demand. Shawn Peno of Schenectady, who has a weather expertise, has been promoted to Air National Guard senior... (more)

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