Hitchin’ a ride: AK Air National Guard gives Coast Guard a lift as FOL Deadhorse shutters

Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Samuel Pulliam of Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, and Staff Sergeant Peyton Wackerman of the Alaska Air National Guard 176th Logistics Readiness Squadron prepare pallets of equipment for transport aboard a C-17 Globemaster III airplane while demobilizing a Forward Operating Location in Deadhorse Oct. 14, 2015. FOL Deadhorse was part of the Coast Guard's Arctic Shileld 2015 mission. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert)

Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Samuel Pulliam of Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, and Staff Sergeant Peyton Wackerman of the Alaska Air National Guard 176th Logistics Readiness Squadron prepare pallets of equipment for transport aboard a C-17 Globemaster III airplane while demobilizing a Forward Operating Location in Deadhorse Oct. 14, 2015. FOL Deadhorse was part of the Coast Guard’s Arctic Shileld 2015 mission. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert)

Members of Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, and the 249th Airlift Squadron load a pickup truck onto a C-17 Globemaster III airplane while demobilizing Foward Operationg Location Deadhorse Oct. 14, 2015. The C-17's payload capacity of 170,900 pounds enabled the Coast Guard recover the FOL's equipment in one trip. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert)

Members of Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, and the 249th Airlift Squadron load a pickup truck onto a C-17 Globemaster III airplane while demobilizing Foward Operationg Location Deadhorse Oct. 14, 2015. The C-17’s payload capacity of 170,900 pounds enabled the Coast Guard recover the FOL’s equipment in one trip. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert)

Personnel from Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, hitched a ride home from Forward Operating Location Deadhorse aboard a C-17 Globemaster III airplane courtesy of the Alaska Air National Guard’s 249th Airlift Squadron Oct. 14, 2015. The FOL, which extended the Coast Guard’s reach and provided arctic maritime domain awareness as part of Arctic Shield 2015, was demobilized after approximately four months.

“This is the first time in a long time that Air Station Kodiak has worked with the Alaska Air National Guard on a demobilization,” said Chief Warrant Officer Samuel Pulliam of Air Station Kodiak. “This would have taken us six trips with a C-130, but the Air National Guard helped us lower that to one trip with the C-17. They saved us a lot of effort and manpower, and we thank them for their assistance.”

Tech Sgt. Chase Carrier of the Alaska Air National Guard 249th Airlift Squadron directs Petty Officer 2nd Class Lance Nation as he backs a van aboard a C-17 Globemaster III airplane while demobilizing a Forward Operating Location in Deadhorse Oct. 14, 2015. The Alaska Air National Guard provided the C-17 in order to assist with the Coast Guard's demobilization of the FOL. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert.

Tech Sgt. Chase Carrier of the Alaska Air National Guard 249th Airlift Squadron directs Petty Officer 2nd Class Lance Nation as he backs a van aboard a C-17 Globemaster III airplane while demobilizing a Forward Operating Location in Deadhorse Oct. 14, 2015. The Alaska Air National Guard provided the C-17 in order to assist with the Coast Guard’s demobilization of the FOL. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert.

Members of Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, Alaska and Tech Sgt. Chase Carrier of the Alaska Air National Guard 249th Airlift Squadron load a tow bar onto a C-17 Globemaster III airplane while demobilizing Foward Operationg Location Deadhorse Oct. 14, 2015. Crew members from Air Station Kodiak were deployed to FOL Deadhorse throughout the summer in support of Arctic Shield 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert)

Members of Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, Alaska and Tech Sgt. Chase Carrier of the Alaska Air National Guard 249th Airlift Squadron load a tow bar onto a C-17 Globemaster III airplane while demobilizing Foward Operationg Location Deadhorse Oct. 14, 2015. Crew members from Air Station Kodiak were deployed to FOL Deadhorse throughout the summer in support of Arctic Shield 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert)

The AK ANG’s assistance meant Coast Guard assets and personnel were available for search and rescue and other missions within Kodiak’s area of responsibility and gave both crews valuable experience with working together.

“This was a great opportunity to assist the Coast Guard and give our own personnel some training,” said Maj. Aaron Gibbs of the 249th Airlift Squadron.

Members of the Alaska Air National Guard 176th Logistics Readiness Squadron and 249th Airlift Squadron load equipment onto a C-17 Globemaster III airplane during the demobilization of Coast Guard Forward Operating Location Deadhorse, Alaska, Oct. 14, 2015. The Alaska Air National Guard's assistance with demobilizing the FOL allowed Coast Guard C-130 aircrews from Air Station Kodiak to remain available for search and rescue and other important missions. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert)

Members of the Alaska Air National Guard 176th Logistics Readiness Squadron and 249th Airlift Squadron load equipment onto a C-17 Globemaster III airplane during the demobilization of Coast Guard Forward Operating Location Deadhorse, Alaska, Oct. 14, 2015. The Alaska Air National Guard’s assistance with demobilizing the FOL allowed Coast Guard C-130 aircrews from Air Station Kodiak to remain available for search and rescue and other important missions. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert)

 

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