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.
DMNA Press Releases
NY National Guard In the News
Army.mil -- Fri, 22 Jun 2018 New York Army Guard Soldiers mentor and learn from Ukrainian counterparts YAVORIV COMBINED ARMS TRAINING CENTER, Ukraine --Overseas deployments for Soldiers of the New York National Guard have usually meant Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait. But deployment for 220... (more)
MIlitary.com -- Thu, 21 Jun 2018 National Guard Spouses Share Worries With Vice President's Wife SYRACUSE -- Nine New York National Guard spouses were able to voice their concerns to Karen Pence, spouse of the Vice President of the United States during a round table discussion at Syracuse... (more)
nationalguard.mil -- Thu, 14 Jun 2018 N.Y. Guard Civil Support Team gets wet to prep for missions BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Once a year, members of the New York National Guard's 24th Civil Support Team jump out of a perfectly good helicopter and into the waters of Gravesend Bay off the southern... (more)