A KC-135 Stratotanker from the Alaska Air National Guard’s 168th Wing was unveiled showcasing a new tail flash on the wing’s aircraft, Oct. 15, 2020. A polar bear stands strong on the wing’s tail flash representing the arctic region and spirit of Alaska. The geometric design of the polar bear highlights the wing’s culture of innovation. The 168th Wing continues to have strong ties to local communities in interior Alaska as the “hometown Air Force.” In collaboration with Tanana Chiefs Conference, the 168th Wing honors interior communities on the wing’s aircraft. The first KC-135 revealed honors Minto and is one of nine total aircraft representing Alaska interior communities. The next aircraft to be unveiled will honor Gwichyaa Zhee, Grayling, Huslia, Tetlin, Telida, and Tanana. Additionally, Fairbanks and North Pole will be displayed on the final two aircraft. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Julie Avey)
Chief Master Sgt. JoAnne S. Bass salutes during the national anthem at the beginning of a chief master sergeant of the Air Force transition of responsibility ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug. 14, 2020. Bass succeeded Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright as the 19th chief master sergeant of the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Eric Dietrich)
New Wellness Team Tab!
Staff Sgt. Elysia Wilson, 168th Wing production recruiter, helps enlist a new recruit using a video conference call April 16, 2020, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. This virtual enlistment allowed a new Alaska Air National Guard recruit to complete their oath of enlistment while complying with COVID-19 safety regulations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Shannon Chace)


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