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  • Deployed UAA grads hold ceremony of own

    On Thursday, Aug. 21, this year's graduating class from the University of Alaska Anchorage's MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant Training Program walked across the stage in Anchorage and received their diplomas. Two students, however, were notably absent: Kris Abel and Nate Greene were not present that day because they were on the other side of the
  • Alaska Air Guard mass briefs aim to assist NGB save 2.1 million man-hours

    176 Wing members participated in the Air National Guard Ancillary Training Pilot Program here Sep. 20 and Sep. 21, trading computer-based training for en masse briefings.The test program, implemented Sep. 1, mandates that all air guardsmen attend a briefing every drill weekend refreshing members on recurring training topics.Conducting a session in
  • Slaten takes command of 176th Operations Group

    A new commander took the reins of the 176th Operations Group at a change of command ceremony here Aug. 23.Col. Darrin Slaten began his career with the Army in 1987 and joined the Alaska Air National Guard in 1998. After a four-year tour at the Air National Guard Readiness Center on Andrews Air Force Base, Md., he recently returned to the 176th
  • Fitzgerald takes command of 249th Airlift Squadron

    Lt. Col. Charles D. Fitzgerald assumed command of the Alaska Air National Guard's 249th Airlift Squadron from Lt. Col. Scott R. Fell at a change-of-command ceremony here Aug. 24, 2014. Fitzgerald served as the unit's chief pilot and director of operations for five years. His first military assignment was with the Air Force at Elmendorf Air Force
  • 176th Wing gets approval from inspectors

    Anchorage's hometown Air National Guard unit earned good grades in a recent inspection by its Air Force parent unit.Visting the 176th Wing over a four-day drill period, inspectors from the Honolulu-based Pacific Air Forces gave the wing an overall "effective" rating, terming the wing's drill period "very successful.""We've proven through this
  • 176th Wing Pararescueman awarded Silver Star Medal

    A pararescueman with the Alaska Air National Guard's famed 212th Rescue Squadron pinned on the Silver Star -- the nation's third-highest award for valor -- in a ceremony here July 11.Master Sgt. Roger Sparks was awarded the honor for his actions during a fierce firefight with insurgents in Afghanistan's Watapur Valley Nov. 14, 2010. Responding to a
  • 176 Wing mission support and medical personnel conduct integrated training

    About 200 members of the Alaska Air National Guard's 176 Mission Support Group and 176 Medical Group participated in an expeditionary skills exercise at Camp Mad Bull here June 8 to June 9.   Four of the mission support group's squadrons and the medical group performed individual training, cross-trained between units, and culminated their
  • 1,500+ Airmen and Soldiers conduct mass airfield seizure exercise in Alaska

    The office bustled with olive green jumpsuits, the smell of pizza and a dozen conversations dropping terms such as "sorties" and "objective." At the white board near a high table covered in maps, a 6-foot-plus commander in a flight suit bearing the 144 Airlift Squadron patch scribbled information and directed various personnel.            
  • 176 Medical Group chief retires

    Chief Master Sgt. Jacquelyn Quattlebaum, superintendent of the 176 Medical Group, celebrates her retirement at a ceremony here June 10, 2014.  Quattlebaum began her career in 1992 as an Army National Guard dental technician. Yesterday she was recognized for her 22 years of military service.
  • Alaska Air Guardsmen wrap up work in Australia: Thirty-four citizen-Airmen return from building a radar facility in remote Western Australia

    Thirty-four members of the Alaska Air National Guard's 176 Wing wrapped up three weeks' worth of work today at this remote military base in Western Australia.    Thirty-one of the 34 deployers were from the wing's 176 Civil Engineer Squadron, with the few support personnel making up the remainder.   "The deployment went very much as we'd hoped,"
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