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    Alaska National Guard Performs Medical Mission While Shuttling Santa to Give Gifts to Rural Village

    Alaska National Guard Performs Medical Mission While Shuttling Santa to Give Gifts to Rural Village

    JOINT ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Santa Claus' sleigh took on new responsibilities in rural Alaska this week when delivering gifts to an Alaska Native village.

    Santa's ride, an Alaska National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, was shuttling Santa, Mrs. Claus, volunteer elves and gifts in shifts Wednesday to provide the children of Tuluksak some Christmas cheer. The flights originated about 35 miles (56 kilometers) , from the hub community of Bethel, the guard said in a release.

    However, after the first trip to Tuluksak, the helicopter crew got an urgent call seeking help for a medical evacuation in the nearby village of Napaskiak, located about 5 miles (8 kilometers) south of Bethel on the other side of the Kuskokwim River.

    The river in the winter serves as an ice road, but there was only enough ice at this time of the year to prevent boats from operating. The ice wasn't thick enough to support vehicles, and bad weather prevented small planes from landing at the village strip.

    Helicopter pilots Colton Bell and David Berg, both chief warrant officers, shifted focus, adding two paramedics and medical equipment to the flight and the remaining gifts for children.

    They flew the five minutes to Napaskiak and dropped off the paramedics, who said they would need about 40 minutes to stabilize the patient. That gave the pilots time to take the 15-minute flight to Tuluksak to drop off the gifts and…

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