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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Iditarod Champion visits Alaska F-22 Reserve Unit, JBER

by Tech. Sgt. Dana Rosso
477th Fighter Group Public Affairs

3/10/2015 - Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska  -- Two-time Iditarod champion, Dallas Seavey, visited with members of the Air Force Reserve's 477th Fighter Group as well as members of the 3rd Wing here March 4.

"I try to have a pretty high-tech fancy dog sled," Seavey said. "Carbon fiber stanchions, lightweight aluminum, we are cutting ounces and inches everywhere we can, but it doesn't really compare [to the F-22 Raptor]."

Seavey is a third-generation Alaskan sled dog musher; in 2005 he became the youngest musher in history to run the Iditarod. Seavey won the Iditarod in 2012 and 2014.
This year the Air Force Reserve is a Lead Dog Partner of the Iditarod sled dog race, "the last great race on earth."

The Iditarod is a 1,000-mile sled dog race across the rugged terrain of Alaska and is a state- wide tradition. This year marks the 43rd running of the Iditarod and the first year of the Air Force Reserve's sponsorship.

Tech. Sgt. Andrew Eichorst, 477th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, spent time with Seavey showing him America's most advanced fighter Jet, the F-22 Raptor.

"Having local Alaskans such as Dallas join us in our recruiting effort is going to give us an upper hand in filling our open unit positions," Eichorst said.

The Air Force Reserve is hoping its partnership with the Iditarod will help raise awareness of the opportunities available in the 477th Fighter Group to serve in the Air Force Reserve right here in Alaska.

"Having the Air Force Reserve involvement is an awesome addition to our Iditarod family," Seavey said. "And getting to come down here and meet the individuals in person is an amazing privilege."

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