Plum Point Park in New Windsor will be closed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 1st as 50 New York Air National Guard members conduct combat survival training in the wooded area of the facility. Plum Point is located off Route 9W in New Windsor.
The National Guard training will involve on shore exercises in the morning and water survival exercises during the second half of the day. No weapons or simulated munitions will be used during the training. Residents will likely observe low-flying C-130 transport aircraft and HH-60 Pave Hawk rescue helicopters in the area during the exercise period.
In case of inclement weather, the training will be held on Sunday, June 2nd. The training being conducted is required for United State Air Force aircrew members, who undergo periodic training to simulate survival situations in the event of a downed aircraft. This training includes Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape instruction, which familiarizes personnel to survive in the wilderness and avoid detection by enemy forces.
Members of the 105th Airlift Wing, based at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, are being trained by specialized instructors from the New York Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing to accomplish this life-saving and critical training.