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Naval Militia, Air National Guard To Train For Hurricane Response

Originally Posted: August 03, 2011

East Quogue - Members of the New York State Military Forces conduct water and helicopter rescue training as part of a hurricane response training exercise in eastern Long Island this week.

The joint training involves Air National Guard and New York Naval Militia forces as the different components work together to better prepare themselves to respond to the aftermath of a major hurricane on Long Island.

Later this week, additional New York Army National Guard forces will deploy from upstate as part of the hurricane response exercise, setting up a military command post at Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton Beach.

Members of the New York Naval Militia Military Emergency Boat Service and pararescue personnel of the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing will have rescue training for a simulated hurricane response. This will take place at the Shinnecock Ramp, far eastern end of Dune Road, East Quogue, on Wednesday, August 3, 2011. Linkup between the patrol boat crew and the Air Guard personnel will be at 8 a.m. Initial training for media observation will be between 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

New York National Guard forces prepare each hurricane season to provide Soldiers in response to the impact of a devastating storm should the need arise. This year, members of the New York Naval Militia and the Military Emergency Boat Service will take to the waters off Long Island to train with the Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing. Following a storm's landfall, National Guard elements anticipate the need for local support to civil authorities. This year's training exercise involves the deployment of PB 230, one of the New York Naval Militia Patrol Boats to support members of the Air Wing's 103rd Rescue Squadron near the Coast Guard station at Shinnecock.

The Shinnecock Inlet was actually created from the landfall of the devastating Great Hurricane of 1938 that struck Long Island. The "Guardian Angels," as the pararescue personnel are called, will conduct rescue missions from the PB 230 patrol boat and rehearse seaborne and air operations with HH-60 aircraft from the wing's 101st Rescue Squadron. This training will be the first exercise of its type to involve both Air National Guard and Naval Militia assets.

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