Aeronautical Analysts Support Operation Deep Freeze

By Office of Corporate Communications
March 2012
Pathfinder Magazine

Two aeronautical analysts with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Foundation Geospatial Intelligence Group helped produce and validate 56 instrument-approach procedures at 12 airports Oct. 14-24, allowing the U.S. military to safely resupply personnel and equipment in the region supporting the U.S. Antarctic Program.

Alison Devereux-Naumann and Amanda Yeager worked with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and terminal en route procedure specialists at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, in support of Operation Deep Freeze (ODF), resulting in an early completion for the 2011 FAA flight inspection.

ODF is a joint service, on-going Defense Support to Civilian Authorities activity supporting the National Science Foundation (NSF), the lead agency for the U.S. Antarctic Program, said Lt. Col. Edward Vaughan on the Armed with Science website. Joint Task Force–Support Forces Antarctica (JTF-SFA) carries out the mission and coordinates with inter-agency and international partners to provide air and maritime cargo and passenger transport throughout the Antarctic Joint Operations Area.

JTF-SFA forces consist of active duty, Guard and Reserve personnel from the U.S. Air Force, Navy, Army and Coast Guard as well as Department of Defense civilians and attached non-DOD civilians. ODF operates from two primary locations situated at Christchurch, New Zealand and McMurdo Station, Antarctica. Under the NSF’s lead, ODF works closely with other national Antarctic programs, to include those of New Zealand, Australia and Italy.

Photo caption: Personnel and supplies arrive on a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster at the ice runway near McMurdo Station, Antarctica. (NGA photo by Amanda Yeager).