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Antarctica mission

Funding secured for 109th missions

Schumer had warned that Antarctic trips were in jeopardy

Master Sgt. Carmello Modesto of Saratoga Springs loads equipment sleds destined for the U.S. Antarctic Program's South Pole research station last year at McMurdo Station, Antarctica. (Photo courtesy of Air National Guard)
Master Sgt. Carmello Modesto of Saratoga Springs loads equipment sleds destined for the U.S. Antarctic Program's South Pole research station last year at McMurdo Station, Antarctica. (Photo courtesy of Air National Guard)
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Funding for the 109th Airlift Wing's continued mission to Antarctica was approved along with the National Science Foundation's $7.8 billion budget. U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., announced that the funding to maintain four ski-equipped LC-130 craft stationed at Stratton Air National Guard Base in Glenville was included along with the foundation’s budget, which was adopted as part of the $1.1 trillion omnibus appropriations bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday. The U.S. ...


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