JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – Alaska Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Samuel Neff, 176th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter uses a 176th CES water tender, Alaska, Aug. 7, 2023. The tender, built in 1987, is 15 years older than Neff. (Courtesy photo)
176th Wing firefighters protect Nenana from wildfires
By David Bedard | Aug. 21, 2023
176th Wing firefighters protect Nenana from wildfires...

An HH-60M Black Hawk helicopter with the Alaska Army National Guard Golf Company, 2-211th, General Support Aviation Battalion maneuvers into position for hoist training with the Air Force Reserve 477th Fighter group, Aerospace Medicine Flight at Bryant Army Airfield on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson August 4, 2023. The joint operations medevac training focused on calling out a nine line medical evacuation request, loading patients onto a helicopter with a stretcher and hoisting operations. (Alaska National Guard photo by Robert DeBerry)
Alaska Army National Guard rescues two hunters after plane crashes near Merrill Pass
By Sgt. Seth LaCount | Aug. 18, 2023
The Alaska Army National Guard conducted a rescue of two hunters 15 miles north of Chakachamna Lake near Merrill Pass, August 16, 2023, after receiving the mission request from the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center. The first...

Retired U.S. Navy Chief Warrant Officer 4 Solomon Atkinson, center, is greeted by Verdie Bowen, right, the director of the Alaska Office of Veterans Affairs, and escorted by son-in-law Franklin Hayward before receiving the Alaska Governor’s Veteran Advocacy Award during a ceremony in Metlakatla, Alaska, Dec. 10, 2018. Atkinson returned to his native Alaska after 22 years of Naval service in 1976, continuing to serve his community on the Indian Community Council and Board of Education, as a founder and president of the first veteran’s organization on Annette Island, and as mayor of Metlakatla.
Navy celebrates Sol Atkinson for legacy of service to country, Alaskan veterans, community
By Balinda O'Neal | Aug. 10, 2023
The U.S. Navy announced its profound tribute to the legacy of Alaska Native Solomon ‘Sol’ Atkinson, a steadfast servant of both his nation and native community of Metlakatla, Aug. 7...

Alaska Army National Guardsmen with the 207th Engineer Utilities Detachment salute as the national anthem plays during the unit’s deactivation ceremony at the Camp Carroll flagpole on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 5, 2023. The 910th Engineer Support Company officially activates Oct. 1, 2023, ensuring the legacy of the engineer detachment lives on in the AKARNG. (Alaska National Guard photo by Balinda O’Neal)
207th Engineer Utilities Detachment retires the colors
By Sgt. Marc Marmeto | Aug. 8, 2023
The 207th Engineer Utilities Detachment, Alaska Army National Guard, encased its colors for the final time during the unit’s deactivation ceremony Aug. 5, 2023...

An Alaska Army National Guard UH-60L Black Hawk helicopter assigned to 207th Aviation Troop Command operates near Ladd Army Airfield Aug. 3., 2023 in support of wildland fire suppression across Interior Alaska. During fire suppression operations, the UH-60 employs a Bambi Bucket filled with approximately 630 gallons of water from a nearby lake. The Alaska Army National Guard deployed the UH-60 and air crew July 31, 2023 after receiving a resource request from the Alaska Division of Forestry and Fire Protection routed through the State Emergency Operations Center. (Alaska Army National Guard photo by Chief Warrant Officer 2 Ben Haulenbeek)
Alaska National Guardsmen assist with Interior Alaska wildland fires
By Maj. David Bedard | Aug. 7, 2023
Thirteen members of the Alaska National Guard deployed to Interior Alaska to support wildland fire suppression across the region.Eight 207th Aviation Troop Command Soldiers deployed to the Alaska Army National Guard Readiness...

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – Alaska Air National Guard Senior Airman Kenyon DePriest is a 176th Air Defense Squadron air surveillance technician responsible for detecting, identifying and tracking aircraft flying near or through Alaska airspace. DePriest competed in the run/bike/ski World Winter Triathlon Championships hosted at Skeikampen, Norway, in March 2023. (Alaska Air National Guard photo by David Bedard)
176th Air Defense Squadron surveillance technician competes in arctic triathlon
By David Bedard | Aug. 2, 2023
176th Air Defense Squadron surveillance technician competes in arctic triathlon...