109 Airlift Wing to team up with Canadian forces for the first time

SCOTIA, N.Y. – Thursday was a busy day at the Stratton Air National Guard base in Scotia as they prepare for Canada's Annual Arctic Exercises.

Forty airmen are getting ready to head to the Arctic Circle for one week. The 109th Airlift Wing will be teaming up with Canadian forces for the first time.

They'll be taking the LC-130 ski equipped aircraft on Friday. The exercise will set up a skiway camp near Resolute Bay, so that the ski aircraft can land there for future missions.

Lieutenant Colonel Clifford Souza says ski capabilities are important especially for rescue missions.  

“When you get up into the canadian high arctic you find that theres not many fixed, where we can set up remote air operations,” said Souza.
The purpose of the operation is to develop potential for both Canada and New York to operate in the Arctic in the future. This is the airlift wing's opportunity to show that they can support those missions if needed.  




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