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.