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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cold can’t stop maintainers January Issue 2 2013

Cold can’t stop maintainers

A C-5A Galaxy from Memphis Air National Guard Base, Tenn., needed to refuel to continue its mission across the Pacific theater. The aircraft landed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, a base strategically positioned to be a good breaking point for military and commercial flights enroute. The temperature averaged 11 degrees below zero - too cold to snow even though there had been a thick layer on the ground for days. Ice continually formed across the ground and all transportation surfaces.

January Issue 1 2013

Soldier found dead on base

A soldier was found dead in another soldier’s barracks room on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Christmas Day.