Images: Arctic Care Distinguished Visitor Day [Image 2 of 3]
Photo by Cpl. Marcin Platek
Maj. Gen. Thomas Katkus, adjutant general for the Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, talks with Lance Cpl. Moises Zepedaserrano of 4th Medical Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group, Marine Forces Reserve, and Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class David Pereira, hospital man, 4th Dental Bn., 4th MLG, MARFORRES, at the Noorvik School, April 20. Katkus was one the distinguished visitors who traveled to three of the 12 Alaskan villages taking part in Innovative Readiness Training Arctic Care 2013. The exercise is a multi-service humanitarian and training program that focuses on enhancing the capability of U.S. forces in peacetime support operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. IRT Arctic Care brings medical, dental and veterinary aid to 12 rural villages in Alaska. The exercise is primarily a Reserve effort with Marine Forces Reserve taking the lead and receiving logistical and medical support from the National Guard, Army Reserve, Navy Reserve and Air Force Reserve.