This is the seventh entry in the Armed with Science series, Dispatches from Antarctica. The series features Air Force Lt. Col. Ed Vaughan’s first-hand experiences on OPERATION: DEEP FREEZE, the Defense Department’s support of National Science Foundation research in Antarctica.
3 October 2010: McMurdo Station, Antarctica – care and feeding.
Former Winter Olympian Curtis Harry is the housing manager for McMurdo Station. That’s a tough job given the finite bed space on station. National Science Foundation allocated Joint Task Force – Support Forces Antarctica a block of rooms based on mission requirements. While the deployed first sergeant typically manages those rooms throughout the season, the McMurdo Station housing manager is a key contact in that process.
Curtis Harry and his organization have been exceptionally helpful and supportive of our deployment. With many other concerns on his plate, he’s worked closely with the military detachment to ensure that the housing puzzle gets solved.