JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Airmen with the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center and Alaska Air National Guard’s 210th and 212th Rescue Squadrons rescued two distressed hikers July 2 at Crow Pass north of Girdwood.
According to Alaska Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Katelyn Magnuson, a controller at the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center, the mission was opened in response to a request for assistance from the Alaska State Troopers.
An HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter launched from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson with two pararescuemen on board. The aircrew subsequently located the uninjured hikers and transported them to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson where they were released to authorities.
“Key to this mission’s success was the hiker’s preparedness in carrying a satellite communication device providing exact coordinates to their location,” Magnuson reported.
For this mission, the AKRCC, 210th and 212th Rescue Squadrons were awarded two saves.