More Alaska Air National Guardsmen mobilized
The Pentagon has ordered 38 more Guardsmen to be mobilized. The personnel, assigned to Kulis Air National Guard Base in Anchorage and headquarters at Fort Richardson, are in addition to the 130 mobilized at Eielson Air Force Base in Fairbanks.
The Pentagon said 25 members of the 176th Security Forces Squadron were mobilized, along with 12 members of the 176th Wing and a single headquarters officer.
Maj. Mike Haller, spokesman for the Guard, said the security personnel will patrol Kulis, while the Wing call-up is primarily ground personnel.
The call-up coincided with the departure to Kuwait of an Alaska Air National Guard team for support duties for Southern Watch. That’s the operation that polices the no-fly zone over Iraq. Haller said the deployment was routine and had been scheduled before the Sept. 11 attacks.