• Arctic Challenge According to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, the Arctic sea ice extent has declined by 40% since 1979. The loss is transforming Alaska’s climate while also accelerating coastal erosion. “In a diminishing ice environment in the Arctic region, we’re seeing there’s more opportunity for industry, more opportunity for resource extraction, if done in a […] Robbie Arp No responses December 2, 2019
  • Engaging the Arctic In 1935, Billy Mitchell, former U.S. Army brigadier general and airpower advocate, testified before Congress that Alaska was the most strategic place in the world. From there, he said, U.S. Army aircraft could reach any capital in the northern hemisphere within nine hours.  Much of that flight time was over unoccupied polar ice, as only the […] Robbie Arp No responses November 18, 2019
  • Building A Power Base John W. Henderson, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Energy, is responsible for the formulation, review and execution of plans, policies, programs and budgets to meet Air Force installations, energy, environment, safety and occupational health objectives. Henderson was commissioned in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in May 1994, upon graduation […] J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses August 5, 2019
  • Where the Sun Never Sets Minutes pass like hours as a ski-equipped C-130 sits on a makeshift snow runway while supplies are unloaded at a remote outpost in Antarctica. The crew keeps the engines running for fear they won’t restart in the frigid environment. The flight engineer eyes the clock as the time-on-ground limit nears in order to avoid the […] MSgt Greg C. Biondo No responses December 8, 2017
  • Polar airlift See more “Polar Airlift” photos on Flickr Pole to pole. These three words are the motto of the 109th Airlift Wing –at Stratton Air National Guard Base in Scotia, New York – and though short, it is an accurate synopsis of the unit’s mission. “We fly missions to Greenland, which is near the North Pole, […] Master Sgt. Matthew Bates No responses August 21, 2017