>A Unique Life

>The life here at Port Clarence is as unique as our geographical location is. Along with the challenges of being here are the awards received for serving at our arctic station. Every member that serves 21 consecutive days will receive the Arctic Service Medal. Below is ET2 Steven Massey receiving his Arctic Service Medal.

The Unique life style up here is driven by the isolation and human needs for survival. Our food and supplies are brought in by Log Flights every three weeks. A C-130 Hercules cargo plane comes in from Kodiak, Alaska to replenish our food supply and deliver our equipment. The primary purpose of the heavy equipment is to keep the runway clear for the log flights. This includes the Loader, F-750’s and the Osh-Kosh. As you can imagine, the winter storms present a formidable challenge to the crew. The dedication of the Engineering Department ensures that the mission is accomplished.

The C-130 Approaches from the South.

The view torwards Teller from the bottom of the spit.

Fall is here as the colors of the landscape illustrate. The lush greens have given way to the predominant shades of brown while the temperature has dropped and the winds have picked up. The fog makes our small isle feel very small when even the tower is hidden from our sight. In addition, very little wildlife remains. Only a few flocks of birds still hang around the station. Most of the wildlife has already migrated south for the winter. We are still finding ways to entertain ourselves. A Game of Wiffle ball always goes a long way with the crew.

Fog surrounding the station and one of the few birds remaining takes to the air.

The necessary lifestyle that makes this unit an adventure is the same force that forges the friendship of the crew. Every member, regardless of department affiliation has an important job to do.