JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Brig. Gen. Tracy Smith, assistant adjutant general-Air and commander of the Alaska Air National Guard, was promoted to the rank of brigadier general at a ceremony here, April 1. Retired Brig. Gen. Blake Gettys presided over the ceremony.
“It is an incredible honor that I do not take lightly, and I will do my best to do the most for the people I serve while holding this new position and rank,” said Smith. “Leadership is about humbly serving while setting the strategic direction, and it’s about taking care of those under your charge.…Click to read the full story.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Alaska Air National Guardsmen of the 176th Wing rescued the pilot of a crashed Cessna 170 today near Lime Village about 185 miles west of Anchorage.
Alaska Air National Guard Senior Master Sgt. Evan Budd, Alaska Rescue Coordination Center superintendent, said the pilot called the Stoney River Lodge who then relayed the Cessna’s position to the AKRCC…Click to read the full story.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Col. Tim Brower, commander of 38th Troop Command, Alaska Army National Guard, presided over a change of responsibility ceremony here, March 30, where Command Sgt. Maj. Maureen Meehan, the outgoing 38th TC senior noncommissioned officer, relinquished her position to Command Sgt. Maj. John Phlegar.
During the ceremony, Brower explained the importance of the senior enlisted…Click to read the full story.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Alaska Air National Guardsmen of 176th Communications Flight, 210th Rescue Squadron, 211th Rescue Squadron, and 176th Operations Support Squadron Intelligence partnered with associated contractors March 22 to validate the rapid employment of a mobile rescue operations center tailor made for Agile Combat Employment training in Alaska and operations throughout the Indo-Pacific Command area of operations…Click to read the full story.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Maj. Gen. Torrence Saxe, adjutant general of the Alaska National Guard, toured and spoke at three of Alaska’s military installations, expounding on the Alaska National Guard’s role in Arctic Strategy, Mar. 23 – 25
“We are an arctic nation because of Alaska,” said Saxe, addressing the Airmen of Clear Air Force Station. “The strategic impact of this state cannot be overstated.”…Click to read the full story.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — On the cusp of Women’s History Month, one Alaska Army National Guard Soldier made her own mark in history last month by becoming the first infantry woman in Alaska National Guard history.
Sgt. Serita Unin, now a fireteam leader with Bison Company, 1st Battalion, 297th Infantry Regiment, Alaska Army National Guard, is a Cup’ik Eskimo from the Kashunamiut Tribe who grew up in Bethel, Alaska. She first joined the Guard in 2009, six years before former President Barack Obama lifted the ban on women serving in combat units. At the time of her enlistment, combat arms jobs were not open to women.…Click to read the full story.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Four KC-135 Stratotankers and more than two hundred active duty U.S. Air Force personnel will join theAlaska Air National Guard's 168th Wing, Guardians of the Last Frontier, to provide aerial refueling capability for the United States Air Force in the Arctic region and around the world. Acting Secretary of the Air Force John P. Roth approved Eielson Air Force Base as the preferred location to redistribute four active duty KC-135 aircraft to the Air National Guard from a mix of active duty locations, March 18. The aircraft are expected to arrive in 2023.…Click to read the full story.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — The Alaska National Guard launched its new public website today, joining the Department of Defense’s initiative to standardize and merge web content across all DoD organizations into a standardized web platform. The new website at ak.ng.mil implements a more user friendly, intuitive interface while providing a host of enhanced features designed to improve user experience.…Click to read the full story.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Alaska Air National Guardsmen of the 176th Wing rescued an injured Iditarod musher March 9 from the Rohn Roadhouse about 136 miles northwest of Anchorage.
Alaska Air National Guard Senior Master Sgt. Evan Budd, superintendent of the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center, said the musher sustained multiple injuries after suffering a fall while coming into the Rohn checkpoint…Click to read the full story.
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 Resolve.
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…Click to read the full story.
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