by Headquarters Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs
9/24/2015 - JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii -- The
U.S. military will kick off the 2015-2016 season of Operation DEEP
FREEZE, the Department of Defense's support of the U.S. Antarctic
Program and the National Science Foundation, with operations commencing
This support is provided by 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
Active duty, National Guard and Reserve personnel from the U.S. Air
Force, Navy, Army and Coast Guard work together as part of JTF-SFA. This
team proudly continues the tradition of U.S. military support to the
USAP and demonstrates the United States' commitment to a stable Pacific
Airlift for Operation DEEP FREEZE involves active duty and Reserve C-17
Globemaster III support from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington,
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, cargo handling from the U.S. Navy and public health
and veterinary services support from the U.S. Army.
Christchurch International Airport, New Zealand, serves as 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.