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A  C-17 Globemaster III assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., rests on Pegasus Ice Runway, Antarctica, during Operation Deep Freeze, July 15, 2016. ODF is one of the military’s most difficult peacetime missions due to the harsh Antarctic environment. The U.S. military is uniquely equipped and trained to operate in such an austere environment and has therefore provided support to the U.S. Antarctic Program since 1955. (U.S. Air Force Reserve photo/Staff Sgt. Madelyn McCullough) Increased Antarctic airlift capability contributes to science
Over the past 60 years, winter flying missions have provided a significant contribution to how the National Science Foundation conducts scientific research in Antarctica.
0 4/18
2017
Default Air Force Logo Guardsmen, ski-equipped planes begin annual migration to South Pole
Airmen and ski-equipped aircraft from the New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing have started their annual journey to Antarctica. Two ski-equipped LC-130 Hercules and 23 Airmen left Stratton Air National Guard Base Oct. 18 to participate in the wing's 29th season supporting Operation Deep Freeze, the military component of the U.S. Antarctic Program, which is managed by the National Science Foundation.
0 10/19
2016
A ski-equipped LC-130 Hercules from the New York Air National Guard’s 109th Airlift Wing takes off Feb. 2, 2011, during an Operation Deep Freeze mission in Antarctica. The 109th AW, which participates in the Antarctic missions from Christchurch, New Zealand, is the only organization that flies the ski-equipped LC-130s. (U.S. Air Force photo) Airmen of New York's 109th AW begin Antarctic mission
The takeoff of the New York Air National Guard's LC-130 Hercules ski-equipped aircraft here Oct. 16 marked the official start of the 109th Airlift Wing's 28th season of support to science research at the South Pole.
1 10/20
2015
Default Air Force Logo NY Air National Guard completes 27th year of Antarctic science support
The New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing concluded a five-month mission supporting the National Science Foundation's Antarctic Program as part of Operation Deep Freeze. Airmen from the 109th AW flew 241 missions, delivering more than 3,000 passengers and 2,250 tons of cargo and fuel to research stations across Antarctica during a deployment to the southern continent that began in October 2014.
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2015
An Eurocopter AS350 B2 single engine helicopter without its blades attached, along with pallets of cargo, are staged behind a Joint Base Lewis-McChord C-17 Globemaster III prior to being loaded Oct. 8th, 2014, at Christchurch, New Zealand. The helicopter was transported along with the cargo and 62 passengers to McMurdo Station in support of Operation Deep Freeze. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Todd Wivell) From helicopters to bulldozers, McChord supports Operation Deep Freeze
Continuing the Defense Department's longstanding support of the National Science Foundation, a Joint Base Lewis-McChord crew, made up of 62nd and 446th Airlift Wing members, safely completed another run to McMurdo Station, Antarctica, Oct 8, as part of their contribution to the U.S. Antarctic Program.
0 10/10
2014
Staff Sgt. Kermit Maronge  helps a young New Zealand child try to lift up an MB2 tie-down chain on the C-17 Globemaster III, Oct. 5, 2014, as part of the U.S. Antarctic Program Day for IceFest 2014 at Christchurch, New Zealand. The chain weighs approximately 33 pounds and throughout the day the loadmasters let the children try and lift it. Maronge is a loadmaster with the 304th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron and 7th Airlift Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Todd Wivell) McChord Airmen participate in New Zealand IceFest 2014
Known as the gateway to Antarctica, the city of Christchurch, New Zealand has been a central stopping point for many Antarctic expeditions and adventures.
0 10/08
2014
An LC-130 Hercules takes off June 29, 2014, from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. Two LC-130s and 70 Airmen from the Wing recently completed the fourth rotation of the 2014 Greenland season. The unit flies supply and refueling missions to various camps in support of the National Science Foundation and also trains for the Operation Deep Freeze mission in Antarctica. The LC-130 is with the 109th Airlift Wing from Stratton Air National Guard Base, Scotia, N.Y. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Staff Sgt. Benjamin German) Airmen, aircraft continue Greenland mission
Approximately 70 Air National Guard Airmen and two ski-equipped LC-130 Hercules completed the fourth rotation in the Arctic region to support the National Science Foundation, June 27-30 here.
0 7/09
2014
Cadet 1st Class Glen Hanson stands at the South Pole in December. The meteorology major spent a week observing climate, satellite, biological and astronomical research at McMurdo Station, Antarctica. (Courtesy photo) 

Academy cadet observes climate on most remote place on Earth
While most cadets traveled home for winter break, one meteorology major here headed as far south as you can go, to the coldest, windiest and driest place on earth -- Antarctica.
0 3/24
2014
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