by Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs
9/24/2013 - JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii -- The
U.S. military will kick off the 2013-2014 season of Operation Deep
Freeze, the Department of Defense's support of the U.S. Antarctic
Program (USAP) and the National Science Foundation, with C-17 operations
on Oct. 9 and LC-130 operations beginning Oct. 28.
Operation Deep Freeze involves U.S. Air Force, Navy, Army and Coast
Guard forces, operational and logistic support of the NSF's scientific
research activities in Antarctica.
This support is provided by the Joint Task Force-Support Forces
Antarctica, led by Pacific Air Forces at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam,
Hawaii. JTF-SFA coordinates strategic inter-theater airlift, tactical
deep field support, aeromedical evacuation support, search and rescue
response, sealift, seaport access, bulk fuel supply, port cargo
handling, and transportation requirements.
Christchurch International Airport, New Zealand, is the staging point
for deployments to McMurdo Station, Antarctica, a key research and
operations facility for the USAP.
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 the USAP since 1955.
Active duty, National Guard and Reserve personnel from the U.S. Air
Force, Navy, Army and Coast Guard work together as part of the Joint
Task Force. This team proudly continues the tradition of U.S. military
support to the USAP and demonstrates the United States' commitment to a
stable Pacific region.
Airlift for Operation Deep Freeze involves active duty and reserve C-17
Globemaster III support from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; LC-130
Hercules support from the New York Air National Guard, sealift support
from the U.S. Coast Guard and Military Sealift Command, engineering and
aviation services from U.S. Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command
and cargo handling from the U.S. Navy.