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  • Alaska Air National Guardsmen deploy to Middle East

    More than 100 members of the Alaska Air National Guard's 176th Wing deployed this week to the Middle East in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.Most of the deployed Guardsmen are members of the Wing's 144th Airlift Squadron, who operate the C-130H "Hercules" tactical-airlift aircraft. Additionally, personnel from the 176th Maintenance Squadron,
  • Maintaining a Wing: Alaska Air Guard maintenance chief chosen for command chief position

    Chief Master Sgt. David Garganta, the newly-assigned command chief of the 176th Wing, picked up where Chief Master Sgt. Paul Nelson left off here Feb. 20 at a change of responsibility ceremony."I'm humbled at the faith placed in me," Garganta said. "I have big boots to fill. I'm going to do my best to overflow those boots with the strength of the
  • Alaska Air National Guard rescue choppers train in Nevada desert for first time

    Approximately 50 Alaska Air Guardsmen from the 176th Operations Group and 176th Maintenance Group returned Feb. 16 from Red Flag 16-1 hosted on Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.This was the first time the 176th OG's 210th Rescue Squadron and two of their HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters participated in this combat training exercise, held Jan. 25 to Feb. 12
  • Arctic Terns fly south for winter

    The Arctic tern is a seabird native to both Arctic and subarctic regions. Of its many traits, the tern is known for its long-range migratory patterns. Here, there is another flock of terns that frequent the skies -- the 249th Airlift Squadron of the Alaska Air National Guard, and this year, they migrated south on board their C-17 Globemaster III
  • 176th Security Forces Squadron defenders come home from six-month deployment

    Thirteen security forces defenders from the 176th Security Forces Squadron returned to Alaska on Jan. 22 after a six-month deployment to Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.During the defenders' stint attached to the 386th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, about 65 percent of the positions were manned by Guardsmen from across the
  • 176th Civil Engineer Squadron returns from six-month deployment to Middle East

    Members of the Alaska Air National Guard's 176th Civil Engineer Squadron returned to Alaska from a six-month deployment to the Middle East in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Jan. 13.Approximately 25 Guardsmen deployed with the 176th CES to support U.S. Central Command with minor construction projects in their area of operations, according to
  • Operation Santa Claus returns to its origins

    There's something indispensable about returning to your roots, like an intrinsic yearning that needs to be filled. And who knows yearning better than children awaiting Christmas?Operation Santa Claus answered that calling when its volunteers and partners delivered gifts, fresh fruit, school supplies and Santa Claus to more than 250 children in St.
  • Alaska Air Guardsmen celebrate service in Anchorage's first-ever Veterans Day Parade

    More than 50 Guardsmen of the 176th Wing joined current and former military members in Anchorage's first Veterans Day Parade downtown on Nov. 7.There were approximately 250 active service members participating in the parade, according to Art Bell, a member of the Anchorage Veterans Day Parade Committee.This has been the largest group of actively
  • 176th Wing delivers rescue capabilities across Pacific

    Alaska Air National Guardsmen from the 176th Wing, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, conducted a long-range search and rescue training exercise with Airmen here from the 31st Rescue Squadron Oct. 31, 2015, near the coast of White Beach Naval Base.A 212th RQS guardian angel rescue team was delivered across the Pacific Ocean on a nearly 12-hour,
  • Christmas came early for one Alaska village

    Winter has not yet covered the endless Alaskan landscape with its seasonal coat of sugary snow. Despite this, Santa's helpers have been busy. So busy, in fact, that they were able to celebrate Christmas early in one remote village on a small island in the Bering Sea.Already, the low mumbles of disdain can be heard in shopping centers at the
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