An Alaska Native blessing for aviation brigade

By Staff Sgt. Brooks Fletcher/16th CABPAOFebruary 1, 2011

FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska - Alaska Natives join hands in prayer with 16th CAB Soldiers during the potlatch, adding to the traditional Athabascan feast of food, song, dance and speeches.
1 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska - Alaska Natives join hands in prayer with 16th CAB Soldiers during the potlatch, adding to the traditional Athabascan feast of food, song, dance and speeches. (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Brooks Fletcher/16th CAB PAO) VIEW ORIGINAL
Eleanor Roehl, a Bristol Bay Alaska Native performs for Soldiers of the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade during an Alaska Native Federation traditional potlatch, or ceremonial feast, Jan. 25 in Hangar 1 at Fort Wainwright. The event honored and bid farewell to Soldiers of the 6th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment and C Company, 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment (Air Ambulance) who will deploy to the Middle East next month. Natives from the Fairbanks area and Alaska Interior organized the traditional Athabascan event to honor and bless the troops, many of whom are slated to deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan.
2 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Eleanor Roehl, a Bristol Bay Alaska Native performs for Soldiers of the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade during an Alaska Native Federation traditional potlatch, or ceremonial feast, Jan. 25 in Hangar 1 at Fort Wainwright. The event honored and bid farewell to Soldiers of the 6th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment and C Company, 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment (Air Ambulance) who will deploy to the Middle East next month. Natives from the Fairbanks area and Alaska Interior organized the traditional Athabascan event to honor and bless the troops, many of whom are slated to deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan. (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Brooks Fletcher/16th CAB PAO) VIEW ORIGINAL