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SCOTIA, N.Y. (AP) The New York-based Air National Guard unit that flies annual missions to Antarctica is heading north to participate in a Canadian military exercise.

New York National Guard officials are holding a news conference Thursday morning at the Stratton Air National Guard Base in Schenectady County to discuss Friday's mission to the Arctic Circle.

The base in Scotia is home to the Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing, which flies missions to Antarctica and Greenland. The unit's LC-130 cargo planes are the U.S. military's only ski-equipped aircraft.

Nearly 40 New York airmen and two aircraft are joining Canadian forces for an annual exercise around the area of Resolute Bay in Nunavut, one of Canada's northernmost communities. The 109th will help bring fuel and supplies to remote locations during the exercise.