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Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark, Margrethe II, visits Thule

Thule Air Base Honor Guard

The Thule Air Base Honor Guard prepares for the arrival of Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark at Thule Air Base, Greenland, Oct. 11, 2021.

Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark, Margrethe II, visits Thule

The Thule Air Base Honor Guard positions themselves aside the flightline for the arrival of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark at Thule Air Base, Greenland, Oct. 11, 2021.

Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark, Margrethe II, visits Thule

U.S. Space Force Col. Heather McGee, 821st Air Base Group commander, presents a token of appreciation to Queen Margrethe II of Denmark during a formal dinner at Thule Air Base, Greenland, Oct. 11, 2021. The queen is an icon and public figure across both Denmark and Greenland, who has also served as the Head of the Danish Armed Forces for nearly 50 years.

Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark, Margrethe II, visits Thule

U.S Space Force Col. Heather McGee (center), 821st Air Base Group commander, hosts lunch at the Dundas Buffet Restaurant for Queen Margrethe II of Denmark (left), Thule Air Base, Greenland, Oct. 11, 2021. The queen was joined by Mikaela Engell, The High Commissioner of Greenland; U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Warren Benge, 821st Air Base Group Senior Enlisted Leader; and U.S. Air Force Maj. Gavin Brost, 821st Support Squadron commander.

Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark, Margrethe II, visits Thule

Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark pauses to observe the history captured in the Heritage Hall Museum on Thule Air Base, Greenland, Oct. 11, 2021. Amongst the museum artifacts were photos of her late husband, Prince Henrik, and photos of her previous visits to Thule AB.

Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark, Margrethe II, visits Thule

Michael Boe Nielsen (right), Thule Air Base historian, guides Queen Margrethe II through a historical tour of the Heritage Hall Museum, Thule AB, Greenland, Oct. 11, 2021. Nielsen articulated the importance of preserving the collective history and heritage of Thule AB, celebrating the diversity and accomplishments sustained over the last 70 years.

Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark, Margrethe II, visits Thule

Base leadership escort Queen Margrethe II of Denmark through Thule Air Base, Greenland, Oct. 11, 2021.

Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark, Margrethe II, visits Thule

U.S. Space Force Col. Heather McGee (right), 821st Air Base Group commander, escorts Queen Margrethe II (left) to the passenger terminal at Thule Air Base, Greenland, Oct. 11, 2021. Thule AB is the DoD’s northernmost installation located 750 miles north of the Artic Circle and 947 miles from the North Pole.

Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark, Margrethe II, visits Thule

U.S. Space Force Col. Heather McGee, 821st Air Base Group commander, greets Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark at Thule Air Base, Greenland, Oct. 11, 2021. The queen’s visit was originally scheduled for July, 2021, but was postponed due to a series of COVID-19 outbreaks throughout Greenland.

Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark, Margrethe II, visits Thule
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U.S. Space Force Col. Heather McGee (center), 821st Air Base Group commander, discusses artic strategy and the importance of the USSF as the newest branch of the U.S. military with Queen Margrethe II of Denmark (left), Thule Air Base, Greenland, Oct. 11, 2021. Thule AB supports Missile Warning, Missile Defense and Space Surveillance missions from the solid-state phased-array radar.

Passenger terminal entrance at Thule Air Base, Greenland.
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Passenger terminal entrance at Thule Air Base, Greenland prior to the arrival of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, Oct. 11, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Ralph Ross)

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The Thule Air Base Honor Guard stands by as base leadership escort Queen Margrethe II and the official travel party to the passenger terminal at Thule Air Base, Greenland, Oct. 11, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Svendsen)

THULE AIR BASE, Greenland --

At the invitation of the Mute Bourup Egede, Prime Minister of Greenland, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark paid an official visit to Greenland from Oct. 8 to 12, 2021. The visit was originally scheduled for July 2021, but was postponed due to a series of COVID-19 outbreaks throughout Greenland. During the trip, Her Majesty visited Illulissat, (the capital city of Nuuk), Pituffik (Thule Air Base), and Station Nord maintaining a theme of commemorating national history, while also paying tribute to the Danish and U.S. military partnership.

In Illulissat, Queen Margrethe attended the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the 5th Thule expedition by Knud Rasmussen by visiting his birth place, while also touring the recently inaugurated Illulissat Icefjord Center, a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site; which focuses on the Arctic environment.

In the capital city of Nuuk, Greenland, Her Majesty visited the national museum and unveiled a plaque at the memorial stone commemorating the royal visit by Christian X and Queen Alexandrine in 1921.

Queen Margrethe then paid a “private” visit to Thule Air Base where she engaged with United States, Danish and Greenlandic personnel during her first visit since 2015.

The final stop on her Greenland trip was a visit to Station Nord, the northernmost place in Greenland, with a permanent crew who is stationed there year-round supporting Armed Forces’ units across the country.

Thule AB was honored for the opportunity to host Her Majesty, The Queen of Denmark, a respected icon and public figure across both Denmark and Greenland, serving as Queen and Head of the Danish Armed Forces for nearly 50 years. Accompanying her to Thule Air Base was Mikaela Engell, High Commissioner of Greenland. In addition to affording approximately 20 United States, Danish and Greenland personnel the honor of attending two formal dining events with the queen, U.S. Space Force Col. Heather McGee, 821st Air Base Group commander, briefed the royal party on how Thule AB is now supporting the mission of the newly established United States Space Force. During this brief, she highlighted the fact that Thule AB provides significant strategic value for both NATO and U.S., remaining a collaborative space where the U.S., Denmark, Greenland and Canada cooperate on a range of issues including regional security, scientific research and support for our activities in space which includes early warning radar, facilitating communication with polar orbit satellites, and monitoring domestic and international space launches.

In addition to providing a mission-focused update to Her Majesty, McGee took great care in expressing our commitment to the mission at Thule and the continued alliance with Denmark as demonstrated through continued cooperation with the Danish Joint Arctic Command and the re-opening of the U.S. Consulate in Nuuk.

During the visit to Thule, Queen Margrethe received a personal tour of the Heritage Hall Museum by Michael Boe Nielsen, resident historian, who articulated the importance of preserving the collective history and heritage of Thule AB, celebrating the diversity and accomplishments sustained over the last 70 years.

Furthering this message of continued partnership, McGee described the long-standing community outreach efforts by Team Thule to the villages in northern Greenland which include the 62-year Operation JULEMAND providing annual holiday gift donations to the local kids and schools; the more than 30 year-old cultural exchange called “Greenlandic Heritage Week” where local village families travel by dog-sled to Thule AB for events and cultural engagement; the internships and apprenticeship sponsored by the base maintenance contract; and the hosting of Greenlandic school kids, providing them much needed exposure to various job opportunities.

The visit to Thule AB was a resounding success whereby members of Team Thule put their best foot forward during this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity leaving a lasting impression on the Queen of Denmark as evidenced by the publishing of photos taken by Thule military members on the Royal Danish website: https://www.kongehuset.dk/foto-video/besoeg-paa-pituffik-thule-air-base

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