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H.Con.Res. 205 (ih) Recognizing and honoring the heroic efforts of the Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing and its rescue of Dr. Jerri Nielsen from the South Pole. [Introduced in House] ...
Agreed to November 19, 1999
One Hundred Sixth Congress
United States of America
AT THE FIRST SESSION
Begun and held at the City of Washington on Wednesday,
the sixth day of January, one thousand nine hundred and ninety-nine
Whereas the 109th Airlift Wing of the Air National Guard is based at
Stratton Air National Guard Base in Glenville, New York;
Whereas the 109th was called upon by the United States Antarctic
Program to undertake a medical evacuation mission to the South Pole
to rescue Dr. Jerri Nielsen, a physician who diagnosed herself with
Whereas the 109th is the only unit in the world trained and equipped to
attempt such a mission;
Whereas the 10 crew members were pilot Maj. George R. McAllister Jr.,
senior mission commander Col. Marion G. Pritchard, co-pilot Maj.
David Koltermann, navigator Lt. Col. Bryan M. Fennessy, engineer Ch.
M. Sgt. Michael T. Cristiano, loadmasters Sr. M. Sgt. Kurt A.
Garrison and T. Sgt. David M. Vesper, flight nurse Maj. Kimberly
Terpening, and medical technicians Ch. M. Sgt. Michael Casatelli and
M. Sgt. Kelly McDowell;
Whereas the crew departed Stratton Air Base for McMurdo Station in
Antarctica via Christchurch, New Zealand, on October 6, 1999;
Whereas on October 15, 1999, Aircraft No. 096 departed McMurdo for the
South Pole, where the temperature was approximately -53 degrees
Whereas Major McAllister piloted a 130,000 pound LC-130 Hercules cargo
plane equipped with Teflon-coated skis to a safe landing on an icy
runway with visibility barely above minimums established for safe
Whereas less than 25 minutes later, following an emotional goodbye and
brief medical evaluation, Dr. Nielsen and the crew headed back to
Whereas the mission lasted 9 days and covered 11,410 nautical miles;
Whereas Major McAllister became the first person ever to land on a
polar ice cap at this time of year: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring),
That Congress recognizes and honors the crew of the Air National
Guard's 109th Airlift Wing for its heroic efforts in rescuing Dr. Jerri
Nielsen from the South Pole.
Clerk of the House of Representatives.
Secretary of the Senate.
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