New York National Guard

Dashan Briggs, a National Guard aviator from Port Jefferson Station who was killed last week in a helicopter crash in Iraq along with three other members of the 106th Air Rescue Wing, has been posthumously promoted to the rank of technical sergeant, according to a Guard spokesman in Albany.

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U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Gregory Williams

Roscoe Brown, the last of the Tuskegee Airmen pilots known to live on Long Island, told his family he did not want an elaborate church funeral. He wanted a jazz band to play instead, and for people to get together over shared stories and maybe a cold beer.

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