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Alaska Air National Guardsman excels in marksmanship
June 7, 2021
Alaska Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Matthew Larson, a security forces member with the 268th Security Forces Squadron, poses for a photo after the annual Adjutant General Match, May 16, 2021. Larson took first place in the open rifle marksmanship competition, was added to the state team to compete in the regional competition, and was awarded the Governor's Twenty tab, which is generally awarded to the top 20 marksmen in the state. (Courtesy photo)

Alaska Air National Guard rescues two men after airplane crash on Mount Hawkins
June 1, 2021
Pararescue personnel with the Alaska Air National Guard’s 176th Wing rescued a pilot and passenger from an aircraft crash near Mount Hawkins in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, May 31, 2021. The rescue was coordinated by the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center, and was a combined effort between one of the 210th Rescue Squadron’s HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters, an HC-130J Combat King II of the 211th Rescue Squadron, and 212th Rescue Squadron pararescue personnel aboard each aircraft. The National Park Service also collaborated with the AK RCC in a coordinated effort to rescue the stranded personnel. (Courtesy photo)

Alaska Air National Guard, civil SAR partners rescue injured hiker from snow slide
May 27, 2021
Pararescue personnel with the Alaska Air National Guard’s 212th Rescue Squadron transload an injured hiker from a 210th Rescue Squadron HH-60 Pave Hawk to a Guardian Flight, AirMedCare air ambulance after conducting a multi-agency rescue from an avalanche near Donoho Peak in Wrangle-Saint Elias National Park and Preserve May 26, 2021. (Courtesy photo by Stephens Harper)

Olympic Hopeful, ‘Breakin’ Barriers’
May 23, 2021
Staff Sgt. Brianna Pritchard, an Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter mechanic from Anchorage, Alaska, shows her Olympic breaking moves at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq.

National Guard Civil Support Teams, partner agencies conduct Exercise ORCA 2021
May 20, 2021
The Seward Alaska Fire Department transport members of the 13th Civil Support Team, Rhode Island National Guard, out to a simulated incident site aboard the Glacier Express vessel cruising through Resurrection Bay off of the coast of Seward, Alaska, May 19, in support of Exercise ORCA 21. ORCA is a chemical, biological, radioactive, nuclear threats response exercise designed for participants to provide support in the aftermath of hazardous materials incidents. ORCA tests interoperability between agencies, increases opportunities for working relationships, and practices requests for assistance methods. Approximately 250 National Guardsmen from CST units in Alaska, California, Connecticut, Colorado, Idaho, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Washington, and Wisconsin are in Alaska to participate in Exercise ORCA 2021. Numerous support units and civilian agencies participated in the exercise as well. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Dana Rosso)

Alaska National Guardsmen compete in annual TAG Match marksmanship competition
May 18, 2021
Alaska National Guard Soldiers and Airmen compete amongst one another in a series of marksmanship events at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, May 15, 2021, as part of the 2021 Alaska National Guard Adjutant General Match, or TAG Match. TAG Match is a marksmanship competition comprising several timed pistol and rifle events. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Jacob Stone)

Five Alaska Guardsmen compete for title of “Best Warrior”
May 17, 2021
Alaska Army National Guardsman Spc. Jysamon Sanouvong, a military police officer assigned to the 49th Military Police Ground Based Interceptor Security Company, goes through the obstacle course portion of the Alaska Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition May, 15, 2021 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. The Best Warrior Competition recognizes Soldiers who demonstrate commitment to the Army values and embody the warrior ethos. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Marc Marmeto).

Palmer Mayor Edna DeVries presents 176th Wing with a key to the city
May 12, 2021
Alaska City of Palmer Mayor Edna DeVries presented the 176th Wing, Alaska Air National Guard with a key to the city on May 7. This token of trust and honor was received Capt. Matt Seakup, Capt. Chris Brunner and Chief Master Sgt. Andy Reynolds from the 211th Rescue Squadron after they landed an HC-130J Combat King II at the Palmer Municipal Airport for the 2021 Great Alaska Aviation Gathering. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dana Rosso)

Alaska Army National Guard rescues four boaters stranded on Kuskokwim River
May 10, 2021
Sgt. Rosalind Stromberg, a crew chief from 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment, Alaska Army National Guard, looks over the Kuskokwim River from the door of a UH-60L Black Hawk helicopter during a rescue mission, May 10. The helicopter aircrew rescued four individuals and their dog from their boat on the river after they became stuck between Bethel and Kwethluk because of ice from break up blocking their egress. All four individuals and their dog were hoisted into the helicopter and transported back to Bethel safely. For this mission, the 207th AVN was awarded with four saves. (Courtesy photo by Spc. Kia Hasson)

Alaska Army National Guard rescues two near Knik Glacier
May 10, 2021
A hoist-capable UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter and aircrew from the 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment, Alaska Army National Guard, arrives in Bethel, Alaska, April 27, 2021, as part of the State of Alaska’s effort to prepare for disaster response in the Yukon-Kuskokwim region during the spring flood season. While stationed in Bethel, the crew will continue to train on their federal mission and remain ready to respond to any requests for support from civil authorities through the State Emergency Operations Center.