Guard rescue center performed a successful recovery of a pilot who crashed in Alaska & it was its 5,000th mission.
-- Members of the Alaska (11th Air Force) Rescue Coordination Center on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, completed their 5,000th mission (since July 1, 1994) March 27. During the 5,000th mission, the team coordinated the Alaska Air National Guard's successful recovery of a pilot who crashed a Super Cub aircraft near the Bering River northeast of Cordova, Alaska. Searching for overdue aircraft, rescuing injured hunters, locating lost hikers and helping those stranded at sea is all part of the mission of the RCC. "Our mission is to provide a safe and timely response to aircraft events over the land mass of Alaska," said Senior Master Sgt. Robert Carte, the superintendent of the RCC. "In addition, we assist any other search-and-rescue agency should they need military assets and coordination, so we're often involved with ground searches and missions in Alaska's waters ...