102nd Rescue Squadron [102nd RQS]
The 102nd Rescue Squadron is the the oldest Air National Guard unit in the Country.
The squadron traces its roots back to the 1st Aero Squadron which was formed in 1908 in New York.
The unit was officially formed in November 1915 as an unnumbered aviation detachment of the 1st Batallion Signal Corps under the command of Captain Raynal Bolling. The unit trained with JN4 "Jennys" on a field in Mineola, Long Island.
The first patch of the unit was that of a monkey.
Following World War I, the unit was renumbered the 102nd Observation Squadron and assigned to the New York Guard, a militia force of citizen soldiers.
In addition to flying balloons, the 102nd has flown the J3N, 0-38, O-46, O-11, P-47, F-86, F94-B, B-26, B-29, T-33, C-119, KC-97, the F102, HH3E. The unit flies the HC-130 and as well as the HH-60G, enabling it to perform long range rescue due to its air refueling capability.
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