Officials at National Guard headquarters in suburban Albany say four crew members are flying a UH-72 Lakota light utility helicopter to the Mexican border in Arizona. They departed from Latham Tuesday morning.
The aircraft and crew are headed to Marana, Arizona, to support U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agencies. The four-man crew from New York will be accompanied by a Customs and Border Patrol agent on all missions.
Their mission involves keeping watch for drug smuggling and human trafficking.
New York National Guard aviators have supported Arizona and Texas aerial reconnaissance missions since 2012.