JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — The Alaska Army National Guard assisted local and state authorities in response to multiple wildfires throughout the state July 2-16, flying helicopters to scoop 600-gallon buckets of water from lakes and releasing over fires and hot spots.
UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters from the Army Guard's 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment, performed nearly 100 hours of firefighting efforts in 14 days, conducting almost 700 water bucket drops at six wildfires.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Seven Alaska Army National Guardsmen from the 297th Regional Support Group's 208th Construction Management Team returned here July 12 following a nine-month deployment to the middle east.
The unit, augmented with three Soldiers from the Arizona National Guard's 198th Regional Support Group, served as the Directorate of Public Works for eight locations throughout Area Support Group-Jordan's region of operations.
CAMP NOVO SELO, Kosovo — Multinational Battle Group East Forward Command Post held a transfer of authority ceremony here, celebrating completion of the outgoing unit's tour and the beginning of the next unit's rotation.
U.S. Army Lt. Col. Samuel Scott, commander of the Alaska Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 297th Infantry Regiment, assumed responsibility from Lt. Col. Kevin Kilbride, commander of the 1st Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. "Lt. Col. Kilbride and his team have done a great job in the area of operations to set conditions for us to be successful," said Scott. "We'll work hard to maintain that progress, and I look forward to working with our brigade headquarters and international partners to continue what they've done here."
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Good Samaritans, LifeMed, and Airmen with the Alaska Air National Guard's 210th and 212th Rescue Squadrons worked together to rescue a pilot and passenger of a Super Cub aircraft July 20.
According to Alaska Air National Guard Maj. Andrew Williams, Alaska Rescue Coordination Center deputy director, the mission was opened in response to a signal from a 406 Emergency Transmitter Locator. After receiving the 406 ELT signal, the AKRCC tasked the Alaska Air National Guard's 210th and 212th Rescue Squadrons to respond.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — An Alaska Army National Guard medevac unit and two pararescuemen from the Air National Guard's 212th Rescue Squadron rescued two hikers the evening of July 17 at Mount Marathon.
According to the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center, the two individuals, who were a father and son from Hungary, were hiking the mountain when they encountered a bear.
They left the trail in an attempt to avoid the animal, when the terrain became increasingly difficult to navigate.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — The Alaska National Guard's 103rd Civil Support Team participated in Exercise ORCA 2019 at various training locations in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley, in partnership with multiple local emergency responders and other Guard CST units from July 15-17.
"The overall goal of the ORCA exercise is to strengthen the relationships between the local first responders, Civil Support Teams from other states, and the 103rd CST in a training environment in order to better prepare us in the unfortunate event of a real-world natural or man-made disaster," said Lt. Col. Mortrud, commander of the 103rd CST.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — The Alaska National Guard, in a joint effort between the Army Guard's 2nd Battalion, 104th Aviation and the Air Guard's 212th Rescue Squadron, saved two hikers this morning near Penguin Peak, between Bird Creek and Girdwood in the Chugach Mountain Range.
One of the hikers was injured after falling about 30 feet from a ridge into a saddle, and was unable to walk. After receiving a 9-1-1 emergency call from the hikers, the Alaska State Troopers contacted the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center with a request for assistance.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — In partnership with the Alaska State Troopers, Airmen with the Alaska Air National Guard's 210th, 211th and 212th Rescue Squadrons rescued two distressed hikers near Isabel Pass north of Paxson.
According to Alaska Air National Guard Senior Master Sgt. Evan Budd, Alaska Rescue Coordination Center superintendent, the mission was opened in response to a request for assistance from the Alaska State Troopers.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — The Alaska National Guard’s 103rd Civil Support Team will participate in Exercise ORCA 2019 at various training locations in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley, in partnership with multiple local emergency responders and other Guard CST units. ORCA is designed to allow all participants to respond to hazardous materials incidents, test interoperability between the agencies, increase working relationships and practice requests for assistance methods.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Chief Master Sgt. Teresa Renson was selected as the next command chief for the 168th Wing, Alaska Air National Guard. Renson has been a member of the wing for 26 years, joining the unit in 1993 as a member of the 168th Maintenance Squadron.
In a wing-wide announcement, Col. Bryan White, 168th Wing commander, said, "It is my privilege to announce that Chief Teresa Renson has been selected as the wing's next command chief! From a competitive field of awesome candidates, Chief Renson's experience, skills, and demonstrated leadership were clearly the benchmark for what the wing needs now as its next command chief."
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