Billy-Ace Penguin Baker is a retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer. Having wintered-over four times and having made eight other summer deployments to Antarctica, he says he has probably spent more total time in Antarctica than any other Navy person. In addition, he participated in two WINFLY operations and augmented the Christchurch headquarters during two austral summer seasons.
He was a founding member of the Old Antarctic Explorers Association (OAEA) in 1999 and was elected as the Life Member of the Board of Directors at the first OAEA Symposium/Reunion in 2002. He is the editor of the quarterly OAEA publication The Explorer’s Gazette.
Billy-Ace has been a member of the American Polar Society since 1967 and is a member emeritus of its Board of Governors. He is currently a contributing editor to “The Polar Times.”
Baker has served as the Vice Chairman of the Antarctic Deep Freeze Association (ADFA) since 2005. In addition, he is a member of the Antarctican Society, the New Zealand Antarctic Society and the Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition Club.