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1 ASRC honored to lead Top 49ers list for 21st consecutive year ............................... 3 ASRC announces new acquisition ........................................................................... 3 Arctic Economic Council raises flag in Norway ........................................................ 4 Important notice to shareholders about ASRC 2015 dividend taxability .................. 5 Former FCC commissioner joins AEC team .............................................................. 6 Quyanaqpak Raymond Paneak ................................................................................ 7 ASRC reacts to Shell announcement ....................................................................... 8 ARSC invites reporters to experience the real Arctic ............................................... 9 Meet the ARO spill responders on duty in Kotzebue ............................................. 10 AES honored with Above and Beyond Award ........................................................ 12 New advertisement calls for balanced approach to energy development ............. 13 Shareholder spotlight: Dawn Ubben .................................................................... 15 ASRC Federal’s Shareholder Programs Office congratulates 2015 participants .... 16 President’s message ...............................................................................................

Student programs make for exciting 2016 for ASRC Federal’s Shareholder Programs Office ..........................................................................

18 North Slope Borough students graduate from GeoFORCE Alaska .......................... 20 AES supports Paannaq Initiative and donates truck ............................................. 21

President’s message Winter may be knocking on the door of Alaska’s North Slope, but there is much work to do before the annual deep-freeze descends on our region, and with it – the more than two months of continual darkness. Many of our communities have wrapped up a busy fall whaling season and are now giving thanks for the successful and bountiful harvest. Work during this time will help to sustain our families and villages throughout the harshest time of the year and beyond. The season of fall, though seemingly short in the Arctic, really does serve as a reminder of the vital importance of preparation. Preparing for the future is so important at ASRC, it’s actually woven into our mission statement and our long-term strategic plan. In the Interior, we’ve invested in our future by teaming up with our subsidiary Petro Star Inc. to construct a new asphalt production unit, which is scheduled to come on line next spring. This new plant will create temporary construction jobs as well as full-time year-round positions once it’s up and operational. This asphalt unit addresses an immediate need created by Flint Hills’ shutdown in the spring of 2014, and restores a local source of supply for asphalt oil in the Interior. This is great news for many, including the State of Alaska – because once high-quality asphalt is available, the high transportation cost of trucking asphalt into Interior project sites can be a thing of the past. The state is the largest consumer of asphalt oil, and will benefit through these savings. ASRC is committed to our future, as well as the future of Alaska’s oil and gas industry and the state economy.

“ Preparing for the future is so important at ASRC, it’s actually woven into our mission statement and our long-term strategic plan.”

That’s why we fought so hard last year for a more stable and competitive oil-tax structure in the state that both incentivizes production as well as investment from North Slope producers – aiming to reverse the trend of declining oil production and throughput of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Since the legislation was passed, and the efforts to repeal it defeated, ConocoPhillips has added new rigs in Kuparuk and even added a new drill site; drilling on the Slope has reached record levels; a new development plan for the Liberty field is in the works from Hillcorp; Repsol has announced a significant discovery on the Slope and has drilled some wells; and BP has done extensive, and expensive seismic testing. I believe the legislation is working as intended. In fact, even the state Department of Revenue admits what we now know as Senate Bill 21 brings in more dollars than the prior continued on page 2

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oil-tax formula at low oil prices. In late 2013, North Slope crude sat at nearly $115 a barrel. Today, it’s sitting at less than $50 with no end in sight to the low prices. New work is helping to stabilize the rate of North Slope oil production and put new oil into the pipeline, but a steep turnaround to the decline could be years away. It doesn’t have to be this way, as incredible opportunities still exist for Arctic onshore development. For example, I’m pleased to see work at the long-anticipated Alpine satellite CD-5 finally begin – hopefully enabling future development in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, or NPR-A. This is a project that many, including our partner, ConocoPhillips, were uncertain about; they wondered if it would ever get off the ground because of continual governmental red tape, costly delays and permitting hassles. This site is the first oil development within the boundaries of the NPR-A and could produce more than 15-thousand barrels per day alone. We also invested in our future by finding alignment with Royal Dutch Shell and its offshore exploration and development program. ASRC, together with six North Slope village corporations, formed Arctic Iñupiat Offshore, known as AIO, for investment in Shell’s leases in the OCS. We formed AIO in 2014 with a healthy sense of optimism and closely monitored Shell’s progress back to the water. However, that optimism turned to disappointment in late September after Shell’s announcement regarding its exploration well in the Chukchi. While Shell did discover indications of oil and gas within the Burger prospect, the company found the reserves were not economically viable to warrant further exploration. While we do not expect any material financial charges as a result of Shell’s announcement, in its decision, Shell also highlighted the challenging and unpredictable federal regulatory environment surrounding Alaska’s offshore. Unfortunately, the regulatory environment has proven to be a burden for any development, whether onshore or offshore and I believe with this type of uncertainty we will continue to see good opportunities slip away. Make no mistake - this is no victory for environmental groups now celebrating the decision; it should be seen as a major blow for Alaska, and leaves into question the viability of our state’s economy. We are still assessing the impact this announcement will have on ASRC. One thing is for certain – our Iñupiat culture is one built on a bedrock of perseverance and resilience. We will continue to keep our gaze on the long-term horizon while embracing opportunities to strengthen the bond throughout our communities and our culture. Taikuu,

 Rex A. Rock Sr. President, CEO

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ASRC honored to lead Top 49ers list for 21st consecutive year ASRC 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 21st consecutive year that ASRC has ranked #1 on the “Top 49ers” list, based on the prior year’s gross revenues. The list was released during a luncheon at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center in downtown Anchorage at the end of September. The list can be seen in its entirety in the October 2015 edition of Alaska Business Monthly magazine.

“2014 was another year of growth and expansion for ASRC,” said Rex A. Rock Sr., ASRC president and CEO. “With the national economy 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 2014, ASRC’s revenues topped $2.6 billion. ASRC has six major business segments, to include petroleum refining and marketing, energy support services, construction, government services, industrial services and resource development.

ASRC announces new acquisition Arctic Pipe Inspection is now a member of the ASRC family of companies. In late July, ASRC announced the acquisitions of Arctic Pipe Inspection, Inc. of Houston and Arctic Pipe Inspection, Inc. (collectively, “API”). Headquartered in Houston, Texas, API was founded more than 40 years ago by Royce Roberts to provide non-destructive testing of oil country tubular goods. API currently operates facilities in Houston, Texas and Deadhorse, Alaska providing electromagnetic, ultrasonic, weldline and mill inspection services to oil and gas producers and service providers. “This acquisition demonstrates ASRC’s continued commitment to the oil and gas industry,” said Rex A. Rock Sr., president and CEO of ASRC. “Over the last 40 years API has earned a reputation as a customer focused, value-added service provider. ASRC is committed to maintaining and building on API’s reputation for superior customer service, while also facilitating opportunities for growth.” “Today is an exciting day for API and its employees,” said Royce Roberts, API founder and retiring president. “I believe the combination of ASRC’s financial support and relationships within the oil and gas industry will provide opportunities for growth and expansion of API’s services.” Concurrent with the retirement of Royce Roberts, Jim Hildebrandt, API’s long-time vice president of operations, assumed the role of API president and general manager.

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Arctic Economic Council raises flag in Norway On Tuesday, September 8, 2015 together with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Arctic Economic Council (AEC) raised their flag in Tromsø, Norway symbolizing the establishment and opening of their permanent secretariat office. Speaking to a crowd of international dignitaries, the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Børge Brende, spoke of the importance of international cooperation, “If we are going to make the high north our most innovative region, we are dependent upon cooperation with others.” On the establishment of the AEC and the secretariat, he said, “This is a historical event and breakthrough” in Arctic affairs. AEC chair and Alaska Native, Tara Sweeney, said, “Today marks the placeholder along the timeline of Arctic history to where our member states can pinpoint as the start to a new way of doing business in the Arctic.”

Speaking about regional development and non-Arctic interests, Sweeney explained, “Arctic residents, communities and businesses should not be viewed as mere tools to achieve an organizational goal, but rightly viewed as experts and potential partners. This new way, the AEC way, will stand on the principles of collaboration, partnership, innovation and peace.” The AEC delegates developed five overarching themes of focus: • Establishing strong market connections between the Arctic states • Encouraging public-private partnerships for infrastructure investments • Creating stable and predictable regulatory frameworks • Facilitating knowledge and data exchange between industry and academia • Traditional indigenous knowledge, stewardship and a focus on small business Under the U.S. chairmanship, the AEC will focus on four key areas that include maritime and telecommunication infrastructure; responsible energy and economic development in the Arctic; promoting stable and predictable regulatory frameworks; and, Arctic stewardship.

Important notice to shareholders about ASRC 2015 dividend taxability On an annual basis, ASRC is required to calculate its earnings and profits (“E&P) to determine the taxability of dividends in accordance with the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) regulations. Based on our current calculation, we do expect to have positive current year E&P in 2015, causing a portion of the Company’s dividends to shareholders to be taxable. As a reminder, ASRC offers voluntary federal income tax withholding on shareholder dividend distributions. As a recipient of the ASRC dividend distribution, you are encouraged to either: • Complete IRS Form W-4V (voluntary withholding request) and submit it to ASRC’s Stock Department by November 20, 2015 with the percentage of the distribution you wish to have withheld for payment of your federal income taxes, or • Elect voluntary withholding through the shareholder portal online at https://asap.iaminupiaq.com, or • Consider making an estimated tax payment using IRS Form 1040-ES. Please note that if you complete Form W-4V and elect to voluntarily withhold a portion of your dividend distribution for federal income taxes, the election will continue until you revoke it. You may revoke the election at any time by completing a new Form W-4V and checking Box 7 on that form to stop withholding federal income tax. If you do not elect either of these options, please remember that shareholders remain personally responsible for any tax payments that may be due to the IRS for these dividend distributions. You are encouraged to consult your own independent tax advisor for assistance in making these decisions.

There are three established working groups focused on maritime transportation and infrastructure, Arctic stewardship and responsible resource development. Parties interested in serving on a working group or partnering with the AEC should submit their letter of interests to info@arcticeconomiccouncil.com.

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Former FCC commissioner joins AEC team Speaking to a breakfast crowd for the Resource Development Council in mid-September, Arctic Economic Council (AEC) Chairwoman Tara Sweeney announced that former Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner, Robert McDowell, will lead the newly established AEC telecommunications working group.

Quyanaqpak Raymond Paneak ASRC would like to thank Raymond Paneak for his dedication and service to Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, as an ASRC board member from 1992 to 2015. Thank you Raymond!

“Aligned with the priorities of the AEC, I am proud to announce that Robert McDowell will serve as the chair of the AEC telecommunications working group,” said Sweeney. “I welcome Robert into the AEC family. His strong background in global telecommunications will drive results for increased broadband capacity in the Arctic.” The telecommunications working group will consist of members from the Arctic Economic Council with input from telecommunication expert advisors. A final work product to include analysis and recommendations is expected in the first quarter of 2017. “I’m excited to join the AEC team,” said McDowell in a statement. “There are significant challenges to providing reliable and affordable telecommunications in the global Arctic, but now is the time to find solutions. I look forward to exploring additional opportunities in the far north, to include expanded broadband service.” McDowell has strong telecommunications experience, serving for seven years as commissioner of the FCC in Washington, D.C. Appointed in 2006 and 2009 by presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, McDowell was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate at each appointment. As commissioner, he worked to formulate and establish U.S. communications policy – covering the media, internet and “ There are significant challenges wireless industries. He also served on official U.S. diplomatic delegations to advocate U.S. to providing reliable and international policy positions before foreign affordable telecommunications governments, worked with government in the global Arctic, but now is and industry leaders across the globe on the time to find solutions.” telecommunications policy and negotiated as well as successfully secured the first U.S. federal entitlement reform in a generation, through the 2011 FCC overhaul of the Commission’s $8 billion per year Universal Service subsidy program. In addition to his work at the FCC, McDowell has served as a strategic advisor to global telecommunications interests – working on U.S. and international spectrum policy development, market trends, regulatory environments, internet governance and competition law and policy.

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2015 Alaska High School

Hall of Fame Inductee

Congratulations Coach!

2015 Alaska High School Hall of Fame Inductee

Congratulations Coach!

Alaska High School Hall of Fame Inductee Proven leadership, from the locker room to the

boardroom. The Hall of Fame committee is now

recognizing what his players and the community have known for years – that no one has had a bigger impact on Point Hope basketball than

Proven leadership, from the locker room to the boardroom. The Hall of Fame committee is held now recognizing what his players and the community have known team – a position Rock for more than 20 years – not only was he elected Coach of the for years – that no one has had a bigger impact on Point Hope basketball than Year numerous times, but he also brought home A. Rock Sr. During his time as head coach of the Tikigaq High School boys’ fourRex state championships. varsity basketball team – a position Rock held for more than 20 years – not only Congratulations was he elected Coach of the Year numerous times, but he also brought home Rex A. Rock Sr. four state championships. Rex A. Rock Sr. During his time as head coach of the Tikigaq High School boys’ varsity basketball

Congratulations Rex A. Rock Sr.

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ASRC reacts to Shell announcement Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC) is deeply disappointed by the recent announcement by Shell regarding the Burger prospect in the Chukchi Sea. On Sunday, September 27, 2015, Shell announced that while they discovered indications of oil and gas within the Burger prospect the reserves were not sufficient enough to warrant further exploration.

“ At ASRC, we continue to work hard to deliver on that mandate and we call on the federal government to serve as our partner to ensure we continue to have responsible development on the North Slope.” ASRC president and CEO, Rex A. Rock Sr. stated, “At a time when Alaska is confronting a fiscal crisis, the news from Shell is deeply disappointing. This is a major blow for Alaska, and leaves into question the viability of our state’s economy.” Rock added, “Closer to home on the North Slope, we are looking for solutions on how we continue to sustain our local economies to support our communities. Absent any responsible resource development onshore and offshore, we are facing a fiscal crisis beyond measure. The federal regulatory

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environment has proven to be a burden for any development, whether onshore or offshore. With this type of uncertainty, we will continue to see good opportunities slip away because no one wants to do business in Alaska.” Crawford Patkotak, ASRC board chairman stressed, “Upon passage of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act in 1971, Congress directed Alaska Native Corporations to provide benefits to their people, their shareholders. At ASRC, we continue to work hard to deliver on that mandate and we call on the federal government to serve as our partners to ensure we continue to have responsible development on the North Slope. We need the tax base; we need new oil in the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Stop fighting Alaska Natives at every turn and work with us on prospects like GMT-1 and ANWR; work with us to ensure more regulatory certainty for future offshore prospects. Don’t turn your backs on the people of the North Slope; instead, join us to develop a sustainable solution.” ASRC, along with six village corporations from the North Slope, formed an entity called Arctic Iñupiat Offshore, LLC in 2014. AIO was a strategic partner with Shell in the Chukchi Sea.

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ASRC invites reporters to experience the real Arctic “Arctic Snowbird Tour” brings media to the North Slope In anticipation of President Barack Obama’s visit to Alaska in early September as well as the scheduled GLACIER conference in downtown Anchorage, ASRC reached out to a selected group of local as well as national reporters and invited them on a 2-day trip to the North Slope. While bad weather prevented a scheduled flight to Wainwright, the “Arctic Snowbird” media tour did stop by Prudhoe Bay for a tour of Pump Station One before continuing to Barrow and a discussion with ASRC and North Slope Borough executives. In all, around half a dozen reporters and photographers took part in the tour, representing print and broadcast media. “It was important for these reporters, some who had never been to Alaska, to see our region firsthand and talk with the local community – rather than rely solely on the president’s comments,” said Tara Sweeney, ASRC’s executive vice-president of external affairs, who joined reporters on the tour. “I’m thankful many of them accepted our offer and we are considering making this tour an annual event.”

An opinion piece from ASRC president and CEO Rex A. Rock Sr. as well as print ads and a television commercial stressing the importance of a robust oil and gas industry in Alaska were also prepared for Obama’s short visit. You can watch the television advertisement at this location: https://www. youtube.com/watch?v=GUZOwUa56TQ.

“ It was important for these reporters, some who had never been to Alaska, to see our region firsthand and talk with the local community – rather than rely solely on the president’s comments.” While here in Alaska, the president addressed the local effects of climate change during a televised speech before visiting the Northwest Arctic and Kenai Peninsula. He did not accept a request to personally meet with ASRC executives or visit the North Slope.

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Meet the ARO spill responders on duty in Kotzebue Cara Davis was a boat captain in San Antonio, Texas running tourists up and down the River Walk when she met a group of Alaskan visitors who worked in response operations. The group filled her in on the beauty of Alaska and the importance of the work they did as oil spill response operators for ASRC Energy Services Response Operations, LLC (ARO). Eight months later, after applying, relocating to Alaska and completing training, she became part of the team in Kotzebue as a deckhand supporting offshore oil exploration. “It’s an awesome experience to learn to do this work and the most challenging thing I have ever done in my life. I’ve had to confront some of my fears including flying [Helicopter Underwater Egress Training], but I’ve been lucky to have some great mentors,” said Davis. “I also didn’t know much about the culture up here before I came and was a little hesitant about the industry, but I don’t feel that way now. As responders, we’re here to protect the environment.”

ARO uses state-of-the-art equipment with new and experienced vessel operators, deckhands, responders and supervisors for a deployment from March through October to support oil development. The team operates oil spill response equipment from multiple platforms with a fleet of response vessels utilized for spill response exercises such as deploying oil booms and minibarges, operating oil recovery skimmers and performing other logistical support functions. Most of Davis’ team members have maritime experience as commercial fishermen, boat captains, deck hands or spill response supervisors. At the beginning of the season everyone goes through a month-long, hands-on training in Valdez to learn the skills necessary to implement ARO’s spill response plan. “The training was very extensive. I was surprised at the level and length of the training and the amount of money and resources that are going into making sure

everyone operates safely and does it right,” said Lisa Georgino, a first year deckhand who previously worked on a commercial fishing boat in Kodiak. “Also, I think it’s a great opportunity for Alaska, the country and for me. I’m starting over with a new career and this has allowed me to get my foot in the door and be an asset.”

lots for the presidential visit,” said Gary Danielson, response operations supervisor. “Team building is a big part of what we do, and while we’re in Kotzebue, we are doing what we can to support and be a part of the community.”

The team is stationed in Kotzebue and is made up of two shifts of 13 responders each. During their three week rotation, crew members train on the spill response barge, complete computer base training on spill response skills and safety issues, participate in team building activities and volunteer in the community.

“The training was thorough and extensive and focused on safety. For me, commercial fishing and the environment is important,” said Connor Barger, who was born and raised in Homer and grew up working for his father as a deck hand on a commercial fishing boat. “I appreciate all the efforts taken by ARO and our clients to protect [the environment]. I feel like I’m part of a team and what we are doing is important, so I plan on returning next year.”

“We’re working with the Maniilaq Corporation and the City of Kotzebue by picking up debris along the roadways and cleaning up parking

The ARO team will be in Kotzebue until the end of September and is looking forward to returning next summer.

AEF announcement AEF apologizes for not publishing the summer 2015 GPA reports for its students and shareholders. This information will be included in the 4th Quarter ASRC Newsletter. Spring 2016 deadline: December 1, 2015 Please log in and apply at www.arcticed.com. You can contact AEF at arcticed@asrc.com for questions regarding applications for scholarships and short term training. Quyanaqpak.

The ARO Spill Response Team supports the village of Kotzebue through community service.

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AES honored with Above and Beyond Award for supporting Guard and Reserve members ASRC Energy Services (AES) was honored with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Above and Beyond Award in recognition of its unwavering support for its employees that serve bravely. The award is presented by ESGR state committees to recognize employers at the local level who have gone above and beyond the legal requirements by providing their Guard and Reserve employees with additional, nonmandated benefits such as differential or full pay to offset lost wages, extended health benefits and other similar benefits. “AES has approximately 400 veterans in the company and another five active service members in some stage of deployment,” said Jeremy Parker, AES HR director of recruiting and onboarding. “Supporting our employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve is a top priority for us and we’d like to thank all the

AES supervisors and team members who make these kinds of collaborations possible.” Since 2008, AES has received recognition from the ESGR when Sgt. Thomas Stuart nominated his supervisor for the My Boss is a Patriot Award. The Patriot Award is the first in ESGR’s series of awards. An employee serving in the National Guard or Reserve, or the spouse of a Guard or Reserve member, may nominate individual supervisors and bosses for support provided directly to the nominating service member and his or her family. Patriot Awards are awarded to individual supervisors, not to an entire staff or organization as a whole. This award reflects the efforts made to support Citizen Warriors through a wide range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence if needed. In 2012, Jeff Kinneeveauk, AES president and CEO, accepted the Pro Patria Award for outstanding employer support – in recognition of the numerous My Boss is a Patriot Awards received by AES. Employers who have been honored with the Above and Beyond Award, who have had at least one supervisor or other representative honored with a Patriot Award and who have signed a statement of support, are eligible for the Pro Patria Award. In 2013, Joe Buskirk, AES senior HR director, accepted an additional Pro Patria Award for continuous employer support.

This year, AES received the Above and Beyond Award due to its numerous previous nominations as well as the continued support of employees by their supervisors. With this current nomination, AES will be eligible for the National Freedom Award. ESGR, a Department of Defense office, was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and

their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee’s military commitment. ESGR is supported by a network of more than 4,600 volunteers in 54 committees located across all 50 states, who work to foster a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States.

New statewide advertisement calls for balanced approach to energy development Campaign begins in advance of presidential visit A statewide Alaska television spot launched in late August by ASRC highlights the key role that Arctic energy development plays in supporting Native Alaska communities. “Iñupiat Eskimo and other indigenous peoples have lived in the Arctic for thousands of years,” said Rex Rock Sr., ASRC president and CEO. “As stewards of the land we have the most at stake in protecting an environment that is fundamental to our way of life. We also understand that environmental stewardship does not come at the expense of the responsible development of our natural resources, which is essential to our economic future.” “Unfortunately, federal agencies continue to fail to accept this reality, limiting the potential of Arctic energy production, and in so doing putting at risk the future of our communities. It is time for Washington to respect the wishes of the Arctic people and to support responsible energy production in our state. The livelihood and future of Alaska Natives depends on it,” said Crawford Patkotak, ASRC chairman of the board of directors. The Alaska ad buy is one part of ASRC’s effort to raise awareness of the importance of Arctic energy, centered around the President’s visit to Alaska between August 31 and September 2. To date, Alaska has derived 90 percent of its operating budget from the oil and natural gas industry and Arctic exploration is expected to create 55,000 new jobs over the next several years, with nearly 100,000 jobs at peak employment. The television ad ran across the state of Alaska from August 27th through Sunday, August 30th.

Jeremy Parker (center), HR director of recruiting and onboarding, accepted the award on behalf of AES.

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Shareholder spotlight: Dawn Ubben Dawn Ubben was born and raised in Kotzebue, but left the Northwest Arctic community to attend Mt. Edgecumbe High School (MEHS) in Sitka at the encouragement of her parents, Ken & Margie Ubben. After MEHS, Dawn began her undergraduate studies at the University of Montana. She came back to Alaska in the summer of 2007 to attend the University of Alaska Fairbanks and was married the following year.

“ I am very happy to be back in my hometown and look forward to serving my hometown and the surrounding villages.”

happy to be back in my hometown and look forward to serving my hometown and the surrounding villages,” she added. Through her time at pharmacy school, Dawn received financial assistance through the Arctic Education Foundation and knows she couldn’t have done it without the Foundation’s help. “I’m so thankful for the support from ASRC and AEF,” she added. Dawn’s grandmother is Mary Dirks (Tuzroyluke) from Pt. Hope and her grandfather is the late Henry Dirks from Atka, Alaska. She enjoys learning languages, hiking, camping, picking berries and spending time with her son.

“I gave birth to my son Hans during my third year of pharmacy school, so it was a difficult time for me,” explained Dawn from her home in Kotzebue. “I was a new mother while at the same time attending college classes, which presented more than just a few challenges. I had many sleepless nights, like most mothers do. But I made it through professional school by thinking of my life motto, ‘This Too, Shall Pass’. I’m very thankful I had a supportive family I could rely on during that time.” The hard work paid off. In May of this year, Dawn graduated with a doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Montana, wrapping up a decade of post-secondary education. After graduation, she returned to Kotzebue to serve those in her hometown community because that is where she grew up and learned she wanted to become a pharmacist. In June of this year, she was hired as the village pharmacist at Maniilaq Health Center. As a young person, her neighbor was a pharmacist at the same clinic and inspired her. “I am very

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ASRC Federal’s Shareholder Programs Office would like to congratulate all of its 2015 participants! ASRC FEDERAL SUMMER SHAREHOLDER HIRES

ASRC Federal welcomed a total of eight shareholder hires for the 2015 summer shareholder hire program: Lance Foust 10-week placement working with ASRC Federal corporate communications team in Beltsville, Maryland. Kelli Seely 10-week placement working with ASRC Federal’s HR department in Beltsville, Maryland. Roberta Glenn Six-week placement working on ASRC Federal Inuteq’s contract at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington D.C. Donna Hill Eight-week placement (for the second summer) with ASRC Federal’s ILS operating groups business development team, in Beltsville, Maryland. Zakary Smith Eight-week placement with ASRC Federal contracts and procurement department in Beltsville, Maryland. Asia Leavitt-Miguel Eight-week placement with ASRC Federal’s ITS operating groups business development department in Beltsville, Maryland. Kelsey Taylor-Hempstead Seven-week placement with ASRC Federal’s finance and procurement department in Beltsville, Maryland. Alina Crow Eight-week placement with ASRC Federal Space and Defense contract at the NOAA/NESDIS facility in Fox, Alaska.

ASRC FEDERAL SPACE CAMP TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

10 ASRC shareholder students were chosen through random drawing, from over 30 applicants, to attend the Space Academy and Advanced Space Academy training at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, from June 12 through June 20. After graduating from Space Academy (blue), or Advanced Space Academy (green), the scholarship recipients visited ASRC Federal offices in Huntsville for an ice-cream social. Top left to right: Dominic Murano, James Rice, Edward Aiken, Savannah Ahlalook, Johnae Colbry, Abraham Kippi, bottom: Paulina Guttierez, Kevin Negovanna, Cheyenne Lane, Sylvia Kinneeveauk.

ASRC FEDERAL YOUNG SCHOLARS PROGRAM TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

Eight ASRC shareholder students, ages 14 to 18, attended the three-week college readiness program, the Young Scholars Program at the University of Maryland, from July 12 through July 31. Young Scholars Program participants took a tour of Washington DC, stopping for a group photo with the Washington Memorial in the background. From left to right: Corey Tuzroyluke, Samantha Wade, Helen Ahkivgak, Korilynn Itta-Tomas, Ruth Nashoopuk, Joshua Fosi, Joardan Brower, Sara Rose Neher.

ASRC FEDERAL ANSEP MIDDLE SCHOOL ACADEMY TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP

Summer 2015 marked the first time ASRC Federal has partnered with ANSEP to offer travel scholarships to four North Slope Borough School District middle school students accepted into ANSEP’s Middle School Academy. The two-week academy was held on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus from July 28 through August 8, 2015. Esau Weyiouanna and Ariana Sanchez at the ANSEP Middle School Academy graduation ceremony. Elizabeth Neakok and Madison Nicely stop by Earthquake Park before catching their flight home. (Left) Shareholder and ASRC Federal Vice President and General Manager, Clay Morad, joined DC/MD shareholder interns while they enjoyed the sunshine and got some exercise while kayaking down the Potomac River. Left to right: Clay Morad, Zakary Smith, Donna Hill, Kelsey Taylor-Hempstead, Lance Foust, Kelli Seely, Asia Leavitt-Miguel, Roberta Glenn. (Right) Shareholder intern Alina Crow looks over the antennas at the NOAA/NESDIS facility in Fox, AK.

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Student programs make for exciting 2016 for ASRC Federal’s Shareholder Programs Office The Shareholder Programs Office (SPO) is responsible for managing shareholder recruitment and hire initiatives, as well as overseeing ASRC Federal-sponsored shareholder student programs. ASRC Federal is excited to continue to offer educational and professional development opportunities to the next generation of shareholders. Stay tuned for more information about our program offerings as we get closer to summer 2016! ANSEP MIDDLE SCHOOL ACADEMY:

For two weeks, students will be introduced to STEM subjects through a variety of hands-on activities, including building their own computer. While students attend the academy at no expense, 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 (July/August 2016) • Eligibility: Students must be accepted by ANSEP MSA in order to apply for the travel scholarship. To learn more about eligibility please visit: www.ansep.net/middle-school/middle-school-academy • Applications available beginning February 2016 * Scholarships will be awarded to students on a first-come, first-serve basis upon notification of acceptance from ANSEP. SPACE CAMP:

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: Huntsville, Alabama (June 2016) • Eligibility: Ninth through 12th grade (No older than 18 years of age by time of travel) • Applications are available beginning February 2016 * Scholarships will be awarded through a random drawing.

INTERNSHIP PROGRAM:

This program offers shareholders an opportunity to take the first step toward their future career. This program will give you an opportunity to build your network and boost your skills through an eight to 10 week job placement with ASRC Federal. All interns will have their cost of lodging and transportation 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. • Accepting applications in March 2016. EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM:

Through this program students are employed by ASRC Federal to work directly with partner non-profit organizations gaining hands-on experience in their field of study. • Eligibility: ASRC shareholders currently enrolled in college/university, able to work up to 20 hours per week while in school. • Accepting applications on an on-going basis; check ASRC Federal’s career page for vacancies. As a subsidiary of Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, ASRC Federal works to preserve the Iñupiat culture and traditions that strengthen ASRC shareholders on the North Slope and beyond. In keeping with this mission the SPO participates in shareholder community and outreach events, here in the Beltsville office, in shareholder communities throughout the U.S. and in ASRC villages across Alaska’s North Slope. If you are interested in learning more about any of the programs listed above please contact the SPO by sending an email to: shareholder@asrcfederal.com. If you would like to learn more about ASRC Federal and its career opportunities please visit: www.asrcfederal.com/careers.

YOUNG SCHOLARS PROGRAM:

Students have an opportunity to check out college life through this immersive three-week program. Each student will enroll in one academic course, participate in field trips and guest lectures and see what it’s like to live and eat on campus. ASRC Federal’s travel scholarship covers the cost of lodging, travel and tuition. • Location: University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland (July 2016) • Eligibility: Ninth through 12th grade with a minimum GPA of 3.0 • Applications are available beginning in February 2015 * All applicants must complete ASRC Federal’s YSP application packet before applying with the University of Maryland.

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North Slope Borough students graduate from GeoFORCE Alaska GeoFORCE Alaska has just finished and graduated its first North Slope cohort group. This program is designed to engage students, demonstrate the relevance of science in their everyday lives and promote an interest in high school science and math courses.

YEAR 1 Alaskan Geology and road trip YEAR 2 Geology of the Grand Canyon –

sedimentary rocks and stratigraphy YEAR 3 Geology of the Pacific Northwest – volcanos and shore processes YEAR 4 Geology of Yellowstone National Park and the Tetons – metamorphic rocks and mountain building ASRC is proud to have partnered with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geology and Geophysics Department to make this happen and would like to congratulate all participants.

• GeoFORCE Alaska started in 2012 with 16 students participating from the North Slope Borough School District

• 14 students applied and were accepted to UAF as part of the GeoFORCE Alaska program • The following received scholarships from UAF: Chelsea Brower, Justin Ferris, Frances Kagak, Alfred Omnik and Monika Valdez

GeoFORCE Alaska is a four-year, field-based, summer geoscience program for high school students from Alaska’s North Slope Borough. The curriculum is developed and delivered by the University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Natural Science and Mathematics (CNSM) in partnership with the longstanding GeoFORCE Texas program. Our mission is to raise high school graduation rates; encourage students to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) majors in college; and increase the number and diversity of Alaska residents entering Alaska’s technical workforce. WHERE PEOPLE SHARE INFORMATION

When hunters, campers and travelers need assistance on the North Slope, either onshore or offshore, the Barrow Volunteer Search and Rescue (BVSAR) first responders are ready to go. The nonprofit organization works closely with the North Slope Borough Search and Rescue Air Operations (SAR) and provides volunteers and day-to-day staff to fulfill its mission of keeping all North Slope Borough residents safe. The main base of BVSAR operations in Barrow houses most of its rescue equipment such as boats, snowmobiles and ATVs but one crucial piece of equipment they were in need of was a high-performance rescue vehicle. In late August, an AES team delivered a 2015 Dodge Ram 3500 SLT mega cab to Barrow, complete with special 35” tires needed for launching rescue boats and a 6.7L Cummins turbo diesel engine that make it well-suited for year-round rescue support. “Part of the Paannaq Initiative is making it a priority to support and participate in volunteer efforts, and donate resources to benefit our communities whenever we can,” said Jeff Kinneeveauk, AES president and CEO. “Chris Maynard, our general manager of fleet operations, worked with four different vendors who came together and donated their services so we could purchase the vehicle, modify it for cold weather conditions, and deliver it before the ice comes in. We’re proud to present it to the Barrow Volunteer Search and Rescue team and the community so it can assist them and their mission.”

• 15 of the original 16 students graduated this year

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AES supports Paannaq Initiative and donates truck

After receiving a request from Glenn Edwards, ASRC director of Barrow operations, to assist the BVSAR in any way AES could, Maynard was given the go ahead and reached out to vendors like Lithia Dodge who offered below invoice pricing and reduced costs on parts and labor; TK Services who installed all the search lights, graphics and cold weather appointments; STR Trucking who donated their services of trucking the vehicle to Deadhorse and to West Dock; and to Bowhead who held the last barge to Barrow in anticipation of the truck delivery. After purchasing the truck AES modified the vehicle with: a 4” BDS heavy duty Fox lift kit to work with the mat tracks in the winter; 35” tires for launching the rescue boats in the summer; LED search lights on the roof and bumper; a special North Slope winterization package; mud flaps; bed liner; an HD Hitch; weather TEC floor mats; seat covers; a fire extinguisher and a first aid kit. “It was a great project that will serve the community for years to come,” said Maynard. “Many of our partners assisted with making this project happen. Having a solid dependable vehicle is key to their successful rescue mission.” Jeff Kinneeveauk (far right), AES President and CEO, presents the donated rescue truck to members of the BVSAR.

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