2023 Arctic Buoy Drop (IMAGE) Office of Naval Research Caption From left to right, Alaska Air National Guard Senior Master Sgt. Brian Johnson, Tech. Sgt. Chris Eggleston and Senior Master Sgt. Cecil Dickerson, loadmasters assigned to the 144th Airlift Squadron at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, prepare to deploy an Air-Deployable Expendable Ice Buoy (AXIB) buoy during an airdrop mission over the Arctic Ocean, July 12, 2023. The Office of Naval Research partnered with the 144th AS to deploy five different types of data-gathering buoys across more than 1,000 nautical miles of the Arctic Ocean. Credit (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Shelimar Rivera Rosado) Usage Restrictions No restrictions. License Public Domain Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.