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February Issue 2 2013

Alleged gate-crasher facing federal charges

A 25-year-old Palmer man is facing federal charges after he allegedly crashed his pick-up truck through the Boniface gate of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson around midnight Jan. 19.

February Issue 2 2013

An Alaska Valentine’s

I always wanted to come to Alaska. I will admit to pushing my husband to put Alaska high on his wish list. I didn’t know much about the frontier state. But I did know that almost everyone I talked to who was stationed in Alaska loved it. The one exception was my father, who isn’t a big fan of snow. Driving to Alaska, on my way to live here for at least three years, I was quite ignorant to what life here would be like.

Arctic Tough February Issue 1 2013

Arctic Tough

Well before dawn on the morning of Jan. 31, more than 200 members of the Army’s 1st Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry Regiment arrived under cover of darkness at the foot of Arctic Valley Road. Carrying 35-pound rucksacks and decked out in their camouflage combat uniforms, the men briefly listened to instructions from their platoon leaders before springing into action.

Changing gears January Issue 5 2013

Changing gears

Nearly 100 Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson soldiers are set to deploy in the next week or so for a nine-month tour in Afghanistan. Their mission is anything but standard.

Military musician January Issue 5 2013

Military musician

Ten days ago, Technical Sgt. Brian Stiles marched down Pennsylvania Avenue to celebrate the swearing in of President Barack Obama in front of thousands of spectators as a member of the 2013 Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C.

Army specialist charged in death January Issue 5 2013

Army specialist charged in death

A soldier from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson has been charged with the Christmas death of Private 1st Class Grant Wise.

January Issue 5 2013

Embracing the challenge of living in Alaska

I love living in Alaska. I love the mountains and the snow. I would so much rather be cold than hot. Eagle River is the perfect place to raise my family with its small town feel and wonderful people. Most of the downsides have upside trade-offs. There may not be an Old Chicago’s restaurant here, but there is a Pizza Man. Days may be really short in December, but they are long in June. Nonetheless, there is one huge downside to living here: the isolation from family and friends in the Lower 48.

Competition tests load crews’ skills January Issue 4 2013

Competition tests load crews’ skills

As another year passes, two load crews competed for pride and a plaque in the 3rd Wing Load Crew of the Quarter competition Jan. 4. The objective of the load competition was to test the abilities and work ethic of two or more load crews from different fighter squadrons.

ER locals to march in Inaugural Parade January Issue 3 2013

ER locals to march in Inaugural Parade

On Jan. 21, two Eagle River locals will travel down Pennsylvania Avenue between the U.S. Capitol and White House as part of the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Parade.

Army helicopters help Kulluk January Issue 3 2013

Army helicopters help Kulluk

KODIAK — The Royal Dutch Shell Arctic drilling rig Kulluk Salvage was hit with a storm New Years Eve that ran it onto an Alaska island and caused a power outage. The Kulluk is a circular drill barge that does not have propulsion, and needed heavy equipment to restore operational power. The U.S. Army 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment, out of Fort Wainwright, Alaska, was able to support the civilian operations as well as military.