One of the nation's largest and busiest Air National Guard wings has a new leader.

The 176th Wing, based at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, welcomed their new commander, Col. Darrin E. Slaten, before a full assembly on Saturday.

It is Slaten's third stint with the wing.

Originally, an Army pilot, he joined the Alaska Air National Guard from 1999-2009 as a helicopter pilot with the wing's famed 210th Rescue Squadron. He was with the wing again from 2014-2015 to lead the wing's 176th Operations Group.

Since 2015, Slaten has been serving at the national level at the National Guard Bureau headquarters in Washington, D.C. as commander of the 176th Wing.

Col. Slaten will be responsible for wing's 1,500 members and their ongoing missions.

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