Spc. Devin Greenway, a military policeman with Company A, 49th Missile Defense Battalion, takes notes from the prior shift through a changeover during Exercise Guardian Watch 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)
Tech Sgt. Breanna Oswalt, left, and Master Sgt. Quindell Dixon of the 168th Force Support Squadron ensure their Mission-Oriented Protective Posture gear is tightened properly as wingmen during exercise Golden Raven 23-1 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Nov. 4, 2022. Golden Raven 23-1 was a readiness inspection testing the capabilities to deploy Airmen effectively. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Julie Avey)
Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Nath of the 168th Wing Force Support Squadron simulates inspecting M8 paper and reporting observations in a CBRN environment at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Nov. 4, 2022. Nath was part of a post-attack reconnaissance team during Golden Raven 23-1 at Eielson Air Force Base. 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)
Tech Sgt. Marc Smith of the 168th Logistics Readiness Squadron halts the post-attack reconnaissance team as he observes s suspicious object while conducting a sweep in a simulated chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear environment during Golden Raven 23-1, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Nov. 4, 2022. The PAR team sweeps assess any damage caused during wartime providing communication to leadership to execute mission-essential tasks. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Julie Avey)
Airmen of the 168th Wing perform post-attack reconnaissance sweeps during phase II of Golden Raven 23-1 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Nov. 4, 2022. The PAR team provides communication to execute mission-essential tasks while operating in Chemical Biological radiological and nuclear environment environments. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Julie Avey)
Airman 1st Class Audrey Winterton of the 168th Medical Group ensures her Mission-Oriented Protective Posture gear is properly sealed during Golden Raven 23-1 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Nov. 4, 2922. Golden Raven 23-1 was a readiness inspection testing the capabilities to deploy Airmen effectively. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Julie Avey)
Tech Sgt. Marc Smith and Senior Airman Nicole Colegrove of the 168th Logistics Readiness Squadron give each other a high five during Golden Raven23-1 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Nov. 4, 2022. Smith and Colegrove were both post-attack reconnaissance team members during the exercise and carried out an observation role for the wing and base leadership. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Julie Avey)
Staff Sgt. Edward Wilson of the 168th Vehicle Maintenance leads a post-attack reconnaissance team during the Golden Raven 23-1 exercise at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Nov. 4, 2022. Post-attack reconnaissance team sweeps provide communications to execute mission-essential tasks in chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear environments. 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)
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 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 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 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.
Members of the 168th Wing stand next to the KC-97 Stratofreighter for a photo after installing the refueling boom. The members volunteered to attach the refueling boom as a community service project to honor the aircraft's legacy while attending a leadership course in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (Courtesy photo)
Alaska Army National Guard Spc. Sharhan Sylva, a wheeled vehicle mechanic, 207th Aviation Regiment, carries sandbags to reinforce the Koyuk Native Store warehouse for Operation Merbok Response in Koyuk, Alaska Sept. 28, 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 Sgt. Seth LaCount)
Alaska National Guard 1st Sgt. Oliver Meza, assigned to the Counterdrug Support Program, gives a presentation on Red Ribbon Week to the students of Iditarod Elementary in Wasilla, Alaska, Oct. 24, 2022. The Alaska National Guard collaborates with the Drug Enforcement Agency and local and state agencies in bolstering a sense of community and support in drug prevention awareness for Red Ribbon Week 2022. (Alaska National Guard photo by Victoria Granado)
Alaska Air and Army National Guardsmen return to Fairbanks, Alaska, Sept. 30 from assisting Nome community residents affected by the remnants of Typhoon Merbok. The Alaska Joint Task Force members removed more than 180,000 pounds of storm-related debris and logged more than 3,000 work hours across 32 communities. (Alaska National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Julie Avey)
Bernedette Alvanna Stimpfle, director of the Alaska Native Language Preservation and Advisory Council, reunites with Sgt. Dempsey Woods and Tech Sgt. Blassi Shoogukwruk, former students of hers, during Operation Merbok Response, Sept. 21, 2022. Soldiers and Airmen of Joint Task Force-Nome during Operation Merbok Response, Sept. 21, 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 Army National Guard photo by Pfc. Bradford Jackson)
Tech. Sgt. Blassi Shoogukwruk, a C-17 Globemaster III crew chief with the 176th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron hugs his cousin, Patti Oksoktaruk Lillie during the First Alaskans Institute Elder and Native Youth conference held in Anchorage, Alaska, Oct. 18, 2022. The conference gives Alaska Native youth opportunities to meet with elders in their communities and learn how to advocate for themselves and their people as well as connect with others. (Alaska National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Katie Mazos-Vega)
Tech. Sgt. Blassi Shoogukwruk is a C-17 Globemaster III crew chief with the 176th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 176th Wing. Shoogukwruk comes from a long line of military veterans, but is the first person in his family to serve in the Air Force. (Alaska National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Katie Mazos-Vega)
Tech. Sgt. Blassi Shoogukwruk is a C-17 Globemaster III crew chief with the 176th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 176th Wing. Shoogukwruk comes from a long line of military veterans, but is the first person in his family to serve in the Air Force. (Alaska National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Katie Mazos-Vega)