HANCOCK FIELD AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, SYRACUSE, NY (01/07/2014)-- Lt. Col. Edward Cook, Readiness Squadron Commander at the New York Air National Guard's 174th Attack Wing, will host members of the news media this afternoon at 3 p.m. to discuss the preparations of Airmen of the wing to support local authorities responding to the winter weather in Central New York.
WHO: Lt. Col. Edward Cook, Readiness Squadron Commander in the 174th Attack Wing and part of the wing's initial response force.
WHAT: A media opportunity to discuss the preparations and resources of the 174th Attack Wing's initial response force for Operation Polar Vortex, the New York National Guard support to civil authorities. Media will have the opportunity to view and speak with Airmen loading vehicles and conducting premovement checks.
WHEN: 3 p.m. today, Tuesday, January 7. Members of the Media MUST be at the main gate of Hancock Field Air National Guard Base promptly at 3 p.m.
WHERE: Main Hanger, Hancock Field Air National Guard Base, 6001 East Molloy Road, Syracuse, NY 13211. Entry through Molloy Road gate.
At the direction of Governor Andrew Cuomo the New York Army and Air National Guard are mobilizing 266 Airmen and Soldiers to stand ready to aid local governments in the wake of the snowstorm that is hitting western New York and the north country today.
Among these forces are four Initial Response Forces, like the one being stood up by the 174th Attack Wing. The 2nd Battalion 108th Infantry in Utica, and the 427th Brigade Support Battalion and the 107th Airlift Wing in Niagara Falls are also mobilizing Initial Response Forces.
The Army National Guard's 204th Engineer Battalion has an engineer response force on call while the 2nd Battalion 101st Cavalry and the 105th Military Police Battalion in Buffalo are mobilizing 100 Soldiers to assist if necessary.