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A construction team repairs the runway at JAARS

Ants may be tiny, but they caused large devastation.They had tunneled under the paved runway at JAARS, undermining certain sections of the runway. Water then slipped into the tunnels and froze in the winter, causing cracks. Some of these cracks had grown to sizes—up to four inches wide and three inches deep—that could tip aircraft. Recently, JAARS had a company come and fill in the fissures. According to Kerry Oppel, Director of Facilities, “It was top priority to get that done because of the safety aspect.” War against the ants continues, but our pilots now train on a smooth, fissure-free runway.


You can keep JAARS staff, operations, and airfield fully functioning by giving to CORE Mission Operations.