100 Alaska Air National Guard members deploy to Mideast
By Staff Sgt. N. Alicia Halla, 176 WG
/ Published June 28, 2013
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- Approximately 50 air guardsmen from the Alaska Air National Guard's 176th Wing deployed June 26 and about another 50 are scheduled to leave later this week to Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
The deployers are primarily from the Wing's 176 Maintenance Group and 144 Airlift Squadron, plus additional support personnel.
For a few, this is their first deployment.
"I don't know what I'm going to face," said Tech. Sgt. Orelvis Ibarra, a knowledge operations manager with the 176 Wing command staff, "but I'm staying positive, keeping up that good team spirit."
The group's primary wartime mission is to support the movement of cargo and personnel. Most of the deployers will remain in Kuwait on a 60-day rotation.
"The success of the mission depends on everyone going," said Senior Master Sgt. John Cyr, the first sergeant of the 176 Wing's staff agencies, 144 Airlift Squadron and 176 Operations Support Squadron. "I think everyone will succeed."