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    The Golden Heart City of Fairbanks Mayor visits the Alaska Air National Guard 168th Wing [Image 1 of 9]

    The Golden Heart City of Fairbanks Mayor visits the Alaska Air National Guard 168th Wing



    Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Julie Avey  

    168th Wing Public Affairs

    The Alaska Air National Guard's 168th Wing received a visit from the Fairbanks Mayor Jim Matherly as he thanked them for their service and saw the Fairbanks new tail flash on the Wing's KC-135 air refueling flagship aircraft for the first time. Matherly is born and raised in Fairbanks and wanted to stop in and thank the Airmen for their service as events occur around the world. This past December, the 168th Wing dedicated their flagship to honor Fairbanks, Alaska, the city it calls home, with the polar bear and Fairbanks proudly displayed on the tail. Matherly was unable to recognize the Wing's new tail flash, and the Airmen dedicated to the community, state, and nation due to COVID restrictions at the time. The aircraft's tail has a polar bear standing strong on the wing's tail flash, representing Alaska's arctic region and spirit. The geometric design of the polar bear highlights the wing's culture of innovation. The Fairbanks flagship aircraft is one of nine KC-135 aircraft flown by the 168th Wing. The other eight aircraft all have the polar bear tail flash and each have a different community from interior Alaska. Those communities are Minto, Gwichyaa Zhee, Grayling, Huslia, Tetlin, Telida, Tanana, and North Pole. (U.S. Air National Guard photos by Senior Master Sgt. Julie Avey)



    Date Taken: 08.17.2021
    Date Posted: 08.20.2021 19:02
    Photo ID: 6796169
    VIRIN: 210817-Z-UF872-018
    Resolution: 3600x5408
    Size: 4.49 MB
    Location: FAIRBANKS, AK, US 

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