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Alaska Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Eddie Jones, left, a Bethel recruiter with the Recruiting and Retention Battalion, shares holiday cheer with local children during Operation Santa Claus in Scammon Bay, Nov. 16, 2022. Operation Santa Claus is the Alaska National Guard’s yearly community relations and support program that provides gifts to children in remote communities across the state. In partnership with the Salvation Army and with more than a dozen volunteers, the program delivered 1,780 pounds of gifts, backpacks, hygiene supplies, and books to 325 children in Scammon Bay. (Alaska National Guard photo by 1st Lt. Balinda O’Neal)
Bethel-based Guardsmen bring holiday cheer to Scammon Bay
By 1st Lt. Balinda O'Neal | Nov. 21, 2022
A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter filled with community volunteers and holiday gifts for children in the northwest community of Scammon Bay touched down on the south bank of the frozen Kun River, one mile from the Bering Sea,...

Alaska Missile Defenders of the year pose for a photo with their Air National Guard and Alaska Air National Guard leadership during the 2022 Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance Awards ceremony.  The Clear Space Force Station, Airmen and Guardians were honored amongst the MDAA awardees in Anchorage, Alaska, Nov. 5, 2022. The annual MDAA-sponsored event honors the best Air and Missile Defenders from Alaska’s Army National Guard, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Air Force Reserve Command, Alaska’s Air National Guard, and U.S. Space Force. (Courtesy Photo)
Clear Space Force Station Airmen and Guardians Honored as 2022 Alaska Missile Defenders of the Year
By Senior Master Sgt. Julie Avey | Nov. 17, 2022
The Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance presented the 2022 Alaska Missile Defender of the Year awards to Clear Space Force Station Airmen and Guardians in Anchorage, Alaska, Nov. 5, 2022. The annual MDAA-sponsored event honors...

Air National Guard Lt. Col. Matthew Kirby, Alaska National Guard Joint Staff operations officer, wraps gifts with his daughter for Operation Santa Claus at the Salvation Army warehouse in Anchorage, Nov. 7, 2022. Operation Santa Claus is the AKNG’s yearly community relations and support program that provides gifts to children in remote communities across the state. In its 67th year, the program will celebrate with the communities of Scammon Bay, Minto and Nuiqsut. (Alaska National Guard photo by Victoria Granado)
Alaska National Guard to bring Christmas cheer to three remote villages
By 1st Lt. Balinda O'Neal | Nov. 15, 2022
The Alaska National Guard and local community volunteers are gearing up to share their time-honored tradition of Operation Santa Claus by spreading goodwill and cheer to three remote Alaskan communities again this...

Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy, right, and Verdie Bowen, director of the Office of Veterans Affairs, left, present the 2022 Governor's Veterans Advocacy Award to Alison Carter, who helped establish the Fairbanks Veterans Court, during the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Veterans Day ceremony held at the National Guard Armory on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Nov. 11, 2022. The ceremony included speeches from key speakers, Fallen Warrior ceremony, presentation of commemorative wreaths, and moment of silence for those who have fallen. (Alaska National Guard photo by Victoria Granado)
Veterans Advocacy Award recipient honored for dedication to court
By 1st Lt. Balinda O'Neal | Nov. 15, 2022
At the beginning of the Iraq War, Alison Carter realized that she was ignorant to the sacrifices that U.S. service members were about to make. Almost two decades later this self-awareness and advocacy that followed led her to...

Soldiers from 113th Military Police Company, Mississippi Army National Guard, patrol the missile defense complex as part of exercise Guardian Watch 23 at Fort Greely, Alaska, Nov. 2, 2022. Guardian Watch 23 focused on conducting ground-based midcourse defense and critical installations security, which are the two missions of the 49th Missile Defense Battalion. (Alaska National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Katie Mazos-Vega)
Exercise Guardian Watch: How Alaska Guardsmen maintain arctic resilience and readiness
By Staff Sgt. Katie Mazos-Vega | Nov. 9, 2022
Soldiers of the 49th Missile Defense Battalion (GMD), Alaska Army National Guard, showcased their resiliency and readiness in their most recent iteration of exercise Guardian Watch at Fort Greely, Alaska, Oct. 31 through Nov...

The Alaska National Guard Warrior & Family Services team christened their new Guard Smart orientation program to a mixture of new and seasoned Alaska Air and Army National Guard families at the AKNG armory on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Nov. 4, 2022. The full-day orientation shifts focus from only the service member and provides families with resources, services and tools to help AKNG families navigate civilian and military life. (Alaska National Guard photo by Dana Rosso)
Family Programs new orientation shifts focus from Guardsmen to families
By 1st Lt. Balinda O'Neal | Nov. 7, 2022
The Alaska National Guard Warrior & Family Services is on a new mission to ensure every Alaska National Guard family is educated about the resources and information available to them through a new program named Guard...