Sgt. Kekoa Macloves, an instructor for the wellness camp from 1st Battalion, 297th Infantry Regt. and Pvt. Mark Salta, an infantryman with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 297th Infantry Regt. prepare protein bowls as part of a nutrition class taught by Sgt. 1st Class Melissa Ferguson, an officer candidate school instructor with 207th Multi-Functional Training Regt. during the annual wellness camp held at Camp Carroll, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 30, 2022. The annual wellness camp focused on the Army’s Holistic Health and Fitness concept and prepares Soldiers to maintain an overall healthy lifestyle. (Alaska National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Katie Mazos-Vega)
Staff Sgt. Katie Mazos-Vega, a public affairs specialist with the 134th Public Affairs Detachment, shows her completed protein bowl as part of a nutrition class taught by Sgt. 1st Class Melissa Ferguson, an officer candidate school instructor with 207th Multi-Functional Training Regt. during the annual wellness camp held at Camp Carroll, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 30, 2022. The annual wellness camp focuses on the Army’s Holistic Health and Fitness concept and prepares Soldiers to maintain an overall healthy lifestyle. (Alaska National Guard photo by Sgt. Kekoa Macloves)
gt. Katie Mazos-Vega, a public affairs specialist with the 134th Public Affairs Detachment, and Pvt. Mark Salta, an infantryman with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 297th Infantry Regt., complete 40 squats as part of a baseline physical fitness test for the annual wellness camp held at Camp Carroll, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 29, 2022. The annual wellness camp focuses on the Army’s Holistic Health and Fitness concept and prepares Soldiers to maintain an overall healthy lifestyle. (Alaska National Guard photo by Sgt. Kekoa Macloves)
Sgt. Terry Proud, an infantryman with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 297th Infantry Regt., rows as part of the baseline physical fitness test for the wellness camp held at Camp Carroll, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 29, 2022. The annual wellness camp focuses on the Army’s Holistic Health and Fitness concept and prepares Soldiers to maintain an overall healthy lifestyle. (Alaska National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Katie Mazos-Vega)
2nd Lt. James Royals, an infantry officer with 1st Battalion, 297th Infantry Regt., finishes the pull-up portion of the baseline physical fitness test given during the annual wellness camp held at Camp Carroll, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska Aug. 29, 2022. The annual wellness camp focuses on the Army’s Holistic Health and Fitness concept and prepares Soldiers to maintain an overall healthy lifestyle. (Alaska National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Katie Mazos-Vega)
Capt. Julie Kane, a medical officer with the Medical Detachment, Alaska Army National Guard takes notes during a class on psychological patterns Aug. 27, 2022 during the annual wellness camp at Camp Carroll, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. Specialists from the Steven A. Cohen Clinic, a military family clinic in Anchorage, Alaska, partnered with the state resiliency program to bring their expertise to the wellness camp. (Alaska National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Katie Mazos-Vega)
Alaska Air National Guardsmen of 211th Rescue Squadron and 176th Logistics Readiness Squadron load relief supplies bound for Bethel Sept. 29, 2022, on an HC-130J Combat King II. More than 130 members of the Alaska Organized Militia, which includes members of the Alaska National Guard, Alaska State Defense Force and Alaska Naval Militia, were activated following a disaster declaration issued Sept. 17 after the remnants of Typhoon Merbok caused dramatic flooding across more than 1,000 miles of Alaskan coastline. (Alaska Air National Guard photo by David Bedard)
Alaska Air National Guardsmen of 144th Airlift Squadron and 176th Logistics Readiness Squadron load relief supplies bound for Nome Sept. 30, 2022, on a C-17 Globemaster III. More than 130 members of the Alaska Organized Militia, which includes members of the Alaska National Guard, Alaska State Defense Force and Alaska Naval Militia, were activated following a disaster declaration issued Sept. 17 after the remnants of Typhoon Merbok caused dramatic flooding across more than 1,000 miles of Alaskan coastline.  (Alaska National Guard photo by Dana Rosso)
Mongolian National Emergency Management Agency personnel train in high-angle rope rescue with Airmen from the Washington National Guard’s 141st Fatality Search and Rescue Recovery team during a simulated search and rescue scenario as part of exercise Gobi Wolf 2022 in Bayankhongor, Mongolia, Sept. 7.
Alaska firefighter and paramedic Breanna Love, right, Palmer Fire and Rescue, speaks with M. Munguntsetseg, head of the local Red Cross, through A. Saingileg, a translator, about local disaster response during a table top exercise as part of exercise Gobi Wolf 2022 in Bayankhongor, Mongolia, Sept. 7. Gobi Wolf is a disaster response exercise designed to test processes while maximizing realism through a series of scenarios. It will consist of a field training exercise in mass medical care, hazmat response and search and rescue. (Alaska National Guard photo by Victoria Granado)
Alaska National Guard Maj. Chelsea Aspelund, chief of public affairs, 176th Wing, leads an expert academic discussion on the United Nations initiative for Women, Peace and Security during exercise Gobi Wolf 2022 in Bayankhongor, Mongolia, Sept. 6. Gobi Wolf is a multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief engagement between military components of the government of Mongolia, U.S. Army Pacific and civil components. Participating countries also include Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the United Kingdom and Vietnam. (Alaska National Guard photo by Victoria Granado)
A Mongolia National Emergency Management Agency team takes notes on shoring during a disaster scenario during the field training portion of Gobi Wolf 2022 in Bayankhongor, Mongolia, Sept. 6. Gobi Wolf is a disaster response exercise conducted as a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief engagement. Participating countries also include Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the United Kingdom and Vietnam. (Alaska National Guard photo by Victoria Granado)
Alaska Air National Guard Tech Sgt. Ryan Smith, 176th Wing Civil Engineer Squadron, observes a Mongolia National Emergency Management Agency team demonstrate hazmat decontamination procedures during exercise Gobi Wolf 2022 in Bayankhongor, Mongolia, Sept. 10. Gobi Wolf is a disaster response exercise conducted as a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief engagement. The FTX focuses on hazmat response, mass medical care and search and rescue. Participating countries also include Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the United Kingdom and Vietnam. (Alaska National Guard photo by Victoria Granado)
A Mongolia National Emergency Management Agency team demonstrates hazmat decontamination procedures during exercise Gobi Wolf 2022 in Bayankhongor, Mongolia, Sept. 10. Gobi Wolf is a multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief engagement between military components of the government of Mongolia and U.S. Army Pacific. Participating countries also include Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the United Kingdom and Vietnam. (Alaska National Guard photo by Victoria Granado)
A Mongolia National Emergency Management Agency team lowers from a helicopter to hoist a basket stretcher during a simulated search and rescue scenario as part of Gobi Wolf 2022 in Bayankhongor, Mongolia, Sept. 8. Gobi Wolf is a disaster response exercise conducted as a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief engagement. The field training exercise focuses on hazardous material response, mass medical care, and search and rescue. (Alaska National Guard photo by Victoria Granado)
Command Sgt. Maj. Julie Small assumed responsibility as the new command senior enlisted leader of the Alaska National Guard Oct. 1. As the newest CSEL, she will serves as a voice for all enlisted personnel and plans to make her presence well-known. (Alaska National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Katie Mazos-Vega)
Alaska Air and Army National Guardsmen from Joint Task Force-Alaska rebuild the door of a small garage in Golovin, Alaska, Sept. 27, 2022. More than 130 members of the Alaska Organized Militia, which includes members of the Alaska National Guard, Alaska State Defense Force and Alaska Naval Militia, were activated following a disaster declaration issued Sept. 17 after the remnants of Typhoon Merbok caused dramatic flooding across more than 1,000 miles of Alaskan coastline. (Alaska National Guard photo by Pfc. Bradford Jackson)
Alaska Air and Army National Guardsmen from Joint Task Force-Alaska rebuild the door of a small garage in Golovin, Alaska, Sept. 27, 2022. More than 130 members of the Alaska Organized Militia, which includes members of the Alaska National Guard, Alaska State Defense Force and Alaska Naval Militia, were activated following a disaster declaration issued Sept. 17 after the remnants of Typhoon Merbok caused dramatic flooding across more than 1,000 miles of Alaskan coastline. (Alaska National Guard photo by Pfc. Bradford Jackson)
CSM Julie Small was born in Salinas, California and raised in Alaska where she enlisted in the Alaska Army National Guard in March 1995. She completed Army Basic Combat Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and Clerk Typist Advanced Individual Training as well as Personnel Service Sergeant Course at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. CSM Small currently serves as Command Senior Enlisted Leader for the Alaska National Guard.  (Alaska National Guard courtesy photo)
Alaska State Defense Force Staff Sgt. Timothy Henry, left, and Staff Sgt. (AK) Michael Uttereyuk identify storm damage with Maj. Gen. Torrence Saxe, adjutant general of the Alaska National Guard, in Scammon Bay, Alaska, Sept. 19, 2022. Approximately 100 members of the Alaska Organized Militia, which is comprised of the Alaska National Guard, Alaska State Defense Force and Alaska Naval Militia, were activated following a disaster declaration issued Sept. 17 after the remnants of Typhoon Merbok caused dramatic flooding across more than 1,000 miles of Alaskan coastline. (Alaska National Guard photo by Dana Rosso)