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Airmen Train with South African military

By Staff Sgt. Mike R. Smith, Guard Times Staff

PRETORIA, South Africa – Getting the opportunity to train in South Africa seems like a lifetime experience for any National Guardsman. So when South Africa, New York’s partner in the National Guard State Partnership Program, was chosen for European Command’s MEDFLAG 2004 exercise, Airmen jumped forward to participate.

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Aircrews test combat, water survival skills

By Staff Sgt. Mike R. Smith, Guard Times Staff

SACANDAGA LAKE, N.Y. – Treading water under a parachute is the last thing you would expect to do at an Adirondack vacation spot, but that’s precisely what Maj. Kimberly Terpening confronted over her drill weekend.

“I was a little nervous beforehand, but it wasn’t bad once I swam underneath and saw a way through,” said Terpening, 139th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron.

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Soldiers honored, memorial unveiled at Purple Heart Medal ceremony

By Staff Sgt. Mike R. Smith, Guard Times Staff

ALBANY, N.Y. – Four Soldiers from the NY Army National Guard sat on a park bench in the peaceful surroundings of a beech tree grove one sunny August afternoon. The quiet setting seemed in sharp contrast to the explosive combat of Iraq where the Soldiers were wounded several months ago.