Canadian Armed Forces Brig. Gen. William Radiff, North American Aerospace Defense Command Region deputy commander, places 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)
Ian White plays Amazing Grace on the bagpipes to honor the fallen 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)
A Joint Forces Honor Guard renders final honors during a Fallen Warrior Ceremony for 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)
Contruction Mechanic 2nd Class Christiana Gadston, a Naval Militia Sailor with the Joint Forces Honor Guard, lays roses during the Fallen Warrior Ceremony for 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)
Canadian Armed Forces Brig. Gen. William Radiff, North American Aerospace Defense Command Region deputy commander, speaks on the partnership between the two nations and the common desire 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)
Alison Carter, 2022 Governor's Veterans Advocacy Award recipient, describes her work in the Fairbanks Veterans Court and encourages the audience to take part in veteran advocacy 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)
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)
Maj. Gen. Torrence Saxe, adjutant general of the Alaska National Guard and deputy commissioner the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, speaks an on the importance of honoring the accomplishments and sacrifices of those who came before during the DMVA 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)
Canadian Armed Forces Brig. Gen. William Radiff, North American Aerospace Defense Command Region deputy commander, with his son, honored 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)
Maj. Gen. Torrence Saxe, adjutant general of the Alaska National Guard and deputy commissioner of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, spoke about noteworthy Alaska veterans during the DMVA 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 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)
Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy gives the governor's proclamation 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)
Cadets of the Alaska Military Youth Academy color guard post the colors 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)
Command Sergeant Major Julie A. Small is the Command Senior Enlisted Leader for the Alaska National Guard, headquartered on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. She represents the highest level of enlisted leadership and oversees the combat readiness, effective utilization, professional growth, health and welfare over 4,100 servicemembers throughout the state, and federal missions worldwide. She serves as a special staff advisor and critical link between the Adjutant General and all matters affecting the enlisted force and their families.
Chief Warrant Officer 2 John Sorrells, an unmanned aerial systems operator with 100th Missile Defense Brigade, Colorado Army National Guard, tests his unmanned aerial vehicle before sending it over the fence for a simulated UAS attack on the missile defense complex during exercise Guardian Watch 23 at Fort Greely, Alaska, Nov. 1, 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)
Spc. Devin Greenway, a military police Soldier with Company A, 49th Missile Defense Battalion, waits with an injured passenger during a simulated vehicle accident during Exercise Guardian Watch 23 held at Fort Greely, Alaska, Oct. 31, 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)
Spc. Christopher Mosen, a military policeman with 113th Military Police Company, Mississippi Army National Guard pulls security on a patrol around the missile defense complex during Exercise Guardian Watch 23 at Fort Greely, Alaska, Oct. 31, 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)
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)
Sgt. Keyvin Pacheco, a military policeman with Company A, 49th Missile Defense Battalion searches a vehicle at the entry control facility to the missile defense complex during exercise Guardian Watch 23 at Fort Greely, Alaska, Nov. 1, 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)
Squad leaders from 1st Platoon, Company A, 49th Missile Defense Battalion inspect their Soldiers before a shift changeover during Exercise Guardian Watch 23 at Fort Greely, Alaska, Nov. 1, 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)