2011-03-11 / Milestones

Cruz Passes Air National Guard Training

New York Air National Guard Col. Thomas J. Owens II, commander of the 106th Rescue Wing, announces the recent completion of training for members of the New York Air National Guard here at F.S. Gabreski Airport.

Airman 1st Class Andrew R. Cruz from Rockaway Park, N.Y., completed the U.S. Air Force Basic Military Training course at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. “The 106th Rescue Wing is very proud of the achievements of our Airmen,” Col. Owens said. “The various training courses they complete improve not only their skills but they are then able to better our entire wing in the mission of personnel recovery, ultimately saving lives, both here at home and abroad.”

The 106th Rescue Wing operates HH- 60 Pavehawk rescue helicopters and HC-130 Hercules search and rescue aircraft from its base in Westhampton Beach on eastern Long Island. The wing’s wartime mission is to rescue American and Allied personnel lost behind enemy lines, and members of the wing have been deploying regularly to Afghanistan to support military operations there. The wing’s pararescue jumpers are trained to drop behind enemy lines to secure friendly troops, or into the ocean to rescue crewmen from a sinking ship. For more information about the 106th Rescue Wing, visit www.106rqw.ang.af.mil.

For more about the national guard, visit its website.

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