Chaplain (Maj.) Bob Stone, a chaplain with the 136th Airlift Wing, arrived at the remote location of Clear Air Force Station, Alaska on Oct. 18, 2020. Following quarantine, the jubilant Stone immediately began executing his mission, taking care of Team Clear. The team consists of three squadrons; the 13th Space Warning Squadron under the U.S. Space Force and the Alaska Air National Guard's 213th Space Warning Squadron, and 268th Security Forces Squadron.
In the sub-arctic environment of Clear AFS, a chaplain’s specialty is essential. With temperatures that stay at 40 degrees below zero regularly, minimal sunlight during shortened days coupled with little to no opportunities to walk outside for a breath of fresh air, individuals are at an increased risk for experiencing feelings of isolation and depression.