JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Ten Alaska Air National Guardsmen assigned to the 176th Security Forces Squadron returned home from Kandahar, Afghanistan shortly after midnight this morning, at Ted Stevens’ Anchorage International Airport.
A total of 12 Air Guardsmen deployed to Kandahar to support Operation Freedom Sentinel, a NATO-led continuation of the Global War on Terrorism. The unit’s primary mission was airbase defense. Two of the 12 airmen arrived safely back in Alaska two weeks prior.
“Being back, it hasn’t really sunk in yet, but I’m thankful to be home,” said Master Sgt. Gary Keller, team leader for the 176th SFS deployed personnel.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — In a coordinated effort with the Department of
Natural Resources, 12 Alaska Army National Guardsmen assigned to 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation
Regiment accomplished the successful extraction of a 1940s era bus located west of the Teklanika River
near Healy June 18, 2020.
“After studying the issue closely, weighing many factors and considering a variety of alternatives, we
decided it was best to remove the bus from its location on the Stampede Trail,” said Commissioner for
the Department of Natural Resources Corri A. Feige. “We’re fortunate the Alaska Army National Guard
could do the job as a training mission to practice airlifting vehicles, at no cost to the public or additional
cost to the state.”
EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska — An Alaska Air National Guard Airman went missing Sunday, May 10, when he was swept away while fishing in the Tanana River.
Staff Sgt. Alfaz Sajid Khan, 22, drowned while fishing at the confluence of the Tanana and Chena rivers near the Fairbanks International Airport.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Alaska Air National Guard Col. Edward Soto took command of 176th Maintenance Group during a June 11 ceremony here.
The 176th MXG Airmen maintain C-17A Globemaster III cargo aircraft, HC-130J Combat King II combat search and rescue fixed-wing aircraft, and HH-60G Pave Hawk combat search and rescue helicopters. The group supports in-place and deployed contingency operations for airlift, 24-hour search and rescue and full-spectrum operations worldwide.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Alaska Air National Guard members of 210th and 212th Rescue Squadrons, supported by mechanics and other support Airmen of 176th Wing, are scheduled to deploy June 8 to the Africa Command area of operations.
Airmen of 210th RQS operate the HH-60G Pave Hawk combat search and rescue helicopter.
Combat rescue officers and enlisted pararescue Airmen of 212th RQS are skilled parachutists, scuba divers and rock climbers responsible for rescuing isolated U.S. and allied military members.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — More than 30 Alaska National Guard Soldiers and Airmen, Alaska State Defense Force Soldiers, and other DMVA personnel volunteered to give blood at the National Guard Armory here yesterday in coordination with the Blood Bank of Alaska.
The blood drive was led by Lt. Col. Joseph Gerace, the 49th Brigade, Medical Detachment Commander of the ASDF, under the direction of the adjutant general of Alaska Maj. Gen Torrence Saxe.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — More than 80 Soldiers assigned to the Alaska Army National Guard’s 297th Regional Support Group departed from Ted Steven International’s Kulis airfield on May 13 for a deployment to Poland in order to provide support for U.S. Army Europe’s Atlantic Resolve mission.
Since April 2014, U.S. Army Europe has led the Department of Defense’s Atlantic Resolve land efforts by bringing units based in the U.S. to Europe for nine months at a time, according to U.S. Army Europe’s website.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Alaska - Aircraft from U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard units in Alaska will honor frontline COVID-19 responders and essential workers with flights over several communities in the state on May 12, 13 and 15.
The flyovers, allowed as part of an approved training mission, are part of the Air Force Salutes initiative designed to show appreciation to the countless heroes around the world battling the pandemic, and to lift morale in communities across America.
"Healthcare professionals are the indispensable line of defense against COVID-19, and this is one way we can show our gratitude for what they are doing in hospitals and healthcare facilities across Alaska and the nation," said Alaska Air National Guard commander, Brig. Gen. Scott Howard.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — During times of uncertainty, the people of Alaska can depend on the Alaska Organized Militia (AKOM) to be front and center, meeting the challenge with discipline and action.
Consisting of the Alaska National Guard, Alaska State Defense Force, and Alaska Naval Militia, the AKOM is made up of service members devoted to serving the state of Alaska.
For the last month, service members from the Army National Guard’s Recruiting and Retention Battalion have aided Bean’s Café, a local non-profit organization, in feeding the homeless.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Responding to a request for assistance from the Alaska State Troopers, the Alaska Air National Guard's 176th Wing rescued a hiker at Wolverine Peak east of Anchorage May 2.
Airmen with the Alaska Air National Guard's 210th and 212th rescue squadrons saved a hiker and her dog who were in distress on the side of the peak.
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