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  • Polar Force 19 tests C-17 sortie in mock chemical attack

    Alaska Air National Guardsmen sortie C-17s during Polar Force 19.
  • Alaska Air National Guardsmen conduct PAR team sweeps during Polar Force

    Alaska Air National Guardsmen with the 176th Wing conducted par team sweeps during exercise Polar Force on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
  • Alaska Air National Guardsmen show readiness to deploy worldwide

    Alaska Air National Guardsmen participate in Polar Force 2019.
  • Bolt the therapy dog breaks Alaska ice

    Bolt, the therapy dog, helps Airmen of the 176th Wing.
  • 176th Wing gains C-17 aircraft supply from 3rd Wing

    Eight C-17 Globemaster III aircraft based at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, are quickly approaching the second anniversary of their assignment from the 3rd Wing to the 176th Wing, Alaska Air National Guard.
  • Leap of faith: Alaska Air Guard Pararescueman helps Army paratrooper in time of need

    The hand-scribbled note taped to his dog tags simply said, “Request to go to the CFI” with a phone number. The note was written from one amputee to another. Army Staff Sgt. Kayshawn Porterfield was following in his father’s footsteps. He joined the Army with a plan of becoming a lifelong Soldier and his Army career was progressing. He was moving up in rank quickly, had finished the basic airborne course at Fort Benning, Georgia, and was stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.
  • Alaska Air Guardsmen brief Air Combat Command officials

    Air Combat Command visits 176th Wing.
  • Alaska National Guard immediate aerial survey reduces earthquake havoc

    In the cold and dark early-morning hours Friday, an Alaska Air National Guard C-130J "Combat King II" aircraft taxied out to the runway here, filled with Christmas goodies and school supplies for children in the remote Bering Sea community of Gambell -- a flight canceled before departure. Only two hours later, the same plane, feverishly reloaded and reconfigured, was flying the skies from Wasilla to Valdez to Homer, assessing infrastructure damage following the 7.0 earthquake that rocked the region.
  • Alaska Air Guardsmen rescue pilot near Willow

    Alaska Air Guardsmen rescue pilot near Willow.
  • Alaska Air Guard C-17s fresh tail paint harkens to past and future

    Members of the Alaska Air National Guard’s 176th Wing and the Regular Air Force’s 3rd Wing witnessed the unveiling of a new tail flash here Oct. 1 on the C-17 Globemaster IIIs assigned to the 176th Wing’s 144th Airlift Squadron. Current and former 144th AS Airmen took a moment to reflect on their history and future together with their associate unit, the 517th Airlift Squadron, whose Regular Air Force aircrews also fly the Alaska Air National Guard’s eight-ship C-17 fleet. “The occasion of the unveiling of a new tail flash [is] one that represents a… joining of forces of the 144th and the 517th Airlift Squadron(s) under one new tail flash -- a tail flash representing the heritage of both and the future of the same,” said Chaplain (Maj.) Brad Burns, the 176th Wing head chaplain, during the ceremony invocation. Although the C-17 association between the Alaska Air National Guard and Regular Air Force was established in 2009, the 144th AS’s active-association total-force integration with the 517th is new as of August 2018 when the squadron assumed responsibility for the C-17 mission.
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