Winter might seem many hot days away, but for the airmen at Thule AB, Greenland—700 miles north of the Arctic Circle—it’s never far away. Every July, the base receives most of its supplies for the year when ice breakers can finally make it through the ice-covered Baffin Bay, according to a 21st Space Wing release. The annual military sealift operation, Pacer Goose, supports military members and civilians. “Airlift in and out of Thule is severely limited” because of the base’s remote location and aircraft availability, said SrA. Kurt Lantz, 821st Air Base Group executive officer, according to the release. For that reason, the bi-weekly flights are used to transport people, fresh produce, and needed spare parts. The ships are used for the substantial necessities. During the mission, the 591-foot MT Maersk Peary unloaded of 6.9 million gallons of JP-8 jet fuel, and the 440-foot MV SLNC Corsica delivered three? million pounds of bedding and other supplies.
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.