Posted on Jan 12, 2018
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Could I get PCS orders for Antarctica, if I was complete open to going anywhere else the army need me? I.E Korea?
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I worked in Antarctica for seven seasons, 35 months, on the 'ice' working out of McMurdo. I proudly wear the Antarctic Service Medal that I earned as a civilian on my military uniform. Unless you are assigned to Operation Deep Freeze, are in the US Coast Guard or fly C-17's with the Air Force or C-130's with the 109th Air National Guard, it is hard to go down in a military capacity. As a civilian you could work for one of the civilian contractors there, or go down as a researcher affiliated with a university or project. The ASM is one of the few medals that is awarded to civilians. I hope I will one day be given the opportunity to work in the Arctic so that I can earn the Arctic Service medal and be 'bi-polar', but the odds of that are very slim.
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Even if it’s a definite NO, I still wanna know. I think it would be cool for 1 month or how ever long it is. Overall I want it for the Antarctica service medal. To be honest.
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MAJ Alvin B.
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If memory serves there are Army and USAF units that support the mission. The Army unit was the the Trans Gp at Ft Lee. Aside from that, you might get a TDY gig as a researcher or research support. The National Science Foundation runs the US facilities in Antarctica.
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How would I go about that? Is there someone I could talk to for that? I know it sounds dumb to kinda do it for a ribbon. I’ll never get a chance to go unless it’s military related
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MAJ Alvin B.
MAJ Alvin B.
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If you get to deploy, I am assured you will have earned the medal. I would start with some online research. You may have to submit paperwork through your unit.
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MAJ Alvin B.
MAJ Alvin B.
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The mission is now run by a Joint Task Force, JTF-ODF = Operation Deep Freeze, as an element under USPACOM.
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