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Military installations off the beaten path

By Staff Sgt. Antonio Gonzalez
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

When you sign up to join the Air Force, you’re not only agreeing to put service before self, but also to put location before self. Sometimes you’ll find yourself stationed far away from friends and family. On other occasions, you’ll receive orders to serve at  remote locations for one year or more. While some remote bases are relatively close to civilization, these four military installations are located in the some of the most obscure areas in the world.

1. Thule Air Base, Greenland

Ceremonial Guardsmen from the Top of the World Honor Guard present the American, Canadian, Danish and Greenlandic flags prior to the Memorial Day Array-to-the-Bay Relay Run hosted by the 12th Space Warning Squadron here May 25. The run was held to honor Airman 1st Class Matthew Seidler and Capt. David Lyon, two fallen service members from the 21st Space Wing at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. (Courtesy photo by Torben Bjerre/Released)
Ceremonial Guardsmen from the Top of the World Honor Guard present the American, Canadian, Danish and Greenlandic flags prior to the Memorial Day Array-to-the-Bay Relay Run. The run was held to honor Airman 1st Class Matthew Seidler and Capt. David Lyon, two fallen service members from the 21st Space Wing at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. (Courtesy photo by Torben Bjerre/Released)

Located 947 miles from the North Pole, Thule AB, Greenland is the Air Force’s northernmost installation. Contrary to popular belief, Thule AB is still operational, and is home to the 21st Space Wing’s global network of sensors providing missile warning, space surveillance and space control to North American Aerospace Defense Command and Air Force Space Command. Continue reading Military installations off the beaten path