- Associated Press - Friday, April 15, 2016

SCOTIA, N.Y. (AP) - Members of a New York Air National Guard unit are in the Arctic region to support an annual exercise by Canada’s military forces.

National Guard officials say 50 airmen from the Air National Guard’s 109th Airlift Wing and two LC-130 ski-equipped aircraft are participating in the annual Operation Nunalivut exercise in Canada’s Nunavut Territory.

It’s the third year the airmen based at Stratton Air National Guard Base outside Schenectady have participated in the three-week Canadian exercise, which ends April 22.

The 109th is the only unit in the U.S. military that flies ski-equipped LC-130s.

The 109th also conducts annual missions to Antarctica and Greenland to support scientists conducting research for the National Science Foundation.



The Air National Guard’s 105th Airlift Wing, based in Newburgh, also is supporting the Canadian exercise using massive C-17 cargo planes.

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