JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Alaska Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Conner, a member of the 297th Infantry Battalion medical platoon, participated in Arctic Eagle 2020 at the search and extraction mass casualty simulation venue at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, Feb. 25.
At this venue, military members from the Marine Corps, Air Force, Army, Air National Guard, Army National Guard and civilian emergency response agencies such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency worked together throughout the three-day event to assess damages of a hypothetical helicopter crash scenario, as well as search for, decontaminate, treat and transport casualties of the crash…Click to read the full story.
FAIRBANKS, Alaska — The Alaska National Guard, Alaska State Defense Force and New Hampshire NG's 12th Civil Support Team will travel to Bethel on Saturday, Feb. 29 as part of exercise Arctic Eagle 2020 and Maj. Gen. Torrence Saxe's, AKNG commander and Alaska Department of Military and Veteran's Affairs commissioner, initiative to strengthen department's ties with rural communities.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Members of the 103rd Civil Support Team, based in Anchorage, Alaska, and part of the Alaska National Guard, alongside local, state, and federal partners ranging from the local Fairbanks Fire Department to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, participated in a joint training exercise February 24th and 25th, 2020 as part of Arctic Eagle 20. The exercise, which involved the participants responding to a simulated Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) ‘all hazards' response call, began with a mid-morning raid carried out by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies…Click to read the full story.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Approximately 900 Air and Army National Guardsmen from 15 states are set to participate in Exercise Arctic Eagle 2020 across the state of Alaska, from Feb. 20 to March. 7.
Arctic Eagle 2020 is a statewide exercise involving national, state and local agencies designed to provide opportunities for participants to conduct sustained operations in the extreme cold-weather conditions found in Arctic environments.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Airmen with the 210th and 212th Rescue Squadrons from the Alaska Air National Guard's 176th Wing rescued a distressed snow-machiner near Freedom Lake, Alaska on Feb. 14, 2020.
Alaska State Troopers contacted the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center for assistance. The AKRCC dispatched rescue forces who evacuated the snow-machiner who was exhibiting signs of hypothermia. The survivor was transported and released to Providence Alaska Medical Center.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — A few dozen Air National Guardsmen returned home from a deployment to Iraq Feb. 7, where they were assigned to Al Asad Airbase in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, providing combat search and rescue operations.
"Aircrew from the 211th Rescue Squadron, aircraft maintainers from the 176th Maintenance Group, and support personnel from other wing units comprised the 64 Airmen from Alaska deployed to the Middle East," said Brig. Gen. Scott Howard, commander of the Alaska Air National Guard. "Alaskan citizens that support our nation and state, so it's truly a fantastic day to have them back."…Click to read the full story.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — The Alaska Military Youth Academy campus was quiet last week. There were no cadence calls or marching commands echoing between the buildings. That changed Feb. 12 when 163 candidates for AMYA’s 54th class arrived here from throughout the state.
The teenagers are on day two of a voluntary journey to see if they have what it takes to graduate from Alaska’s toughest quasi-military residential training school for 16- through 18-year-old high-risk youth who have struggled to succeed in high school. The program is provided through a cooperative agreement between the state of Alaska and the National Guard Bureau’s Youth Challenge program at no cost to the candidates…Click to read the full story.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Soldiers of the Alaska Army National Guard's 207th Engineer Utilities Detachment implemented new cold-water immersion training at Gwen Lake here Feb. 8. The purpose of the cold-water immersion training is to ensure Soldiers are aware and capable of the self-rescue and buddy-rescue processes when there is a risk of falling through ice.
The 207th EUD also conducted ice bridge training as part of the same cold weather training. The cold-water immersion portion was developed to address the risk associated with the 207th EUD ice bridging project, which they have conducted four times now.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — A few dozen Air National Guardsmen of the 211th Rescue Squadron and supporting Airmen from other 176th Wing units will return from a deployment to Iraq at approximately 4:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
The 211th RQS operates the HC-130J Combat King II combat search and rescue aircraft. During their deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, 211th RQS Airmen partnered with other CSAR Airmen and were ready to search for and rescue isolated U.S. and allied personnel throughout the region.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Alaska Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Kimberly Houser received a Meritorious Service Medal during the Director’s Strength Maintenance and Awards Ceremony in San Antonio, Texas, Jan. 15. Each state and territory had one Soldier recognized for their performances in recruiting and retention.
The award recognizes superior strength maintenance skills in all functions of recruiting and retention…Click to read the full story.
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