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  • 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

  • Alaska National Guard Helps Clean up in Merbok’s Wake

    JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – As of Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, Joint Task Force Alaska, consisting of 164 service members from the Alaska National Guard, the Alaska Naval Militia and the Alaska State Defense Force, have logged more than 2,000 work hours and removed more than 125,000 pounds

  • Alaska Guard Assists with Flood Recovery in Western Alaska

    JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – More than 100 members of Joint Task Force Alaska deployed to the hub communities of Bethel and Nome Sept. 21 to support flood recovery efforts across Western Alaska in the wake of Typhoon Merbok.The task force includes members of the Alaska Air and Army

  • Arctic Guardians Rescue Injured Hunter Near Flat

    JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – Alaska Air National Guardsmen of the 176th Wing rescued an injured hunter Sept. 8 near Flat, about 285 miles northwest of Anchorage.Alaska State Troopers requested support after the hunter messaged for help using a two-way satellite-communication device.The

  • Alaska, Washington National Guard Join Exercise Gobi Wolf

    BAYANKHONGOR, Mongolia – Exercise Gobi Wolf 2022, a multinational civil and military training exercise, commenced with an opening ceremony and expert academic discussion Sept. 5.The six-day exercise is part of the Pacific Resilience Disaster Response Exercise and Exchange (DREE) program, which