Operating in frigid temperatures that can drop more than 20 below zero Fahrenheit, the Air National Guard in Alaska is often completing rescue missions in dangerous environments. The Alaska Air National Guard’s 176th Wing completed their 2,000th rescue mission on January 4th when a PA-18 Super Cub pilot was in distress near Mount Susitna. After the pilot turned on his locator beacon transmitter, a HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter was sent out from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson with pararescue troops to find him, despite the freezing temperature and darkness. The 176th Wing has saved 1,749 lives since 1991 when search and rescue was implemented.
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