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FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Air National Guard saw an increase in recruits for 2009. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports they numbered 342, up 88 from the year before.
The guard attributes the increase to more advertising, new temporary recruiting positions and a new recruiting office in Wasilla.
Master Sgt. Richard Maxted said most recruits come from the Fairbanks or Anchorage areas, where the guard's bases are located. But he said the guard tries to reach out to anyone interested in the Air National Guard.
Seven of the state's 11 recruiters will be recognized at a conference next month for exceeding goals, six by more than 125 percent.