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  • New York Airmen help fight California fires

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Four New York National Guard Airmen made a big difference in California's effort to contain 27 massive wildfires this summer. Three MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft crewmembers and a tactical air controller apprentice supported MQ-9 flights launched by California's 163rd Attack

  • NY Guardsman prepares for Brazilian jungle warfare course

    SCOTIA, New York – A member of the New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing is heading for the Brazilian Army's jungle training center along the Amazon River this week. Senior Airman Caleb Lapinel, 22, who joined the Air Guard three years ago, will attend the six-week International Jungle

  • Eastern Air Defense adjusts to COVID-19 to continue mission

    ROME, N.Y. – The COVID-19 pandemic has forced military units large and small to find creative ways to maintain a healthy force while still defending the nation.One of these organizations is the 224th Air Defense Group (ADG), the New York Air National Guard unit that provides the personnel for the

  • NY Guard's 109th firefighters ready for fast-water rescues

    SCOTIA, N.Y. – New York Air National Guard firefighters assigned to the 109th Airlift Wing are ready at a moment’s notice to respond to an aircraft incident or help out a local fire department. But the 109th firefighters now also include three Airmen specially trained to save lives when floodwaters

  • NY Guard resizes COVID-19 response for steady-state missions

    LATHAM, N.Y. – With the number of COVID-19 cases in the state continuing to decline, the New York National Guard is transforming the 2,959 troops on duty to a steady-state operations posture.Six regional joint task forces were consolidated into just two headquarters after 100 days of operations.The

  • New York National Guard delivers 16.6 million meals

    LATHAM, N.Y. – Eighty-two days into the COVID-19 pandemic response mission, New York National Guard Soldiers and Airmen have helped test 285,659 New Yorkers for the coronavirus, delivered 16,643,740 meals and assembled 1,399,580 test kits.The New York National Guard has 2,816 Soldiers and 429 Airmen

  • NY Guard distributes 11 million meals, helps test 250,000

    LATHAM, N.Y. – Seventy-two days into the COVID-19 pandemic response, New York National Guard Soldiers and Airmen have distributed more than 11 million meals, assembled almost 1 million COVID-19 test kits and helped administer a quarter of a million tests.As of May 18, the New York National Guard had

  • Guard's COVID-19 response is largest since Hurricane Katrina

    ARLINGTON, Va. - Almost 47,000 Soldiers and Airmen from the National Guard are activated to help fight COVID-19 in the Guard’s largest domestic response effort since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. More than 51,000 Guard members responded to Katrina. While Katrina response efforts were in a concentrated

  • NY Guard delivers 4.5 million meals, half-million test kits

    LATHAM, N.Y. – Sixty-two days after the first New Yorker was diagnosed with COVID-19, and 55 days after being called to duty to help contain the pandemic, the New York National Guard has 3,629 members on duty.This includes 2,994 New York Army National Guard Soldiers and 470 New York Air National

  • Dogs ease stress for COVID-19 response troops in New York

    New York National Guard Soldiers, Airmen and active duty and civilian medical providers on duty fighting COVID-19 in New York are getting the benefit of a wagging tail and licks to lift their spirits.The troops are returning the favor with belly rubs.The dogs are courtesy of Puppies Behind Bars, a