Around the Air Force: Operation Deep Freeze / MOH Recipient Remembered

Around the Air Force: Operation Deep Freeze / MOH Recipient Remembered


HEY THERE EVERYONE, I’M
STAFF SERGEANT GREG CERNY WITH YOUR LOOK
AROUND THE AIR FORCE. ONE OF THE GREATEST
CHALLENGES AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WORLD IS
COMMUNICATION. WHICH IS WHY FOUR AIRMEN
FROM THE TWO-SIXTY-THIRD COMBAT COMMUNICATIONS
SQUADRON SPENT LAST MONTH IN ANTARCTICA FOR
OPERATION DEEP FREEZE. OPERATION DEEP FREEZE IS
A JOINT TASK FORCE MISSION THAT PROVIDES AIR, LAND
AND SEA SUPPORT TO THE NATIONAL SCIENCE
FOUNDATION AT McMURDO STATION, WHICH IS LOCATED
LESS THAN 900 MILES FROM THE SOUTH POLE. FOR OVER TWO WEEKS THE
AIRMEN WERE IN ARCTIC WEATHER INSTALLING AND
VALIDATING SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS. OVER THE WEEKEND THE AIR
FORCE MOURNED THE LOSS OF AIR FORCE MEDAL OF HONOR
RECIPIENT LIEUTENANT COLONEL JOE JACKSON. MAY TWELTH, NINETEEN SIXTY
EIGHT COLONEL JACKSON RISKED HIS LIFE IN VIETNAM
TO SAVE A THREE MAN COMBAT CONTROL TEAM STRANDED IN
CAMP KHAM DUC AFTER IT WAS OVERRUN BY ENEMY FORCES. HE FLEW HIS UNARMED C-123
TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT ONTO THE AIR STRIP UNDER
HEAVY ENEMY FIRE, SAFELY RESCUING THE
THREE MAN TEAM. IT WAS LATER FOUND THAT
NOT A SINGLE BULLET HAD TOUCHED THE AIRCRAFT
DURING THE ENTIRE FLIGHT. COLONEL JACKSON WAS ONE OF
ONLY TWO LIVING AIR FORCE MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS. W-2’S ARE ALMOST HERE,
WHICH MEANS IT’S NEARLY TIME TO FILE TAXES. ONE WAY YOU CAN FILE YOUR
TAXES THIS YEAR IS THROUGH MILITARY
ONE-SOURCE MILTAX. MILTAX IS A SUITE OF FREE
TAX SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE DEPARMENT OF DEFENSE. MILTAX IS TAILORED FOR
MILITARY LIFE, OFFERING A VARIETY OF SERVICES
LIKE EASY ACCESS TO TAX CONSULTANTS WITH SPECIFIC
MILITARY EXPERTISE, AS WELL AS FREE IN-PERSON TAX
PREPARATION AND ASSISTANCE THROUGH MILTAX APPROVED
VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE OFFICES. THE SERVICE IS OFFERED
TO ACTIVE DUTY, GUARD, RESERVES, IMMEDIATE FAMILY
MEMBERS AND ELIGIBLE SURVIVORS FROM MID-JANUARY
TO MID-OCTOBER. YOU CAN FIND MORE
INFORMATION ON MILITARY-ONE-SOURCE-DOT-MIL YOU CAN FIND MORE AIR
FORCE NEWS AND STORIES ON A-F DOT MIL. AND THAT’S YOUR LOOK
AROUND THE AIR FORCE.

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