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Members of the Alaska Air National Guard's 176th Force Support Flight Sustainment Services stand alongside the dedicated kitchen staff of Five Loaves, Two Fish Kitchen in Wasilla, Alaska, Sept. 22, 2020. “I have two extended families, my church and my military family,” said pastor Rick Cavens, retired Alaska Air National Guard chaplain who oversees the volunteer staff. “The National Guard has offered a tremendous helping hand during this difficult time of uncertainty. We’re very thankful for their hard work and dedication to helping the local community.” (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Seth LaCount/Released)
Air National Guard volunteers assist Mat-Su Valley kitchen to help meet local needs
By Sgt. Seth LaCount | Oct. 2, 2020
Since mid-August, Alaska Air National Guardsmen assigned to the 176th Force Support Flight Sustainment Services who are local to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough area have been volunteering their time to assist the Five Loaves,...

Chief Warrant Officer Two Paul Gillquist, an Alaska Army National Guard pilot assigned to the 207th Aviation Regiment, stands in front of UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter, Aug. 22, 2020 at the Bryant Army Airfield on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Gillquist’s call sign is
Alaska Army Guard aviator performs first real-world rescue mission over drill weekend
By Courtesy Story | Oct. 1, 2020
Chief Warrant Officer Two Paul Gillquist woke up for his weekend training the morning of Sept. 13, 2020 expecting to perform a routine training mission aboard his Uh-60 Blackhawk helicopter. For three years since flight...

Alaska Army National Guard Capt. Jamie Bowden, who specializes in medical operations for the 103rd Civil Support team, tests COVID-19 samples at the Alaska State Public Health laboratory on June 8, 2020. Bowden augmented the Alaska State Public Health laboratory, working closely with state microbiologists, processing COVID-19 samples for testing. Over the course of approximately 21 days of testing, totaling more than 148-man hours, the two officers tested 11,426 samples. (U.S. Air National Guard courtesy photo by Capt. Roger Tran)
Alaska Guard members recognized for assisting state lab with COVID-19 testing
By Sgt. Seth LaCount | Oct. 1, 2020
From early June, to mid-August, Alaska Air and Army National Guardsmen Capt. Roger Tran and Capt. Jamie Bowden, both assigned to the 103rd Civil Support Team, augmented the Alaska State Public Health laboratory by processing...

Alaska Air National Guardsmen Lt. Col. Shane Wallace and Chief Master Sgt. Heather Pineiro, the Commander and Chief Enlisted Manager assigned to the 176th Air Defense Squadron stand beside 1st Sgt. Melissa Erhard, the Alaska Air National Guard's 2019 First Sergeant of the Year, Sept. 15, 2020 on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Erhard distinguished herself in 2019 through her ability to foster resiliency among her Airmen and her community. The red stars in the backdrop represent the number of Russian intercepts made by the unit through the years, whose mission is to defend the nation's Air Sovereignty in the region. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Seth LaCount/Released)
Alaska Air Guard awards First Sergeant of the Year
By Sgt. Seth LaCount | Sept. 17, 2020
Alaska National Guard Airman, Master Sgt. Melissa Erhard, was awarded the 2019 First Sergeant of the Year award Sept. 15 for her accomplishments last year.As an Anchorage resident and Arizona native, Erhard has been a first...

Col. John Oberst, director of staff for the Alaska Air National Guard, presents the Alaska Air Guard award for 2019 Field Grade Officer of the Year to Lt. Col. James Truesdell, the commander of the 176th Security Forces Squadron for his leadership accomplishments in 2019 at the 176th Wing Headquarters on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Sept. 15, 2020. Truesdell is also a retired Alaska State Trooper. He played a pivotal role in the success of his unit’s deployment to Afghanistan in 2019 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Seth LaCount/Released)
Alaska Air National Guard awards 2019 Field Grade Officer of the Year
By Sgt. Seth LaCount | Sept. 17, 2020
Alaska Air National Guardsman and retired Alaska State Trooper, Lt. Col. James Truesdell, commander of the 176th Security Forces Squadron, was awarded the 2019 Field Grade Officer of the Year award Sept. 15 for his...
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