Arctic Guardian overcomes obstacles to join the Alaska Air National Guard
221110-Z-FC240-1002.JPG Photo By: SSG Katie Mazos-Vega

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska - JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – Airman 1st Class Heather Pope, a ground transportation specialist with 176th Logistics Readiness Squadron, 176th Mission Support Group, 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. Pope joined the 176th LRS at the age of 40, enlisting with a day to spare before the military age cutoff. (Alaska National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Katie Mazos-Vega)


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