Staff Sgt. Elliot St. Laurent, an Air National Guard crew chief with the 168th Wing, Eielson AirForce Base, Alaska, prepares to refuel a KC-135R Stratotanker at Ørland Air Station, Norway, March 10, 2020. Aircraft and personnel from the Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve, and active duty Air Force are working together in support of Exercise Cold Response 20. CR20 is designed to enhance military capabilities and allied cooperation in high-intensity warfighting in a challenging Arctic environment with rugged terrain and extreme cold weather. We are able to maintain a global presence through the combined efforts of our active duty, National Guard, and Reserve partners. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. James Michaels)
Maintenance Effectiveness Award goes to the Alaska Air National Guard 168th Wing Maintenance Group
By Senior Master Sgt. Julie Avey | July 29, 2021
The Alaska Air National Guard’s 168th Maintenance Group won the Maintenance Effectiveness Award for 2020 in the small aircraft maintenance unit category, recognizing it as one of the Air Force’s top maintenance units...

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- Alaska Air National Guard Master Sgt. Micah Weeks, 176th Communications Flight, operates his console July 22, 2021, during Cyber Shield 21 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. Cyber Shield 21 is a concentrated effort to develop, train and exercise cyber forces in the areas of computer network internal defensive measures and cyber incident response. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by David Bedard/Released)
Alaska National Guard participates in DoD’s largest unclassified cyber defense exercise
By David Bedard | July 27, 2021
Alaska National Guard participates in DoD’s largest unclassified cyber defense exercise...

Indirect fire infantrymen with the Alaska Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 297th Infantry Regiment conducted live-fire training on various weapon systems at Donnelly Training Center, near Fort Greely, Alaska, July 19, during their annual training event. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Dayton Will)
Alaska Army National Guard infantry battalion conducts annual training
By Edward Eagerton | July 27, 2021
Approximately 280 Alaska Army National Guardsmen from 1st Battalion, 297th Infantry Regiment, conducted their two-week annual training July 10-25, primarily at Donnelly Training Area, located 107 miles southeast of Fairbanks,...

Sgt. 1st Class Ramone Gutierrez poses for a photo in Iraq, April 29, 2004. Gutierrez was the first liaison to accompany the Mongolian Armed Forces on a deployment during the Global War on Terrorism as part of the state partnership program. The SPP is a program that links a state’s National Guard with the armed forces or equivalent of a partner country in a cooperative, mutually beneficial relationship. (Courtesy photo)
18-year mission with Mongolian counterparts comes to an end
By Spc. Grace Nechanicky | July 23, 2021
State partner liaisons redeploy to Alaska for the final time...

Pilots and crew members of the Alaska Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment fly ground search and rescue teams with Alaska Mountain Rescue Group and MAT+SAR Search & Rescue to various locations on Pioneer Peak near Palmer, AK, to search for a missing hiker, June 15, 2021. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Grace Nechanicky)
Alaska Air National Guard Airmen rescue injured hunter at Wood River
By David Bedard | July 23, 2021
Alaska Air National Guardsmen of the 176th Wing rescued an injured hunter on Wood River near Fairbanks, July 22...

Guardian Angel team of the 212th Rescue Squadron, 176th Wing, Alaska Air National Guard, stabilizes and provides airborne medical care for a U.S. Army Alaska paratrooper during medevac July 14, 2021. The Soldier sustained injuries in a routine static-line jump over Malamute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. (Alaska Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andre Marron/Released)
Alaska Air National Guard medevacs injured U.S. Army Alaska paratrooper
By Maj. Chelsea Aspelund | July 22, 2021
Alaska Air National Guardsmen of the 176th Wing medically evacuated an injured U.S. Army Alaska paratrooper July 14 from Malamute Drop Zone on JBER...
Video by Victoria Granado
Alaska Army National Guard trains in Bambi Buckets to respond to wildfires
Alaska National Guard Public Affairs
June 9, 2021 | 0:36
Red Card certification, also known as the Incident Qualification Card, is an accepted interagency certification that qualifies a person in order to accomplish the required mission when arriving on an incident. For 1-207th AVN pilots, this certification means proficiency in water bucket drops to assist with wildfire emergencies within the state.

Specifically, Alaska National Guardsmen must obtain this certification in order to assist with fires that are on federal land, are federally managed, or in order to transport federal agency personnel, according to Lt. Col. Michele Edwards, Alaska National Guard’s state Army aviation officer.