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Effort underway to bring Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron to Stewart Guard Base

WASHINGTON – Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney are pushing to have a new Air National Guard Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron located at the Stewart Air Guard Base in the Town of Newburgh.

The Stewart base was one of 17 listed by the Guard in late 2018 under consideration for the new installation.

In a letter to General Joseph Lengyel, chief of the National Guard Bureau, the three officials wrote that Stewart “would be an ideal location due to the operational, manpower, capacity and cost benefits provided by the base and the wing.”

The Stewart base is home to the 105th Airlift Wing of the New York Air National Guard, which supports a global strategic airlift mission with its fleet of C-17 cargo planes. The Marine Corps Reserves also operate a fleet of aerial refueling KC-130 aircraft on the base.

They note personnel at the base have over six years of experience training with other aeromedical evacuation squadron units with the nearest 130 miles away.

“As one of the largest ANG bases in the nation, there is enough existing infrastructure to cost-effectively stand up, as well as perform, the AES mission,” the New York representatives wrote.

 


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