NY Army Guard aviators part of Leapfest

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, Rhode Island-- An airborne Soldier participating in the Leapfest International Airborne Competition in South Kingstown Rhode Island exist a CH-47 flown by Soldiers from the New York Army National Guards Bravo Company 3rd Battalion 126th Aviation from 1500 feet in the air heading for his target. Soldiers from Bravo Company 3rd Battalion 126th Aviation based in Rochester N.Y. have been providing support to the Rhode Island National Guards Leapfest competition since 2011.

Aug 09, 2019

Cav Troopers train with CH-47 aircrews

YOUNGSTOWN--Soldiers assigned to Charlie Troop 2nd Squadron 101st Cavalry Regiment New York Army National Guard from Buffalo off-load from a CH-47 Chinook assigned to Bravo Company 3rd Battalion 126th Aviation Regiment from Rochester in a simulated tactical environment after landing at the National Guard training site in Youngstown N.Y. Jan. 12 2019. C Troop is training on infiltration and exfiltration techniques using aviation during their cold-weather training exercises.

Jan 16, 2019

NY CH-47 crews support helocast training

BUFFALO--A member of the West Virigina Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion 19th Special Forces Group ( Airborne) exits a CH-47 Chinook helicopter assigned to the New York Army National Guard's Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion 126th Aviation, over Lake Erie in Buffalo, N.Y. on Sept. 5, 2018. The New York aircrew was assisting members of the West Virginia Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion 19th Special Forces Group ( Airborne) in conducting helocast training. Helocasting is a technique that involves personnel exiting a helicopter into water. It is used to insert small groups behind enemy lines.

Sep 10, 2018

Aviators celebrate return from combat

ROCHESTER -- New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to B Company 3rd Battalion of the 126th Aviation Regiment stand together following their Welcome Home Ceremony in Rochester, N.Y., Feb. 10, 2018. The CH-47 aviatiors returned home in November of 2017 from a nine month deployment. This was the first time the entire crew was back together since then.

Feb 12, 2018

Rochester Aviators Head for Afghanistan

Soldiers assigned to the New York Army National Guard's Detachment 1 Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion 126 Aviation Regiment stand in formation during a farewell ceremony at the Rochester Army Aviation Support Facility on Jan. 21, 2017. The twenty Soldiers will be deploying to Afghanistan to support U.S. and coalition forces there

Jan 23, 2017

New York Aviators Support Leapfest 2016

WEST KINGSTON, RHODE ISLAND-- A group of U.S. Army and Partner Nation Paratroopers boards a CH-47 F Chinook Helicopter operated by the New York Army National Guard's Co. B 3rd Battalion 126th Aviation during Leapfest 2016 at the University of Rhode Island, West Kingston, R.I., August 6, 2016. Leapfest is the largest, longest standing, international static line parachute training event and competition hosted by the 56th Troop Command, Rhode Island Army National Guard to promote high level technical training and esprit de corps within the International Airborne community.

Aug 08, 2016

Army Guard Aviators train in Colorado

GYPSUM, C.O. New York Army National Guard two CH-47 F models left the Army Aviation Support Facility in Rochester for Gypsum, Colorado on April 18, 2016, all of the aviators and crew members from Detachment 1, Company B, 3rd Battalion 126th Aviation Regiment received certificates from the airport proving they landed at the highest airport in the US. The mountains of Colorado simulate the mountains of Afghanistan in both weather and terrain aspects. This is in preparation for the companys third deployment to Afghanistan now with the Army's newest model Chinook. The Battalion is part of the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade.

Apr 26, 2016

CH-47 Maintenance in Rochester

ROCHESTER-- New York Army National Guards Sgt. Jesse Montanye a member of B Company, 3rd Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment of the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade conducts an inspection of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter during a regular drill day in Rochester Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015.

Sep 14, 2015

Change of Command in Rochester

ROCHESTER--Capt. Kenneth Hilkert accepts the guidon of Detachment 1 Company B, 3rd Battalion 126th Aviation from Lt. Col. Michael Charnley the commander of the 642nd Aviation Support Battalion during change of command ceremonies at Army Aviation Support Facility 3 in Rochester on Sunday June 28 2015. Hilkert took command of the CH-47 Chinook company nicknamed Kong from Capt. Brendan Flansburg. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Benjamin J. Postle released)

Jun 29, 2015

Rhode Island Soldiers jump from New York Chopper

NORTH KINGSTON, Rhode Island-- A Soldier of the Rhode Island Army National Guard's Company A 2nd Battalion 19th Special Forces Group exits a CH-47F Chinook helicopter flown by the New York Army National Guard's Company B 3rd Battalion 126th Aviation during flight operations in Kingston, R. I. on May 3, 2015. The New York Army National Guard Aviators provided lift support so that members of Company A could conduct required paradrop training. participating in the exercise allowed the Rochester, N.Y.- based, CH-47F unit to certify a pilot and crew chief on parachute operations.

May 12, 2015

Army and Air Guard Train together at Fort Drum

FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Airmen from the New York Air National Guard's 274th Air Support Operations Squadron wait to board a CH-47F 'Chinook' helicopter from Company B, 2nd Battalion, 126th Aviation of the New York Army National Guard during joint training at Fort Drum on Saturday, March 14. The two units teamed up to conduct air insertion and tactical training at Fort Drum.

Mar 18, 2015

New helicopters for 3rd 126th Aviation

HUNTER ARMY AIRFIELD, Savannah, Georgia- New York Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 2 John Hermanson makes his way to a CH-47F here on Oct. 16, 2014 prior to a night flight. Hermanson and other members of Detachment 1, Company B 3rd Battalion 126th Aviation, are training here on the latest model of the venerable CH-47 Chinook helicopters which the Rochester-based unit flies.

Oct 20, 2014

Guard Chinooks Train in New York Airspace

NEW YORK- CH-47 Chinook helicopters assigned to the New York Army National Guard's Detachment 1 Company B 3rd Battalion 126th Aviation regiment circle New York City during a training flight on Tuesday, April 1. The aviators, who are based in Rochester, were flying in the New York City area to familiarize themselves with the airspace traffic patterns there in case they needed to respond during an emergency. During the New York National Guard's response to Superstorm Sandy in 2012 CH-47s were used to airlift in supplies. (Courtesy 3-126th Aviation.)

Apr 02, 2014

New York Aviators Loading CH-47 For Trip Home

KANDAHAR- New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to Rochester’s Detachment 1, Company B, 3rd Battalion 126th Aviation (Heavy Lift) load CH-47 helicopters onto a C-5 Galaxy as they prepare to return home to the United States following a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan on April 20. The helicopters arrived at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Rochester on April 22. The Soldiers return to the United States for outprocessing at Fort Hood in May.

Apr 26, 2013

Guard Aviator Receives Purple Heart in Afghanistan

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan- New York Army National Guard Sgt. John Stormm, a member of Detachment 1 Company B 3rd Battalion 126th Aviation (Heavy Lift) receives the Purple Heart and the Air Medal from Lt. Col. Mike Higginbotham, the commander of Task Force Knighthawk during award ceremonies here on April 18. Stormm received a bullet wound during a resupply mission in Afghanistan. The Soldiers of the Rochester-based detachment are preparing to return to the United States in May after a nine-month long rotation in Afghanistan.

Apr 22, 2013

Chasing The Sun

KHANDAHAR, Afghanistan-- A New York Army National Guard CH-47 heads into the sun at the conclusion of a seven-hour mission conducted by Det. 1, Company B, 3-26th Aviation (Heavy Lift) earliers this month. The unit, based in Rochester, is nicknamed "Kong" and is currently in Afghanistan providing heavy lift support to coalition forces.

Oct 24, 2012

Rochester Aviators Mobilize

ROCHESTER--Members of the New York National Guard’s Detachment 1 Cpmpany B,3rd Battalion 126 Aviation (Heavy Lift) stand in formation on the hanger floor at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Rochester on Wednesday, May 23, before deploying to Afghanistan for a nine month tour in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. This is the unit’s second deployment to Afghanistan.

May 23, 2012

Employers Learn More About Guard

ROCHESTER-- Rochester area employers learn about New York Army National Guard aviation units based at Army Aviation Support Facility #2 here during an Employer Support to the Guard and Reserve lunch here on on Friday, Oct. 21. The employers got to meet with unit leaders and Soldiers, got a briefing on the unit missions and a ride in a CH-47 Chinook helicopter.

Oct 21, 2011

Army Guard CH-47 Gives Lift to Park Police Boat

NIAGARA FALLS--A New York Army National Guard CH-47 based a the Army Aviation Support Facility in Rochester hoists a New York State Park Police out of the Niagara River on Sunday, June 19. The Chinook assigned to Det. 1 Co. B 3rd Battalion 126th Aviation and commanded by Capt. Eric Fritz retrieved the boat after its crew was forced to abandon it just above the falls on Saturday. The State Park Police Crew had rescued stranded boaters when they became disoriented. They anchored their boat and were airlifted to shore by a Canadian rescue helicopter.

Jun 20, 2011

Load'em Up

OLEAN, N.Y. - Sergeant Grant Farmer, Detachment 1, 3rd Battalion, 126th Aviation instructs Spc. Carrie Kinnaird, Company A, 642nd Aviation Support Battalion from Dunkirk, N.Y. how to guide cargo into a CH-47 Chinook helicopter's cargo bay during training at the Cattaraugus County Airport on Nov. 1

Nov 01, 2008

Reaching Out to Returning Troops, Families

Sgt.1st Class Jeffrey Bailey and his wife Darlene talk with Education Care Manager Scott Kaczmarek from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs. The Soldiers of the 3rd Battalion, 126th Aviation and their family members took part in the New York Army National Guard Reintegration Program Saturday July 12 in Buffalo. The Reintegration Program is an effort to help Soldiers and families cope with the stress of returning to civilian life after deployment. Soldiers from Co. B, 3rd Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment based in Rochester returned home May 31 following a ten-month tour in Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom.

Jul 14, 2008

Rochester Aviators Return from Afghanistan

Staff Sergeant Nikolas Isler, his wife Alison and step-daughter Giana share a long awaited hug as he returns from a 10-month Afghanistan deployment with Company B, 3rd Battalion, 126th Aviation. The unit, which operates CH-47 Chinook helicopters returned home Saturday, May 31 after a deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Jun 02, 2008

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