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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

DefenseVisual Information Distribution System -- Wed, 23 Apr 2014

Deskins: Military leadership committed to fixing sexual harassment, assault

WASHINGTON - Bare walls dominate the office décor, evidence that the newest tenant has recently moved in. “I’m still getting used to it,” says Air Force Brig. Gen.... (more)

Democrat and Chronicle -- Tue, 22 Apr 2014

Retired RPD officer earns NY National Guard accolades

Retired Rochester police officer and Iraq war veteran Louis E. Wilson was named Top New York National Guard Sergeant, the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs announced in... (more)

Defense Visual Information Distribution System -- Tue, 22 Apr 2014

National Guard supports 2014 Boston Marathon

BOSTON-- More than 800 Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island National Guardsmen helped local law enforcement agencies in eight cities and towns to keep the route clear for runners as they... (more)

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