Deep Freeze members help commemorate Scott 50th anniversary
Col. Ron Smith, Deputy
Commander, Joint Task Force-Support Forces Antarctica, explains the
unique and ongoing mission of Operation DEEP FREEZE to New Zealand Prime
Minister Helen Clark and Mr. Paul Hargreaves, Chairman, Antarctica
Programs New Zealand, who were in Antarctica for the 50th anniversary
of Scott Base. The 13th Air Force-led JTF-SFA, Operation Deep Freeze,
is the U.S. military’s support of the National Science Foundation and
the U.S. Antarctic Program. ODF is the name given to operational and
logistic support conducted by the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and U.S.
Coast Guard since 1955.
Release Number: 110107
1/24/2007 - HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE, Hawaii -- Members
of Joint Task Force, Support Forces Antarctica, Operation Deep Freeze,
participated in events at Scott Base, Ross Island, Antarctica, Jan. 20 to
commemorate the base's 50th Anniversary. Antarctica New Zealand sponsored
the event, which invited a host of U.S. and New Zealand diplomats and
political leaders. The National Science Foundation, as manager of the U.S.
Antarctic Program, hosted the U.S. contingent.
On Jan. 10, 1957, a bulldozer and a party of
Seabees from McMurdo station leveled the site where Scott Base now stands,
beginning 50 years of cooperative effort between the United States and New
Zealand. Sir Edmund Hillary, present at the weekend's events, was leader of
the group who founded the base, and has always given a gracious debt of
gratitude to then-Operation Deep Freeze Commander, U.S. Admiral George J.
Dufek, who assisted in the effort to establish the permanent residency by
the New Zealanders.
JTF SFA is the U.S. Air Force-led joint task
force conducting Operation Deep Freeze, a mission that has supported the
National Science Foundation and U.S. Antarctic Program since 1955.
The current season of Operation Deep Freeze
kicked off in August 2006, with the deployment of a C-17 from McChord Air
Force Base, Wa., to Christchurch, New Zealand; followed in October by five
LC-130 aircraft launched from the 109th Air Wing, New York Air National
Guard to the ice.
To date, C-17s from Christchurch have flown 46
missions moving more than 3,650 passengers and 3,300,000 pounds of cargo to
McMurdo Station; LC-130s have flown 362 missions moving more than 8.8
million pounds of cargo and 600 passengers to the U.S. South Pole Station
and various austere deep field camps throughout Antarctica. The U.S. Coast
Guard Icebreaker Polar Sea has cut an ice channel 23 nautical miles long to
allow access to McMurdo ice pier by the USNS Paul Buck, a fuel tanker; and
the USNS American Tern, a cargo ship.
For more information, contact Thirteenth Air
Force Public Affairs at 449-7985 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more
information about Scott Base's 50th anniversary, visit