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  • Airman Buy and Donate Bikes for Local Children

    The 109th Airlift Wing purchased and delivered four brand new bicycles and helmets to support children in need Monday at the Yates Arts in Education Magnet Elementary School in Schenectady N.Y.Capt. Matthew Sala, a pilot and Senior Airman Nick O'Neil, a load master, both with the 139 Airlift Squadron helped to deliver the bikes in support of the
  • 109th Airlift Wing 25th Antarctic Anniversary

    The last crew of 109th members landed their ski-equipped C-130 aircraft at the Schenectady County Airport Wednesday night after a long trip back from Antarctica marking the 25th anniversary of Antarctic operations for the 109th Airlift Wing.The return of the final "Skibird" marks the official end of the Operation DEEP FREEZE mission for this year
  • 109th Finishes 25th Season In Antarctica

         LC-130 aircraft crews started returning home to the Stratton Air National Guard base late Thursday night after the five day trip from the Antarctic continent.     Only one "skibird" has returned, with another five to follow over the next few days.      The majority of aircraft maintainers and other support personnel have already returned to
  • 109th Airmen Lend a Helping Hand for Holiday Trees

    New York Air National Guard volunteers from the 109th Airlift Wing at the Stratton Air National Guard Base in Scotia N.Y. were on hand Dec. 7 morning at the Ellms Tree Farm to help load over 150 Christmas trees onto a special delivery FedEx truck. The donated will be sent to military bases around the country to support troops and military families
  • Salute Magazine honors 109th Airlift Wing

    It is no easy task every year to determine which of our Units of the Month deserve the recognition of being named our Unit of the Year. So much is sacrificed by every branch of our military every day, on the front lines and behind the scenes, making it difficult to select only one.This year was no exception. After careful consideration, we chose
  • Medical officer fights for his life

    He entered the performing arts center on Oct. 23 for the Olympus-Natural Muscle Association competition feeling good. He had trained hard for this moment, and even though he wasn't sure how he would do, he was fired up and ready to go. It had been a long, hard journey getting to this point, but just the fact that he was alive and able to be at this
  • Father and son team up for Satellite NCO Academy

    A father and son from the New York Air National Guard were among 130 Airmen from 14 units who graduated from the Satellite Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) Academy Class 10-2 in a ceremony held at The I.G. Brown Air National Guard Training and Education Center here, Dec. 15.Tech. Sgt. Robert J. Helligrass and his son Tech. Sgt. Adam C. Helligrass,
  • Planes leave for South Pole

    The New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing kicked off its 21st year of support for American Antarctic research today, as two ski-equipped C-130s roared off the runway here bound for the South Pole."Today we're taking one of the first planes down to Antarctica," said Lt. Col. George Alston, aircraft commander. "We will fly to California
  • Guard makes dream a reality for 9-year-old

    On Oct. 6, Jacob Kaminski enlisted in the Army, got promoted to sergeant, crossed over to the Blue as a second lieutenant and piloted an LC-130 Hercules. It's a feat that would take the rest of us years to accomplish; but for 9-year-old Jacob, it was all in a day's work. Jacob suffers from acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and one of his dreams is to
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