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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

Associated Press -- Mon, 18 Aug 2014

National Guard soldiers arrive home in New York

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) --More than 250 soldiers in a New York Army National Guard aviation unit are back home from the Persian Gulf. National Guard officials say the soldiers in the 42nd Combat... (more)

Associated Press -- Fri, 15 Aug 2014

NY Army National Guard gets new senior soldier .

ALBANY, N.Y. -- The New York Army National Guard is getting a new senior soldier who serves as the top enlisted person in the organization.

Nationalguard.mil -- Thu, 14 Aug 2014

New York Army National Guard Soldiers become MPs during four-week course

Instructors at the New York Army National Guard’s 106th Regional Training Institute here are cramming 20 weeks of classroom, field training and on-the-job instruction in police methods... (more)

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