Adak, Alaska 2000 -- Page 7
The one you've been waiting for --
- Commsta barracks.
- Inside the Commsta barracks.
- Outside theCommsta barracks. The concrete vestibule protects
the doors against extremely high winds and flying rocks. Sometimes
the wind blows so hard that it picks up rocks about 1/2 inch
in diameter and throws them against the second deck windows.
- A cabin west of the Commsta, in the grassy saddle between
Mount Adagdak and Mount Andrew (I think it is called). Just on
the other side of the ridge is the very cold and nasty Bering
Sea. Along the base of the ridge, on the near side, runs a road
to the US Coast Guard LORAN station at the northern tip of Adak.
- Another cabin. This photograph was taken from a flat piece
of land that held a steel-plate runway called Mitchell Field
in World War II. It is on the way to Lake Andrew (Lake Andy)
from the Commsta. This flat ground later held the Wullen-Webber
direction finding antenna (the "Dinosaur Cage"), warehouses
and an electric generating station.
- Bob Reeve High School
- The downhill-only (one-way) drive from Bering Hill. The women's
barracks are at the left in this view. The view is to the northwest.
- The new chapel at the most-uphill end of Bering Hill (west-southwest).
It is a clever design that not only looks somewhat like a chapel,
it cuts the wind very nicely. Only problem being, it is not aimed
in the optimum direction. Of course, since storms are always
cyclonic, the wind can come from any direction, but it really
screams when it turns into a Williwaw focused between Mount Moffett
to the north and Mount Reed to the south.
- Looking northeast along the back (north) street of Bering
Hill. Old barracks on the right, which include the galley.
- This looks a lot like the entertainment, sports and physical
fitness building but it is on the north side, whereas the swimming
pool, gymnasium, movie theaters, Tundra Tavern and (for a time)
Baskin Robbins Ice Cream was in a similar looking building on
the south side.
Photography copyright 2000 by Paul Roberts