Massena woman receives recognition for combat zone service at recent ceremony of New York Air National Guard
Monday, February 24, 2014 - 6:39 am

Members of the New York Air National Guard, including a woman who lived in Massena, received recognition for their service in a combat zone at a recent ceremony.

Tech. Sgt. Laurie Grant, Massena, was honored on Sunday, Feb. 9 during the 174th Attack Wing Hometown Heroes Salute ceremony for all units on the Air National Guard Base in Syracuse.

Grant was recognized for supporting overseas contingency operations.

Some 135 members of the wing received a Hometown Heroes Salute at the ceremony.

The Hometown Heroes program recognizes Airmen who mobilized and supported contingency operations such as Operations Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan for 30 or more consecutive days either serving overseas or here in the U.S. since Sept. 11, 2001.

The 174th Attack Wing was established in 1947 as the first Air National Guard flying unit in New York State. It currently flies the state-of-the-art MQ-9 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The wing conducts its combat mission as well as its multiple training missions, including operating the Field Training Detachment (FTD) which trains all Air Force personnel on MQ-9 maintenance procedures, and the Formal Training Unit (FTU) which provides initial qualification training to MQ-9 aircrews.