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NEWS | Feb. 16, 2022

Alaska National Guard to kick off exercise Arctic Eagle-Patriot

By Alaska National Guard Public Affairs

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – The Alaska National Guard will host the joint exercise Arctic Eagle-Patriot 2022 to train with interagency partners for the homeland security and emergency response mission in and around the Arctic.

The exercise will include approximately 900 Air and Army National Guard personnel from 15 states and more than 200 Active-Duty Air Force, Army and Marine Corps counterparts. Additionally, more than 500 participants from federal, state and local agencies will participate. International partners from the Canadian Army Reserve and Royal Canadian Air Force will also attend.

The exercise, conducted at JBER, Anchorage, Kodiak and Nome Feb. 22-March 10, is designed to increase the National Guard’s capacity to operate in the Arctic. It will pose homeland security and state-level emergency scenarios to facilitate realistic training in austere, extreme cold-weather environments across Alaska.

The public may notice increased military activity, including vehicle convoys, near National Guard Armories and military ranges, and more military air traffic across the state.

The Arctic Eagle-Patriot exercise series began in 2012 to increase the National Guard’s awareness and capacity to operate in Arctic environments. Since 2017, the exercise has been a venue for innovative training in cold-weather technology, public/private partnerships and multi-agency integration.