Commissioner, Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
and Adjutant General, Alaska National Guard
Maj Gen Torrence W. Saxe is the Adjutant General, Alaska National Guard and the Commissioner, Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. As the adjutant general, he is the senior military advisor to the governor of Alaska and commander of the Alaska National Guard, responsible for overseeing the training and readiness of 3,900 Airmen and Soldiers. He also oversees the Alaska State Defense Force, Alaska Naval Militia, Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Veteransâ€™ Affairs Office, and Alaska Military Youth Academy. General Saxe is the official liaison between the state and federal Department of Veterans Affairs, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and all military forces in Alaska.
General Saxe entered the Air Force in 1995 as a distinguished graduate of the Officer Training School, Maxwell AFB, Alabama. General Saxe joined the Alaska Air National Guard in 2004, serving as commander of the 213th Space Warning Squadron and the 13th Space Warning Squadron. As the 13th Space Warning Squadron commander, he was the Federal Installation Commander. He also served as the commander of the 168th Wing, Eielson AFB, Alaska. Prior to his current position, General Saxe was the commander of the Alaska Air National Guard, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.
Prior to his current position, Brigadier General Saxe was the commander of the 168th Wing,
Eielson AFB, Alaska.
(Current as of October 2019)
Command Senior Enlisted Leader
Alaska National Guard
Chief Master Sergeant Winfield S. Hinkley Jr. serves the Command Senior Enlisted Leader of the Alaska National Guard. He represents the highest level of enlisted leadership and oversees the combat readiness, health, welfare, development and quality of life for more than 4,100 assigned Active and Reserve personnel across the state of Alaska. He serves as the personal advisor to the Adjutant General on all matters affecting the enlisted force and their families.
Chief Hinkley entered the Air Force in 1992 and served as a Materiel Management Craftsman. He has supported multiple major commands through his ten assignments while providing contingency supply support during Operation SOUTHERN WATCH, Operation ODYSSEY DAWN, Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, Operation NEW DAWN and multiple missions supporting Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. He also provided logistical assistance to top Department of Defense personnel completing missions to the Air Force's Central Command. Chief Hinkley has served in squadron and flight leadership positions and holds three Air Force Specialty Codes.
Chief Hinkley transitioned to the Alaska Air National Guard in 2013 and has been an integral member of the wing in operational support, leadership and professional development of all members. Before his current assignment Chief Hinkley was assigned to the Air National Guard Readiness Center's Statutory Tour program where he was assigned to McGhee Tyson Air National Guard base in Knoxville Tennessee as the 15th Commandant of the CMSgt Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center.
(Current as of August 2018)
Commander and Assistant Adjutant General
Alaska Army National Guard
(Current as of August 2019)
State Command Chief Warrant Officer,
CW4 Greg Beach currently serves as the Senior Ordnance Ground Maintenance Warrant Officer with the JFHQ/G-4/DOL, and Deputy General Foreman/Electronics Supervisor of the Combined Support Maintenance Shop (CSMS). Mr. Beach began his career with the Alaska Army National Guard in 1986, joining as a Communications Security (COMSEC) Repairer with the 207th Group. He graduated from his AIT COMSEC course in 1987 as Distinguished Honor Graduate. In the same year, he began his full-time Technician career in an Organizational Maintenance Shop (OMS) and later with the CSMS. In 1990, he was selected to attend the Ground Radio Repairer TRADOC School, again graduating as Distinguished Honor Graduate.
In 1999, after rising to Staff Sergeant, he was selected to attend the Warrant Officer Candidate School (WOCS). He was a Commandantâ€™s List Graduate and assigned to the STARC as a Test Measurement Diagnostic Equipment (TMDE) Maintenance Support Tech. His early Warrant Officer assignments included duties as an Electronics Systems Maintenance Warrant Officer â€“ Det-1/HHC 297th Support BN, 297th HHC-Forward, National Support Element (NSE), Allied Trades Warrant Officer â€“ 207th Brigade Support Company / BFSB, and Senior Maintenance/Logistics Officer â€“ JFHQ.
CW4 Beachâ€™s Warrant Officer education includes the Electronic Systems Maintenance-Advanced, Allied Trades-Advanced, Warrant Officer Intermediate-Level Education and Warrant Officer Senior Service Education courses. His Technician education includes the Joint Logistics, Operational Contract Support, Electronic Warfare Integration, and the ARNG Surface Maintenance Supervisor courses. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems with a minor in Business Studies from Wayland Baptist University (Anchorage) in 2014.
CW4 Beach deployed as the CW2 Electronic Systems Maintenance Warrant Officer with the 297th HHC-Forward, NSE, under the National Command Element (NCE) to Regional Command (RC) â€“ South, Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (2006-2007). In the NSE, he served as the senior maintenance Warrant Officer in charge of maintenance operations for the Communications/Electronics, Small-Arms & Crew-Served weapons, and the Sustainment Automation Support Management Office (CSSAMO) to the RC-South region.
CW4 Beachâ€™s awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, NATO Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Afghanistan Campaign Medal. He also holds the Driver and Mechanic Badge for Wheeled Vehicles.
(Current as of March 2018)
State Command Sergeant Major,
CSM Nyquist is a native of McMinnville, Oregon. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1991, and attended Basic Training and AIT at Ft. Benning, as an 11B Infantryman. He completed Airborne School, the Ranger Indoctrination Program, and was assigned to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Ft. Lewis, Washington. He held positions there as rifleman, grenadier, automatic rifleman, team leader, and section leader.
Upon completion of his enlistment, CSM Nyquist joined the Washington Army National Guard in 1999, and was assigned to Company B, 1-161 Infantry (Mechanized), Kent, Washington. In June of 2000, CSM Nyquist relocated to Alaska and transferred his service to the Alaska Army National Guard assigned to the 207th Infantry Group Long Range Surveillance Detachment.
CSM Nyquist was mobilized in 2006 with Company D, 3rd Battalion, 297th Infantry Regiment, and deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom IV with service in Kuwait and Iraq. Upon his return to Alaska, he was assigned to the 1-297th Long Range Surveillance Company, where he served as Team Leader, and Platoon Sergeant.
In 2012, he was promoted to the rank of First Sergeant and assigned to Alpha Troop, 1-297th Reconnaissance & Surveillance Squadron (CAV). Following his Alpha Troop assignment, CSM Nyquist was promoted and reassigned as the Operations Sergeant Major for the 1-297th Infantry, and assumed responsibility as Battalion Command Sergeant Major in March of 2017. CSM Nyquist was selected as the Alaska Army National Guard, State Command Sergeant Major on 01 December, 2018 where he currently serves.
CSM Nyquistâ€™s professional military education includes the Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officerâ€™s Course, Advanced Noncommissioned Officerâ€™s Course, First Sergeants & Commanders Course, Senior Enlisted Joint Military Professional Military Education, and a graduate of the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy.
CSM Nyquistâ€™s awards include Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Ranger Tab, Expert Infantrymanâ€™s Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, and a recipient of the Order of Saint Maurice.
(Current as of April 2019)
Director, Joint Forces Headquarters
Alaska Army National Guard, Army Staff
Colonel Wayne Don received a Regular Army commission in 1994 as an infantry officer through the University Of Alaska Fairbanks Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). He served as a rifle platoon leader and battalion scout in the 3rd battalion, 5th cavalry, 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division Kirchgoens, Germany. He later served as battalion logistics officer and rifle company commander in Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. His last active duty assignment was with cadet command as an ROTC instructor, University of Alaska Fairbanks. He later transitioned into the Alaska Army National Guard and served as battalion operations officer and brigade logistics officer.
He deployed in 2009-2010 to Operation Enduring Freedom as staff officer in support of Mongolian Armed Forces in Afghanistan. Colonel Don also deployed to Bosnia in Operations Joint Endeavor and Joint Guard.
Colonel Don is a graduate of the Army War College DDE program. He completed the Advanced Operations Course (AOC) and the Intermediate Level Education (ILE) courses, Infantry Officer Advanced Course, Infantry Officer Basic Course and Bradley Leaders course. He received a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Criminal Justice from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Previously, Colonel Don was the Brigade Commander of the 38th Troop Command, which consisted of an Infantry, Aviation and Ground Missile Defense Battalions. He also served as Commander 103rd Civil Support Team (WMD), Alaska Army National Guard. He led a multi-component unit of Army and Air Guard chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear specialists (CBRN). Prior to this position, he served as brigade executive officer, 297th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade (BFSB) and Alaska Mongolia State Partnership officer.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious service medal with Oak leaf cluster, Army Commendation Medal with Oak leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, NATO Medal, Army Service Medal, Overseas Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Service Medal with M device, Army Reserve Overseas Training Ribbon, Alaska Commendation Medal, Airborne and Air Assault badge, Expert Infantryman’s badge and the Ranger Tab. He has been awarded the Order of Saint Maurice (Patron Saint of the Infantry) by the United States Army Infantry Association.
His professional affiliations include the Alaska National Guard Officers Association (life member), Veterans of Foreign Wars (life member), United States Army Infantryman’s Association (life member), Alaska Native Veterans Association (life member), and University of Alaska Fairbanks Alumni Association (life member). In addition, he was appointed by the board of trustees of the Museum of the American Indian (Smithsonian) as a committee member for the development of a Native American monument on the mall in Washington DC.
Chief, Joint Staff
Colonel Jack R. Evans is the Chief of the Joint Staff, Alaska National Guard, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. In this position he oversees all planning and coordination for domestic operations response. He facilitates the delivery of specific capabilities to tribal, local, state, and federal government agencies, and collaborates with joint interagency intergovernmental partners, including USCG, USNORTHCOM, ALCOM, INDOPACOM, DoS, and Canada. He ensures that the Joint Staff is prepared to provide guidance for the Alaska National Guard in providing emergency management, support to Alaskan communities, building a viable arctic strategy, and providing federal mission assurnace.
Col Evans entered the Army in April 1982. He served as an airborne combat engineer in Vicenza, Italy until 1985. Col Evans received his commission through the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Illinois in May 1987, then commanded two engineer platoons and served as the battalion engineer staff officer in Vicenza. He cross-trained into Special Forces, where he commanded two SFODAs at Fort Bragg, NC, and served as an Observer/Controller at the JRTC at Fort Polk, LA. After a seven year break in service, Col Evans joined the Air National Guard at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base, TN, August 2004. Since that time, he has served in three ANG Wings, commanded two expeditionary engineer squadrons, and completed a tour on the Air Staff at the Air National Guard Readiness Center. He has experience in a variety of staff assignments from battalion to Headquarters Air Staff. Col Evans has served and commanded in various operational assignments in support of Operationâ€™s PROVIDE COMFORT, UPHOLD DEMOCRACY, NEW HORIZONS, IRAQI FREEDOM, and INHERENT RESOLVE.
Prior to his current position, Col Evans commanded the 168th Mission Support Group, 168th Wing, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska.
Commander and Assistant Adjutant General
Alaska Air National Guard
Colonel Tracy D. Smith serves as the Commander, Alaska Air National Guard. She is responsible for the recruiting, retention, training, and equipping of over 2,400 Alaskan citizen airmen in two flying wings. She provides strategic airlift, search and rescue, aerial refueling, air defense, and space warning and surveillance capabilities in support of state and federal missions worldwide. Colonel Smith ensures the Alaska Air National Guard maintains a constant watch and commitment to Pacific Air Forces, Air Combat Command, United States Northern Command, United States Transportation Command, Alaska North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, and Air Force Space Command.
Colonel Smith entered the United States Air Force in 1986 as a Medical Service Specialist. She received her commission from the United States Air Force Academy in 1994. After completion of Basic Personnel Officer's School, Colonel Smith served at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, at the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado and at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. In 2001, she joined the Air Force Reserves before transitioning to the Air National Guard in 2004. Colonel Smith served on Active Duty, as a Traditional Reservist, as a Traditional Guardsman, and as an Active Guard Reservist in both staff and command positions at the squadron, group, wing, state, and national headquarters level. Prior to her current position, she was the Director for Reserve Component Personnel Programs, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Integration.
(Current as of March 2021)
State Command Chief
Chief Master Sergeant Christopher F. Wilson is the Command Chief
Master Sergeant for the Alaska Air National Guard, headquartered
on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. He represents the
highest level of enlisted leadership and oversees the combat
readiness, effective utilization, professional growth and welfare for
over 2,500 Airmen providing Missile Warning and Space
Surveillance, Air Sovereignty Defense, Air Refueling, Combat
Search and Rescue, Strategic Airlift, and Agile Combat Support
throughout the state, and federal missions worldwide. He serves as
the personal advisor to the Assistant Adjutant General â€“ Air and is
the critical link between the commander and all matters affecting the
Alaska Air National Guardâ€™s enlisted force and their families
Chief Wilson entered the Air Force in December 1996 and
graduated C-130 loadmaster technical training in October 1997.
After 10 years on active duty, Chief Wilson transitioned to the 176th
Wing, Alaska Air National Guard. He has worked in all aspects of
flying operations and has spent the majority of his career in special
operations and contigency response. As a Career Enlisted Aviator,
Chief Wilson has deployed to several locations throughout the world
in support of combat and humanitarian operations including Joint
Task Force FULL ACCOUNTING, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn
of Africa, Operations STABLIZE, SECURE TOMORROW,
ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, and FREEDOMâ€™S
SENTINAL. In January 2007, he served as a Senior Patrolman
during a 15-month Department of Homeland Security tour to backfill active duty Security Forces supporting Operation IRAQI
FREEDOM. Chief Wilson has been instrumental in advancing personnel recovery capabilities and Defense Support of Civil
authorities in the Arctic region. Prior to his current assignment, he served as the Chief Enlisted Manager, 211th Rescue
Squadron, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.
(Current as of March 2020)
Director, Air Staff
Col John Oberst currently serves as the Director of Staff - Air, Joint
Forces Headquarters, Alaska National Guard. He is the principal
advisor to the Alaska Air National Guard commander, and principle
air staff leader. Col Oberst provides guidance and direction to two
flying wings with 2,400 Alaska Air National Guard (AKANG) airmen
executing strategic airlift, combat search & rescue, aerial refueling,
air defense and space missile warning, missile defense &
surveillance missions. He enables AKANG airmen to deploy within
the state and worldwide in support of humanitarian emergencies and
national defense. Col Oberst is also repsonsible for managing
AKANG recruiting operations and for coordination with headquarters
directors and chiefs of special staff across all functional specialties.
He supervises implementation of command decisions, plans and
policies for AKANG military and civilian staff, and directly manages
the AKANG headquarter’s budget.
Col Oberst was commissioned in 1991 as a graduate of the Reserve
Officer Training Corps program at the University of Maryland. He is
a master Air Battle Manager with more than 2,600 flying hours in the
USAF E-3B/C & NATO E-3A AWACS and is an experienced Missile
Warning space operator. Col Oberst served for 18 years as a fulltime Alaskan Guardsman, with both wings in the state, and all three
AKANG operating locations. As the director of operations for the
Alaskan NORAD Region’s tactical level air defense command and
control mission, he directed over 100 air defense operators in the
24/7 execution of the Operation NOBLE EAGLE alert mission and Northern Sovereignty Operations. He commanded 110
Guardsmen at the Air National Guard’s only geographically separated unit at Clear Air Force Station, Alaska. Prior to assuming
his current position, Col Oberst was Vice Commander of the 168th Wing, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska.
(Current as of September 2019)
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