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  • With Wings as Eagles: The Beginning

    The 107th Attack Wing is one of the original units of the New York Air National Guard, having been allocated to the state of New York on May 24, 1946, shortly after the end of World War II. It was then on Dec. 8, 1948, that the 107th was given federal recognition and commenced flying operations with an initial strength of 100 Airmen assigned. Over the following 70 years, the 107th distinguished itself at home and in combat, and set many milestones and records along the way. However, the story of the 107th does not simply start in 1948. To trace the origins of the wing, we go back to the beginning in 1942 with the 339th Fighter Group as recounted by Maj. Gen. John B. Henry, Jr.
  • Dear Dorie

    The skies above Europe during World War II are cold and deadly but set the stage for a love story that spans more than two years. Nine months of that is spent waiting for release as a prisoner of war. Taking whatever scraps can be found or bribed for from the prison camp guards, memories are immortalized and devotion to a new wife is professed. Letters that are sent off, hopefully reaching their destination. Just as dreams of flying high in the blue skies were written, so too were the dreams that came crashing down. Dreams that crashed with a P-51 Mustang taken down by anti-aircraft fire.
  • A Link to the Past

    A former commander of the 107th Attack Wing here returns to the unit to swear in his great-grandson during an enlistment ceremony at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, Nov. 20, 2017. Retired Col. Laverne Donner was the third commander of the 107th from 1969 to 1972, serving while the wing was organized as a tactical fighter group as well as a fighter-interceptor group. Having flown combat missions in World War II and Vietnam, he saw the first family member to join the unit he once commanded at the end of a storied career.
  • Becoming Ultra

    Sitting and waiting, watching a video that will soon start announcing names. The heart starts racing in anticipation of hearing her name called as one of two people that will be selected. The application process was lengthy, and the suspense has led to her hearing her name announced as being one of four finalists. More anticipation and the feeling sinking in that this might possibly happen. Another announcement and now she is one of two finalists, thinking in shock that this is going to happen. The final announcement and her name is again called signaling that now she actually has to do this.
  • Cavalry Troops Conduct Urban Training

    Infantrymen from C Troop, 2nd Squadron, 101st Cavalry Regiment, New York Army National Guard, conducted air assault training at the National Guard training site in Youngstown, New York, Feb. 21, 2016. For the Soldiers of C Troop this is one of the many exercises they are conducting in preparation for pre-deployment training that will be held throughout the year. The Soldiers will ultimately deploy to the Joint Readiness Training Center, Ft. Polk, Louisiana, to stay current in their deployment cycle.
  • Niagara's Best are Welcomed Home

    Family members, friends and loved ones wait patiently with their signs and American flags, creating a sea of red, white and blue. They are patient, though highly anxious because it is the day that has been looked forward to for more than six months. During that time it has been a rollercoaster of emotions, bringing everything from how to say goodbye for the last time to the thrilling moments of being able to talk to a loved one that is seemingly a million miles away. Now however, it all comes full circle and families can be reunited and start once again. The excitement builds as notification arrives that the plane has landed. Children are waiting for their parents with balloons in hand, and mothers are waiting teary eyed for their children.