With a final formation flyby, 11 aircraft left Kulis Air National Guard Base in Anchorage, Alaska, on Saturday for nearby Joint Base Elmendorf, signaling the official move of Kulis’ 176th Wing to Elmendorf and ending operations at Kulis, per BRAC 2005. “We’re looking forward to the increased partnership with the 1,400-plus men and women of the Air National Guard and their families,” said Col. Robert Evans, commander of Elmendorf’s 673rd Air Base Wing in welcoming the Kulis airmen. These Air Guardsmen operate C-130 and HC-130 aircraft and HH-60 helicopters. Brig. Gen. Charles Foster, 176th Wing commander, said the move to Elmendorf “offers the wing growth as a team and a partnership that works.” He noted that the benefits of the relocation “far outweigh the downsides.” Kulis had been home to the 176th Wing since 1952. (Elmendorf report by Luke Waack)
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.