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  • NYNG's 106th Rescue Wing trains on beach for winter driving

    MASTIC BEACH, N.Y. - Over 100 New York Air National Guard Airmen assigned to the 106th Rescue Wing prepared for winter weather emergencies by conducting driver training on the beach.Driving military vehicles in the beach sand at Smith Point County Park near Mastic Beach replicates driving in snow, explained Master Sgt. Richard Cestaro, the 106th's
  • New York National Guard Airman helps deliver Afghan baby

    JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. – The woman’s foot pressed into the top of the Airman’s collarbone where it connected at her right shoulder.In the Airman’s other hand was a cell phone hoisted straight into the air. All ears in the room strained to hear the Pashto translator on the other end.The nurse’s words to the Airman when she arrived at
  • Hokanson: Names in bronze one of the reasons the National Guard keeps our promise to be Always Ready, Always There

    NEW YORK – As Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson ran his fingers over the letters spelling out one of the names cut into the 9/11 Memorial here Wednesday, he pondered the consequences of the terrorist attacks of two decades ago.Personal consequences because, like so many Americans, the chief of the National Guard Bureau knew people killed on Sept. 11, 2001.
  • National Guard members reflect on 9/11 experiences

    ARLINGTON, Va.  – On Sept. 4, 2001, then-Army Staff Sgt. Timothy Redmond was starting his first day as an assistant district attorney in New York City.One week later, recalled the Green Beret with the Army National Guard's 3rd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group, "all hell broke loose."  From his office window, Redmond saw the second plane slam
  • National Guard religious affairs teams hone combat skills

    SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. – National Guard chaplains participated in the second annual Deployed Security Operations Chaplains Course at the Camp Ethan Allen Training Site in Jericho Aug. 24-26.The three-day course was developed by 158th religious affairs and security forces Airmen as a crash course in weapons handling and familiarization, general
  • New York National Guard responds to hurricane threat

    WESTHAMPTON BEACH, N.Y. – As Hurricane Henri headed for Long Island Aug. 21, the New York National Guard mobilized 485 Soldiers and Airmen to respond to damage in the wake of the storm.The forecast indicated that heavy rain and 65 mph wind gusts could strike eastern Long Island. There was also a chance heavy rains could hit the Hudson Valley and
  • National Guard units across the nation complete Cyber Shield

    CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah - The National Guard completed its annual cyber defense training exercise July 23, with more than 750 top cyber defense professionals from Soldiers and Airmen to industry partners participating from all over the United States. Cyber Shield 21 was a concentrated, two-week effort to develop, train and exercise cyber forces in computer network internal defensive measures and cyber incident response. It is the Department of Defense's largest unclassified cyber defense exercise.
  • New York National Guard closing down mass vaccination site

    NEW YORK – New York National Guard Soldiers and Airmen began winding down their mission at the country's largest COVID-19 mass vaccination site July 9, as the last shot was administered at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York.From Jan. 13 to July 9, the 620 members of the New York National Guard, New York Naval Militia and New York Guard
  • 106th Medical Group hones med tech trauma management skills

    WESTHAMPTON BEACH, N.Y. – Simulated casualties were all around them. Twenty people lay dead or dying in the mass casualty exercise.Walking wounded "victims" were also arriving, all in need of immediate care. Radios crackled with messages about patients, their locations and transport, and area security.The Airmen had known this day was coming and
  • NYNG helps hit half-million shot count at NYC vaccine site

    NEW YORK – More than a half-million COVID-19 vaccinations have been administered at New York state's mass vaccination site at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, staffed by 600 New York National Guard members.Manhattan resident Cassie Huang, 28, got the 500,000th shot from nurse Raquel Calderon and data entry technician Annette Melendez April 27 as

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