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  • 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 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.
  • Alaska Air Guardsmen rescue hiker in Eagle River Valley

    Airmen with the Alaska Air National Guard’s 210th and 212th Rescue Squadrons rescued a distressed individual in the Eagle River Valley, May 14.According to the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center, three good Samaritans found the hypothermic hiker and contacted the Alaska State Troopers. AST then contacted the RCC for assistance due to the terrain in
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