- Associated Press - Saturday, March 26, 2016

LATHAM, N.Y. (AP) - New York Army National Guard aviators have ended a six-month mission on the Mexican border.

A UH-72 Lakota light utility helicopter assigned to support the U.S. Border Patrol in Marana, Arizona returned Friday to the National Guard flight facility in suburban Albany.

Eleven Soldiers of Detachment 2 of the 1st Battalion 224th Security and Support Battalion took part in the mission.

The aircraft flew missions in support of the Department of Homeland Security’s enforcement agencies to assist monitoring the Arizona-Mexico border.

The National Guard aviators flew missions designed to stop the smuggling of drugs and people.

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