Operation: North Wind (Alaska)

North Wind AAR PDF


Operation name: Operation: North Wind

Duration: 2 Days

Dates: 15-30 Sep 12 (planning / leader involvement) , 29-30 Sep 12 (Execution)

Locations: Anchorage, Alaska

Executive Summary

Paragraph 1: Pre-Deployment

1. All coordination that went into assembling teams, identifying initial rally points, and the insertion of recon teams.  – Team was filled as a local Alaska team.  The AK Coordinator sent mass email and phone calls to rally available team members.  The rally point was identified as a church that was the base of operations for another element that was helping as well.  The teams inserted by POV’s as the missions were all local to the Anchorage Area.

2.Travel and accommodation plans. – There was no travel required.  All travel was in and around.  The teams billeted at their HOR.

Paragraph 2: Deployment

1. Overview of travel to DZ – N/A

2. Daily activities overview – The team linked up at 0800 daily.  The TL gave a SIREP brief as well as a safety brief.  The team then conducted map reconnaissance of the daily objective.  The TL gave a route overview to the target area and conducted a commo check.  Once on site the TL conducted a linkup with the “customer” while the ATL supervised preparation of the equipment.  Once the TL was done with link up the team went to work as required.  The team was completing an average of 2 sites per day.  Lunch was purchased on the local economy.  At the end of the day the TL conducted an AAR, and submitted the SITREP to higher HQ.  The TL also reported daily status to the AKVOAD and the Municipality of Anchorage chains of command.

3. Significant changes to pre-deployment plan – N/A

4. Retrograde (exfil procedures) – the retrograde was done vis phone by the TL and all members confirmed release from duty at EOM.

Paragraph 3: Post-Deployment

1. Any significant issues? – None


Total cash raised:

Less- Credit card fees:





Food Lodging: food – $48

Authorized cash disbursements:


Net operation (gain/loss)


Jeff Alberts, US Army, 14 days planning, 2 days execution

Jim Tollefson, US Army, 2 days

Bill Crowley, US Army, 2 days

Bill Crowley Jr. , JROTC, 2 days

Conrad McCluskey, USAF, 2 days

Robert Gordon, US Army, 2 days

Karima Turner, ARNG, 2 days

Lessons Learned & Key Actions

This was the first mission for TR-AK.  We had just become members of the AKVOAD the week before the storm.  The VOAD was very quick to ask for TR assistance in this operation.  The team was able to react and respond on very short notice.  The key was that all of the members who responded live in Anchorage, and were not affected by the storm.  The team had no organic TR gear on this mission, but was able to finish the job with their own personal equipment.  The team also ensured that they had a trained PAO NCO on the mission, Karima Turner.  She was instrumental in posting updates on facebook and sending real time info to the region X HQ element.

The team does need to build a cache of equipment in Alaska.  Jeff Alberts is working on a request to send to HQ to fulfill the requirement.  The cache should include basic equipment as well as special equipment for cold weather and backcountry operations.  This cache needs to be stored at a central location so all members have access when required.  The Alaska mission set will be seen as complex as well.  The team up here will require additional training for all threats that Alaska possesses.  Recommend additional training for all region X members on WFR and avalanche hazards.  The state seems to want to use TR in a “first responder” role up here outside the MOA in the future. 

The membership in Alaska should be able to sustain themselves for at least 72 hours.  I would recommend that region X be used first from Seattle and Portland, as that is where the direct flights to Alaska are from.  The limiting factor on relief would be the fact that only a select few airlines offer service to Alaska from the lower 48.

All in all this mission was a huge success for TR-AK.  We showed that we can react quickly, with limited resources, and with a small budget and exceed the expectations that the state has for us.  The members up here need to work to grow our numbers.