Alaska Army National Guard

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Alaska Army National Guard

The Alaska Army National Guard headquarters is located on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson at Camp Denali. Only a small portion of the 1,900 fully mission-capable Soldiers work full time at the headquarters. Most are “M-day” citizen-Soldiers who work and train one weekend a month and 15 other days throughout the year. They live in nearly every community across the state but keep proficiency in unified land operations that include: war fighting, sustainment, homeland security, emergency response operations, ground-based midcourse missile defense, and regional stability capabilities for the state of Alaska.

The Alaska Army National Guard’s two major units are the 297th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade and the 38th Troop Command. The 297th BfSB encompasses counterintelligence, long-range surveillance and tactical exploitation of national capabilities. The 38th Troop Command is composed of the public affairs detachment, civil support team, contingency contracting team, regional training institute, ground-based midcourse missile defense battalion, military police battalion, aviation battalion, recruiting and retention command, medical command, and an airborne infantry company.

The Alaska Army National Guard also serves the communities of Alaska with extensive Innovative Readiness Training exercises and outreach programs such as Arctic Care, a recurring health care program; Operation Santa Claus, an Alaska National Guard yearly community relations and support program that provides toys, clothing, books, school supplies, fresh fruit and sundaes to youngsters in communities across the state; and operation Newtok/Mertarvik, a village relocation project.

The Alaska Army National Guard is fully ready to meet national defense requirements, protect Alaska from threat and disaster, and enhance state mission capabilities. To learn more about the Alaska Army National Guard