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Restoration Services, Inc. joins the ASRC family of companies.

Iouuniabniqput Ioupiaguvluta Our culture as Iñupiat – our culture is who we are and provides us with the guiding principles in our everyday business practices.


Contents T A B L E


1 ASRC honored to lead Top 49ers list for 22nd consecutive year .............................. 3 Reaction to president’s plan to permanently restrict offshore development ............ 4 ASRC reacts to DOI announcement regarding OCS development ............................. 5 Petition filed with Supreme Court to fight polar bear designation ........................... 6 Important milestone for the Arctic Economic Council ............................................. 7 Shareholder spotlight: Berdell Akootchook ............................................................. 8 Drug Prevention Coalition message ........................................................................ 9 Arctic Stars: Nick Hanson .....................................................................................10 Rex A. Rock Sr. addresses RDC conference attendees ...........................................12 Restoration Services, Inc. joins the ASRC family of companies .............................16 North Pole refinery hosts new Eielson command ..................................................17 Student opportunities abound through ASRC Federal programs ............................18 In Honor & Remembrance - 2016 .........................................................................21 President’s message ...............................................................................................


President’s message With the festive holiday season now behind us, it’s my hope you and your family were able to reflect during this special and blessed time of year and recognize your own unique list of blessings. Too often our hurried pace doesn’t allow the time to simply give thanks. At ASRC, we also leave 2016 with plenty to be grateful for: a dedicated, hard-working team of employees (from Alaska’s North Slope to the Louisiana coast), an engaged base of more than 12,000 shareholderowners and a board of directors dedicated to having Iñupiat values guide their business decisions. I’m proud to say these are the primary reasons why ASRC has been the largest locally-owned and operated business in Alaska for 22 consecutive years. We are also thankful for the many opportunities that presented themselves in the past year. In early October, we announced the acquisition of Restoration Services, Inc., or RSI, by our subsidiary ASRC Industrial Services, or AIS. RSI is headquartered in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and got its start two decades ago – providing a wide variety of environmental services. I once again welcome RSI and its employees into the growing ASRC family of companies. You can “ We are defending our right to read more about the RSI acquisition a bit later explore and develop the Arctic in this newsletter. And, if you thought 2016 OCS because we believe it can be was an especially busy time for acquisitions at ASRC, you’d be right. In fact, the first nine done safely and responsibly and months of the year was the most active period because Alaska’s offshore holds of acquisition and investment activity in the tremendous potential.” Corporation’s history. During this period, ASRC acquired Builders Choice, Inc., Vistronix Intelligence & Technology Solutions and set up a new holding company, ASRC Industrial Services. These moves follow the growth goals outlined in the 2012-2017 Strategic Plan, and I’m confident they will result in a positive impact to ASRC. Of course, 2016 will also be remembered for its lengthy, unpredictable and at times tumultuous presidential election. At ASRC, we look forward to working with the Trump administration as well as the Republican-led Congress and are cautiously optimistic that new leadership in Washington will allow for fewer burdensome, unnecessary regulations and increased opportunity for the Corporation and our shareholders, both directly and indirectly.

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One of the first tests of this working relationship will be to reverse a decision by the Obama administration to permanently block the sale of new offshore drilling rights in the U.S. Arctic. This plan was unveiled in mid-December without any consultation from ASRC or any of the other private land owners in Alaska’s far north, and yet the wrong-minded decision will affect our region and our people the most. As I said the day the plan was announced, ASRC will fight this legacy move from all angles and will look for assistance from our Congressional delegation and new administration. You can read more about our reaction to Obama’s announcement in this newsletter. We are defending our right to explore and develop the Arctic OCS because we believe it can be done safely and responsibly. Alaska’s offshore holds tremendous potential, which is exactly the reason why ASRC, with Arctic Iñupiat Offshore, LLC, continued working with Shell after the oil giant left Alaska in 2015 and now owns leases in Camden Bay, formerly owned by Shell in the Beaufort Sea north of Point Thompson. This is the site of the Sivulliq and Torpedo Prospects and fortunately for us, through this acquisition we are also able to get a hold of all relevant technical information and data on the sites, as they’ve been mapped since the mid-80s. This acquisition is a big step for ASRC and I’d like to thank Shell for being such a valuable, trusted partner. I hope to share exciting news about these leases in future communications. As we head into 2017, we anticipate the continued tests of a challenging business environment but look forward to the opportunities as well as a fresh perspective from our federal government. I am excited about the future of the Corporation and look forward to taking this journey together. Happy holidays, God bless and Taikuu.  Rex A. Rock Sr. President, CEO



ASRC leads Top 49ers list


22nd consecutive year Arctic Slope Regional Corporation is pleased to once again be recognized by the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce, Alaska Business Monthly magazine and local business leaders as the top Alaska-owned and operated corporation. This is the 22nd consecutive year that ASRC has ranked number one on the “Top 49ers list”, based on the prior year’s gross revenues. The list was released today during a luncheon at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center in downtown Anchorage. The list can be seen in its entirety in the October 2016 edition of Alaska Business Monthly magazine.


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“2015 was another year of growth and expansion for ASRC,” said Rex A. Rock Sr., ASRC president and CEO. “With the local and national economies continuing to pose challenges in many areas of our lines of business, diversification has been one of the keys to our success. To the other distinguished Alaska-based businesses on this list, my congratulations for a successful year.” In 2015, ASRC’s revenues topped $2.5 billion. ASRC has six major business segments, to include petroleum refining and marketing, energy support services, construction, government services, industrial services and resource development.


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ASRC reacts to president’s plan to restrict Arctic offshore oil and gas development Controversial move disregards the views of those who call Alaska’s Arctic home This announcement was originally released on December 20, 2016 Arctic Slope Regional Corporation is strongly reacting to a plan from the Obama administration to permanently block the sale of new offshore drilling rights in Alaska’s Arctic as well as sections in the Atlantic, off the east coast. The announcement was made on December 20. The plan calls for withdrawing additional acreage in the Arctic OCS planning areas using an ambiguous clause of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA). The controversial announcement was made this afternoon from Washington D.C. “We will fight this legacy move by the outgoing president with every resource at our disposal,” said Rex A. Rock Sr., ASRC president and CEO. “This decision will not stop our climate from changing, but it will inhibit our North Slope communities from developing the infrastructure, communications capability and technology necessary for growth. It’s a move which was made without any consultation from the largest private land owners in the U.S. Arctic and yet we will be the ones forced to live with the consequences.” “It’s disappointing this administration would base much of its decisions regarding offshore oil and gas development on faulty assumptions,” added Crawford Patkotak, ASRC board chairman. “Today’s surprise announcement will have lasting negative effects across the U.S. Arctic without seeking input from those who call the region home.”


Reviews and procedures within OCSLA are strictly stated to ensure the protection of human, marine and coastal environments. Unfairly restricting oil and gas exploration, simply to suffice the climate change goals of the president and his supporters, endangers Alaskan jobs and the economic outlook of North Slope communities and the entire state of Alaska.

“ This decision will not stop our climate from changing, but it will inhibit our North Slope communities from developing...” The announcement follows Obama’s decision the month before to cancel offshore lease sales through 2022 in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas, blatantly ignoring feedback from Arctic residents and Alaska’s congressional delegation. Also in November, ASRC announced the purchase of federal offshore leases, formerly owned by Shell, in and near Camden Bay. Although the administration’s decision today does not directly affect these leases, it sets a precedent for future regulatory actions that could have a negative impact on responsible development in the Arctic. A statewide poll, conducted in late October, shows Alaskans overwhelmingly support offshore oil and gas development in the state. More than three-fourths of Alaskans (76%) support offshore resource development and almost universally believe it has a big impact on their economy (88%).


ASRC reacts to DOI announcement regarding OCS development Proposed final program does not include lease sales in the Chukchi or Beaufort Seas Following the announcement in midNovember from the Department of the Interior, regarding the final offshore leasing program for 2017-2022, Arctic Slope Regional Corporation would like to issue the following statement: ASRC is disappointed that BOEM’s 5-year OCS leasing plan fails to include Arctic leasing. This plan ignores the needs and voices of the Iñupiat who support responsible OCS development. Critical habitat designations coupled with a ban on OCS development in the Arctic will continue to endanger our communities with no regard

for the future health of our people and region. This plan cripples our ability to answer the mandate from Congress under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971, which requires us to return benefits to our people. Late last year, ASRC announced it had purchased federal leases in and near Camden Bay. These leases in the Beaufort Sea were formerly owned by Shell. While today’s announcement from the DOI does not directly affect these leases, regulatory actions such as this negatively impact the interest in responsible development of the Arctic OCS.

Alaska has tremendous offshore potential in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas and is poised to become a leader in Arctic exploration and development. New offshore oil and gas production may take time, but it would be careless to assume these resources will end up as stranded assets. As those who stand to be most affected by future development off our coast, the key is a long-term plan to ensure those resources are developed safely and successfully for the direct benefit of our people.






ASRC joins State of Alaska and Alaska Native groups to file U.S. Supreme Court petition Coalition continues to fight polar bear critical habitat designation that could delay development activities in the state and negatively impact indigenous communities In early November, Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC) filed a petition for writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court in response to a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling earlier in 2016. The ruling designated approximately 187,000 square miles of Alaska coastline and adjacent waters as critical habitat for polar bears, an area larger than the state of California. Joining ASRC in the petition are the State of Alaska, the North Slope Borough, the Iñupiat Community of the Arctic Slope, Kaktovik Iñupiat Corporation, Kuukpik Corporation, Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation, Olgoonik Corporation, Inc., Tikigaq Corporation, the Bering Straits Native Corporation, NANA Regional Corporation and Calista Corporation.

“ The designation does nothing to change the disappearing sea ice, which is the primary threat to the polar bear population, yet it puts the growth of our communities at risk.”


“We will not stand by and allow for our input and legitimate concerns to be ignored,” said Rex A. Rock Sr., ASRC president and CEO. “For more than five years we have tirelessly fought this critical habitat designation, which threatens the economic viability of our communities and quality of life for our people. We are hopeful the Supreme Court will consider our argument and recognize the detrimental effects of the appellate court’s extremely permissive decision.” “Designations of vast critical habitat areas makes it look like a lot is being done for polar bears, but in reality vast designations forsake meaningful, focused protections of truly important areas,” said Bruce Dale, director of the State of Alaska’s Division of Wildlife Conservation. “The designation of vast areas creates unneeded regulatory burdens without conservation benefit in areas rarely used by polar bears.” “My greatest concern is the people in our region and the burden this places on our communities,” said North Slope Borough Mayor, Harry K. Brower Jr. “The designation does nothing to change the disappearing sea ice, which is the primary threat to the polar bear population, yet it puts the growth of our communities at risk.”


In 2010, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announced its plan to set aside the area across the Arctic Slope, Northwest Arctic, Bering Straits and Calista regions as critical habitat for polar bears. ASRC and the North Slope Borough have been leading a coalition of Alaska Native groups from the North Slope, Northwest and Southwest Alaska to fight that ruling in court ever since.

That same year, ASRC and the State of Alaska commissioned an independent economic analysis of the designation. The analysis showed the financial burden to the State of Alaska, the North Slope Borough and to ASRC could reach into the billions.

ASRC applies to be Arctic Economic Council northern partner Application is another important milestone for the AEC In early December, Arctic Slope Regional Corporation applied to the Arctic Economic Council (AEC) to be a Northern Partner, the first such organization in the region to do so. The AEC’s full member representation includes a diverse collection of business industries that operate in and outside of the Arctic.

There are various levels of membership at the Arctic Economic Council. Larger businesses with their headquarters located within an Arctic state may apply to join the AEC family as a Northern Partner. The application will be reviewed by the AEC executive committee before being presented to the governance committee for final approval.

“On behalf of Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, I am proud to submit the first application for membership as a Northern Partner,” said Rex A. Rock Sr., president and CEO of ASRC. “The AEC has proven itself to be a leader in promoting sustainable business in the Arctic, and I look forward to our continued relationship.”

The AEC was established by the Arctic Council during the 2013-2015 Canadian chairmanship as an independent organization aimed at facilitating Arctic business-tobusiness activities and responsible economic development. The AEC’s vision is to make the Arctic a favorable place to do business.

The AEC was established by the Arctic Council during the 2013-2015 Canadian chairmanship as an independent organization aimed at facilitating Arctic business-tobusiness activities and responsible economic development. The AEC’s vision is to make the Arctic a favorable place to do business.





Shareholder spotlight: Berdell Akootchook Decorated Navy veteran receives military service award at 2016 AFN Berdell Bobby Paninguna Amaguaaq Akootchook, currently stationed in Norfolk, Virginia, returned to Alaska in October 2016 to receive the Gin’tith Richard Frank Military Service Award at the annual Alaska Federation of Natives convention. Born in Barrow and raised in Kaktovik, Akootchook joined the United States Navy in 2003 while in his early twenties. During his nearly thirteen years of service, he has received more than a dozen awards, visited countless countries and completed three deployments. Despite the difficulties that come with active duty, Akootchook maintains a positive spirit and unwavering dedication. When asked what the greatest part about serving in the military is, he said, “I think it’s just doing my part, like the families before me, to serve our country.” Akootchook’s friend, Matthew Rexford, added, “Berdell is an outstanding role model, someone that others can look up to. His family has instilled the values of the Iñupiaq culture in his upbringing and this is shown in his hard work and dedication to our country.”

“ Berdell is an outstanding role model, someone that others can look up to. His family has instilled the values of the Iñupiaq culture in his upbringing and this is shown in his hard work and dedication to our country.”


In his current position, Akootchook is required to spend weeks – even months – away at sea. He admits being away from loved ones, especially his wife and daughter, is the greatest challenge he has faced since joining the Navy. “I’ve missed a lot of things my daughter has been a part of…things like basketball and volleyball games,” said Akootchook. “But I am so proud of her, especially when I hear of how well she is doing.” Akootchook’s wife, Katrina, describes her husband as a “truly caring and thoughtful individual.” The two met in Japan, while Katrina was teaching English and Akootchook was stationed nearby.


“Life together while living overseas was an exciting adventure,” said Katrina. “But we had to face a lot of difficult choices in rapid succession. We spent two years long distance, one of which he was on a ship, and communication was rare and inconsistent.” Katrina recalls one of the first times Akootchook came home from a long deployment, describing it as a “sensory overload.” “We had been married ten months and only seen each other four days out of that time,” said Katrina. “Seeing his ship pull in at the Norfolk Naval Base was like nothing I had ever experienced before. It was a sea of dress

whites– the cartoon image of a sailor – but I couldn’t find him! He was one of the last to get off the ship, so my nerves were shot by the time I actually got to hug him.” Both Akootchook and his wife were flown to Fairbanks in October so he could accept his military service award in person. “He is committed to doing his job with excellence, and takes pride in being tenacious and reliable,” noted Katrina. “He is an ambassador for the North and his people, and is always happy to share stories, food and culture with those we meet who are interested, curious and eager to learn.”

“Nine million American adolescents and young adults between the ages of 12 and 25 need help with drug and alcohol problems.” – Data source: Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics Birth Profiles

Parents are the most effective resource in preventing and reducing adolescent and young adult drug and alcohol abuse and addiction. If you or someone you know is in need of support, do not hesitate to contact one of the following resources: • • •

Call the North Slope Borough Hotline at 1-800-478-0267 Call the North Slope Borough Behavioral Health Center at 907-852-0366 Call the North Slope Borough Prevention Program at 907-855-8501







Arctic Stars: highlighting Iñupiat youth Hometown all-star achieves national recognition At home, he’s Coach Hanson; but to the world, he’s the obstacle-crushing Eskimo Ninja. Seven years ago, Nick Hanson had no idea he would appear on televisions across the nation or one-day become a household name. At the time, he had just decided to take a break from college and move back to his hometown of Unalakleet. He needed some time off, he said, to reevaluate his future and find something he was truly passionate about. Hanson got a job at the local school, coaching sports and working as a teacher’s aide. He was a natural, both in the classroom and out on the court. It wasn’t long before Hanson realized he’d found it – the career he’d been searching for.


“I found exactly what I wanted to do – teach our youth to become leaders,” said Hanson. The youth of Unalakleet are the reason Hanson is now pursuing a secondary education degree and majoring in Alaska Native Studies. They’re also the reason he’s preparing for a third run on “American Ninja Warrior,” a show that pits competitors against ultra-challenging obstacle courses. Hanson first tried out for the show in 2015, after one fateful day on the playground when his students urged him to apply. “Suddenly they were all telling me I should do it and I would be good at it,” said Hanson. “So I went home and asked my family if they agreed, and it was a resounding yes.”


As a veteran of the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics and Arctic Winter Games, Hanson is no stranger to athletic competition. He’s competed in every event at the WEIO games and he’s currently the world record holder in the scissor-broad-jump, at 37 feet and 5 inches. With a lifetime of athletic experience on his side, Hanson headed to Los Angeles, California for the “American Ninja” qualifiers. Although he failed the course, it didn’t stop him from training harder and coming back stronger the next year. “The best way to become stronger at something is to fail at it,” said Hanson. “One learns so much from failing at the things they attempt, and I felt that failing was the biggest motivation for me to continue to try again.” Hanson channeled that motivation into his custom-built obstacle course. Using driftwood from the beach and materials he could find in the village, Hanson built out the course with obstacles seen on the show – a doublesalmon ladder, devil steps, floating boards, balance beams and the list goes on. Extensive training helped Hanson make it to stage one of the finals in 2016. Although he completed every obstacle on the course, he ran out of time before reaching the infamous red buzzer. Despite defeat, Hanson continues to stay positive. He’s using his newfound platform to speak to youth in rural communities, teaching them the importance of never giving up and always knowing who they are. “As the Eskimo Ninja, I’ve discovered that more people look up to me than I could have imagined,” said Hanson. “Before the show,

I understood I needed to be a role model to the next generation and help influence them to make positive choices in their lives…now I realize there are more troubled children in rural Alaska than I can reach, but it won’t stop me from trying.” When Hanson isn’t studying, teaching, or training, he’s traveling the state and sharing his story in hopes of motivating young people to make positive, healthy choices in their lives. “If I can reach 3-4 kids in this community, and maybe 10-15 in another, next thing you know, the next generation will be reaching 20-30, then maybe 60-80. Then perhaps one day, entire communities will understand the benefits of positive, healthy lifestyles, and maybe, just maybe, I had a part in that.” Hanson is the son of Bret and Davida Hanson. He is currently seeking his teaching degree while participating in motivational speaking events across the nation. He plans to apply for the next season of American Ninja Warrior.





Rex A. Rock Sr. addresses RDC conference attendees The following is a transcript of the address given by ASRC president and CEO Rex A. Rock Sr. to attendees of the RDC conference in mid-November. As many of you know, Alaska Native corporations like ASRC were created at the direction of Congress under the terms of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971. ASRC is the regional corporation representing the northern-most area of the state, with eight villages spread out over 55-million acres. We also have a growing shareholder base, which currently sits at approximately 13- thousand. At ASRC, using Iñupiaq values as our guide, we make decisions and set a course for the Corporation that will positively affect our region and our shareholders. I am also the president of Arctic Iñupiat Offshore, LLC – or AIO. You may remember AIO was formed in 2014 between ASRC and six North Slope village corporations. At the time, we entered into an agreement with Shell to purchase an interest… to invest in its activities on the company’s Chukchi Sea


leases. I’m here to tell you, almost 2-and-ahalf years later, even though Shell has left Alaska, AIO is still very much alive, and is still very relevant. A lot has changed since I stood at this microphone a year ago. It’s my hope that the new administration come January will prove to be a bit easier to work with and more beneficial for Alaska and the nation. The Arctic is open for business. In mid-September ASRC joined a large coalition of groups supportive of responsible resource development on and off the coast of Alaska. Some of you may have seen a new advertising campaign calling on the Obama administration to keep intact the Arctic leasing areas currently contained in the Interior Department’s draft proposed 5-year plan. A decision hasn’t been made, which


is why activist groups are keeping up their aggressive campaign to have those areas removed from the final schedule. The Interior Department needs to keep these Arctic areas inside the draft plan. Even our congressional delegation has pointed out the D-O-I has chosen instead to significantly delay or outright cancel multiple lease sales planned for the Alaska OCS since 2011. Sadly, overbearing restrictions, permitting uncertainty and the threat of ENGO-inspired litigation all have caused a chill in exploration and development of even the most practical and conventional Arctic projects. Producers and investors need certainty the rules of engagement won’t change once reasonable regulations are imposed and lease sales are set. Alaskans have come to appreciate that Arctic OCS exploration and development would bring additional jobs, higher wages and increased tax revenues to both the North Slope region and the State of Alaska. On top of that, continued exploration and development of the Arctic OCS would serve the national interest by contributing to the United States’ longterm energy security. The message we’re sending to Washington, in no uncertain terms, is oil and gas development plays an essential role in the Arctic. It is vital to our region, state, and nation that the Arctic is included in the final leasing program. The Arctic holds an enormous amount of potential. We really are on the brink of exciting times and I’m looking forward to the challenges and opportunities it brings. In this past year we are heard almost monthly about new discoveries and new potential on and near our shores. We look forward to the delineation and proving up of these resources.

With declining overall production and lowthroughput in the Trans Alaska Pipeline, these new discoveries could be exactly what the state of Alaska needs in order to bring a breath of fresh air to our economy and our job picture. However, almost immediately, environmental groups promised to stop this development in its tracks. Development either on or off-shore in the Arctic must be environmentally safe and culturally-responsible, but it must be allowed to continue… that’s non-negotiable. Slamming the door shut on opportunity does nothing to help my region or my people either now – or in the future. Like most circumpolar communities, the survival of our villages depends upon continued development. Shutting it down imperils the communities environmentalists want to protect – while simply ignoring the views of the majority of local Arctic residents who support responsible resource development. That being said, there are real concerns and a disparity when it comes to who is bearing a majority of the risk, and who is reaping a majority of the reward. The solution, of course, is for all sides to have reasonable and meaningful conversations about the objectives and expectations for frontier exploration. If this is a priority, I’m sure we can find a balance and partnership that is beneficial to all stakeholders. As someone who was born, raised, and lives in Arctic Alaska – and stands to be most affected by decisions regarding drilling off our coast, I want to offer a more localized perspective on this important issue.

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The Iñupiat people depend on the Arctic resources to sustain our communities and culture. Our communities are empowered by oil and gas development. The industry provides the economic base for our local government, the North Slope Borough; it provides meaningful opportunities for Alaska Native businesses; and, it also allows us to continue our subsistence way of life now that we have been integrated into the cash economy. I am also a whaling captain, and I have to weigh the risks for my crew each time we go out on the water to begin our hunt. As a community leader – I also have to carefully measure the risks and rewards of Arctic exploration and development. So now that you know I’m pro- safe and responsible Arctic development – how do we create additional opportunity? Just last March, President Obama and Prime Minister Trudeau made a joint statement on climate, energy and the Arctic. They made commitments to combat climate change, conserve 10-percent of Arctic marine areas by the year 2020, reduce methane emissions, and at the same time - promised to collaborate with local people and “support strong Arctic communities.” That promise hasn’t been kept. So far, there’s been no effort to include the local people into this goal-setting agenda. The Iñupiat of the Arctic Slope are paying attention, and we deserve a strong voice and opinion when it comes to Arctic regulations and policy happening in our own backyard. We want to work together. Regulations should provide predictable, science-based and


environmentally justifiable guidelines; they should not be designed to prohibit our chance of economic self-determination. Local people should be present and provided a pivotal role in all discussions, plans, and regulations regarding Arctic operations and Arctic policy. Prior to the formation of AIO, the Iñupiat people were skeptical when it came to offshore development. The incentive for bearing all of the risk was very low. We had to change that. So, we decided we needed a new model to allow for the balance risk and benefit. In doing this, we would be able to mitigate impacts to our subsistence; contribute to important conversations on oil spill response; engage with regulators and develop our own capacity to participate in this emerging arena. Local involvement is key to success in the Arctic. Fortunately, following the establishment of AIO, we no longer just wish to be included in the decision-making process – as an owner, we expect it. As one of my friends likes to say, “We don’t want a seat at the table, IT’S OUR DAMN TABLE!” In our experience, we found there were three pillars to measure the success of our partnership and to mitigate the risk our communities we’re bearing: equity, philanthropy and contracting. It was important for us to invest in the opportunity so we had ‘skin in the game’ and we’re a meaningful partner. At the same time, our financial interest in the project promised us returns on our investment. The shift away from being a victim of risk to a partner of opportunity enabled us to create AIO and buy into an equity interest in Shell’s Chukchi venture. It’s worth emphasizing again – this


was an investment in activities in our region that required us to answer to our community.

Which – in conclusion – brings us to today’s announcement.

We realized there will always be fear in our region of an oil spill, and so we needed to be educated and prepared. We review, tour, visit and question every aspect of today’s OCS explorers. This collaboration between industry and the local people creates not only an environment of trust, but the opportunity for us to build our capacity and the information to engage fully in Arctic exploration.

As I mentioned– AIO was formed in 2014 to be a partner in Shell’s OCS activities in the Chukchi. We all know how their Chukchi effort ended. Yet, we know there is still tremendous potential in Alaska’s offshore.

Secondly, we emphasize philanthropy. While we can be poised to receive some financial gain we could share through dividends to our shareholders, we aren’t naïve to the potential impacts to our communities. This philanthropy leads to contributions to local nonprofits, workforce development, scientific research, investments in traditional knowledge and increased community initiatives. The basis of these efforts is to better the future lives of the people in the Alaskan Arctic. Lastly, we focused on future opportunities for contracting. Our people do not want to be bystanders, watching development happen in our own backyard. Instead, we want to be active participants in the future of our region. We need meaningful jobs, a strong economy, and a healthy ecosystem to live and survive – just as our ancestors have done. As local stakeholders, we are motivated to build our capacity and capabilities to participate in a larger role in exploration and development. However, at the same time, we look toward industry to mentor us and look for opportunities that tap into the local expertise.

That’s why ASRC, with its AIO organization in mind, continued working with Shell and is now the owner of Shell’s leases in Camden Bay – north of Point Thompson. Some of you may remember this is the site of the Sivulliq and Torpedo Prospects. Fortunately for us, through this acquisition we are also able to obtain all relevant technical information and data on the sites, as they’ve been mapped since the mid 80s. It’s an exciting time for AIO and its members and shifts our focus, at least for now, from the Chukchi to the Beaufort. I’d like to thank Shell for continuing to be a valuable partner, and for the mutual trust we have all established with each other. As I wrap up, I hope you can see now why our message to the administration is even more urgent and why we join others here in pushing for creating opportunity in the Arctic OCS. ASRC has grown to be a large and diversifying company. Even with opportunity here at home, ASRC’s capital investment dollars compete with other non-Alaskan, non-“oil and gas” projects with their own favorable returns and certainty. Therefore, it is even more important to consider how to make development in our region achievable, with the right policy and planning by both the government agencies and the Arctic explorers.





Restoration Services, Inc. is now part of the ASRC family of companies Arctic Slope Regional Corporation is pleased to announce the acquisition of Restoration Services, Inc. (RSI) by our wholly-owned subsidiary ASRC Industrial Services, LLC. Headquartered in Oak Ridge, Tennessee RSI was founded 20 years ago and provides a variety of environmental services, including: regulatory strategy, comprehensive characterization, long-term stewardship, project controls and beneficial site reuse. The company serves both federal and commercial customers throughout the continental United States. “On behalf of ASRC’s board of directors, I am pleased to welcome RSI’s talented workforce to the ASRC family of companies,” said Rex A. Rock Sr., president and CEO of ASRC. “The acquisition of RSI demonstrates ASRC’s commitment to growing our industrial services’ offerings to provide opportunities for our employees and benefits to our customers and shareholders.”

“The acquisition of RSI is a critical component of the AIS strategy,” said Greg Johnson, president and CEO of AIS. “Over the past 20 years, the founders of RSI have built a unique culture focused on enabling employees to do exceptional work for their customers. I look forward to working with the RSI management team to build on the company’s culture of excellence as we pursue ASRC’s vision for AIS.” “Today is an exciting day for RSI and its employees,” said Paul Clay, RSI president. “I believe the acquisition of RSI by AIS will facilitate accelerated growth for the company thereby providing additional opportunities for our employees and increased services to our customers.”



North Pole refinery hosts new Eielson command Eielson AFB conducted its change of command this summer and in October, Petro Star hosted the new Base Commander, Colonel David Mineau, and the staff of the 354th Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) for a tour of the North Pole refinery. The Colonel, his Command Chief Brent Sheehan, and a cadre of fuelers, lab technicians and flight commanders visited the refinery to see where and how their fuel is made. Eielson hosts the largest air space in the U.S. Air Force with a primary mission of training both foreign and domestic forces, which occurs during 10-day intensive “Red Flag” and “Northern Edge” exercises. The exercises give aircrews from across the globe their first taste of warfare in a realistic training environment. On average, more than 700 people and up to 60 aircraft deploy to Eielson for a Red Flag exercise. During 2016, Eielson hosted four exercises – the highest number in the past six years. “Everyone here is new to Eielson,” the Colonel said in his opening remarks. “It is very rare to have the source of your fuel so close to your base,” he continued. “It’s reassuring to the logistics folks, especially during Red Flag.”  Staging of the F-35s was a popular topic of conversation during lunch. “We’re looking at expansion in every aspect of the petroleum, oils and lubricant (POL) divisions,” said Captain Hengel.  Eielson will be maintaining two squadrons of F-16s while they add 54 new F-35s. The F-35 consumes nearly double the fuel load as an F-16, and Captain Hengel said he expects to see Eielson’s fuel usage

potentially triple with the addition. “We’ll be gone by the time they arrive in 2020, but we’re here to ensure everything will be ready for them.” Petro Star is the largest supplier of military fuel in Alaska. That status ensures a steady source of supply to the military and instills confidence in our other customers. “Alaska Airlines toured our lab just a few weeks ago,” said laboratory manager Gail Carnahan. “When they learned we supply all of Eielson’s jet fuel, they were immediately assured about the quality of our product. They know we work under the highest levels of oversight.” This was the third tour the refinery has hosted for Eielson’s command in the past two years. It’s been a privilege and pleasure to serve Eielson as they prepare to stage the largest fleet of fifth generation aircraft in the U.S.

Eielson command and 354th LRS Squadron members pose for a group photo with North Pole refinery tour leaders Jake Loud (refinery manager) and Dominic Malenfant (lead operator).





Student opportunities abound through ASRC Federal programs ASRC Federal invites shareholders to take on the challenge of their future goals with ASRC Federal’s shareholder development programs. Throughout 2017, ASRC Federal will sponsor a variety of educational program scholarships and professional development opportunities for ASRC shareholder students and recent graduates. Each of the programs that ASRC Federal partners with offer students an opportunity to ignite their sense of discovery, learn real-world applications of science and engineering and explore new surroundings – all while meeting other ASRC shareholder students from around the country. If you know of a student who might be interested in participating in one of our programs, please visit our website for program info and application materials: asrcfederal.com/shareholder-opportunities

Middle school and high school opportunities The following programs are available to ASRC shareholder students who are currently enrolled in middle school or high school, meet application requirements and return all application materials by the deadline. All high school and middle school students will be accompanied by a chaperone during travel. ANSEP MIDDLE SCHOOL ACADEMY

August TBD, 2017 For two weeks students will be introduced to STEM subjects through a variety of handson activities, including building their own computer. Students accepted to the ANSEP program attend the academy free of charge. ASRC Federal offers a limited number of travel scholarships to ASRC shareholder students who attend school in the North Slope Borough School District. • • • *

Location: University of Alaska Anchorage Eligibility: Students must be accepted to ANSEP Middle School Academy in order to apply for the travel scholarship. To learn more about eligibility please visit: ansep.net/middle-school/middle-school-academy Applications available: February 2017 Scholarships will be awarded to students on a first-come, first-serve basis upon notification of acceptance from ANSEP.


June 18 – 23, 2017 Students will ignite their sense of discovery during their weeklong space camp adventure. While at camp students will learn about robotics, build and launch model rockets and



participate in their own simulated space mission. ASRC Federal’s travel scholarship covers the cost of travel and camp tuition. • • • • *

Location: U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville, AL Eligibility: ASRC shareholder, 14 – 18 years of age (No older than 18 years of age by time of travel), with a 2.5 GPA or higher. Applications available: February 2017 Application deadline: March 28, 2017 Scholarships will be awarded through a random drawing.

To learn more about camp please visit: spacecamp.com/space TERP YOUNG SCHOLARS PROGRAM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

July 9 – 28, 2017 Through the immersive Terp Young Scholars Program (TYSP), students get a chance to check out college life during their three-week stay at the College Park, MD campus. Students enroll in the course of their choosing, participate in field trips and guest lectures, and see what it’s like to live and thrive in college. ASRC Federal’s travel scholarship covers the cost of lodging, travel and tuition. • • • • *

Location: University of Maryland, College Park, MD Eligibility: ASRC shareholder in 9th – 12th grade with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Applications available: February 2017 Application deadline: April 11, 2017 All applicants must complete ASRC Federal’s TYSP application packet before applying with the University of Maryland.

To learn more about the program visit: oes.umd.edu/young-scholars

Professional development opportunities ASRC Federal professional development programs offer shareholder students an opportunity to learn how to apply the skills they have developed through education and experience to the corporate environment. At the same time, each of our student placements are providing meaningful work and support to ASRC Federal, our customers, and our commercial and nonprofit partner organizations. The following programs are designed for shareholders looking to take the next step in their career path.

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June – August, 2017 The ASRC Federal shareholder internship program offers ASRC shareholders an opportunity to take the first step towards their future career. Our internship placements give shareholders an opportunity to gain real-world professional experience, build their network and boost their skills through an eight-to-ten week internship with ASRC Federal and its family of companies. All shareholder interns are paid a competitive wage, and the cost of transportation and lodging is covered by ASRC Federal. • • •

Location: Beltsville, Maryland and other contract locations across the U.S. Eligibility: Must be enrolled in an accredited college, university, apprenticeship or certification program and have attended at least one term, or have graduated within the last 24 months to be considered. Application deadline: April 1, 2017


Accepting applications on an ongoing basis Through the externship, students are employed by ASRC Federal to work directly with partner nonprofit organizations gaining hands-on experience in their field of study. This program is designed for students who are pursuing STEM degrees outside of ASRC Federal’s lines of business (e.g. construction, health care, etc.) • Eligibility: ASRC shareholders currently enrolled in college or university able to work up to 20 hours per week while attending school. Please check ASRC Federal’s career page for vacancies using the keyword: Externship

ASRC Federal ASRC Federal Holding Company is a subsidiary of ASRC. The subsidiary is made up of a family of companies that support federal government agencies such as NASA, NOAA, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, USDA and many more. Our employees work in over 40 states across the U.S. in career fields such as: information technology, engineering, facilities management and logistics, and business administration support. If you are looking for a new position, or want to learn about what opportunities ASRC Federal might have for you, please contact ASRC Federal’s Shareholder Programs Office (SPO). Web: asrcfederal.com/shareholder-opportunities Email: Shareholder@asrcfederal.com Phone: 301-837-9097 or 907-339-6809 (8am – 5pm AKST) To view our current job openings, please visit: asrcfederal.com/careers



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· Upgrade to deluxe room is possible based on availability · Rate may be discounted depending on number of nights booked · Must present shareholder card and ID to receive discounted rate

All rates and upgrades are based on availability at the time of booking.

ASRC shareholders must show their shareholder ID card on their first visit and stay at the Top of the World Hotel. The shareholder’s ID card will be entered into the hotel database, and the next time the shareholder stays at the hotel, the front desk clerks will be notified that they are ASRC shareholders and will qualify for the lower hotel rate. For more information please contact the hotel at 907.852.3900 or by email at twh@tundratoursinc.com.

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