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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 -- Fri, 25 Jul 2014

Remains of northern New York soldier killed in 1953 identified, returning for military burial

MALONE, New York-- Lawrence Jock’s surviving relatives in northern New York knew next to nothing about the Army combat veteran who was declared missing in action at the end of the... (more)

Newsday -- Fri, 25 Jul 2014

Nassau Justice Stephen Bucaria named commander of New York Guard

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has named State Supreme Court Justice Stephen Bucaria as commander of the New York Guard, the state’s volunteer defense force.

Observer -- Wed, 23 Jul 2014

Dunkirk National Guard Soldiers among those at Fort Drum for training

More than 250 New York Army National Guard Soldiers from the 642d Aviation Support Battalion Rear Detachment are participating in annual training at Fort Drum this month. The soldiers arrived... (more)

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