210th Air Rescue Squadron activated. 168th Aerial Refueling Squadron grows to Group size, doubling its number of KC-135 "Stratotankers" from four to eight.
On August 2, the 176 Composite Group passes the 100,000-hour accident-free flying mark.
AKANG volunteers begin restoring one of the organization's old C-47 "Gooney Birds" for eventual display on Kulis. Consolidated Base Personnel Office becomes Military Personnel Flight.
176 WG hits 120,000-hour accident-free flying mark. The last major mishap was at Cape Romanzof in 1965.
Col. Van P Williams Jr., commander of the 168 ARS, leaves that organization to assume command of the 176th Wing. In September 2000 he will become the first general to command the 176th.
Five 210 RQS pararescuers are awarded the prestigious MacKay Trophy for Meritorious Flight. The award is presented for the daring 1998 rescue of six people off Mt. Torbert, west of Anchorage.