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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.
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2017
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.
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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.
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2014
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