A change in command for Anchorage's Air Guard Wing

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - The Anchorage Air Guard Wing has a new commander, Col. Darrin Slaten will now lead the wing's 1,500 airmen.Originally an Army pilot, Slaten joined the Alaska Air National Guard in 19-99, serving as a helicopter pilot for a decade.

National Guard photo by Maj. John Callahan

During a change of command ceremony held at JBER Saturday, the Colonel said he's thrilled to be back home in the 49th state and already has a clear vision for how he'd like to lead the men and women of one of America's largest and busiest Air Guard wings. "The number one goal I have is improving the readiness of this organization. The world is an unstable environment right now and we need to provide a very sound and solid force that are tactical and proficient and ready to fight the nations wars."

According to a media release, since 2015 Slaten has been serving at the national level at National Guard Bureau headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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