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NY Air National Guard unit heading to Canada for training exercises in Arctic region

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SCOTIA, New York — A New York Air National Guard unit is headed to Canada's Northwest Territories for the second consecutive year to participate in military exercises in the Arctic region.

National Guard officials say the 109th Airlift Wing is sending about 30 airmen and two LC-130 cargo planes to transport supplies in support of the Canadian forces participating in Operation Nunalivut. The American contingent is leaving Monday from the Stratton Air National Guard Base in Scotia in Schenectady County.

The 109th files the U.S. military's only ski-equipped aircraft. The unit conducts annual missions to Greenland and Antarctica to supply National Science Foundation facilities.

During the 16-day exercise in Canada, the unit will be training on the techniques necessary for landing on a sea ice runway.

The 109th took part in the Canadian maneuvers for the first time last April.

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