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Dr. Rachel Lea Heide

 

Canadian Forces Station Alert is the world's most northern permanently inhabited settlement in the world. This presentation will take you for walk down memory lane (and across the cold tundra) as it recounts the origins of the station, describes the station's infrastrucuture and layout, explains how the remote station was supplied, reviews the recreation programs, and looks at search and rescue challenges for two aircraft crashes. This paper will be of interest to both those who have been stationed at CFS Alert, as well as those looking into expanding the Canadian government and military's presence in the Arctic and analyzing the impact, feasibility, and lessons that need to be learned.

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Rachel Lea Heide

 The Venture of the Alert Wireless Station

Canadian Forces Station Alert is the world's most northern permanently inhabited settlement in the world. This presentation will take you for a walk down memory lane (and across the cold tundra) as it recounts the origins of the station, describes the station's infrastructure and layout, explains how the remote station was supplied, reviews the recreation programs, and looks at search and rescue challenges for two aircraft crashes. This paper will be of interest to both those who have been stationed at CFS Alert, as well as those looking into expanding the Canadian government and military's presence in the Arctic and analyzing the impact, feasibility, and lessons that need to be learned.

Dr. Rachel Lea Heide grew up in an air force family and caught the aviation "bug" early on. Her research for her BA, MA, and PhD have all focused on air force topics between the First World War and early Cold War period. In her work for the Department of National Defense, she also writes on a wide variety of present-day and future defense policy issues. Rachel spends much of her spare time working as National Treasurer of the CAHS and Secretary-Treasurer of the CAHS Ottawa Chapter.