JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Airmen with the Alaska Air National Guard’s 210th and 212th Rescue Squadrons rescued one distressed individual Sept. 6 at Lower Russian Lake near Kenai.
According to Alaska Air National Guard Maj. Andrew Williams, deputy director of the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center, the mission was opened in response to a request for assistance from the Alaska State Troopers.
An HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter from the 210th Rescue Squadron launched from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Aboard the helicopter was a Guardian Angel team comprising a combat rescue officer and a pararescueman who are both highly trained personnel specializing in rescue operations.
After receiving report of the distressed individual, the AKRCC tasked the Guardsmen to respond. The helicopter and Guardian Angel team hoisted the survivor and flew the individual to the Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.
For this mission, the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center, the 210th and 212th Rescue Squadrons were awarded one save.