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New York Army aircrew lifts 19,000-pound cable spool to mountain

Looking back on this article I wrote 14 years ago (Wow!) – it was such a fun assignment, not to mention I got to meet Jay Rand, Olympic ski jumper who was such a nice guy. I genuinely miss these regular field assignments with New York’s Joint Force Headquarters and going across the state with its Soldiers and Airmen.


By Staff Sgt. Mike R. Smith, Guard Times Staff

LAKE PLACID, NY – Whiteface Mountain manager, Jay Rand, stands in a clearing at the base of Whiteface Mountain on a September morning looking with anticipation towards the eastern Adirondack skyline. Directly aside Rand is a ten-ton spool of cable so thick in diameter, and you could not wrap both hands around it. Roughly eight miles away and 3000 feet above him is the summit of Whiteface.

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Hello. I am a prior U.S. Navy sailor and photojournalist serving on active duty with the National Guard – combined, for more than 20 years. This blog features memorable reports from that news pile. I hope to backlog more stories as well as write more. Thank you. - Mike R. Smith

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