176 Wing Alaskan in Sri Lanka

NORTHERN PENINSULA, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lankan and the U.S. military and civilians educate locals here Aug. 5 on disaster preparedness during Operation Pacific Angel 13-4. The operation was a combined effort of Sri Lanka and the U.S. to both provide health and engineering services, plus better prepare locals for disaster response. (Sri Lanka Air Force photo/Released)

NORTHERN PENINSULA, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lankan and the U.S. military and civilians educate locals here Aug. 5 on disaster preparedness during Operation Pacific Angel 13-4. The operation was a combined effort of Sri Lanka and the U.S. to both provide health and engineering services, plus better prepare locals for disaster response. (Sri Lanka Air Force photo/Released)

JAFFNA, Sri Lanka – 1st Lt. Renee Kittka, 354th Civil Engineering Squadron, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, paints a window during Operation Pacific Angel 13-4 in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, Aug. 6. More than 50 Air Force, Army, Marine Corp and Navy personnel are in Jaffna on a humanitarian mission to refurbish schools and provide medical care to Sri Lankans during PACANGEL 13-4. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Master Sgt. Kerry Jackson)

JAFFNA, Sri Lanka -- First Lt. Renee Kittka, an engineer with the 354th Civil Engineering Squadron at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, paints a doorframe here during Operation Pacific Angel 13-4 Aug. 6, 2013. Kittka was not the only military member from Alaska in Sri Lanka. More than 50 Air Force, Army, Marine Corp and Navy personnel were in Jaffna on a humanitarian mission to refurbish schools and provide medical care to Sri Lankans during PACANGEL 13-4. Kittka is assigned to the 354th Civil Engineering Squadron at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kerry Jackson/ Released.)

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska - One Alaska air guardsman traveled to Sri Lanka, an island country off the southern tip of India, to participate in Operation Pacific Angel 13-4 from Aug. 5 to Aug. 11.

Staff Sgt. John Buso, an electrician from the 176 Civil Engineer Squadron, helped renovate school buildings there to improve the infrastructure of the facilities.

Operation Pacific Angel in Sri Lanka was a combined effort of Sri Lankan and U.S. military and civilians to provide health and engineering services, and to better prepare locals for disaster response.

"I didn't join just for the benefits," Buso said regarding the Air National Guard. "I joined for opportunities to travel and see the world, and learn more about other people and myself."

This is the third year the 176 Civil Engineer Squadron has participated in the annual Pacific Angel, sending civil engineers twice before to Vietnam.

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