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  • LC-130 aircrew completes South Pole mission despite extreme weather conditions

    The harsh, unforgiving and unpredictable weather of Antarctica made a routine mission to the South Pole a little more than an LC-130 “Skibird” crew with the 139th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron had bargained for on Nov. 9, 2017.Despite the extreme cold, minimum visibility and maximum crosswinds, the crew safely landed at the National Science
  • 109th takes off to support 30th ODF season

    The hum of an LC-130 Skibird taking off on a crisp upstate New York morning marked the 109th Airlift Wing’s annual migration south on Oct. 17.Two LC-130 aircrews, transporting supplies and equipment, began the first leg of a five-leg journey to McMurdo Station, Antarctica, to provide logistical support to the National Science Foundation.The primary
  • 109th AW gains new commander

    Col. Michele Kilgore became the first female to assume command of the 109th Airlift Wing during a change of command ceremony here Oct. 15.Kilgore, a command pilot with more than 3,500 flight hours and seven deployments under her belt, becomes the 14th commander of the 109th AW. She assumed command from Col. Shawn A. Clouthier who served as the wing
  • Airmen come together to improve LC-130 static display

    Pride. History. Tradition. These are just a few of the words Airmen here have used to describe the significance of the LC-130 Skibird static display that sits in front of the base. Throughout the years, the 1957 LC-130 model has lost some of its vibrancy, so about 15 Airmen throughout the Wing got together over the last three weeks cleaning,
  • Stratton hosts Intel program training for active duty, Guard

    Eighteen Airmen from Air Mobility Command wings throughout the country, including active duty and Guard, convened here Aug. 22-24 to complete Patriot Excalibur (PEX) User Training in order to keep them proficient in the training and readiness program used throughout the Intelligence career field. “We wanted to host a mobile training team here
  • Wing conference room named in honor of Chuck Steiner

    The new wing conference room in the 109th Airlift Wing headquarters building here is now the Chuck Steiner Memorial Conference Room following a dedication ceremony in Chuck Steiner’s name Aug. 4. Steiner, Capital Region Chamber president, passed away April 18.About 50 people including Steiner’s wife, Marcy, and son, Matt; Sen. James Tedisco;
  • 109th AW finishes up fifth rotation in Greenland

    The New York Air National Guard’s 109th Airlift Wing completed its 24th operational mission to Summit Camp, Greenland, on July 30, and its 13th mission to the East Greenland Ice-core Project (East GRIP) on July 29, in support of the National Science Foundation since the season began in April.Ski-equipped LC-130 aircraft transported 6,500 pounds of
  • LC-130 Skibird aircrews train for polar operations

    Having the world’s only ski-equipped LC-130 aircraft, commonly referred to as Skibirds, the New York Air National Guard’s 109th Airlift Wing is able to provide the airlift needed to get to remote locations in Antarctica and Greenland in support of the National Science Foundation. It’s a mission unique to the wing and one that requires specialized
  • Guardsman Guides in the Great Outdoors

    Formany people starting a small business is a daunting prospect. For Tech. Sgt.Abraham Gadway, it’s following his passion. Gadway, a quality assurance evaluator withthe 109th Maintenance Group here, started his own wilderness guidingservice in April 2017, combining his love of the outdoors from a young age withhis military experience. Asa QA
  • Staff sergeants inducted into NCO corps

    Airmen of the 109th Airlift Wing were recognized during the first Non-Commissioned Officer induction ceremony held at Stratton Air National Guard Base, Scotia, New York on June 3, 3017. The induction ceremony recognizes Airmen who were promoted to staff sergeant between May 1, 2016 and May 15, 2017. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt.