My current job is passenger coordinator for the Movement Control Center.
The responsibilities include coordinating passengers for flights into
the deep field via LC-130 aircraft. This means I am working closely with
several agencies: Navy, National Science Foundation and
Antarctic Support Associates. I also work closely with the pilots and
cargo coordinators to support the logistics of deep field operations.
During the two previous seasons I worked in the Chalet, the
headquarters of the National Science Foundation. There I
worked closely with the scientists in planning travel arrangements both to
and from the deep field, as well as back to their places of residence.
My education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and
Philosophy, as well as a Paralegal Certificate. In the past I
worked as a paralegal. I learned of Antarctic Operations and decided
that I could not pass up the opportunity. My first job in the Chalet was
an administrative position and my employers thought that my background was
well related to this position.
My personal motivation was that this would be an opportunity of a
lifetime-- a chance to travel to one of the most remote places
in the world. This was a place that few people would ever have a
chance to see. I would be able to learn more about the various
science projects and travel to a pristine continent. I was
contemplating going to law school at the time and decided it would
be the perfect time in my life to take advantage of the
opportunity to relocate.
My goals are currently to finish the season and do some traveling.
My husband is a helicopter pilot with the Navy here in Antarctica.
He will be transferring to a new squadron next year so our exact plans
will depend on where we will be stationed next.
Other tidbits: The fact that my husband and I met a few years ago
down here is very special. He, as I previously stated, flies
helicopters and has opportunities to spend lots of time out in the
Dry Valleys, which is a very special area. We both have opportunities
to go hiking out and around town. At home I am very active. I
enjoy rafting, hiking, climbing (they also have a new
climbing wall in McMurdo) and horseback riding. My family is very
special to me and I miss them dearly, but we stay in close contact.