by Airman 1st Class Joshua King
Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Public Affairs
8/21/2015 - JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. -- Imagine
being on top of the world for a year, where sunshine and a grocery
store are equally scarce. The only thing you can see outside the walls
of the base is an endless wilderness.
Thule Air Base, Greenland, is the U.S. Armed Forces' northern-most
installation, and serves to provide missile warning, space surveillance
and space control for Air Force Space Command.
With no gas station or convenience store around the corner for supplies,
Airmen at Thule rely on members of the 305th Air Mobility Wing to
deliver everything they need for their year-long tour there.
"It's totally remote, 700 miles above the arctic circle," said Suzy
West, Greenland Contracting logistics manager. "That's why the 305th is
so vital; those planes are the lifeline for Thule."
The 305th AMW supplies two missions every week to replenish the
necessary supplies of the air base in Greenland, including the people,
who all have to pass through JB MDL, and equipment for new technology.
A contingent from the joint base is also currently deployed there to set
up a new radar system that will assist aircraft landing in inclement
"Deploying equipment also opened my eyes to the aerial port world,
getting our system up to special handling's requirements and actually
loaded onto a C-17," said Senior Airman Richard Romano, 305th Operations
Airmen from the 305th AMW receive all requested materials, palletize them and load them onto the aircraft.
The 305th, working with Greenland Contracting, sends approximately two
million pounds of supplies each year including food; water; construction
equipment; mail; and hygiene and morale items.
"We have a weekly rations-run, which is everything that the commissary
or the chow hall would have," said Tech. Sgt. Daniel Houde, 305th Aerial
Port Squadron special planning operations NCO. "Everything that you
would take for granted here, we have to ship there."
If they need their allergy medicine, they're awaiting a plane headed from here to bring it to them.