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  • Wing commander promoted to brigadier general

    Charles E. "Chuck" Foster Jr., commander of the Alaska Air National Guard's 176th Wing, was promoted from colonel to brigadier general before a packed house at a ceremony here Dec. 18. The ceremony -- during which he received his general's star insignia and flag -- was officiated by Brig. Gen. Deborah McManus, assistant adjutant general and
  • Air Guard looks to Mat-Su

    Do you know someone who needs: A meaningful part-time job? Help paying for education? Some of the best job training in the country? Real work and leadership experience? The opportunity to travel? To network and make connections? To be part of something bigger than themselves? To make a difference? For more than 50
  • Operation Santa Claus stops in Kivalina with visit from Gov. Sarah Palin

    A successful Operation Santa Claus 2008 season neared its end Dec. 6, after a warm visit in the gracious village of Kivalina, with holiday joy and a surprise visit from Gov. Sarah Palin and other distinguished guests. Kivalina, in Alaska's Northwest Arctic Borough, was the second-to-last city on Santa's list of lucky communities visited during the
  • 176th Wing rescuers participate in Hong Kong exercise

    Search and rescue units from the 176th Wing's 210th and 212th rescue squadrons arrived here last week to work with search-and-rescue (SAR) teams from the U.S. Coast Guard's Honolulu-based District 14 and Hong Kong's Government Flying Service (GFS). As a work-up to this week's scheduled humanitarian Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX) 2008 -- an
  • With the Army Guard in Mongolia (Part 2)

    Who do you call when you need a modular hospital system? The Expeditionary Medical System (EMEDS) team out of Brooks AFB, Texas might be your best bet. Just ask the Mongolians. They took delivery of their new "basic" modular system -- which resembles several tan Quonset huts linked together -- during the Khaan Quest 2008 exercise here at Camp Five
  • With the Army National Guard in Mongolia (Part 1)

    So how far is it from Hawaii to Mongolia? Not too far, as it turns out, for the National Guard. The Army National Guard's 871st Engineering Battalion, based in Wailuku, Hawaii, recently visited this remote country to fix up and renovate the dormitory of a local school. The building had last been renovated in 1961. The National Guard plumbers,
  • 176th Wing members return home from Gulf Coast

    Twenty-six members of the Alaska Air National Guard returned home today after deploying in support of hurricanes Gustav, Hannah and Ike in the Gulf Coast region. Responding to a request from the states of Louisiana and Texas, the Alaska Air National Guard's 176th Wing deployed two HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters and airmen on Sept. 1 to support
  • 176th Wing members to remain on Gulf Coast in anticipation of Hurricane Ike

    The Governor of the State of Texas today formally requested National Guard assistance in anticipation of Hurricane Ike, expected to hit Texas as a Category 4 storm early on the morning of Sept. 13. In response, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin directed the Alaska Air National Guard's 176th Wing to keep two helicopters and approximately 30 wing members
  • 176th Wing sends helicopters, airmen to Gulf Coast

    Responding to a request from the State of Louisiana, the Alaska Air National Guard's 176th Wing is deploying two HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters and approximately 30 airmen to support search-and-rescue efforts expected in the wake of Hurricane Gustav.The highly trained helicopter aircrews and pararescuemen (members of the wing's 210th and 212th rescue
  • Alaska Air National Guard rescues two injured snow machiners on Kenai Peninsula

    The Alaska Air National Guard 210th and 212th Rescue Squadrons conducted two separate rescues of snow machiners on the Kenai Peninsula Saturday. The 11th Rescue Coordination Center received the first call from the Alaska State Troopers Saturday at 1:55 p.m. requesting assistance to recover a snow machiner, suffering a possible broken leg and

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