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  • Operation Deep Freeze kicks off 2021-2022 main season

    The U.S. military kicked off the 2021-2022 season of Operation Deep Freeze (ODF), when a team of Airmen from the 446th and 62nd Airlift Wings departed for Christchurch, New Zealand, this September.
  • Operation Deep Freeze completes another successful season despite pandemic concerns

    Though it is another season for the books, the 2020-2021 season of Operation Deep Freeze (ODF) ends as a highlight for one Reserve Citizen Airman’s career.
  • ODF missions to bring life-sustaining supplies to Antarctica while keeping it COVID-free

    A team of 30 Airmen departed here to start a two-week quarantine period in Christchurch, New Zealand, Aug. 5, before conducting missions delivering supplies to McMurdo Station in Antarctica. The 304th Expeditionary Air Squadron (EAS) is a deployed unit made up of Airmen from the 62nd Airlift Wing, 446th Airlift Wing and one supply troop from the
  • 100 Antarctic Operation Deep Freeze missions, one penguin sighting

    After a record 100 C-17 Globemaster III Operation Deep Freeze missions to the Antarctic, one Reserve Citizen Airman finally sees a penguin.
  • Operation Deep Freeze increases communications capability

    When December rolls around all eyes are traditionally focused on the North Pole. That was not the case this year however, for four members of the 263rd Combat Communications Squadron, who spent the last month of 2018 focused on the South Pole of Antarctica and Operation Deep Freeze.
  • Rapid Antarctic airlift saves lives

    Just after completing the final flight of the Southern hemisphere winter Antarctic season, the 304th Expeditionary Air Squadron (EAS) was alerted there was a medical emergency at the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) McMurdo Station Aug. 25.
  • LC-130 aircrew completes South Pole mission despite extreme weather conditions

    The harsh, unforgiving and unpredictable weather of Antarctica made a routine mission to the South Pole a little more than an LC-130 “Skibird” crew with the 139th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron had bargained for on Nov. 9, 2017.Despite the extreme cold, minimum visibility and maximum crosswinds, the crew safely landed at the National Science
  • McChord Airmen complete 60 years of Antarctic airlift

    On Oct. 21 Airmen from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, flew from Christchurch, New Zealand to McMurdo Station, Antarctica, tracing a similar flight pattern to one flown 60 years earlier.  The flight commemorated the first ever Air Force Antarctic flight flown in a Douglas C-124 Globemaster II, named “Miss North Carolina” Oct. 21, 1956. “The
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