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​New York Air National Guard airmen from the 174th Attack Wing in Syracuse deliver and assemble an F-16 fighter outside the headquarters of the New York Army and Air National Guard for permanent display in Latham, New York, Nov. 7, 2015. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Major Corine Lombardo.

T​he New York National Guard recently inaugurated a combat-veteran F-16A, now on display outside the state’s Guard joint forces headquarters in Latham, N. Y. The former 174th Fighter Wing jet, serial number 80-0504, flew combat in Operation Desert Storm, as one of only two ANG F-16 units flying close air support, according to a release. The aircraft is displayed alongside an Army National Guard AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter and M-1A1 Abrams tank. "Now it's going to sit on display where people can see it every day and it serves as a signature symbol of the Air National Guard here at the headquarters," said CMSgt. Mark Shearer. The "Boys from Syracuse" flew their last F-16 sortie from Hancock Field in March 2010, when the wing became the 174th Attack Wing and converted to MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft. The unit retained the airframe as a weapons-load trainer even after upgrading to the F-16C in the early 1990s.