In September, we were introduced to Lieutenant Colonel Brandon Tellez, Commander of the 304th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron from the US Air Force who is the Commander of C17 Antarctic Operations. The 304th generously offered to take one of our little penguins on an adventure to the Antarctic and we couldn’t deny them all that fun!
Morgan Mathews-Hale was commissioned to bring a little penguin to life and within a week, Morgan had created Pāua. With the thought of him standing on all that snow, Morgan thought a penguin covered in a realistic pāua texture would look amazing and as he was going on a big trip she packed him off with a little kete backpack. “It’s almost like sending a true NZ souvenir down to the snow” she said.
During the trail, he will be taking a few weeks rest under the watchful eye of the team at the Air Force Museum. Many thanks to the 304th EAS for making this happen– what a story!