Alaska National Guardsmen save lives

by Angela Denning-Barnes on January 26, 2012

Alaska National Guardsmen saved 104 lives in 2011. That’s according to the 11th Rescue Coordination Center (RCC), which released its end of year statistics.

According to the report, 79 lives were saved here in Alaska and 25 while Guardsmen were deployed to Afghanistan.

Since 1994, Alaska National Guardsmen have supported RCC calls with search and rescue assets, flying more than 20,300 mission hours, and earning more than 1,900 saves and 800 assists to safety.

In addition to performing day-to-day support in Alaska, Guardsmen from the 212th Rescue Squadron were also deployed to Afghanistan to support combat search and rescue missions.

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