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  • 176th Wing Guardian Angels Parachute to Pilot Station for Medevac

    JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska - During a complex medevac involving three 176th Wing Guardian Angel teams, two HC-130J Combat King II aircraft and one HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter, a combat rescue officer and a pararescueman parachuted into Pilot Station to reach a patient in critical

  • Arctic Guardians Honored for Al Asad Evacuation

    JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska - A small armada of Iranian Qiam 1 precision theater ballistic missiles speared over the Arabian Desert, bound for targets on Al Asad Air Base in Iraq.In the crosshairs of the Jan. 8, 2020, Iranian missile attack were Arctic Guardians of 211th Rescue Squadron.

  • SEA Whitehead: Alaska Guardsmen Vital to Homeland Defense

    JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – Covering more than 2,000 miles of Alaskan territory in five days, the National Guard’s top enlisted leader met with the Alaska Guardsmen at the front gate of the Arctic and forefront of the Defense Department’s Arctic Strategy.Senior Enlisted Advisor Tony L.

  • National Guard Leaders Join Multi-state Arctic Event

    CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - In the Arctic, steel becomes brittle at -22 degrees Fahrenheit, continuous connectivity at the bandwidth needed for modern military operations lags, and more than 80% of Alaska communities are not connected to the road system.These challenges were among the many topics discussed

  • Guard Saved Lives, Property, Responding to 2022 Disasters

    ARLINGTON, Va. – With approximately 450,000 members, the National Guard plays a role in every element of the National Defense Strategy, including defending the homeland. Over half of its members were involved in lifesaving natural disaster responses in 2022.Throughout the year, 142,000 Guard members

  • Guard Continues Domestic, Global Missions in a Busy 2022

    ARLINGTON, Va. - The National Guard’s footprint on domestic and international events continued in 2022, highlighting its transformation from a Cold War strategic reserve to the combat reserve of the Army and the Air Force. “People don’t realize just how large the National Guard is,” said Army Gen.

  • Alaska’s 168th Wing Stays Mission Ready with CBRN Training

    EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska – Team Eielson trained on handling chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats during the Golden Raven 23-1 exercise.“The exercise is designed to allow the 168th Wing and 354th Fighter Wing to execute their core mission-essential tasks and evaluate their

  • Childhood Experience Prompts Alaska Native to Serve in Guard

    JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – In a cabin nine miles from his home village, Tech. Sgt. Blassi Shoogukwruk, a C-17 Globemaster III crew chief with the Alaska Air National Guard’s 176th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, took his first ride in a UH-1 Huey helicopter as a 3-year-old.However, for

  • Alaska National Guard, Partner Mongolia Join Gobi Wolf Exercise

    JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska - The Alaska National Guard and Mongolia participated in Gobi Wolf 2022, an international exercise focused on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, in Bayankhongor Province, Mongolia, Sept. 5-10. Since 2003, the AKNG and Mongolian Armed Forces and

  • Alaska Guard Flies Relief Supplies to Western Alaska

    JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – The Alaska State Emergency Operations Center is working closely with state, federal and private-sector partners to ship and distribute humanitarian supplies to Western Alaska communities hardest hit by Typhoon Merbok.A recent delivery, coordinated by the