The Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics Section welcomes Mr. Marc Tunstall as Station Manager, Antarctica
March 29, 2022
The Office of Polar Programs Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics Section is excited to welcome Mr. Marc Tunstall as the new NSF Station Manager, Antarctica. In this position, Mr. Tunstall will be responsible for the day-to-day oversight of the operations, infrastructure and facilities supporting McMurdo Station, as well as oversee logistical and operational decisions impacting the execution of programs at the South Pole and inland field locations.
Mr. Tunstall comes to NSF from the Department of Interior’s Office of Aviation Services (OAS) where he has worked as an Aviation Safety Compliance Supervisor for the OAS Alaska Regional Office for the past ten years. During this time he was responsible for directing regional aviation safety compliance activities, that included the management and oversight of technical assistance programs for multiple federal and state agencies in Alaska and Hawaii. Mr. Tunstall also served as a Contracting Officers Technical Representative for over one hundred commercial contractors that provide a multitude of services to federal agencies such as wildland firefighting suppression, volcano research, wildlife surveys, and environmental protection. Prior to his position with OAS Mr. Tunstall served as a military officer and helicopter pilot with the United States Marine Corps and U.S. Coast Guard. He both participated in and led numerous operational land based and shipborne missions involving overseas embassy evacuations and search and rescue missions off the Eastern seaboard and in Alaska. Mr. Tunstall has over 5000 hours of flight time and is a certified flight instructor and commercial pilot.
Mr. Tunstall has an M.S. in Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, a B.S. in Aviation Management from Auburn University, and is currently enrolled in a Certificate of Management Excellence program with the Harvard Business School.
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