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Missouri Guard airlifts near North Pole

The author, Tech. Sgt. Mike R. Smith, photojournalist for the National Guard Bureau, embeds with the Missouri Air National Guard during airlift operations at Kulusuk Airport, Greenland, July 25, 2007. 

 

They have deployed and airlifted cargo around the world, but never above the Arctic Circle. This was the farthest north they had ever flown, they said.

Airmen from the Missouri Air National Guard’s 139th Airlift Wing deployed to the world’s largest island — Greenland — from July 23 to 27 to support airlift missions for the National Science Foundation and the New York Air Guard’s 109th Airlift Wing.

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Aeromeds join in Federal homeland security exercise

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

NEWARK, N.J. — More than 20 New York Air National Guard Airmen returned home from Newark International. Airport April 7, 2005, after participating in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s “Top Officials 3” exercise.

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Airmen Crate medical equipment for Refugees

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.

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New York aircrews haul hurricane relief in Florida

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

SCOTIA, N.Y. — When the New York National Guard was asked to support Florida after its recent hurricanes, aircrews here were already geared to go.