Field Notes: The Polar Field Services Newsletter

Air National Guard Hosts Community Celebration

 

This local youth enjoyed the cotton candy provided by the US Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing.

This local youth enjoyed the cotton candy provided by the US Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing.

A tour of a C-130 cargo plane capped a day of fun for Kanger residents and the Air National Guard’s 109th Airlift Wing, which makes its summer home in Kangerlussuaq while supporting the National Science Foundation’s arctic research program in Greenland.  The annual Kangerlussuaq Community Day celebration on June 2 emphasized the friendly bond between locals and the team that flies the C-130s between Greenland and Scotia, New York.

“We split the students into two groups (grades 1-3 and grades 4-9) and provided an aircraft tour, cargo loading demonstration, cookout (hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, soda) and cotton-candy,” wrote Lt. Col Matt LeClair, who organized the event. “We distributed 17 boxes of school supplies, musical instruments and playground equipment donated from Stevens Elementary School in Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake.”  The 109th also gave the children 12 boxes of toys and stuffed animals, with four of those going to the town’s daycare center.

ANG volunteers present local kids with boxes of toys.

ANG volunteers present happy kids with boxes of toys.

Matt LeClair reports that the community members were quite pleased with the gifts and the party. In return, the kids sang some traditional songs and presented Native gifts to the Guard team.

Even the C-130 appears to be having a great time! Photos: Lt Col Matt LeClair

Even the C-130 appears to be having a great time! Photos: Lt Col Matt LeClair

“It was a great day and the kids really had a lot of fun,” said Lt Col LeClair.