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  • 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
  • One of most complex Air Guard operations groups changes command

    Members of the Alaska Air National Guard's 176th Operations Group, who support five missions, received their new leader at a Change of Command ceremony here July 15.Lt. Col. Tom Bolin accepted responsibility for the group as Col. Darrin Slaten relinquished it to fill a FEMA position as liaison to the Office of the Secretary of State.Bolin brings
  • Wing members return from deployment to Djibouti

    Approximately 16 members of the Alaska Air National Guard's 176th Wing returned here June 12, after a four-month deployment to the Horn of Africa in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.The Guardsmen from the 210th Rescue Squadron, 211th Rescue Squadron, 176th Operations Group and the 176th Logistics Readiness Squadron deployed in January to Camp
  • 176th Wing recognizes outstanding performers

    The Alaska Air National Guard's 176th Wing recognized the previous year's outstanding performers in a ceremony at the Talkeetna Theatre here June 7.The awards ceremony is an annual event, typically held over a drill weekend in June."If we put in for an award on the national level, we typically win it, because we do so much with so little every
  • Life counselor helps more than 250 in Alaska Air Guard family as contract ends

    Hundreds of Alaska Air National Guard members and their families have been helped by George Stone, the 176th Wing's military and family life counselor, who recently wrapped up his term of service with the wing.The 176th Wing bustles with five missions, more than 1,400 members and frequent deployments. Stone arrived in November 2014 to assist with
  • Air Defense Squadron gets new commander

    Lt. Col. Kevin Clifford assumed command of the Alaska Air National Guard's 176th Air Defense Squadron in a ceremony here Jan. 12.Clifford enlisted in the Air Force out of high school. His first assignment was at JBER (then called Elmendorf Air Force Base) in 1991. He received his commission in 2000 and returned to Alaska as an officer with the
  • Passing the reigns, 176th Maintenance Group gets new commander

    Alaska Air National Guard's 176th Maintenance Group Airmen held a change of command ceremony here Dec. 6, welcoming their new commander.Lt. Col. Michael Griesbaum took authority of the group from relinquishing commander Col. Torrence Saxe who currently serves as the vice wing commander of the 168th Refueling Wing."You should be very proud of [Col.
  • Alaska Air Guard HR advisor retires

    The 176th Wing and the Air National Guard lost one of its top human resource strategists to the civilian world Dec. 6 when Chief Master Sgt. William Yockell, the wing's HRA, celebrated his retirement here.During his 27 years of service, Yockell made his most notable mark not only on his colleagues, but on the Air National Guard's diversity
  • Gettys assumes command of the 176th Wing

    One of the nation's largest and busiest Air National Guard wings officially recognized its new commanding officer at an assumption-of-command ceremony here Nov. 2.In the changing environment of the Alaska National Guard, Governor Sean Parnell appointed Col. Blake Gettys as the commander of the 176th Wing effective Oct. 20.Prior to the appointment

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