By Associated Press - Tuesday, March 10, 2015

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Members of New York state’s congressional delegation are paying a visit to the Air National unit that conducts training for remotely piloted unmanned aircraft.

Congressmen John Katko and Richard Hanna of central New York and Elise Stefanik of northern New York will be in the Syracuse area Tuesday morning to tour the facilities at Hancock Field Air National Guard Base, home of the 17th Attack Wing.

The trio will meet with the unit’s commander, Col. Greg Semmel, to learn more about the attack wing’s mission and capabilities.

The 174th operates MQ-9 drones and conducts training for members of the Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve as well as training some personnel from allied nations.

The lawmakers will later tour Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield at Fort Drum in northern New York, where the 174th also conducts training.

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