Search and Rescue Airman uses her training to fly Alaska’s smallest planes | INDIE ALASKA

Staff Sergeant Jasmine Chavez is a Loadmaster in the Alaska Air National Guard stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska where she works with the 211th Rescue Squadron to perform Search and Rescue operations across the state. Years of riding in the back of C-130’s and being around aircrew and flight operations helped her when she decided to pursue her private pilot certification at the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Aviation Program.

Now when she looks to the future she dreams of carrying people and cargo into Alaska’s rural communities as a bush pilot and of flying U.S. Air Force jets as a commissioned officer.


Video and story by Valerie Kern

Additional footage from DVIDShub.net, Jasmine Chavez, Dylan Johnson, John Sievert, Travis Gilmour, Hanna Craig, Eric Keto, Kaysie Ellingson

Music from Universal Production Music

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Originally from the Central Coast of California, Valerie joined Alaska Public Media in July 2017. Before moving to Alaska, Valerie worked as an ENG Editor at WRAL-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina. She also served in the U.S. Air Force as a TV/Radio Broadcast Journalist where she got the opportunity to travel around Europe, Africa, The Baltics, and Australia reporting on military events, exercises, and missions. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, skiing, backpacking, learning piano, yoga, and trying new foods.

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