Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Alaska National Guard has released details about the C-17 that was seen operating in the vicinity of Juneau area Monday afternoon.
The C-17 Globemaster III is assigned to the Alaska Air National Guard’s 176th Wing, 144th Airlift Squadron located at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. The C-17 was flying under the callsign SITKA 21, and the aircrew was conducting Alaska familiarization and pilot training.
According to Dana Rosso, the Chief of Public Affairs Operations for the Alaska National Guard, as the 144th Airlift Squadron receives new pilots they are trained to ensure they are familiar with Alaska and in particular the challenging locations Alaska offers for pilots.
"Juneau is one of those locations with particularly technical terrain when the weather is marginal or poor," Rosso said.
Both Pilots are prior enlisted members of the 176th wing and were selected to become pilots through the 176th Wing pilot hiring program. One is now an instructor pilot and the other just returned from the Initial Qualification course for C-17 pilots.