JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — The newest painting in the National Guard’s heritage series will be unveiled in a ceremony at the National Guard Armory here on Jan. 31 at 1 p.m. Available in high definition.
Gen. Frank Grass, Chief of the National Guard Bureau and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will unveil and present the heritage painting to members of the Alaska National Guard and distinguished guests.
The painting, “Midnight Sun Guardians: ‘So That Others May Live,’” by Mark Churns, is the 84th National Guard heritage painting commissioned since the series began in 1961. Midnight Sun Guardians depicts Alaska Air National Guard rescue efforts in U.S Sen. Ted Stevens’ plane crash of August 2010.
An Alaska Air National Guard HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter, its crew, and two pararescuemen arrived at the scene in severely inclement weather to provide medical care to survivors and transport the two most critically wounded to Dillingham. A U.S. Coast Guard HH-60 Jay Hawk transported two additional survivors to Dillingham, and all four were transported to Anchorage in a Coast Guard C-130. Additional Air Guard aircraft and personnel assisted in recovery efforts.
Five people perished in the crash, including Sen. Ted Stevens. Stevens served Alaska for 40 years in the Senate, and was a tireless advocate for the state and its military.
Gen. Grass serves as a military adviser to the president, secretary of defense, and National Security Council, and is the Department of Defense's official channel of communication to governors and state adjutants general on all matters pertaining to the National Guard.
|Date Posted:||02.03.2014 19:40|
|Location:||JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, AK, US|
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