• NORTH POLE, Alaska - Maj. Dan Hart inspects a piece of ice for his Stryker vehicle sculpture during the North Pole Christmas in Ice competition Nov. 27. This was his first attempt at ice sculpting. "I got involved because I was looking for some ice to do sculptures with my kids in the front yard of our on-post house," he said. "One thing led to the next and there I was, sculpting with the pros." Sculptors had 30 hours over two days to finish their work and temperatures ranged from 10 degrees to 18 below zero throughout the competition.

    Checking out the model

    NORTH POLE, Alaska - Maj. Dan Hart inspects a piece of ice for his Stryker vehicle sculpture during the North Pole Christmas in Ice competition Nov. 27. This was his first attempt at ice sculpting. "I got involved because I was looking for some ice to...

  • NORTH POLE, Alaska - Maj. Dan Hart's ice sculpture of a Stryker is at the ice park in North Pole.

    Ice Stryker

    NORTH POLE, Alaska - Maj. Dan Hart's ice sculpture of a Stryker is at the ice park in North Pole.

FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska - Maj. Dan Hart, executive officer, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, joined the ranks of famous ice sculptors last weekend when he entered North Pole's annual Christmas in Ice competition.

Although he had never ice sculpted before, Hart opted not to play it safe and instead went for an intricate design featuring a Stryker vehicle constructed out of Lego's entitled "Securing the Piece."

Although winners of the ice sculpting competition have not been announced, Hart said regardless of how he does in the contest, he wanted to enter for the experience. "How often do you get the opportunity to do something like this," he said. "We're in Alaska. I want to take advantage of every opportunity we have here."

Hart's ice sculpture and many more are on display at the Christmas in Ice park through Jan. 2. The park will offer a military appreciation day Dec. 18 with free admission to military ID cardholders from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, go to http://www.christmasinice.org.

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