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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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National Guard.mil -- Wed, 01 Jul 2015 New York Army National Guard teams sharpen bomb disposal skills at Raven’s Challenge ORISKANY, N.Y. --Donning 70 pound protective suits in scorching heat, New York Army National Guard Soldiers engaged explosive devices left in banks and restaurants, utilized state-of-the-art... (more)

Sioux City Journal -- Tue, 30 Jun 2015 Military museum paints picture of National Guard history JOHNSTON, Iowa | The Iowa Gold Star Military Museum is located on the grounds of Camp Dodge, a huge 4,200-acre National Guard training facility just outside of Johnston. Master Sgt. Duff McFadden,... (more)

National Guard.mil -- Tue, 30 Jun 2015 New York Army Guard Soldiers hone mission command skills during Fort Drum exercise FORT DRUM, N.Y. - New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Kevin Ferreira maneuvered his computer-generated UH-60 helicopter above the pixelated terrain below

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