Alaska Army National Guard Soldiers with Alpha Company and the associated detachments of the 1-168th General Support Aviation Battalion get ready at the Joint Mobility Center on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson to depart for a nine-month long deployment to the Middle East, March 7, 2021.
Released: March 8, 2021
By: Sgt. Michael Risinger
134th Public Affairs Detachment
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Approximately 60 Alaska National Guard Soldiers are
mobilizing from here to Fort Hood, Texas, March 7. Eight weeks of training will be conducted in
preparation for a nine-month deployment in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent
The UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter pilots, crew chiefs and support personnel from Alpha Company and
the associated detachments of the 1-168th General Support Aviation Battalion will perform flying
operations in the U.S. Central Command Area of Operations. At their deployed location, the Alaskan
aviators will support the mission of Operation Inherent Resolve, operating in conjunction with partner
forces to defeat ISIS and increase regional stability, which has been ongoing since 2014.
Training at Fort Hood will include a combination of pre-mobilization tasks, UH-60 aerial gunnery and
flight training, and a maintenance and brigade level validation exercise.
Soldiers will face hardship that goes above and beyond a regular deployment.
“Together we face the challenges of COVID and an ever-changing training environment for an equally
dynamic deployment environment,” said Capt. Melissa Eury, A Company commander.
Upon arrival to Fort Hood, Soldiers will be reunited with four UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters which were
delivered ahead of the personnel. Additionally, the unit is bringing aviation support equipment and
parts, and heavy expanded mobility tactical trucks used for fueling.
“The Soldiers of Alpha Company have completed all of the pre-mobilization training in preparation of
their onward movement,” said Lt. Col. Todd Miller, 207th Aviation commander, “they have made
sacrifices but have remained dedicated to being fully prepared for this mission.”
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