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New Yorkers Back Up Shuttle Launch for 100th Time
Photo by Staff Sgt. David J. Murphy, 106th Rescue Wing (Released)
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.

NY National Guard In the News

Oneonta Daily Star -- Wed, 22 Oct 2014

National Guard to offer disaster training

The National Guard will be at the State University College at Oneonta on Thursday to present a Citizen Preparedness Corps Training, according to a recent release

midHudsonnews.com -- Tue, 21 Oct 2014

Naval Militia practices coastal searches on Hudson

PEEKSKILL -- New York Naval Militia sailors are spending the weekend practicing day and night searches of coastal areas of the Hudson off Peekskill and Haverstraw.

WSYR -- Mon, 20 Oct 2014

Seven good Samaritans honored for helping rescue National Guard Officer in fiery Thruway crash

Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Two New York Army National Guard soldiers along with five civilians are being honored for risking their lives to save a National Guardsman from a fiery car crash on the... (more)

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