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For retiring Antarctica vet, heat hard to take

Lt. Col. Samantha East of the 109th Airlift Wing in Glenville is shown at the South Pole.
Lt. Col. Samantha East of the 109th Airlift Wing in Glenville is shown at the South Pole.
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After thirteen missions to Antarctica, Lt. Col. Samantha East’s last trip should have been routine: Constant sunlight. Bad food. Cold weather. Just another month like every other “on the ice,” as the 109th Airlift Wing refers to Antarctica during its annual support trip. But instead, she spent her last month flying back and forth from New Zealand, two-day supply trips that stressed the ski-equipped LC-130s and gave her no time to get used to Antarctica. ...


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