Lt. Col. William Hassey, outgoing 13th Space Warning Squadron commander, is presented a Meritorious Service Medal by Col. Miguel Cruz, Space Delta 4 commander, during the Squadron Change of Command at Clear Space Force Station, June 16, 2022. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Julie Avey)
U.S. Space Force Col. Miguel Cruz, Space Delta 4 commander, presents the guidon to Lt. Col. Christopher Castle, incoming 13th Space Warning Squadron commander, during a change of command ceremony June 16, 2022, at Clear Space Force Station. Castle was formerly stationed in California as the Plans Branch Chief of the Combined Space Operations Center. The 13th SWS, located at Clear SFS, Alaska, provides strategic missile warning and space domain awareness by operating and maintaining the Upgraded Early Warning Radar. Passing of a squadron’s guidon is a tradition and symbolizes a transfer of command. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Julie Avey)
Senior Master Sgt. Ruperto Perez III, Master Sgt. Albert Atoigue, Master Sgt. Shane Jenkins, Master Sgt. RJ Cardines and Senior Airman Kyle Wilson (in the background) of the 168th Wing take a photo op during the Top 3 Highway Clean-up of Mile marker 353 to 354 between North Pole and Fairbanks, Alaska. The Airmen fix the sign while cleaning up the roadside. The 168th Wing Top 3 Organization adopted a section on the Richardson Highway miles down from the base and close to the community the wing lives and plays in with their families. (Courtesy Photo)
Staff Sgt. Austin L. Cardines, Senior Airman Alexander Cole Baham and Senior Airman John Aquino III of the 168th Logistics Readiness Squadron pick up trash in support of the Top 3 Highway Clean-up of Mile marker 353 to 354. The 168th Wing Top 3 Organization adopted a section on the Richardson Highway miles down from the base and close to the community the wing lives and plays in with their families. (Courtesy Photo)
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)
Alaska Missile Defenders of the Year awardees are thrown a football thrown by Mr. Riki Ellison, Founder and Chairman of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance and former football player, as their names are announced during the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance Awards ceremony, Anchorage, Alaska, Nov. 5, 2022.The Clear Space Force Station, Airmen and Guardians were honored amongst the MDAA awardees. (Courtesy Photo)
Service members from across the Alaska National Guard gathered at the Arctic Warrior Event Center on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska to exchange knowledge and advice during the ANGEA State Conference held Nov. 4, 2022. (Alaska National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Katie Mazos-Vega)
Staff Sgt. Charity Sisco and Airman 1st Class Alyssa Longley of the 168th Medical Group respond and provide care to injured Airmen while wearing chem gear and part of a post-attack reconnaissance team during the Golden Raven 23-1 exercise at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Team Eielson exercised the capability to accomplish the mission while countering CBRN threats. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Julie Avey)
Alaska National Guardsmen with the 176th Wing conduct preflight checks on a C-17 Globemaster III prior to transporting gifts and supplies to the community of Scammon Bay for Operation Santa Claus on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Nov. 16, 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 1st Lt. Balinda O'Neal)
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)
Tech. Sgt. Michael Durgin, a ground transportation specialist with 176th Logistics Readiness Squadron, 176th Wing guides a pallet of gifts for Operation Santa Claus onto a truck at the Salvation Army warehouse in Anchorage, Alaska, Nov. 10, 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 Nuiqsuit. (Alaska National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Katie Mazos-Vega)
Gifts packaged for children in remote communities across Alaska are staged at the Salvation Army warehouse in Anchorage, Nov. 10, 2022, before transportation by the 176th Logistics Readiness Squadron to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Operation Santa Claus is the AKNG’s yearly community relations and support program that provides gifts to children in communities across the state. In its 67th year, the program will celebrate with the communities of Scammon Bay, Minto and Nuiqsuit. (Alaska National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Katie Mazos-Vega)
From left to right, Master Sgt. Garrick Hoehne, a logistics planner with 176th Logistics Readiness Squadron, 176th Wing, Airman 1st Class Heather Pope and Tech. Sgt. Michael Durgin, both ground transportation specialists with 176th Logistics Readiness Squadron, 176th Wing finish loading boxes of wrapped gifts on a truck at the Salvation Army warehouse in Anchorage, Alaska, to transport to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson for Operation Santa Claus on Nov. 10, 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 Nuiqsuit. (Alaska National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Katie Mazos-Vega)
Tech. Sgt. Michael Durgin (left), a ground transportation specialist with 176th Logistics Readiness Squadron, 176th Wing and Master Sgt. Garrick Hoehne, a logistics planner with 176th Logistics Readiness Squadron, 176th Wing guide a pallet of gifts for Operation Santa Claus onto a truck at the Salvation Army warehouse in Anchorage, Alaska, Nov. 10, 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 Nuiqsuit. (Alaska National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Katie Mazos-Vega)
Airman 1st Class Heather Pope, a ground transportation specialist with 176th Logistics Readiness Squadron, 176th Wing guides a pallet of gifts for Operation Santa Claus onto a truck at the Salvation Army warehouse in Anchorage, Alaska, Nov. 10, 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 Nuiqsuit. (Alaska National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Katie Mazos-Vega)
Service members, veterans, family members and distinguished guests celebrate Veterans Day by honoring those who served 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)
Gordon Severson, a Korean War veteran, left, talks with Dawn Bundick, president, right, and Carolyn Kearney-Corey, senior vice president, both with the Jon Art Noyes Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9978, after the conclusion of 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)
U.S. Air Force Maj. Damon Jackson, Alaska National Guard provost marshal, left, meets Gordon Severson, a Korean War veteran, after the conclusion of 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)
Service members, veterans, family members, and distinguished visitors take a moment of silence at the conclusion of 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)
Command Sgt. Maj. Julie Small, command senior enlisted leader of the Alaska National Guard, left, and Verdie Bowen, director of the Office of Veterans Affairs, render a salute to a commemorative wreath to honor veterans 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)