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.
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Observer Dispatch -- Sun, 26 Jan 2020 New York Air National Guard promotions announced Major General Raymond F. Shields, the Adjutant General for the State of New York, announces the recent promotions of Raven Buchwald, Gary Gillespie, Edward Pugh, Vincent St. Onge and Eric... (more)
Times Union -- Sun, 26 Jan 2020 DUTY CALLS: Two Guard companies under new leadership Two Capital Region residents have assumed command of New York Army National Guard companies. Capt. Justin Kupinski of Rotterdam took command of Delta Company of the 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry... (more)
Air Force Times -- Sat, 25 Jan 2020 Airman dies on deployment to Antarctica An airman from the New York Air National Guard died of natural causes Jan. 11 while deployed to Antarctica as part of Operation Deep Freeze. Staff Sgt. George Girtler, 37, of the 109th Airlift... (more)