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  • 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
  • Alaska Guardsmen escort WWII and Korean War vets to Honor Flight

    Nine Airmen of the Alaska Air Guard's 249th Airlift Squadron touched living history - more than 20 World War II and Korean War veterans - as they assisted them at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport on Oct. 13 for their honor flight to Washington, D.C.The veterans from various Alaska cities and villages will visit the nation's capital,
  • Komatsu takes command of 212 RQS

    JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- Lt. Col. Matthew Komatsu assumed command of the Alaska Air National Guard's 212th Rescue Squadron in a ceremony at the Guard's pararescue facility here Aug. 27.A combat rescue officer, Komatsu previously served as the squadron's director of operations. He has been a member of the Alaska Air National Guard
  • 176th Wing hosts multinational humanitarian exercise

    The Alaska Air National Guard's 176th Wing began hosting the week-long Pacific Airlift Rally here today, working with forces from 14 Pacific Rim nations to sharpen coordination for future humanitarian airlifts. It marks the first time that the bi-annual event has been hosted in North America, and the first time it has been hosted by an Air National
  • Most diverse Alaska Air Guard group trains collectively

    Members of the 176th Mission Support Group brought together approximately 20 different occupations for a joint training exercise here Aug. 15 to 18.Polar Guard 15-1, known locally as "Mad Bull," is an annual affair held mainly at the base joint-regional training site, Camp Mad Bull, where Air Guardsmen participated in a range of events including
  • Son of Alaska Air Guard colonel named Air National Guard Youth of the Year

    He is confident yet equally humble, a combination of qualities often not found in youth. Compounded with accomplishment, Brice Wilbanks, now entering his sophomore year at South Anchorage High School, made the perfect candidate to receive the 2015 Air National Guard Youth of the Year award, for which he was recognized at a ceremony here Aug. 14.His
  • Alaska Air National Guard launches unprecedented involvement in multi-national training exercise

    The Alaska Air National Guard's 176th Wing is playing its most extensive role ever in exercise Red Flag-Alaska, which started last Thursday and is scheduled to continue until Aug. 21.Conducted three to four times per year, Red Flag-Alaska provides U.S. and partner-nation forces a comprehensive, simulated combat training environment that includes
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