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National Guard Bureau Chief visits 176th Wing

National Guard Bureau Chief Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel fields questions from members of the Alaska Air National Guard's 176th Wing here May 7, 2017. Lengyel visited the wing as part of a wider tour of Alaska National Guard installations. While here, he met with the wing's senior leaders, toured maintenance facilities, and met and answered questions from Airmen of all ranks.

National Guard Bureau Chief Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel fields questions from members of the Alaska Air National Guard's 176th Wing here May 7, 2017. Lengyel visited the wing as part of a wider tour of Alaska National Guard installations. While here, he met with the wing's senior leaders, toured maintenance facilities, and met and answered questions from Airmen of all ranks.

Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel (right) discusses the capabilities of the Alaska Air National Guard's 176th Operations Group with Col. Thomas Bolin, the group's commander, here May 7, 2017. Lengyel visited the 176th Wing as part of a wider tour of Alaska National Guard installations. While here, he met with the wing's senior leaders, toured maintenance facilities, and met and fielded questions from Airmen of all ranks.

Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel (right) discusses the capabilities of the Alaska Air National Guard's 176th Operations Group with Col. Thomas Bolin, the group's commander, here May 7, 2017. Lengyel visited the 176th Wing as part of a wider tour of Alaska National Guard installations. While here, he met with the wing's senior leaders, toured maintenance facilities, and met and fielded questions from Airmen of all ranks.

Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, who as chief of National Guard Bureau is the National Guard's highest-ranking officer, discusses Alaska Air National Guard capabilities with members of the 176th Wing's 176th Maintenance Group here May 7, 2017. Lengyel visited the wing as part of a wider tour of Alaska National Guard installations. While here, he met with the wing's senior leaders, toured maintenance facilities, and met and fielded questions from Airmen of all ranks.

Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, who as chief of National Guard Bureau is the National Guard's highest-ranking officer, discusses Alaska Air National Guard capabilities with members of the 176th Wing's 176th Maintenance Group here May 7, 2017. Lengyel visited the wing as part of a wider tour of Alaska National Guard installations. While here, he met with the wing's senior leaders, toured maintenance facilities, and met and fielded questions from Airmen of all ranks.

National Guard Bureau Chief Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel (right), the ranking officer in the U.S. National Guard, discusses Alaska Air National Guard capabilities with Col. Steven deMilliano, commander of the Alaska Air National Guard's 176th Wing, here May 7, 2017. Lengyel visited the wing as part of a wider tour of Alaska National Guard installations. While here, he met with the wing's senior leaders, toured maintenance facilities, and met and fielded questions from Airmen of all ranks.

National Guard Bureau Chief Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel (right), the ranking officer in the U.S. National Guard, discusses Alaska Air National Guard capabilities with Col. Steven deMilliano, commander of the Alaska Air National Guard's 176th Wing, here May 7, 2017. Lengyel visited the wing as part of a wider tour of Alaska National Guard installations. While here, he met with the wing's senior leaders, toured maintenance facilities, and met and fielded questions from Airmen of all ranks.

Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel (right), chief of National Guard Bureau, is briefed on the Alaska Air National Guard's innovative long-range rescue capabilities by Col. Matthew Komatsu, commander of the 176th Wing's 212th Rescue Squadron, here May 7, 2017. Lengyel visited the wing as part of a wider tour of Alaska National Guard installations. While here, he met with the wing's senior leaders, toured maintenance facilities, and met and fielded questions from Airmen of all ranks.

Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel (right), chief of National Guard Bureau, is briefed on the Alaska Air National Guard's innovative long-range rescue capabilities by Col. Matthew Komatsu, commander of the 176th Wing's 212th Rescue Squadron, here May 7, 2017. Lengyel visited the wing as part of a wider tour of Alaska National Guard installations. While here, he met with the wing's senior leaders, toured maintenance facilities, and met and fielded questions from Airmen of all ranks.

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- The U.S. National Guard’s highest-ranking officer visited the 176th Wing May 7.


Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, the 28th chief of the National Guard Bureau and a member of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, discussed Alaska Air National Guard capabilities with Col. Steven deMilliano, the 176th Wing’s commander. He also met with senior wing leaders, visited the wing’s maintenance facilities and listened to a briefing on the wing’s innovative long-range rescue capabilities. Throughout the visit he met and fielded questions from 176th Wing Airmen of all ranks.


A former “traditional” (i.e., one-weekend-per-month) Air Guard member, Lengyel said he understood the challenges of serving part-time while maintaining a full-time job. He said one of his priorities was to ensure the readiness of the force by actively addressing these issues.


“I’m amazed by all the things you’re doing here in the 176th,” he said after reviewing the wing’s capabilities with deMilliano. “I understand that you guys are the best of the best -- award winners. You make it easy for me to talk to everyone on the outside about what we do. Thanks for everything.”
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