ANCHORAGE EXHIBIT HIGHLIGHTS ‘UNSEEN’ EXPLOITS OF COMBAT MEDICS

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An exhibit opening Friday, July 7th, at an Anchorage art gallery takes a look at a reality most of us hope to avoid — the world of combat medics. The photographs feature Alaska National Guard members jumping out of aircraft, training exercises for recovering casualties in combat zones, as well as for Search and Rescue missions state-side.

Ahead of it’s opening, photographer Joe Yelverton is putting the finishing touches on the show, which is titled “Unseen.” On the white gallery walls are 33 large-format images of soldiers rigging parachutes, trudging along mountain tops, and leaping out of helicopters looking as calm as if they were ordering lunch.

“They are strangely at ease in situations that would make an ordinary person just freak out,” Yelverton said.

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