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

PLATTSBURGH AIR FORCE BASE, N.Y. — With a hospital full of dusty medical equipment, thousands of refugees needing medical treatment, and the Gulf of Mexico in between, a small mission upstate recently called upon Airmen to aid in a miracle.

“I feel blessed to have met this group,” Sister Deb said. She looks across the broken down remains of what was once an emergency room as sharp clanking and banging sounds echo through an open doorway on her right. Something large and heavy is being lifted.

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.

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

SACANDAGA LAKE, N.Y. – Treading water under a parachute is the last thing you would expect to do at an Adirondack vacation spot, but that’s precisely what Maj. Kimberly Terpening confronted over her drill weekend.

“I was a little nervous beforehand, but it wasn’t bad once I swam underneath and saw a way through,” said Terpening, 139th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron.