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Alaskans recognize past and present Guardsmen across the state

Alaskans recognize past and present Guardsmen across the state

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska —From Fairbanks to Juneau, Alaskans gathered to celebrate and recognize the remarkable efforts of their past and present National Guardsmen.

Overcoming fear: Muscle Memory takes over in time of danger

KABUL, Afghanistan — It was just after 4 a.m., July 17. Many on the base at Kabul International Airport, and Forward Operating Base Oqab nearby, were still catching a last hour or two of sleep before the day would begin.
Thunderbirds come from a long line of tradition, and training

Thunderbirds come from a long line of tradition, and training

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- In 1947, while the jet age was still in its infancy, military aviation hurtled into the future with the creation of the U.S. Air Force as a separate service. Six years later, on May 25, 1953, the Air Force’s official air demonstration team, designated the 3600th Air Demonstration Unit, was activated at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.
Flying back toward bygone days

Flying back toward bygone days

It was loud. The engine churned and roared, and as we took off down the runaway at Merrill Field last Wednesday, the small WW II T-6 trainer plane shook as if with effort.
Alaska Air Guardsmen rescue 5 hikers stranded on cliff near Valdez

Alaska Air Guardsmen rescue 5 hikers stranded on cliff near Valdez

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Airmen with the Alaska Air National Guard’s 210th, 211th and 212th Rescue Squadrons rescued five hikers near Valdez on July 17.

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