Guardian Angels to deploy in support of Operation Enduring Freedom
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Approximately 25 members of the Alaska Air National Guard’s 212th Rescue Squadron and 176th Operations Group are scheduled to depart here Friday for a deployment to Africa Command’s area of operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
The Air Guardsmen are deploying as part of the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa mission.
According to the CJTF-HOA website, the task-force mission is to support partner nation military operations in East Africa to defeat extremist organizations and conduct focused military-to-military engagement to strengthen East African partner nation militaries. They also provide crisis response and personnel recovery in support of U.S. military, diplomatic, and civilian personnel throughout East Africa in order to protect and defend national security interests of the United States.
Guardian Angel teams are highly-trained medical personnel made up of pararescuemen, combat rescue officers and survival, evasion, resistance, escape specialists who conduct high-risk rescue missions.