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.