"YUKLA", the call sign for all 962nd AACS flights
is a Tanaina Athabascan word for "Eagle"

On 27 Sept 1996, a Memorial was dedicated at Elmendorf AFB, AK. on behalf of the 24 men that fatefully lost their lives aboard Aircraft 0354, Callsign Yukla 27, assigned to the 962 AACS. The memorial is surrounded by 24 Spruce trees, one for every member aboard the aircraft--their humanity. 24 bronze cast name plaques adorn the wall, one for each Airman--their professionalism. The E-3B AWACS replica is mounted in a climbing left hand turn, Yukla 27's takeoff that day--their mission. Both the U.S. and Canadian Flags are raised high--our nations share their loss.

"Yukla", from the Tanaina Athabascan Native American dialect meaning Eagle, the callsign of all Alaskan AWACS aircraft.

He will lift them up and they will soar on wings like eagles.

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