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Olathe man shares work experience in Antarctica

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Jesse McGill photo Supporting scientists in the Antarctic is not an easy task. Olathe resident Jesse McGill spent 10 years there and will share his experiences July 27.

What's it like to work in Antarctica? Olathe resident Jesse McGill, who lived there for 10 years, will share his experiences with a presentation July 27 in the Centennial Room in Montrose. As an engineering technician who worked on projects all over the world, McGill became a project manager for Antarctic Support Associates (ASA) which provided support to the U.S. Antarctic Program of the National Science Foundation.

"Our job was to provide the basic necessities to the science community while they were on the ice," McGill said. "These included shelter, food, transportation, communications and what other particular needs specific projects might have." This also involved building new facilities as the programs expanded.

"The U.S. Navy cold weather division designed the new South Pole Research Facility and provided the plans to ASA for us to build. I was the senior construction coordinator for that project. The job of the team and myself was to buy the components needed to build the research facility, stage these components from various locations from around the U.S. in Port Huemene, Calif., send these materials by ship on to McMurado Station in the Antarctica, and then fly them in ski equipped C-130s to the South Pole for construction. It was a four-year process after receiving the plans, to start the first construction at the pole."

McGill's presentation, sponsored by the Black Canyon Chapter of the Audubon, will begin at 7 p.m. The Centennial Room is located just off Centennial Plaza. There is no charge and the public is invited. For more information call 970-240-4913.

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