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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.
  • 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.