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NEWS | Jan. 21, 2022

Alaska Airmen rescue stranded ATV rider near Knik Glacier

By David Bedard, 176th Wing Public Affairs

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – Alaska Air National Guardsmen with the 176th Wing rescued a stranded all-terrain vehicle rider Jan. 19 near Knik Glacier east of Palmer.

The mission began after the Alaska State Troopers requested assistance from the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center.

Under the direction of the AKRCC, Alaska Air National Guardsmen with the 210th and 212th Rescue Squadrons launched on a 210th RQS HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter from JBER.

The HH-60 crew located the hiker and landed the 212th RQS pararescuemen to assess and bring the ATV rider onboard. The Pave Hawk transported the uninjured man to Palmer, where he was released to State Troopers.

Alaska Air National Guard Capt. Brent Kramer, AKRCC senior controller, said it’s essential to carry a satellite communication device in the Alaska wilderness.

“Cell phone coverage is far from a given when going outdoors away from cities,” he said. “A personal locator beacon gives you two-way communication anywhere in Alaska, and it allows us to quickly find and rescue you if you get into trouble.”

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