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  • Commander of Alaska Air National Guard receives general's star

    Karen Mansfield, who as assistant adjutant general for air serves as commander of the Alaska Air National Guard, was promoted from colonel to brigadier general at a ceremony at the Arctic Warrior Events Center here March 6, 2016. She became the third female member of the Alaska Air National Guard to receive a general's star."I'm honored," Mansfield
  • Transition assistance here for guardsmen throughout career

    Guardsmen traditionally make many transitions throughout their career, and the federal government has recognized their need for guidance and education.Strictly speaking, the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) is a federally-mandated series of briefings for any military member who has served at least 180 consecutive days of "Title 10" active duty.
  • Alaska Air Guard C-17 crews and Guardian Angels train in Hawaii

    Nearly 50 members of the Alaska Air National Guard's 176th Wing participated in a search and rescue (SAR) exercise in Hawaii from Feb. 16 to 26, strengthening the C-17 Globemaster III's standing in the SAR community, and enhancing coordination between the Wing's Guardian Angels and C-17 operators and maintainers.Members of the 249th Airlift
  • 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.

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