IamA I don't have a lot of time, but Network Engineer and Glacier Search and Rescue team member working in Antarctica, AMA!
Bio: Network Engineer working at one of the three U.S. research stations located on the continent of Antarctica. My background includes 14 years U.S. Army w/ multiple tours to the Middle East, 3 years with the NSA during the time of Snowden, and a few years in corporate America. While those experiences were all special in their own ways, Antarctica has been the most unique experience of my life so far. After applying three years in a row (and passing a lengthy medical screening), I was finally blessed with the chance to deploy "on ice" and fulfill a lifelong dream of seeing the lonely continent.
Antarctica is the highest, driest, coldest, windiest, and darkest place on Earth. It is sometimes described as the closest humans can experience to living on another planet without actually doing it. It is breathtakingly beautiful at times and sometimes feels like being on another planet. I posted a few photos to Imgur and post regularly-ish to Instagram when I'm not feeling lazy.
The station's purpose is to support ongoing Antarctic scientific research. At this location alone there are ongoing projects studying marine and avian biology, atmospheric sampling, weather and storm systems, global warming, tidal patterns, and one of the three Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban detection stations located in the Southern hemisphere.
Our station is very small so most people have additional responsibilities outside their primary job. For my part, I'm assigned to the Glacier Search and Rescue, Trauma, and SCBA teams. Additionally, I spend a lot of time on "snow patrol" (shoveling snow), "GASH" (Galley and Scullery Help), and various other manual labor tasks around station.
Obvious disclaimer, everything here is my own personal opinion and does not in any way reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Antarctic Program, the ASC, the NSF, or good old Uncle Sam.
2016-10-06 Edit: didn't really expect this to get so big. Hopefully I'm getting everyone's questions answered!
2016-10-07 Edit: I'm considering the AMA "officially" done, but I will still try to answer questions over the next few days as they trickle in. Thank-you everyone for your great questions and interest in Antarctica! I hope it inspires some of you to pursue work or research down here for yourselves.