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Antarctic mission under way for 109th

As wing heads off, Gillibrand backs base

Col. Shawn Clouthier, operations group commander, discusses  the flight plans for the New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing annual mission to Antarctica.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Col. Shawn Clouthier, operations group commander, discusses the flight plans for the New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing annual mission to Antarctica.
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Air crews from the 109th Airlift Wing out of Stratton Air National Guard Base began on Friday their annual trek to Antarctica, where they will spend the next four months supporting the National Science Foundation. Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., was on a mission of her own Friday in Syracuse. She is working with state and local leaders on strategies to maintain and expand military bases in New York such as Stratton. The first ...


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