106th Rescue Wing members teach Scouts

GABRESKI AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE --Lt. Col. Stephen "Doc" Rush, a 103rd Rescue Squadron Pararescue flight medic and former Air Force Pararescue Medical Director, shows how to safely move a patient as part of a first aid demonstration during a base tour at New York Air National Guard 106th Rescue Wing in Westhampton Beach, NY, August 23, 2019.

Aug 26, 2019

106th Rescue Wing part of joint training

ALPENA, Michigan-- U.S. Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter from the New York Air National Guards 101st Rescue Squadron prepares to take off for a combat search and rescue training mission during Northern Strike 19 at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center Mich. July 29 2019. Northern Strike 19 is a National Guard Bureau-sponsored exercise uniting service members from more than 20 states multiple service branches and numerous coalition countries during the last two weeks of July 2019 at the Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center and the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center both located in northern Michigan and operated by the Michigan National Guard. The accredited Joint National Training Capability exercise demonstrates the Michigan National Guards ability to provide accessible readiness-building opportunities for military units from all service branches to achieve and sustain proficiency in conducting mission command air sea and ground maneuver integration together with the synchronization of fires in a joint multinational decisive action environment.

Aug 01, 2019

Airmen conduct tactical training

Airmen from the 106th Rescue Wings Security Forces Squadron (SFS) and Civil Engineering Squadron (CES) assigned to F.S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton Beach New York participated in a joint tactical exercise on May 3 2019 in Calverton NY. This training was not just great for morale it also provided critical skills necessary in a deployed environment.

May 14, 2019

106th Rescue Wing hosts AF Special Ops Docs

NEW YORK-- Air Force doctors negotiating a tactical course at the New York Police Departments Rodman's Neck Outdoor Range administer treaterment to a simulated casualty on January 18 in The Bronx New York. Doctors from several Air Force and Air National Guard rescue wings and special operation squadrons took part in the two week Air Force Special Warfare Medical Officer training course which was conducted by the New York Air National Guards 106th Rescue Wing from Jan. 7 to 18. The tactical training exercise at Rodmans Neck was the climax to the course.

Feb 14, 2019

106th Rescue Wing Airman retires after 34 years

Westhampton Beach --New York Air National Guard Chief Master Sgt. John Bellissimo who is retiring after 34 years in the 106th Rescue Wing displays his retirement certification with Col. Charles Killian commander of the 106th Mission Support Group during his retirement ceremony on Feb. 2 2019 at F.S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton Beach. Bellissimo who lives in Rocky Point N.Y. was most recently assigned as the wings cyber operations superintendent. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Farrell)

Feb 07, 2019

Airmen prepare for Hurricane Michael mission

GABRESKI AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE -Members of the 106th Rescue Wing, assigned to the New York Air National Guard, prepare to deploy in support of the Hurricane Michael rescue efforts at the 106th Rescue Wing, Westhampton Beach, N.Y., Oct. 10, 2018. The 106th Rescue Wing will send their highly trained Guardsmen to include pararescue, aircrew, maintainers and support, along with HC-130 and HH-60 aircraft and rescue boats.

Oct 11, 2018

106th Rescue Wing makes save

LUMBERTON, N.C.-- Pararescue Airmen Tech Sgt. Ryan Dush and Staff Sgt. Griffin Elzey, both members of the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing, are lowered out of a HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter assigned to the wing during a rescue mission in Lumberton, North Carolina on Sept. 17, 2018 in this still from a helmet mounted video camera. The two Airmen were descending to make an assessment of how many people were in the house, surrounded by flood waters and the best way to get them out. Eventually 15 people were rescued by two HH-60s, one flown by New York Air Guardsmen and the other by an aircrew from the California Air National Guard's 129th Rescue Wing.

Sep 20, 2018

NY Airmen on lookout over Carolina

KINSTON, SOUTH CAROLINA -- New York Air National Guard Master Sgt. Jim Brucculeri and Staff Sgt. Kareem Spearman from the 102nd Rescue Squadron of the 106th Rescue Wing scan for people in need of rescue over Kinston, N.C. on Sept. 16, 2018. The 106th Rescue Wing has deployed 112 Airmen in support of the response to Hurricane Florence.

Sep 18, 2018

NY Air Guard Hurricane Response

OCEAMA, VA-- An HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter assigned to the 106th Rescue Wing of tjhe New York Air National Guard prepares to take off from Oceana, Virginia, in support of Hurricane Florence Relief Operations on September 15, 2018. The 106th Rescue Wing has deployed 112 Airmen in support of hurricane response missions

Sep 17, 2018

Airmen Prep for Hurricane Florence Response

New York Air National Guard Maj. Matt Forbes, director of operations with the 101st Rescue Squadron, 106th Rescue Wing based at Westhampton Beach, New York, focuses on a screen at Base Operations at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, Sept. 14, 2018. The 106th Rescue Wing forward deployed some 80 personnel and aircraft to support the response to Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel H. Farrell)

Sep 14, 2018

Airmen prepare for Hurricane Florence mission

GABRESKI AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE- Senior Airman Peter Zaccariello a Pararescueman assigned to the 106th Rescue Wing of the New York Air National Guard, checks and loads rescue equipment in preparation for Hurricane Florence relief operations, September 12, 2018.

Sep 13, 2018

Fallen Airman honored

CALVERATON NATIONAL CEMETERY-- Members of the 106th Rescue Wing New York Air National Guard salute as Base Honor Guard Airmen from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst New Jersey render honors for Tech. Sgt. Dashan Briggs a special missions aviation specialist assigned to the 106th RQW during a funeral service at Calverton National Cemetery N.Y. March 29 2018. Briggs was killed when the HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter he was flying in crashed near the city of Al-Qaim Iraq.

Apr 02, 2018

106th Rescue Wing Airman laid to rest

CALVERTON, N.Y.--Base Honor Guard Airmen from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, render honors for Tech. Sgt. Dashan Briggs, a special missions aviation specialist assigned to the 106th Rescue Wing, New York Air National Guard, during a funeral service at Calverton National Cemetery, N.Y., March 29, 2018. Briggs was killed when the HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter he was flying in crashed near the city of Al-Qaim, Iraq.

Mar 30, 2018

Fallen Airmen Honored at Gabreski

GABRESKI AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE --Base Honor Guard Airmen from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey carry the remains of Master Sgt. Christopher J. Raguso a special missions aviation specialist assigned to the 106th Rescue Wing of the New York Air National Guard during a dignified arrival ceremony at F. S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base Westhampton Beach N.Y. March 27 2018. Raguso was one of three Airmen killed when the HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter they were flying in crashed near the city of Al-Qaim Iraq.

Mar 28, 2018

Top Enlisted Airman visits 106th

GABRESKI AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE --Chief Master Sgt. Harold L. Hutchison, command chief of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, speaks to members of the 106th Rescue Wing in Westhampton Beach, New York on October 3rd, 2017. The visit to thank the members of the 106th for their dedication and hard work during the Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma relief effort

Oct 12, 2017

106th Airmen end successful mission

GABRESKI AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE-- New York Air National Guard Airmen unload an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter from the back of a C-17 Globemaster III of the 105th Airlift Wing at Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton Beach on Sept. 12, 2017 as deployed members of the 106th Rescuer Wing return home.The New York Air National Guards 106th Rescue Wing returns home from a deployment to San Juan Puerto Rico on 12 September 2017. They were performing airlift and rescue missions in the Caribbean in response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma.

Sep 18, 2017

106th Rescue Wing evacuates Americans

ST MAARTEN-- New York Air National Guard Capt. William Hall a HC-130 Pilot with the 102nd Rescue Squadron helps bring an evacuees service dog on board an HC-130 headed to San Juan Puerto Rico on Sept. 10 during an evacuation mission. The New York Air National Guards 106th Rescue Wing staging out of San Juan Puerto Rico with the 156th Air Lift Wing provide rescue support to those in need on St. Maarten.

Sep 12, 2017

Americans rescued by NY Air Guard

St. MARTIN-- Americans stranded on St. Martin following Hurricane Irma fill the bay of an HC-130 assigned to the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing on Sept. 9, 2017 during an evacuation mission. The wing deployed 130 Airmen, 3 HHK-60 Pave Hawk helicopters and 2 HC-130s to Puerto Rico to assist in search and rescue missions.

Sep 10, 2017

106th Rescue Wing on mission in the Carribean

PUERTO RICO-- Airmen of the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing heading out on a mission after staging out of San Juan, Puerto Rico on Sept. 8, 2017. The 106th Rescue Wing deployed two HC-130 King aircraft three HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters three zodiac boats and 124 Airman required to carry out the mission.

Sep 10, 2017

106th Airmen Aid Houston Residents

HOUSTON, TX--Senior Airman John J. Kosequat a pararescueman with the 103rd Rescue Squadron of the 106th Rescue Wing assigned to the New York Air National Guard pushes an elderly man toward the HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter in Houston area August 30 2017. The man was safely transported to a local area hospital.

Aug 31, 2017

106th Saves 255 on first day of ops

FORT HOOD--Air Force Capt. P.K. Osahor a pilot with the 101st Rescue Squadron of the 106th Rescue Wing assigned to the New York National Guard and Air Force Master Sgt. Sean Browning an HH-60 Pavehawk helicopter crew chief with the 106ths Aircraft Maintenance Squadron watch as a Pavehawk taxis into position on the flight line at Fort Hood Texas August 28 2017. The efforts of the 106th helped save 255 people and two dogs. (U.S. National Guard photo by Daniel H. Farrell)

Aug 30, 2017

106th RQW saves 255 Texans during operations

FORT HOOD, TEXAS--Senior Airman James N. Zambik, a pararescueman with the 103rd Rescue Squadron of the 106th Rescue Wing assigned to the New York National Guard, exiting an HH-60 Pavehawk helicopter at Fort Hood, Texas, August 28, 2017 after spending a day responding to Hurricane Harvey in Houston. The efforts of Zambik and 100 Airmen of 106th using helicopters and boats helped save 255 people and two dogs during missions on August. 28.

Aug 29, 2017

106th personnel conduct missions near Houston

FORT HOOD, TX-- Air Force Tech. Sgt. James Dougherty, a pararescuemen with the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing's 103rd Rescue Squadron, adjusts his communication headset at Fort Hood, Texas, August 28, 2017. Dougherty and the 103rd pararescumen are operating out of three HH-60s over Houston during the Hurricane Harvey response effort. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel H. Farrell)

Aug 28, 2017

106th Rescue Wing heads to Texas

GABRESKI AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE--An HH-60 Pavehawk helicopter from the New York Air National Guard's106th Rescue Wing is loaded into a C-17 Globemaster from the 105th Air Wing to depart to Texas in support of Hurricane Harvey rescue and relief efforts. Francis S. Gabreski Airport, Westhampton Beach, New York August 26, 2017. The wing send 104 Airmen, three HH-60s and an HC-130 search and rescue aircraft to Fort Hood, Texas in support of relief efforts

Aug 27, 2017

Slovenian President Recognizes 106th Rescue Wing

NEW YORK-- Members of the 102nd and 103rd Rescue Squadrons of the 106th Rescue Wing assigned to the New York Air National Guard, pose with Slovenian President Borut Pahor on in at the Slovenian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York City on May 21, 2017. The Airmen were awarded the Slovenian Medal for Merit in the military field for their international rescue mission to render aid to crew members injured in an explosion on board the motor vessel Tamar that began on April 24th.

May 22, 2017

106th Rescue Wing flies to aid of distressed ship

WESTHAMPTON BEACH--An HC-130 assigned to the 106th Rescue Wing of the New York Air National Guard prepare to take off for a rescue mission at Lajes Azores April 24 2017 Westhampton Beach N.Y. The mission was to locate the aircraft and drop para-rescuemen who boarded the ship and provided emergency medical care to the crew.

Apr 25, 2017

Indonisian Officers Visit 106th Rescue Wing

GABRESKI AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE -- New York Air National Guard Command Chief Master Sgt. Michael Hewson the Command Chief of the 106th Rescue Wing demonstrates how the pararescuemen jump with a payload to the Indonesian air force generals March 8 2017 at Francis S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base. The generals were also interested in how the Pararescuemen known as PJs for pararescuemen jumpers were able to use their capabilities both here at home to respond to state emergencies as well as overseas.

Apr 12, 2017

106th Airmen test "front porch" in Hawaii waters

HAWAII--Pararescuemen of the 103rd Rescue Squadron of the 106th Rescue Wing of the New York Air National Guard erect the front porch support equipment for NASAs new Orion spacecraft crew module in the waters off Marine Base Hawaii in Hawaii on March 7 2017. The New York Air National Guard pararescuemen as well as active Air Force pararescuemen were testing equipment which would be used to support Orion astronauts in the event of a contingency recovery operation.

Mar 20, 2017

Survival Training in Hawaii

HAWAII-- New York Air National Guard Senior Airmen Jonathan Harvey a Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape (SERE) Specialist with the 106th Rescue Wing demonstrates how to contact friendly forces during survival training at the US Army's Jungle Operations Training Course in Hawaii on March 7 2017.

Mar 14, 2017

Rescue Jump Training in Hawaii

HAWAII-- Pararescuemen and Combat Rescue Officers with the New York Air National Guard's 103rd Rescue Squadron 106th Rescue Wing supported by the Hawaii Air National Guard's 154th Wing 204th Airlift Squadron jump from a C-17 into the waters off Joint Base Pearl Harbor- Hickam on March 7 2017 as they conduct training to test new spacecraft recovery techniques and equipment that will be used to recover the crew module of NASAs Orion spacecraft. The Airmen were in Hawai for two weeks as part of Operation Ardent Sentry.

Mar 10, 2017

Jump training in Hawaii

HAWAII-- A Pararescueman from the 103rd Rescue Squadron of the 106th Rescue Wing signals a low flying C-17 Globemaster following a successful jump during joint training with Human Space Flight Support Detatchment 3 at Marine Core Base HawaiiMarch 5 2017.During this training a rigid inflatible boat (known as a Hard Duck) was dropped from a C-17 along with several jumpers and an inflatable device known as the Front Porch.This device is intended to be mated to the Orion spacecraft and can be used to support astronauts who have made a water landing in the Orion spacecraft following a flight.

Mar 07, 2017

NY Airmen train on new NASA recovery device

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR- HICKAM, HAWAII-- Tim Goddard, from NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, explains how to inflate the "Front Porch" floatation device for NASA's Orion spacecraft crew module to New York Air National Guard pararescuemen assigned to the 103rd Rescue Squadron's 106th Rescue Wing at Joint Base Pearl Harbor- Hickam, Hawaii on March 1, 2017. The Front Porch would provide a place to offer astronauts medical care after the crew module splashes down at the end of a flight. The New York pararescuemen are participating in joint NASA/Department of Defense training exercises to test recovery equipment for NASA's new spacecraft, the Orion.

Mar 03, 2017

106th heading for NASA/DOD joint training

GABRESKI AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE --New York Air National Guard Airmen assigned to the 106th Rescue Wing loading rescue boats onboard a C-17 at Gabreski Air National Guard Base on Feb. 27 2017 enroute to Hawaii where they will conduct training on systems designed by the Department of Defense Human Spaceflight Support Office and NASA to recover the crew module of NASAs Orion spacecraft. The exercise will include dropping fully loaded boats to assist in spacecraft recovery.

Mar 02, 2017

Snow covers Long Island airfield

F.S. GABRESKI AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE--Airmen respond to an intense yet brief snowstorm that hit the 106th Rescue Wing of the New York Air National Guard at F.S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton Beach New York January 31 2017.

Feb 01, 2017

Airmen open Gov. Cuomo's Speech

FARMINGDALE-- New York Air National Guard Tech Sgt. James Bavaro, Tech Sgt. Jason Rios, Staff Sgt. Michael Pennolino ,and Staff Sgt. Dwayne Morgan, all members of the 106th Rescue Wing Honor Guard, present the colors during Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's regional State of the State address at the SUNY Farmingdale campus in Long Island New York on January 10 2017.

Jan 11, 2017

Hanging Around

GABRESKI AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE-- A Pararescueman from the 103rd Rescue Squadron conducts confinsed space rescue training at Francis S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton Beach New York on January 8 2017.During this scenario Pararescuemen rappeled from the top of the parachute drying facility to rescue another airmen who had fallen into a confined space.

Jan 10, 2017

Tactical Training at Gabreski

GABRESKI AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE --Members of the 106th Rescue Wing's Security Forces Squadron conducts tactical training at FS Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton Beach on January 7th 2017.

Jan 09, 2017

106th Rescue Wing trains with Coast Guard

HAMPTON BAYS NY - Airmen with 101st Rescue Squadron and 103rd Rescue Squadron conduct hoist training with United States Coastguardsmen from US Coast Guard Station Shinnecock December 22 2016.During this training Guardian Angels from the 103rd RQS were lowered via hoist from an HH-60 Pavehawk onto the cutters deck. After that the aircraft practiced dropping and removing patient litters before hoisting the Guardian Angels back up and returning to base.

Dec 27, 2016

Rescue training at Gabreski Air Guard Base

WESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY - Senior Airman Alexander Traini, a Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) Specialist with the 106th Rescue Wing conducts a personnel recovery training mission at F.S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base on December 4th, 2016. During the training mission,an HH-60 Pavehawk with the 101st Rescue Squadron and Pararescue Jumpers with the 103rd Rescue Squadron searched for Triani, who portrated a downed F-16 Pilot. (US Air National Guard / Staff Sergeant Christopher S. Muncy / released)

Dec 08, 2016

Security Force Members Train at Gabreski

WESTHAMPTON BEACH NY - Members of the 106th Rescue Wing Security Forces Squadron manuver through concealing smoke during Tactical Combat Casualty Care training at FS Gabreski Air National Guard Base on Wednesday, October 19 2016.During this training airmen learned to react to enemy contact and IED attacks with an emphasis on immediate combat care.

Oct 27, 2016

Final Flight at 106th Rescue Wing

WESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY - LtCol. John T. Law, Deputy Operations Group Commander for the 106th Rescue Wing, completes his final flight aboard an HC-130 with the 106th Rescue Wing at FS Gabreski ANG on September 30, 2016.Also known as "finiflights," these final flights are often celebrated with friends and family spraying down the pilot with firehoses. LtCol. Law's final flight took place the day of his retirement, following more than 24 years of service.

Oct 03, 2016

Base run calls attention to Sexual Assault

WESTHAMPTON BEACH NY - Pararescuemen and Combat Rescue Officers with the 103rd Rescue Squadron 106th Rescue Wing Participate in a 5k runwalk at Francis S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base on October 2nd 2016.The run organized by the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator is designed to raise awareness on preventing and responding to sexual assault.

Oct 03, 2016

NY Air Guardsman speak with South African students

SOUTH AFRICA-- New York Air National Guard Tech Sgt. Ken Martini (right) speaks to students about the C-17 on Sept. 16 2016 at the 2016 Africa Aerospace and Defense Airshow and Exhibition at the South Africa National Defense Forces Waterkloof Air Force Base. Thirty-nine members of the New York National Guard are part of the U.S. military contingent attending the airshow.

Sep 16, 2016

Practice Jumps over Long Island

WESTHAMPTON BEACH NY - A Pararescueman assigned to the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing comes in for a landing during a training jump from the back of a C-17 Globemaster over FS Gabreski ANG on August 30 2016. The C-17 flew from McChord Fieldand dropped rescue personnel several times throughout the day.

Sep 02, 2016

Weapons Training at 106th

WESTHAMPTON BEACH NY - Senior Airman Christopher Reiter a Combat Arms Training and Maintenance Instructor with the 106th Rescue Wing Security Forces Squadron fires the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon during a training event at the Suffolk County Range in Westhampton Beach NY on August 24 2016.Security Forces members regularly train on the use and upkeep of these weapons in addition to the M4 carbine and M9 pistol.

Aug 25, 2016

106th Security Forces train on ATV's at Gabreski

WESTHAMPTON BEACH NY - Master Sergeant Paul W. Clementi a member of the 106th Rescue Wing Security Forces Squadron trains on an All Terrain Vehicle at F.S. Gabreski ANG on August 18 2016. Here MSgt. Clementi is demonstrating how to keep posture and maintain control of the vehicle while moving from the road to rougher terrain.ATVs are used by Security Forces to maintain the integrity of the base perimeter. Members must regularly train in order to retain their proficiency.

Aug 22, 2016

Alumni visit today's 106th Rescue Wing Airmen

WESTHAMPTON BEACH NY - Three veterans of the 106th Rescue Wing-- Lt Col. Warren Ferdinansen ( white shirt) Chief MSgt. Edward Ogden ( tan shirt) and CMSgt. Richard Forrestal (yellow shirt) speak before members of the 106th Rescue Wing on August 7 2016.The three speakers are the oldest surviving members of the 106th Rescue Wing and visited the wing to share their memories.

Aug 15, 2016

106th Rescue Wing trains in Baltic States

ESTONIA--Pararescue jumpers from the 103rd Rescue Squadron exit a U.S. Air Force HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter and prepare to pick up two isolated personnel during Saber Strike 16 at Amari Air Base, Estonia June 14, 2016. Saber Strike is a multinational exercise that tests the capabilities of various aspects of the militaries involved.

Aug 01, 2016

New Commander for 106th Rescue Wing

FS GABRESKI AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE--Maj. Gen. Anthony German New York National Guard Adjutant General hands the 106th Rescue Wing guidon to Col. Michael Bank 106th RQW commander at a change-of-command ceremony at Francis S. Gabreski Airport on April 2, 2016. Bank took over command of the 106th from Brig. Gen. Thomas Owens who has moved on to Assistant Adjutant General for Air at the Joint Force Headquarters in Latham N.Y.

Apr 14, 2016

New York Photographer named best in Air Guard

WESTHAMPTON BEACH--New York Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Christopher Muncy (inset photo) a member of the 106th Rescue Wing, was named Air National Guard Military Photographer of the Year during the 2015 Air National Guard Media Competition. He also won first place in the feature and pictorial photographic categories. His winning feature photo, seen here, featured Technical Sergeant Clementi firing at the Suffolk County Police Range on February 5th 2015.(New York Air National Guard Staff Sergeant Christopher S Muncy released)

Feb 17, 2016

106th Marks Black History Month

WESTHAMPTON BEACH New York- New York City dancers Instruments of Praise Dance Troupe perform in front of the 106th Rescue Wing members in celebration of National African American History Month February 6th 2016.The purpose of the National African American History Month celebration at the 106th Rescue Wing is to highlight contributions African Americans have made throughout the history of our country their struggle for freedom and equality and to deepen the understanding of our own history as a nation.

Feb 16, 2016

Machine Gun Check

HOMESTEAD AIR RESERVE BASE FL - Staff Sgt. Barry Wood an airman with the 106th Rescue Wing checks a .50 caliber machine gun on an HH-60 Pavehawk helicopter prior to a training flight at Homestead Air Reserve Base Florida on January 19 2016.

Feb 12, 2016

106th Airmen learn survival skills

HOMESTEAD AIR FORCE BASE--New York Air National Guard Maj. Dave Sumwalt, center,a medmber of the 106th Rescue Wing, helps build a small fire during a combat and water survival training course on Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla., Jan. 20, 2016. Sumwalt is a pilot assigned to the 101st Rescue Squadron.

Jan 29, 2016

106th Airmen train for water survival

HOMESTEAD AIR RESERVE BASE FLORIDA - Members of the 106th Rescue Wing conduct Combat and Water survival training at Homestead Air Reserve Base Florida January 18 2016.During this training aircrew members gained refresher training on using their emergency radios tactical movements through difficiult terrain how to build shelters ways to build fires and methods for evading the enemy.

Jan 22, 2016

National Guard Readies for Winter Storm in NYC, LI

FS GABRESKI AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Westhampton Beach, NY -- Members of the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing prepare snow removal equipment for deployment on the base as Winter Storm Jonas approaches the northeast. Eastern Long Island is expected to receive 6-8 inches of snowfall on January 23. The heavy equipment provides snow removal to support flight operations at the airfield. New York Air National Guard Master Sergeant Cheran Cambridge/released

Jan 22, 2016

Weapons Instructor takes a break at Gabreski ANGB

WESTHAMPTON BEACH NY - Staff Sgt. Callie A Rank a Combat Arms Training and Maintenance (CATM) instructor with the 106th Rescue Wing Security Forces Squadron poses for a portrait at the firing range at Francis S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base Jan. 09 2015.CATM instructors ensure that airmen understand how to properly use and maintain their weapons both locally and while on deployment.(US Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Christopher S. Muncy released)

Jan 14, 2016

Air Guard NBC Training

Technical Sergeant Timothy Cotterall an Air National Guard Emergency Manager is decontaminated following attempts to identify multiple biological contaminants in a simulated lab during a Global Dragon training event at Perry GA on March 18 2015. Held at the Guardian Centers of Georgia Global Dragon Deployment For Training provides a refresher course for Airmen allowing them to put their skills to use to identify live chemical biological radiological and nuclear agents and materials. Air National Guard emergency management technicians from more than 20 individual units participated in Global Dragon.Cottterall is a member of the 137th Air Refueling Wing in New Jersey.(New York Air National Guard Staff Sergeant Christopher S Muncy released)

Jan 08, 2016

CH-130 prepped for maintenance on Long Island

WESTHAMPTON BEACH NY - A New York Air National Guard HC-130 Hercules belonging to the 102nd Rescue Squadron a unit of the 106th Rescue Wing is marshalled on the flightline amidst heavy fog during a routine maintainence test at Francis S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base Dec. 14 2015.

Dec 18, 2015

102nd Rescue Squadron part of Southern Strike 16

GULFPORT, MS - New York Air National Guard Technical Sgt. Dave Rosante, an airman with the 102nd Rescue Squadron,part of the 106th Rescue Wing, conducts Forward Area Refueling Point training at the Trent Lott Combat Readiness Training Center during Exercise Southern Strike 16, Nov. 2, 2015.The exercise emphasizes air-to-air, air-to-ground, and special operations forces training opportunities.

Nov 08, 2015

Solar Lighting System Installed at Gabreski ANGB

WESTHAMPTON BEACH NY - Staff Sgt. Edwin Laporte and Hector Gomez both members of the 106th Civil Engineering Squadron 106th Rescue Wing install a solar panel at FS Gabreski ANG on September 8 2015.The solar panels are part of a larger plan to reduce energy usage and save money by investing in renewable energy sources on base. (New York Air National Guard Staff Sergeant Christopher S Muncy released)

Oct 28, 2015

Airman Train with High-Tech Gear

WESTHAMPTON BEACH NY - New York Air National Guard Pararescue Jumpers and Combat Rescue Officers with the 103rd Rescue Squadron 106th Rescue Wing conduct mass casualty training with the Battlefield Air Targeting Man-Aided Knowledge System (BATMAN) at FS Gabreski ANG on August 25 2015.The BATMAN system is an Air Force research laboratory advanced technology demostration program that develops enhanced capabilities for battlefield airmen. The program applies an airmen-centric design approach to all its research and development efforts to maximize the airmens mission effectiveness and efficiency.

Oct 08, 2015

106th Rescue Wing opens Heritage Park

WESTHAMPTON BEACH--Retired New York Air National Guard Col. Robert Landsiedel, a former vice wing commander of the 106th Rescue Wing and the president of the wing Alumni Association is joined by Col. Thomas Owens, the commander of the 106th Rescue Wing, in cutting a ribbon opening the wing's Heritage Park at F.S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base at Westhampton Beach, N.Y., Saturday, Sept. 12. The park includes models of aircraft flown by the wing as well as brinks with names of past wing members on them.

Sep 22, 2015

Air Guard Command Chief Jumps Over Long Island

WESTHAMPTON BEACH NY - Air National Guard Chief Master Sergeant James W. Hotaling conducts his final jump from a military aircraft with Pararescue Jumpers from the New York Air National Guard's 103rd Rescue Squadron 106th Rescue Wing over FS Gabreski ANG on September 2nd 2015. During his visit with the 106th Rescue Wing Hotaling met with junior and senior enlisted airmen to discuss their needs and any ongoing issues they may be face. Has the eleventh Command Chief Master Sergeant for the Air National Guard, he represents the highest level of enlisted leadership for the Air National Guard. Chief Hotaling is responsible for matters influencing the health morale and welfare of assigned enlisted personnel and their families.

Sep 03, 2015

Pararescue Jumpers Train

WESTHAMPTON BEACH NY - Pararescue Jumpers and Combat Rescue Officers with the 103rd Rescue Squadron 106th Rescue Wing conduct mass casualty training with the Battlefield Air Targeting Man-Aided Knowledge System (BATMAN) at FS Gabreski ANG on August 25 2015.The BATMAN system is an Air Force research laboratory advanced technology demostration program that develops enhanced capabilities for battlefield airmen. The program applies an airmen-centric design approach to all its research and development efforts to maximize the airmens mission effectiveness and efficiency.

Aug 28, 2015

106th Firefighters respond to grass fire

GABRESKI AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE-- 106th Rescue Wing Firefighter Michael Clay talks with Ronnie Tedesco, Christopher Clay and New York Air National Guard Senior Master Sgt. James Nizza after helping to put out a major brush fire just off-base at Westhampton Beach on August 10, 2015.

Aug 13, 2015

Airmen Train Hard at Hancock Field

HANCOCK AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE--Future Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTAC) with the New York Air National Guard's -274th Air Support Operations Squadron (ASOS) undergo rigorous physical training prior to attending their first formal technical school while at Hancock Field Syracuse N.Y. Aug.8. The National Guard Bureaus One-Level Program has directed all Air National Guard Air Support Squadrons to prepare their airmen both physically and academically to help ensure their future success while enrolled in the JTAC apprentice program.

Aug 11, 2015

106th Security Forces Train on weapons

WESTHAMPTON BEACH NY - New York Air National Guard Staff Sergeant Carlos Butriago trains with a Barrett sniper rifle at the Suffolk County firing range on July 27 2015. Butriago is a member of the 106th Security Forces Squadron

Jul 31, 2015

Survival Training at 106th

WESTHAMPTON BEACH NY - Staff Sergeant Brian Alfono and Senior Airman Ian Kuhn both SERE (Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape) Specialists with the 106th Rescue Wing conduct refresher training at FS Gabreski Air National Guard Base on June 6 2015. During this training aircrew members of the 106th Rescue Wing Operations Group participated in tactical movements built shelters and trained on proper elements of cover and concealment

Jun 11, 2015

Night-Firing For Security Forces Members

Security Forces Squadron members of the New York Air National Guards 106th Rescue Wing conduct night-firing training at the Suffolk County Police Range in Westhampton Beach NY on May 7th 2015.During this training the airmen learned small-group tactics how to use their night-vision gear and trained with visible and infrared designators.

May 08, 2015

Climbing Training at Gabreski Air Base

WESTHAMPTON BEACH NY - A New York Air National Guard Pararescue Jumper with the 103rd Rescue Squadron of the 106th Rescue Wing trains on the climbing wall at F.S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base here on April 30 2015.The climbing wall allows airmen to train for multiple scenarios with each color-coded grip representing various difficulty levels.

May 01, 2015

Joint Funeral Honors On Long Island

CALVERTON, NY - New York Air National Guard Staff Sergeant Michael Pennolino, a member of the 106th Rescue Wing Honor Guard, and New York Army National Guard PFC Richard Blount, a member of Company B 3rd Battalion 142nd Aviation and the New York Military Forces Honor Guard, fire a salute during funeral services at Calverton National Cemetary on April 10, 2015.

Apr 21, 2015

106th Security Forces Train at Camp Smith

CAMP SMITH, NY - Members of the 106th Rescue Wing Security Forces Squadron conduct their semi-annual "force on force" training at Camp Smith April 12, 2015.During the two-day long training event, security forces airmen secured "enemy" held buildings, retrieved injured allied personnel, provided first aid to the wounded and worked with pararescue jumpers from the 103rd Rescue Squadron to evacuate them to a pair of inbound HH-60 Pavehawk helicopters.

Apr 15, 2015

Rescue Airmen on the Range

WESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY - Members of the New York Air National Guard's103rd Rescue Squadron,part of the 106th Rescue Wing conduct a multi-day training course at the firing range on April 9, 2015. The live-fire training consisted of multiple events, including tactical movement, responding to incoming fire, retrieving and caring for wounded individuals and night-time shooting.

Apr 13, 2015

106th Airlift Wing Airmen Train with Canadians

CAPE COD AIR STATION--Airmen from the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing check out a Royal Canadian Air Force CH-144 Cormorant helicopter during Operation Orange Flag 2015, a joint exercise run by the United States Coast Guard. The 106th Airmen trained with Coast Guardsmen and Canadian Search and Rescue technicians during the exercise.

Apr 08, 2015

Air Guard Pararescue Jumpers Train

CAPE COD, MA - New York Air National Guard Captain Marty Viera, a combat rescue officer with the 103rd Rescue Squadron of the 106th Rescue Wing exits a U.S. Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry during Operation Orange Flag 2015 at Cape Cod Air Sation March 31st 2015.Operation Orange Flag 2015 was a multi-service, multi-national search and rescue exercise designed to allow various rescue personnel and assets to learn to seamlessly operate together under a variety of conditions.Orange Flag featured multiple jumps out of US Coast Guard, Air National Guard and Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft, including C-144's, C-130's, H-60's and HH-60's.

Apr 07, 2015

Virtual Wargame at Hancock Field

HANCOCK FIELD, Syracuse-- Airmen of the New York Air National Guards 152nd Air Operations Group man their stations during Virtual Flag, a computer wargame the unit participated in Feb. 18-26 from Hancock Field Air National Guard Base. The computer hookup allowed the air war planners of the 152nd to interact with other Air Force units around the country and in Europe.

Mar 18, 2015

Airmen Train In Hazardous Materials Response

PERRY, GA - Technical Sergeant Lindy Ross, a member of the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing demonstrates how to prepare a sample of an unidentified substance for testing during a training scenario at Global Dragon deployment for training at the Guardian Centers of Georgia, Perry, Ga., March 10, 2015. The testing provides a refresher course for Airmen, allowing them to put their skills to use to identify live chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear agents and materials. Air National Guard emergency management technicians from more than 20 individual units participated in Global Dragon.

Mar 13, 2015

South African General Visits 106th Rescue Wing

GABRESKI AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Westhampton Beach- South African Air Force Major General Wiseman Mbambo is briefed about the Gau-2 Mini Gun systems on the HH-60 Pavehawk helicopters flown by the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing here on Tuesday, March 3. Mbambo visited the base as part of a National Guard State Partnership visit to New York the week of March 1-4.

Mar 12, 2015

Guard Airmen Train in Hazardous Response

PERRY GA - New York Air National Guard Airman First Class Bryan Chang an emergency manager from the 106th Rescue Wing strips off his Level A hazardous material suit during exercises on the first day of exercise Global Dragon here on March 9 2015. Airmen trained in Level A Hazardous Material suits used their equipment to test for chemical biological radiological and nuclear (CBRN) contamination. The training emphasized coordination within small teams with each airman working to support their wingman to accomplish the mission. Exercise Global Dragon is a two-week long course taking place at the Guardian Center in Perry Georgia. The Guardian Center houses several training fascilities that simulate demolished city blocks flooded towns and CBRN-contaiminated areas.

Mar 11, 2015

Chainsaw Training At Gabreski

WESTHAMPTON BEACH NY - Airmen assigned to the 106th Rescue Wings Civil Engineering Squadron practice cutting up a tree during chainsaw training conducted at Gabreski Air National Guard Base on March 5th 2015. The day was part of a week-long course on storm damage removal. New York State Forest Rangers conducted classroom and hands-on training.

Mar 09, 2015

Keeping the Runway Clear

WESTHAMNPTON BEACH, NY - Members of the New York Air National Guard's 106th Civil Engineering Squadron, 106th Rescue Wing clear snow form the flightline and walkways during a major snowstorm on February 17, 2015.

Feb 17, 2015

Weapons Training at 106th Rescue Wing

WESTHAMPTON, NY - New York Air National Guard Technical Sergeant Paul Clementi, a member of the 106th Rescue Wing Security Forces Squadron, fires the M4 carbine during training at the Suffolk County Police Range in Westhampton, N.Y. February 5th, 2015.

Feb 09, 2015

Coast Guard Visits 106th Rescue Wing

WESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY - Pararescue Jumpers and Combat Rescue Officers with the 103rd Rescue Squadron of the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing board a United States Coast Guard HC-130 during a vist of Coast Guardsmen from Air Station Elizabeth City to discuss possible joint training, compare rescue tactics and showcase squadron equipment and training on February 5th, 2015.

Feb 09, 2015

106th Rescue Wing Training in New Jersey

WARREN GROVE, NJ -An HH-60 Pavehawk rescue helicopter assigned to the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing flares for a landing at the Warren Grove Gunnery Range here on January 23, 2015 during a Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) exercise. During the exercise, two 106th personnel acted as a pair of downed pilots in a hostile area while two Pennsylvania Army National Guard AH-64 attack helicopters provided cover .

Feb 05, 2015

Firing Away

WARREN GROVE, NJ - An Airman from the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing engages a ground target with the Gau-2 Mini Gun in a HH-60 Pavehawk helicopter during Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) training 106th at the Warren Grove Gunnery Range here on January 23, 2015.

Jan 30, 2015

Airmen Dig Out After Storm

WESTHAMPTON BEACH-- Airmen from the New York Air National Guards 106th Rescue Wing begin digging out F.S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base on Tuesday, Jan. 27 after a snow storm pummeled eastern Long Island. Members of the 106th also provided mobility support to local police agencies during the storm.

Jan 29, 2015

Air Guard Retirement at 106th Rescue Wing

WESTHAMPTON BEACH NY - 106th Rescue Wing Operations Group Commander Colonel Brian Rex Reilly accepts a folded American flag during his retirement ceremony from the New York Air National guard at FS Gabreski Air National Guard Base on Jan. 11 2015. Col. Reilly retires following over 28 years of military services.

Jan 22, 2015

Civil Air Patrol Members Get Air Guard Eye View

WESTHAMPTON BEACH NY - Members of the 9th Suffolk Cadet Squadron Civil Air Patrol take a look out the window of a 106th Rescue Wing HC-130 during an orientation flight on Dec. 12 2014. Cadets were able to speak firsthand with aircrew and observe their training methods during the hour-long flight.

Dec 16, 2014

Air Guard Crews train off Long Island

WEST HAMPTONBEACH-- An HH-60 Pavehawk helicopter assigned to the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing conducts a defensive system check off the coast of Long Island during training on Tuesday, Nov. 25.

Dec 01, 2014

106th Firefighters Training at Gabreski

FS GABRESKI AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE-- New York Air National Guard firefighters assigned to the 106th Rescue Wing conduct refresher training on the proper way to move a casualty from a roof top on Wednesday, Oct. 29.

Oct 30, 2014

Emergency Preparedness Training on Long Island

STONY BROOK New York- Members of the 106th Rescue Wing assists with the registration and distribution of disaster prepardness material . The September 20th one day course that was held at Stony Brook University. The lecture included information on how civilians can prepare themselves and their families for natural disasters and help mitigate life threatening emergencies while waiting for authorities to arrive. Lectures ended with a certificate and book bags of first aid material being given to each member that attended. This was a New York state wide initiative by the Governors office for the month of September which is Disaster Preparedness Month.

Oct 16, 2014

Rescue Wing Airmen Conduct Weapons Training

WESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY - Airmen from the New York Air National Guard's 103rd Rescue Squadron and 106th Security Forces Squadron train at the firing range at FS Gabreski ANG on September 18th, 2014. The airmen trained on a variety of weapons, including the M4 carbine, M14 rifle, combat shotgun and M9 pistol.

Sep 23, 2014

Airmen on the Firing Line

WESTHAMPTON BEACH, NEW YORK - New York Air National Guard Airmen with the 106th Rescue Wing trains on the M4 rifle at the firing range at F.S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base on August 8, 2014.

Aug 28, 2014

Air Force Secretary Visits 106th Rescue Wing

WESTHAMPTON BEACH New York- Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James takes group photo with the Commander of the 106th Rescue Wing Col Thomas Owens and members of the unit during a visit to F.S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base on August 13. (New York Air National Guard Senior Airman Christopher Muncy/ released)

Aug 27, 2014

Airmen Practice Hazardous Response Skills

NIAGARA FALLS, NEW YORK - Airmen from the New York Air National Guard conduct a hazardous environment drill during a week-long Emergency Management Course at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station on August 8, 2014. In this drill one Airman simulated being overcome by the heat of the suit, which required other Airman to pick him up and take him to a wash down station for a cool down.

Aug 11, 2014

Air Guard Members Honor WW II Veteran

FARMINGDALE -- New York Air National Guard Airmen First Class Emilsi Santiago and Larissa Morales both members of the 106th Rescue Wing Honor Guard, render a final salute as the body of World War II Corporal Paul J Ricioppi is laid to rest at Long Island National Cemetery on July 28th 2014. Cpl Ricioppi was an honorably discharged member of the Army Air Corps.

Jul 31, 2014

Air Guard Members Conduct Practice Jumps

CALVERTON,- New York Air National Guard Airmen from the 103rd Rescue Squadron of the 106th Rescue Wing, conduct a training jump on July 30th 2014. The group consisted of several Pararescue Jumpers Survival Escape Resistance and Evasion Specialists and a Combat Rescue Office. Each Airman took part in three jumps.(New York Air National Guard Senior Airman Christopher S Muncy released)

Jul 31, 2014

New York Airmen Train With Army Guard Troops

WESTHAMPTON BEACH--A Rhode Island Army National Guard Special Forces operator jumps out of a New York Air National Guard HH-60 from the 101st Rescue Squadron, an element of the 106th Rescue Wing, on July 24, 2014 during a joint training exercise with the Rhode Island Army National Guard's Company A 2nd Battalion 19th Special Forces Group. The Airmen and Special Operations Soldiers conducted joint training involving zodiac inflatable boats and a special extraction system.

Jul 25, 2014

106th Airmen Conduct SERE Training

FS GABRESKI, Air National Guard Base, Westhampton Beach-- Airmen assigned to the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing conduct Survival, Escape, Resistance, and Evasion refresher training during a drill weekend here on July 13, 2014. SERE training is designed to help airmen to survive in dangerous or isolated locations.

Jul 22, 2014

Para Rescue Jumpers Hone Medical Skills

WESTHAMPTON BEACH, NEW YORK - Members of the New York Air National Guard's 103rd Rescue Squadron train for extended patient care at FS Gabreski Air National Guard Base on July 2nd, 2014. The training is designed to allow Pararescue Jumpers, Combat Rescue Officers and other rescue-related personnel to care for injured servicemembers in geographically isolated locations. (New York Air National Guard / Senior Airman Christopher S Muncy / released)

Jul 03, 2014

Guard Airmen Jump As Part of Jones Beach Airshow

JONES BEACH, N.Y.-- Six pararescue jumpers frm the New York Air National Guard's 103rd Rescue Squadron prepare to exit an HH-130 flown by the 102nd Rescue Squadron during the annual Jones Beach Air Show on Saturday, May 24. The 106th Rescue Wing units normally stag a jump as part of the annual air show but couldn't participate in 2013 because of federal budget cuts. The six Airmen conducted a static line jump from 15,000 feet, landed off shore, and sawm in as part of the event.

May 29, 2014

Guard Firefighters Train

YAPHANK New York- Members of the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wings Fire Department hone their firefighting skills at the Suffolk County Fire Academy in Yaphank N.Y. with live fire training exercises May 9th 2014.

May 22, 2014

Chief of National Guard Bureau Visits Guard Airmen

WESTHAMPTON BEACH NEW YORK - General Frank J Grass Chief of the National Guard Bureau congratulates New York Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Matt Zimmer on receving his second Bronze Star with Valor award during a visit to FS Gabreski Air National Guard Base on May 10th 2014. During his visit General Grass toured the base coined outstanding Airmen and answered questions concerning the future of the Air National Guard. Grass was in New York City to attend an event on Ellis Island and took time to visit the men and women of the 106th Rescue Wing.

May 13, 2014

Evasion Training at 106th Rescue Wing

WESTHAMPTON BEACH NEW YORK - Members of the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing conduct Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape (SERE) refresher training at FS Gabreski Air National Guard Base on May 9th 2014. SERE Specialist Staff Sergeant Brian Alfono led the training showing aircrew members ways to properly cover and conceal from a pursuing enemy force and how to camoflage themselves using available materials before meeting up with Pararescue Jumpers from the 103rd Rescue Squadron.

May 13, 2014

Air Guard Honor Guard Hones Skills

WESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY - Members of the 106th Rescue Wing Honor Guard conducted training despite snowy weather at FS Gabreski Air National Guard Base on March 31st, 2014.

Apr 01, 2014

106th Security Forces Train

WESTHAMPTON BEACH NY -New York Air National Guard Staff Sergeant George Liandrakis stacks up during an "active shooter" training scenario on March 8th, 2014. During this training, members of the 106th Security Forces Squadron respond to reports of a simulated workplace shooting.

Mar 24, 2014

Rescue Airman Refresh Medical Skills

FS GABRESKI AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, WESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY - Pararescue Jumpers and Combat Rescue Officers from the 106th Rescue Wing's 103rd Rescue Squadron conduct emergency medical refresher training on February 27th, 2014. The training involved PJ's and CRO's rotating through various lanes, replicating the types of injuries often seen on the battlefield.

Mar 06, 2014

South African General Visits 106th Rescue Wing

WESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY - South African Brigadier General Mashoro Abel Phala speaks with members of the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing in Westhampton Beach on February 8th, 2014. During this visit, General Phala, the South African Defense Attache to the United States and Canada, toured the 101st, 102nd and 103rd Rescue Squadrons, inspecting equipment and speaking with airmen about their mission.

Feb 11, 2014

106th Digs Out Again

WESTHAMPTON BEACH NY - Airmen from the 106th Rescue Wing Civil Engineering Squadron de-ice an HC-130 at F.S. Gabreski ANG Base on February 4th, 2014 following a heavy snowstorm the evening before.

Feb 06, 2014

Winter Hits Again

WESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY - Senior Airman Jonathan Mazura, a member of the 106th Rescue Wing, appears to summarize the region's response to winter as more snow hits New York. The photo was taken on February 3 as Mazura and other wing members worked to keep the HC-130 rescue aircraft based at F.S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base flyable.

Feb 05, 2014

Keeping the Runways Clear

WESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY - Chief MAster Sergeant Vincent R Fondacaro, a member of the 106th Rescue Wing's Civil Engineering Squadron directs the bases plows in order to clear the runways at FS Gabreski Air National Guard Base following a morning snowstorm.

Jan 29, 2014

Airmen Return from Afghanistan

STEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE-- New York Air National Guard Technical Sgt. Michael Pacenza a member of the 105th Base Defense Squadron Stewart ANGB Newburgh NY gets a hug from his son during a homecoming reception held in the 105th Airlift Wing Dining Facility Dec. 16 2013. Members of the 105th Base Defense Squadron performed a six month tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Dec 16, 2013

106th Rescue Wing Airmen Honored for Courage

FS GABRESKI AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, WESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY - Major General Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General of New York, and Col Thomas Owens, the commander of the 106th Rescue Wing stand at attention with six members of the 103rd Rescue Squadron who received the Bronze Star with V for Valor during an award ceremony here on Dec. 6, 2013. The men were honored for heroism under fire during a Dec. 10, 2012 mission in Afghanistan. Honored were: Capt. Ronnie Maloney, of Middle Island; Senior Master Sgt. Erik Blom, of Hampton Bays; Technical Sgt. Anthony Yusup of Bloomsburg, PA; Staff Sgt. James Dougherty of Rocky Point; Staff Sgt. Matthew Zimmer of Westhampton; and Staff Sgt. Christopher Petersen of Commack, then a senior Airman.

Dec 09, 2013

NY Air National Guard Airman finishes NYC Marathon

NEW YORK -- Tech. Sgt. Tim Li, a New York National Guard Airman, competes in the ING New York City Marathon here Nov. 3. Li belongs to the 106th Rescue Wing and works for Joint Task Force Empire Shield, a New York National Guard element which is charged with detecting and preventing terrorist operations in the New York City metropolitan area. (courtesy photo)

Nov 13, 2013

106th Landmark Demolished in Training Exercise

WESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY -- New York Air National Guard members of the 106th Rescue Wing begin the work of dismantling an F-102 Delta Dagger which had been a display aircraft at the F.S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base gate here on Oct. 21. The aircraft, which was once flown by the 106th when it was an interceptor group, was damaged during Hurricane Sandy. 106th Rescue Wing maintainers and pararescue men practiced raising the aircraft off the ground and cutting into it as an exercise in rescuing injured aircrew before finishing the demolition.

Nov 05, 2013

New York Air Guardsman Honored at Gala

WASHINGTON-- New York Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Christopher Petersen ( second from left) receives a plaque recognizing him as the USO's National Guardsman of the Year for 2013 from National Guard Vice Chief , Lt. Gen. Joseph Lengyel during the USO's annual Gala on Friday, October 25. Petersen is pararescueman in the 106th Rescue Wing's 103rd Rescue Squadron. He was honored for his heroism in Afghanistan and outstanding performance in training and on the job. Also pictured are General Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Richard Myers, USAF (Ret) and USO CEO and President Sloan Gibson.

Oct 28, 2013

Army Sgt. Major Jumps with 106th Rescue Wing

WESTHAMPTON BEACH-- New York Army National Guard Command Sgt. Major Frank Wicks ( right) speaks with a para-rescue jumper assigned to the 106th Rescue Wing here following a tandem parachute jump on Sept. 24. Wicks and other senior Army and Air Guard NCOs visited the base to get a first hand look at the wing's operations.

Oct 01, 2013

New Commander for 106th Maintenance Squadron

WESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY - New York Air National Guard Lt. Col. James W. Nolan assumes command of the 106th Rescue Wing Aircraft Maintenance Squadron from Col. Jeffrey Arndt on September 19, 2013 at FS Gabreski ANG. Col. Arndt will assume full-time duties as the 106th Rescue Wing vice commander.

Sep 16, 2013

Stanley Cup At Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION--Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane holds up the Stanley Cup in front of a C-130 just before entering the hangar to greet members of the New York Air National Guard's 107th Airlift Wing and Air Force Reserve's 914 Airlift Wing on Saturday Aug. 24, 2013. Kane, A Buffalo native, brought the National Hockey League's championship trophey to the base to share with Western New York military members.

Aug 26, 2013

106th Rescue Wing Firefighters Train

YAPHANK NY -A New York Air National Guard firefighter assigned to the 106th Rescue Wing based at FS Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton Beach NY ducks under flames during training at the Suffolk County Fire Academy here during their monthly drill August 6th through the 8th 2013. The firefighters reviewed basic skills in a realistic training environment under the eye of civilian firefighter trainers.

Aug 14, 2013

Air Force Leader Visits 106th Rescue Wing

FS GABRESKI ANGB, Westhampton Beach, NY-Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning speaks to 300 members of the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing during a visit to the unit on Thursday, July 25. Fanning outlined the challenges facing the Air Force, urged Airmen to combat sexual harassment and assault, and took questions from the floor during his presentation.

Jul 26, 2013

Airmen Train Over Long Island

F.S. GABRESKI, ANGB-- Para-rescue jumpers of the 103rd Rescue Squadron, a component of the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing, exit the door of an HH-60 Pavehawk helicopter high over Long Island on Jul;y 9 during parachute jump training.

Jul 18, 2013

NY Air Guard Participates in Wisconsin Exercise

VOLK FIELD, Wisconsin--Senior Airman Sergey Klebleyev, from the New York Air National Guard's 106th Civil Engineering Squadron, clears a fallen tree with a front-end loader during a route clearing exercise at Volk Field in Camp Douglas, Wis., July 15. The training was part of Patriot Exercise 2013, a National Guard domestic response exercise that included both National Guard and Reserve units from 26 states and local civilian agencies.

Jul 17, 2013

New York Air Guard Trains in Arizona

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Arizona--New York Air National Guard HH-60 PAvehawk helicopters assigned to the 106th Rescue Wing prepare to conduct aerial refueling operations with an Air Force HC-130J Combat King II aircraft assigned to the 79th Rescue Squadron here on , April 8, 2013, during exercise Angel Thunder 2013. Angel Thunder is a joint service, interagency and multinational combat search and rescue exercise designed to provide training for personnel recovery assets in a variety of scenarios to simulate deployment conditions and contingencies.

Apr 17, 2013

Airmen Exercise Rescue Skills

WESTHAMPTON BEACH, N.Y.-New York Air National Guard Pararescue Jumpers with the 102nd Rescue Squadron simulate recovering a downed F-16 pilot during training at FS Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton Beach, New York on March 25th, 2013. The Airman are part of the 106th Rescue Wing of the New York Air National Guard.

Mar 29, 2013

National Guard Prepares for Possible Snow Response

FS GABRESKI AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Westhampton Beach, N.Y. - New York Air National Guard Senior Master Sgt. Joseph Spadavecchia checks over one of several snowmobiles operated by the 103rd Rescue Squadron here February 7th as forces across the New York National Guard prepare for a major snowstorm expected during the weekend of Feb. 8-9. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher S Muncy.

Feb 07, 2013

President and First Lady Enjoy Inaugural Parade

WASHINGTON DC-- President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama salute perfomers in the Inaugural Parade as they pass the reviewing stand on Jan. 20 in a photograph taken by New York Air National Guard Tech Sgt. Eric Miller. Miller, the Public Affairs NCO for the 106th Rescue Wing, was on duty in Washington DC during the Inaugural Week to document National Guard support for the event and the event itself. More of his photographs can be seen on the New York National Guard flickr page.

Feb 05, 2013

New York FireFighters Serve With Air Guard

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan-- (From left) New York Air National Guard Capt. Shaun Cullen, Capt. Tripp Zanetis, Tech. Sgt. Jim Denniston and Tech. Sgt. Erick Pound are all members of the 101st Rescue Squadron, an element of the 106th Rescue Wing, currently assigned to the 26th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, take turns “busting each other’s chops,” following shift-change at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan Nov. 29. They are all firefighters when not activated. Cullen, the aircraft commander, is assigned to Engine 54, in Midtown Manhattan; Zanetis, the copilot, is assigned to Ladder 11 in Lower East Manhattan; Pound, the aerial gunner, is assigned to Engine 58 in Harlem; and Denniston, the flight engineer, is assigned to Engine 285 in Queens. Together at the 26th ERQS, the team makes-up Pedro 24, a quick-response HH-60 Pave Hawk medical evacuation crew.

Dec 03, 2012

106th Rescue Wing Assists Long Islanders

BABYLON-- New York Air National Guard Airmen assigned to the 106th Rescue Wing join local police and first responders at the Babylon Town Hall, Babylon, N.Y., Nov. 13, 2012, to distribute food, water and supplies to the community following serious damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Nov 15, 2012

PJs Test Marksmanship Skills

WESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY -Pararescue Jumpers test their marksmanship skills on the range at FS Gabreski Air National Guard Station during a weeklong Pararescue Rodeo being hosted this week by the 106th Rescue Wing of the New York Air National Guard. Teams from across the country are participating. PJ Stands for Pararescue Jumper, the specialists trained to jump into water or hostile terrain to retrieve downed Airmen. The weeklong competition simulates real world scenarios testing the core skill sets of each rescue team. Event scenarios include Tactical Combat Casualty Care, Military Free-fall and Static-line parachuting Operations, Tactical Carbine and Pistol marksmanship, Zodiac Boat Operations, Maritime Navigation and High Angle / Confined-Space Rescue Operations. The competition works to foster teamwork, and esprit de corps among the Guardian Angels.

Sep 20, 2012

Fire Fighting Training At 106th Rescue Wing

WESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY - Firefighters with the New York Air National Guard's 106th Civil Engineering Squadron train with firefighters from Westhampton Beach, Brookhaven, MacArthur Airport, Manorville and East Quogue to remove victims from a burning aircraft at FS Gabreski (ANG) on August 15, 2012. Kellogg University provided the mock aircraft, which burned via propane at an estimated 1,200 degrees.

Aug 23, 2012

106th Rescue Wing Kicks off Air Force Week

NEW YORK, NY - An HH-60 Pavehawk helicopter from the New York Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing conducts a mock water rescue in the Hudson River near the USS Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museu, during an aerial demonstration as a part of Air Force Week in New York City on Sunday, August 19. The event kicked off the week-long celebration of the United States Air Force.

Aug 20, 2012

Rescue Squadron Members Training Hard

FS GABRESKI Air National Guard Station-- A New York Air National Guard Airman of the 103rd Rescue Squadron, an element of thew 106th Rescue Wing, conducts a casualty evacualtion drill here on August 1. Major General Verle Johnston, the commander of the New York Air National Guard observed the training.

Aug 09, 2012

On Guard at 106th Rescue Wing

WESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY - New York Air National Guard Senior Airman Tara Langella works the front gate at FS Gabreski Air National Guard Station during a major thunderstorm on June 25, 2012.Langella is a member of the 106th Security Forces Squadron.

Jun 27, 2012

Airman on Patrol

WESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY - New York Air National Guard Airman First Class Luke McNamara conducts a patrol at FS Gabreski Air National Guard Station on May 29, 2012. A1C McNamara is a member of the 106th Security Forces Squadron, and training to become a civilian police officer.

Jun 01, 2012

Homeland Response Force Exercise Begins

NEW YORK STATE PREPAREDNESS TRAINING CENTER, ORISKANY, N.Y. -- Airman 1st Class Kevin Gwinn of the Long Island based ANG 106th Security Forces Squadron checks identification at the initial check point at the NYS Readiness Training Center, here May 15. The all-hands NY State military forces Homeland Response Force training is held in preparation for various disaster scenarios, ensuring the best response in the event of an emergency. The National Guard Homeland Response Force for FEMA Region II deploys here today and will validate its ability to respond to Chemical, Biological, Radiological or Nuclear incidents using this rubble pile as a training site later this week. More than 700 members of the force will train at the Oriskany site or at the New York National Guard Armory in Utica, N.Y.

May 15, 2012

Woman World War II Pilot Visits 106th Rescue Wing

WESTHAMPTON BEACH--Eleanor C Faust, a Womens Air Force Service Pilot (WASP) during World War II visits the 106th Rescue Wing at F.S. Gabreski Air National Guard Station on April 10, 2012. Faust visited the wing along with members of the Civil Air Patrol. She spoke to the cadets about her experiences. During World War II WASP members acted as test pilots, ferried aircraft around the country and towed aerial gunnery targets.

May 02, 2012

106th Rescue Wing Trains on Plum Island

PLUM ISLAND, NY - Pararescue jumpers, combat rescue officers and Airmen from the New York Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing conduct casualty recovering training at artillery emplacements which were once part of Fort Terry, an old coast defense installation, on April 13. Located east of Long Island’s north fork the U.S. government-owned island is also home to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Plum Island Animal Disease Center.

Apr 16, 2012

Civil Air Patrol Cadets Get a Ride

WESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY - Cadets belonging to the Leroy R. Grumman Cadet Squadron, Civil Air Patrol board an HC-130 belonging to the 106th Rescue Wing at F.S. Gabreski ANG on April 6, 2012 for an orientation flight.

Apr 10, 2012

New Combat Arms Instructor at 106th Rescue Wing

FS GABRESKI FIELD,WESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY - New York Air National Guard Senior Airman Tara Langella sights a .50 caliber sniper rifle at F.S. Gabreski ANG on March 14, 2012. She recently graduated from the Air Force’s Combat Arms Training and Maintenance Academy and will instruct fellow Airmen in weapons handling.

Mar 15, 2012

On Target

FRANCIS S. GABRESKI AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Westhampton Beach-- New York Air National Guard Airman First Class Luke McNamara, a security forces member, sights an empty rifle during training on February 16th, 2012.

Feb 17, 2012

Flight Training on Long Island

WESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY - Airmen from the 103rd Rescue Squadron prepare for a flight aboard an HH-60 Pavehawk at Francis S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base here on Feb. 9. The 103rd Rescue Squadron is part of the 106th Rescue Wing of the New York Air National Guard

Feb 14, 2012

Guard Rescue Jumpers Practice Skills

WESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY - A Pararescue Jumpers 103rd Rescue Squadron of the New York Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing comes in for a landing during tandem jump training here on February 9, 2012.

Feb 13, 2012

Security Force Airmen Train on Long Island

WESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY - A member of the New York Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing’s Security Forces Squadron takes part in "active shooter" training on November 6th, 2011 at F.S. Gabreski (ANG) in Long Island. In this scenerio, an element of Security Forces airmen move in a tactical formation towards Building 345, where there have been reports of shots fired.

Nov 08, 2011

Guard Airmen Back from Afghanistan.

MCARTHUR AIRPORT,Ronkonkoma, NY-- New York Air National Guard Airmen assigned to the 106th Rescue Wing Security Forces Squadron meet their family members here following their return from a six month deployment to Afghanistan on October 21.

Oct 22, 2011

Airmen Practice Close Combat

WESTHAMPTON BEACH-- Members of the Security Force Squadron for the New York Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing conduct combat training at F. S. Gabreski Field Air National Guard Base on May 4.

Jul 14, 2011

Air Guardsmen Prep to Support Shuttle Crew

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Florida-- Rescue and medical personnel from NASA and the New York Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing study the astronaut flight suit at Patrick Air Force Base on July 7 as members of the wing prepare to provide rescue support for the final Space Shuttle launch on July 8. The men and women of the 106th supported more than 100 Space Shuttle launches.

Jul 11, 2011

Long Island Airmen in the Deep Snow

PITTSBURGH, NH-- Para rescue "Guardian Angles" from the New York Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing practice transporting an injured victim through deep snow during snow rescue training conducted with local volunteer firemen here on Friday, February 4. Based at Westhampton Beach, NY, the members of the 103rd Rescue Squadron are trained to extract aircrew downed behind enemy lines and conduct rescue operations in all terrain and weather situations. Eight Airmen participated in the unique training opportunity, which also involved snowmobile operations training.

Feb 11, 2011

Fog Bound Guard Planes

WESTHAMPTON BEACH-- Fog envelops the tarmac at Francis S. Gabreski Airport, the home of the New York Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing, on Wednesday Feb. 2. While the Hudson Valley and Upstate New York got hit with snow and sleet, warmer temperatures converted snowfall into fog on Long Island, where the wing is located. The 106th Rescue Wing operates HC-130 search and rescue aircraft and HH-60 Pavehawk rescue helicopters.

Feb 03, 2011

Guardsman Certifies as Survival School Instructor

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- Airman 1st Class Brian Alfano (right) a member of the New York Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing and Staff Sgt. Andrew Dunn, a member of the Air Force Reserve, display the unit insignia of the 22nd Training Squadron’s survival, evasion, resistance and escape course following their graduation here Dec. 2. The course was specially tailored so Guard and Reserve SERE specialists could receive training comparable to their active duty counterparts. Dunn is from the Air Force Reserve Command’s 514th Air Mobility Wing at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.

Dec 14, 2010

106th Guardian Angels Demonstrate Skills

CAPETOWN, South Africa--Members of the 106th Rescue Wing from F.S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton Beach, N.Y. took part in the African Aerospace and Defense Exposition 2010 at Air Force Base Ysterplaat in Cape Town, South Africa, on Sept. 24, 2010. The event featured an HH-60 and crew from the 101st Rescue Squadron, Guardian Angels from the 103rd Rescue Squadron and maintenance crew from the 106th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.

Sep 29, 2010

106th Rescue Wing in South Africa

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA--Members of the New York Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing from Francis S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base, Westhampton Beach, N.Y., unload an HH-60 Pavehawk from a C-17 Globemaster III at Air Force Base Ysterplaat, South Africa Saturday Sept 18. The Pavehawk and Air Guard Airmen will participate at at the Africa Aerospace & Defence (AAD) 2010 exhibition. The event begins Sept. 21 in Cape Town and is Africa’s premier aerospace, general aviation, defense and security expo that includes a world class air show, dynamic vehicle demonstrations and many other static displays. More than 70 members of the New York Army and Air National Guard are participating in the event. The New York National Guard conducts joint training with South Africa through the National Guard’s State Partnership Program. The C-17 Globemaster III known as Heavy Airlift Wing or HAW, from Papa Air Base, Hungary, routinely supports European Union, NATO and U.N. missions with a strategic airlift and global reach capability.

Sep 20, 2010

Loadout for South African Air Show on Long Island

WESTHAMPTON BEACH--Airmen from the New York Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing oversee the loading of an HH-60 Pavehawk Helicopter onto a C-17 Globemaster II cargo plane at Gabreski Airport in Westhampton Beach, Tuesday. The Pavehawk and more than 20 members of the 106th Rescue Wing are departing for Cape Town, South Africa to participate in Africa’s largest air show as part of the New York National Guard’s State Partnership Program with the South African military. While there, the wing will also be participating in joint search and rescue training while in South Africa.

Sep 15, 2010

New Building Opened at 106th Rescue Wing

Westhampton Beach-- Local officials, leaders and members of the New York Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing cut the ribbon formally opening the Wing’s new 38,000 square foot building housing the "Guardian Angels" pararescue teams on Sunday, Sept. 12.

Sep 12, 2010

National Guard Airman Fishes for A Compliment

SMITHTOWN-- New York Air National Guard Tech Sgt. Nate Dean,a member of the 106th Maintenance Operations Flight, displays his first fluke of the day,during the annual Soldiers on the Sound fishing trip organized for military members by the Smithtown Bay Yacht Club on July 24. The fish had to be thrown back because it was too small to keep. Members of the 106th Rescue Wing, from F.S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base, were the majority of participants for the event which paired the Airmen with civilians who took them on their boat to fish. The main fish the members sought to catch was the fluke. Out of the 18 boats which were deployed for the event only four regulation size fish were caught. The winning fluke was caught by SSgt. Derek Wallace, 106th Vehicle Maintenance, and it measured 4 lbs 3 ounces.

Aug 03, 2010

National Guard Airmen Honor National Guard Soldier

Gabreski Field Air National Guard Base-- Members of the New York Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing salute as the remains of New York Army National Guard 1st Lt. Joseph Theinert pass by on June 9, 2010. The remains of Theinert, who was serving in Afghanistan with the 10th Mountain Division when he was killed in action, were flown into the base prior to being moved to Shelter Island where his funeral is set for June 11.

Jun 11, 2010

Space Shuttle Takes Off Supported by Air Guard

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Florida--New York Air National Guardsmen from the 106th Rescue Wing watch as Space Shuttle Atlantis blasts into orbit on May 14, as one of the unit's HH-60 Pavehawk's stands ready to launch if a rescue effort is needed. The 106th Rescue Wing supported a Space Shuttle misson for the d107th time on May 14 as Mission STS-132 took off for the International Space Station. The Wing's 101st, 102nd and 103rd Rescue Squadrons each provided different assets to support the Space Shuttle Recovery Program which, in the case of a evacuation by the space shuttle crew, they would have been availble to rescue the astronauts.

May 18, 2010

Rescue Wing Salutes Medal of Honor Recipients

COPIAGUE, LONG ISLAND, N.Y. -- Members of the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing Color Guard appeared with Army Honor Guard Soldiers at Pinelawn Memorial Park in Copiague, N.Y. March 25 for the National Medal of Honor Day ceremony. The event honored members of the military who were awarded the Medal of Honor for their service and focused more specifically on Medal of Honor recipients from the State of New York. The event was organized by Moe Fletcher and included guest speakers Jim McDonough, Chief Master Sgt. Dennis Richardson, USAF (ret), Air Force Cross Recipient, and Dan and Maureen Murphy, the Gold Star Parents of Lt. Michael Murphy, a Medal of Honor recipient. Photo by Staff Sgt. David J. Murphy, 106th Rescue Wing.

Mar 26, 2010

106th Rescue Wing Supports Haiti Relief Efforts

GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA -- Airmen from the New York Air National Guard's 106th Civil Engineering Squadron (CES), 106th Rescqu Wing out of Long Island, N.Y., disembark from a plane at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Jan. 16, 2010. The 106th CES is here for a two-week deployment for training and will provide engineering and logistical assets to the naval station in support of Operation Unified Response, providing humanitarian assistance to Haiti. The Airmen arrived on a flight from their sister wing, the New York Air National Guard's 107th Airlift Wing from Niagara Falls. JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua Nistas.

Jan 20, 2010

Guardian Angels Show Their Stuff at USS Intrepid

NEW YORK CITY-- Visitors to the USS Intrepid Sea, Air & space Museum watch as members of the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing demonstrate their skills during a special Veterans Day event. The demonstration included a rescue eaturing HH-60s from the 101st Rescue Squadron and Guardian Angels from the 103rd Rescue Squadron. After the event the HH-60s flew over the Veteran's Day parade route and landed on the deck of the USS Intrepid.

Nov 13, 2009

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.

May 11, 2009

Groundbreaking at 106th Rescue Wing

GABRESKI AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Westhampton Beach-- Local officials gathered Saturday, May 2 along with members of the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing to break ground for a new $14.56 million facility to house the wing's pararescue jumpers. From left:Michael Jacobs, Chariman of the Board of the Friends of the 106th; Colonel Michael F. Canders of the 106th Rescue Wing; Representative Timothy Bishop; New York State Assemblyman Fred Thiele; Major John D. McElroy of the 103rd Rescue Squadron; and Supervisor for Racanelli Construction Keith Wood turn the first ceremonial ground.on May 2, 2009.

May 05, 2009

New York Islander Meets New York Air Guardsman

New York Islanders left wing Jeff Tambellini meets New York Air National Guard Major Kerry McCauley during an October 24 visit to the 106th Rescue Wing at Grabreski Field Air National Guard Base. Tambellini and center Frans Nielsen, toured the base, met with members of the wing and climbed aboard HH-60 Pavehawk rescue helicopters and HC-130 rescue aircraft to learn more about what the wing does. The two players also signed autographs and met with children of wing members as well. The Islanders will hold a military appreciation night during their Nov. 11, Veteran's Day game against the Philadelphia flyers.

Nov 04, 2008

NY Air National Guard Ready to Respond

A line of HH-60G Pave Hawks from the 943rd Rescue Group, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., 176th Wing, Kulis Air National Guard Base, Alaska, 129th Rescue Wing, Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif. and the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing from Westhampton Beach, Long Island sit on the flightline at Ellington Field, Texas, Sept. 3. The U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard aircraft and personnel provided the governors of Louisiana and Texas air search and rescue assets for the response to Hurricane Gustav.

Sep 07, 2008

Guard Troops Arrive in Gulf Following Gustav

An HH-60 special operations Pavehawk search and rescue helicopter from the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing arrives for hurricane recovery operations in Meridian, Miss. The unit will operate in support of the Louisiana Air National Guard Task Force Eagle.

Sep 03, 2008

Air Guard Hits the Beach

JONES BEACH, N.Y. - Major John D. McElroy and Master Sgt. Jules Roy greet on-lookers who came to the 2008 Jones Beach Air Show after finishing their aerial rescue demonstration. The two para-rescue jumpers of the 103rd Rescue Squadron represented the 106th Rescue Wing by performing a para-rescue demonstration in front of record crowds during the air show at Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh, N.Y. The 106th shared the sky with the Navy's Blue Angels, the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team and an Air Force F-22 Raptor Fighter Aircraft. A record 506,000 visitors attended the two day event.

Jun 24, 2008

New York Air Guard Unit Celebrates 100 Years

In this painting from the National Guard historical series, members of the 1st Aero Company, New York National Guard, return from the first mass flight--12 JN-4"Jenny" aircraft-- in U.S. history from Mineola, Long Island to Princeton, N.J. and back, that was conducted Nov. 18-19, 1916. The descendants of the 1st Aero Company, the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing, is based on Long Island today, flying air rescue missions out of Francis Gabreski Airport; the oldest Air National Guard unit in the United States. The 1st Aero Company was organized as an Signal Corps observation balloon company by the New York National Guard on 30 April, 1908. One hundred soldiers gathered in the 71st Regiment Armory in New York City eventually formed the company, which in 1915 switched from balloons to airplanes.

Apr 30, 2008

Air Guard Retiree Receives Valor Award

Retired Brig. Gen. Frank Cardile (left) congratulates retired New York Air National Guard Chief Master Sgt. Dennis M. Richardson after presenting Richardson with the Air Force Cross on April 5 at Francis S. Gabreski Airport, Westhampton Beach, N.Y. Richardson was awarded the medal, the Air Force's second highest award for valor, because of his actions during a March 1968 mission to rescue downed Airmen in Vietnam. Col. Michael F. Canders, 106th Rescue Wing Commander, is at right. Cardile, who flew on the rescue mission that Richarson was honored for, praised his heroism and steadfastness under fire. During the mission Richardson stood exposed in the door of an HH-53 "Jolly Green Giant" helicopter to fight off North Vietnamese troops who were attempting to board the helicopter.

Apr 06, 2008

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