Events in Afghanistan dominated military coverage in 2012, as a 3,500-member brigade spent much of the year in hostile territory. That group returned to Alaska in October. The year’s other big news on base came in May, when Gen. Michael Garrett took over command of the U.S. Army Alaska from Gen. Raymond Palumbo.
From firefighters to Fuji Gifts, 2012 was a busy, blustery year in Chugiak-Eagle River. There were dramatic stories of survival and heartbreaking tales of loss. As always, there was one big Bear Paw, plenty of political plotting and more animal attacks than most people are comfortable or with. And the weather? It was worth talking about. For better or worse, here are the news stories that shaped our lives in Chugiak-Eagle River over the past 12 months.
Need to know something about the Army in Alaska? For nearly four decades, there’s been one sure way to find an answer: Just ask Chuck.
Many would say they haven’t used half the math skills they learned in school Why would they? In today’s computer age, most don’t need to.
Police have charged a Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson soldier who recently returned from Afghanistan with the murder of his wife.
The 25-year-old Eagle River man charged in a 2010 murder case involving his childhood friend is back in jail on a probation violation — his second in six months.
Students and teachers at Gruening Middle School enjoy the eighth-grade class’ annual submersible remote operated vehicle (ROV) challenge for the same reason — no textbooks.
Col. Matthew W. McFarlane assumed command of the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division from outgoing commander Col. Morris T. Goins during a change of command ceremony held Dec. 5 at Hangar One, here.
Avoiding avalanches is all about awareness. “You gotta have your head in the game,” advised avalanche expert Blaine Smith, a trails planner for Alaska State Parks.