JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — The Alaska National Guard's commander-in-chief, Governor Michael J. Dunleavy, will preside over the promotion ceremony for Alaska's adjutant general, Brig. Gen. Torrence Saxe, Oct. 22 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
Saxe, who holds a dual-hatted role, also serves as commissioner for the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.
EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska — The 168th Wing, Alaska Air National Guard will conduct a change of
command ceremony for Col. Rich Adams at Eielson Air Force Base on October 20 at 2 p.m.
Adams assumes command of the 168th Wing following his tenure as commander of the 168th
Operations Group, Eielson Air Force Base. As 168th Operations Group commander, Adams was
responsible for the 213th Space Warning Squadron, 168th Air Refueling Squadron, and the 168th
Operations Support Squadron. His previous assignments include nearly 30 years of active and Guard
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Airmen with the Alaska Air National Guard's 210th, 211th and 212th Rescue Squadrons rescued a pilot and passenger of a crashed Stinson 108 single-engine aircraft seven miles northwest of the mouth of McArthur River, late last night, Sept. 25.
According to Alaska Air National Guard Senior Master Sgt. Evan Budd, Alaska Rescue Coordination Center superintendent, the mission opened following a request for assistance from the Alaska State Troopers. The pilot of the crashed aircraft notified AST of the crash using a satellite phone.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Aircrew with the Alaska Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment provided medical evacuation for two men in Haines yesterday, ensuring they were able to get the emergency care needed as quickly as possible.
A civilian medevac unit was unable to reach Haines due to inclement weather, and the United States Coast Guard Sector Juneau—the primary military search and rescue asset for Southeast Alaska—was already conducting a SAR mission.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Alaska Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Scott Howard was promoted at a ceremony Sept. 18 in the National Guard armory on JBER, after holding the rank of colonel for three years.
Howard is commander of the Alaska Air National Guard and assistant adjutant general-Air for the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Brig. Gen. Torrence Saxe, the Alaska National Guard adjutant general, presided over the promotion of Col. Matthew Komatsu, incoming director of plans and strategy on the Joint Staff, during a ceremony here Sept. 4.
The ceremony marked the first time an Alaska Air National Guard combat rescue officer donned the silver eagle insignia.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Airmen with the Alaska Air National Guard's 210th and 212th Rescue Squadrons rescued the pilot of a PA-18 aircraft and a passenger Sept. 1 after the plane crashed in vicinity of the Beluga bench about 28 miles northwest of Tyonek.
According to Alaska Air National Guard Capt. Wes Ladd, Alaska Rescue Coordination Center, the mission was opened following a receipt of the 406 Emergency Locator Transmitter beacon signal from a previously destroyed Cessna 207. Despite the confusion, the AKRCC tasked the Alaska Air National Guard's 210th and 212th Rescue Squadrons to respond.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — For several months, a dank 6.5-by-7-foot cell at the Hanoi Hilton served as a crucible that tested the limits of human endurance for retired Air Force Col. Leon Ellis and three of his fellow prisoners.
If it wasn't too cold at night to sleep, if he wasn't too hungry from slurping watery pumpkin soup, or wasn't worried about his parents who didn't know he was shot down over North Vietnam Nov. 7, 1967, Ellis was suffering torture at the hands of his captors.
AUSTIN, Texas — The National Guard Counterdrug Program celebrates 30 years of support to more than 300 federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement agencies across all 54 states and territories, this year.
The program's history is marked by parks that are built in the place of demolished drug houses, record multi-billion dollar drug seizures, positively impacted at-risk youth, and has enhanced law enforcement agency's capabilities to combat illicit drug activities.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — The Alaska Army and Air National Guard have been assisting the Division of Forestry with fire suppression and additional support on the McKinley and Swan Lake Fires since August 18.
The Division of Forestry submitted a request for resources through the State Emergency Operations Center on Sunday, August 18, requesting support for the McKinley Fire. In response, the National Guard dispatched 10 Guardsmen who are currently regulating traffic within the area at four traffic control points. Eight additional Guardsmen are scheduled to join the effort this week.
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