Joint Task Force-Alaska Team removes debris from Colony Glacier
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska - A team from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and Fort Wainwright has been deployed to Colony Glacier to remove debris from a suspected 1952 crash of a U.S. Air Force C-124 Globemaster which carried 52 passengers. The Total Force Team comprised of 10 crash recovery specialists from the 3rd Wing; one Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician and one Mortuary Affairs Specialist from the 673rd Air Base Wing; two Northern Warfare Training Center specialists from Fort Wainwright; and helicopter crews from the Alaska Army National Guard are working together to remove debris from the glacier. This debris is commercial in nature and not needed in the identification of any possible servicemembers who may have been on board. The debris was discovered at approximately 1 p.m. June 10 by Alaska Army National Guardsmen flying a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter. The aircrew conducted aerial surveillance of the site to ensure it was aircraft debris before returning to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. A specialized team from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) touched down on the glacier Thursday, June 18, initially intending to examine the site to provide an assessment for the follow-on recovery team. Once there, the team determined they could manage the recovery and began immediately. The size of the site and deteriorating environmental conditions factored into the decision. The team recovered material evidence, such as life support equipment from the wreckage, and also possible osseous material from the glacier. The team completed their investigation and recovery operation June 26 and the collected evidence was transported to JPAC's Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii for further analysis. Media interested in participating in an overfly of the site should contact Joint Task Force-Alaska Public Affairs at (907) 552-2341 no later than 11 a.m., July 11.