Family Tradition: Alaskan Guardsman makes debut appearance in K-300

His hands trembled with anticipation, soaked in a mixture of anxiety and excitement. The room was quiet as the mushers of the Kuskokwim 300 waited to pick a bib number which would determine their starting order. He knew he was ready, but the helm he was about to take up was still overwhelming. He had never run a team of dogs further than 75 miles, and dog sledding was a family tradition. Staff Sgt. Thomas Carl, an Alaska Army National Guard infantryman with B Company, 1-297th Infantry Battalion, competed in his first Kuskokwim-300 dogsled race in Bethel, January 19-21, 2018. Carl is an Akiak native and the son in law of Michael Williams  Sr, a village council member known statewide for his 16 appearances in the Iditarod and 29 in the K-300.  This year, due to health concerns, Williams Sr. asked Carl to drive his team.

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Alaska Army National Guard infantry Soldiers shoot, move and communicate on skis

It’s only fitting that infantry Soldiers in the Alaska Army National Guard, belonging to the United States’ sole Arctic state, would train and serve as biathletes on the Alaska National Guard’s biathlon team.

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