8/16/2013 - JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, HI -- The U.S. military is scheduled to begin its winter flying period Aug. 20 as part of its support of the U.S. Antarctic Program and the National Science Foundation.
The period, known as WINFLY, is scheduled to last until Aug. 28 and will
deliver advance teams and cargo for the upcoming main season of
Operation DEEP FREEZE.
A C-17 Globemaster III aircraft from Joint Base Lewis-McCord, Wa., will
deploy in support of the operation to transport NSF personnel and cargo
to Christchurch International Airport, New Zealand. Christchurch is the
starting point for forward deployment to McMurdo Station, Antarctica.
Operation DEEP FREEZE is unlike any other U.S. military operation. It 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 U.S. Antarctic research since 1955.
Joint Task Force Support Forces Antarctica, led by Pacific Air Forces at
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, is scheduled to begin the
Operation DEEP FREEZE main season at the end of September.