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NEWS | Oct. 5, 2021

Alaska Air National Guard Airmen rescue distressed woman

By David Bedard, 176th Wing Public Affairs

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – Alaska Air National Guardsmen of the 176th Wing rescued a woman in medical distress at Sockeye Lake northeast of Talkeetna.

Alaska Air National Guard Senior Master Sgt. Evan Budd, Alaska Rescue Coordination Center superintendent, said the Alaska State Troopers requested assistance from the AKRCC Oct. 2. The 176th Wing responded by sending Airmen of the 210th and 212th Rescue Squadrons from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on a 210th RQS HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter.

The HH-60 crew located the cabin where the distressed woman was staying, and the 212th RQS pararescuemen (PJs) hoisted down from the hovering helicopter and made contact. The PJs medically assessed, treated and packaged the woman for hoist up to the helicopter.

The HH-60 transported the woman to Mat-Su Regional Medical Center, where she was released to civilian medical professionals.

For the operation, 210th RQS, 212th RQS and the AKRCC were awarded one save.