The Alaska Military Youth Academy received an award for community service during the Anchorage Chamber’s 66th Annual Gold Pan Awards event at the Dena'ina Center in Anchorage, Alaska, Nov. 17, 2023. The Gold Pan Awards, in the Community Service category, recognizes businesses that showcase outstanding community service, creativity, and excellence, significantly contributing to the improvement of Anchorage through growth and quality performance. (Courtesy of Photo Emporium)
Alaska Military Youth Academy honored with Gold Pan Award
By Balinda O’Neal | Nov. 22, 2023
The spotlight of recognition shone brightly on the Alaska Military Youth Academy during the Anchorage Chamber's 66th Annual Gold Pan Awards at the Dena'ina Center in Anchorage, Nov. 17...

From the left, Holly Demmert and Clifton Dalton, both flight paramedics with LifeMed, and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Bryan Kruse, Bethel Army Aviation Operating Facility commander, move a critically ill patient from an AKARNG UH-60L Black Hawk helicopter to an ambulance during a medical evacuation from Napaskiak to Bethel, Nov. 15, 2023. (Alaska National Guard photo by Balinda O’Neal)
Alaska National Guard's Operation Santa Claus makes a lifesaving detour
By Balinda O'Neal | Nov. 16, 2023
The Alaska National Guard's annual community outreach program, Operation Santa Claus, took an unexpected turn this year as its mission to bring holiday joy to the village of Tuluksak became a vital lifeline for a resident of...

Civil Air Patrol Lt. Col. Stephen Sammons, left, Alaska Wing emergency services officer, instructs CAP cadets from the Southcentral Region where to find an Emergency Locator Transmitter onboard a Cessna 172 aircraft during a three-day training event Nov. 4, 2023, at the Birchwood Airport in Chugiak, Alaska. The training is part of the CAP wing-wide Search and Rescue Exercise, a quarterly event designed to test participants’ skill sets, leadership qualities, and resourcefulness. (Alaska National Guard photo by Dana Rosso)
Cadets soar in Civil Air Patrol search and rescue exercise
By Balinda O'Neal | Nov. 13, 2023
In a small general aviation airport located on the east shore of the Knik Arm, the Birchwood Composite Squadron became a hub of activity as Civil Air Patrol members converged for a three-day training exercise that took flight...

Alaska Army National Guard Capt. Michael Thrall, left, outgoing commander, and 1st Sgt. Bethany Amarone, outgoing noncommissioned officer in charge, both assigned to the 297th Military Police Company, retire the colors of the unit’s flag as part of a deactivation ceremony for the company at the Alcantra Armory in Wasilla, Alaska, Nov. 2, 2023. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Seth LaCount)
A new set of cross pistols: AKARNG "Wolf Gang" Military Police Company deactivates, ushering in new detachment
By Sgt. Seth LaCount | Nov. 3, 2023
In 2008, the Alaska Army National Guard’s 297th Military Police Company was established to enhance the organization’s force protection, anti-terror and crime prevention capabilities, upholding the tradition of the military...

Alaska Army National Guard 1st Sgt. Oliver Meza, Bravo Company first sergeant, shows off his unit’s patch during a deployment ceremony where family members, friends, and fellow Guardsmen came together to pay tribute to Soldiers of B Co., 1st Battalion, 297th Infantry Regiment, at the Alaska National Guard Armory on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Sept. 29, 2023. Approximately 100 Soldiers are deploying to the Middle East for nine months in support of Operation Spartan Shield. (Alaska National Guard photo by Balinda O’Neal)
Alaska Army National Guard’s Bison Company set to deploy to Middle East
By Balinda O'Neal | Sept. 30, 2023
Approximately 100 Alaska Army National Guardsmen assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 297th Infantry Regiment, are gearing up for a deployment to Kuwait in November as part of Operation Spartan Shield...

Alaska Army National Guard Sgt. David Kocur, a horizontal construction engineer assigned to the 910th Engineer Support Company, operates a grader to create a broad flat foundation on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 8, 2023. The mission of the 910th ESC’s annual training is to hone their skills as construction and horizontal engineers by operating heavy machinery and working in teams to complete projects.
910th Engineer Support Company constructs their skills
By Sgt. Marc Marmeto | Aug. 21, 2023
The Alaska Army National Guard’s 910th Engineer Support Company utilized their skills during annual training to complete several construction projects July 20 – Aug. 20, 2023...