The children, most of whom appeared floored by the images of helicopters and water rescues, were able to ask questions and learn more about the daily lives of the men and women who serve in the ANG, which is based at nearby Gabreski Airport in Westhampton. The room erupted in applause when one student asked how many lives Colonel Nicholas Broccoli, mission support group commander, had saved.
His answer: five personally, but more than 600 total by members of the wing.
“We enjoy doing our job,” Col. Broccoli told the students,... more