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Polar Research Support

Erick Chiang Head, Polar Research Support Section

NSB Guiding Directive
• 1987 NSB Report – The National Science Foundation in Polar Regions “Scientific needs and opportunities should determine the research conducted in both polar regions, with logistics deriving from and supporting the research rather that dictating it.”

U.S. Antarctic Program, New Investigators Workshop

21 - 22 August 2006

Who are we?
• • • • • • • • • Erick Chiang – Section Head Brian Stone – Deputy Section Head Science Support Manager – (currently vacant) Arthur Brown – NZ Representative George Blaisdell – Operations Manager David Bresnahan – Logistics Manager Patrick Haggerty – Construction Manager Jerry Marty – South Pole Construction Manager Michael Schueremann – Aviation Projects Manager • • • • • • • • • Alexander Sutherland – Marine Projects Manager Col. Paul Sheppard – DoD Liason Lt. Col. Ian Biggins – ANG Liason Sandra Singer – Facilities Engineer Patrick Smith – IT Technology Manager Kevin Culin – South Pole IT Engineer Ben Bergerson – IT Security Bill Michael – IT Support Carlena Fooks – Section Support

What do we do?
Program Oversight of:
• Science Support: Get you there and back and insure you can get your science
done. • Operations and maintenance of station infrastructure: Power; water; facilities; airfields; seaports; roadways – just like any small town • IT and Communications Infrastructure: We are the .com and telephone company in Antarctica. • Engineering and Construction Management: What we need we have designed and built. • Logistics and Resupply: 8 million gals of fuel and 15 M lbs of stuff • Budgets and Cost Control: $208M
U.S. Antarctic Program, New Investigators Workshop 21 - 22 August 2006

What Does it Cost? (FY 06 in millions of dollars)
US Air Force Airlift (C-17) Environmental Operations Engineering & Construction Resupply Sealift IT & Communications Research Field Support (non-marine) Research Vessels Air National Guard LC-130 Support Operations and Infrastructure Total
U.S. Antarctic Program, New Investigators Workshop

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

5.00 6.00 14.00 21.00 23.00 24.00 26.00 33.00 56.80 208.80
21 - 22 August 2006

Who Else Plays?
• Raytheon Polar Services Company • Air National Guard
– 109th AW LC-130’s

• Department of Defense
– Pacific Command (PACOM)
• Overall command of military units

– Transportation Command (TRANSCOM)
• Military Sealift Command for resupply ships • Strategic Airlift – C-17s

• Space and Naval Air Warfare Center • U.S. Coast Guard
U.S. Antarctic Program, New Investigators Workshop 21 - 22 August 2006

Who Else Plays (con’t)?
• Cold Regions Research and Engineering Labs • Naval Facilities Engineering Command • Petroleum Helicopter LTD
– A 350’s; Bell 212 helicopter

• Kenn Borek Air
– Twin Otters; Basler 67

U.S. Antarctic Program, New Investigators Workshop

21 - 22 August 2006

Science Support
Effectively plan for and execute science support requirements

Maintain the Infrastructure
Implement effective quality management systems to provide well maintained and operationally effective facilities
Palmer Station

McMurdo Station Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station

IT and Communications
To provide network systems that allow intra- and intercontinental communications comparable to that found at typical business and higher education establishments in the continental United States
Black Island Communication site

Palmer Station INTELSAT antenna

South Pole MARISAT antenna

Transportation and Logistics
To effectively deliver people/cargo/science to, within, and from Antarctica