(From left) Lt. Col. Sean Neal, ground branch director for the emergency services training exercise, keeps track of ground teams with 1st Lt. Aaron Whitney, Vedder Composite Squadron commander, and Maj. Connie Neal, personnel office for the New York Wing’s Mid-Eastern Group.
Photo by Maj. Robert Ellwood
Chaplain 1st Lt. Tom Briggs of the Broome Tioga Composite Squadron speaks to exercise participants at the Syracuse base.
Photo by 1st Lt. Franklin Birt
1st Lt. Franklin Birt
Public Affairs Officer
South Central Group
New York Wing
New York Wing members participated Feb. 11 in a wing-wide emergency services training exercise focusing on the wing’s response to disaster relief, homeland security and search and rescue scenarios.
Three mission bases were established -- Long Island Base at Long Island MacArthur Airport, Mid-Eastern Base at Albany International Airport and Syracuse Mission Base at Hancock Field Air National Guard Base.
The exercise involved about 200 emergency services personnel across the state trained in incident management, mission chaplain services, communications, disaster relief, homeland security, geotagged photography, urban direction finding and search and rescue.
“Today’s training exercise was a success,” said Capt. Jeff Luke, Southtowns Cadet Squadron commander, who served as incident commander for the Syracuse Base. “We had four air sorties and two ground team sortie. They all completed their tasks successfully.”
Col. Thomas Carello, New York Wing commander, thanked everyone for participating and for all their hard work – “especially the cadets; that is really what it is all about: the cadets.”