JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- In 1947, while the jet age was still in its infancy, military aviation hurtled into the future with the creation of the U.S. Air Force as a separate service. Six years later, on May 25, 1953, the Air Force’s official air demonstration team, designated the 3600th Air Demonstration Unit, was activated at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Airmen with the Alaska Air National Guard’s 210th, 211th and 212th Rescue Squadrons rescued five hikers near Valdez on July 17.
It was loud. The engine churned and roared, and as we took off down the runaway at Merrill Field last Wednesday, the small WW II T-6 trainer plane shook as if with effort.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — A pararescueman with the Alaska Air National Guard’s famed 212th Rescue Squadron pinned on the Silver Star — the nation’s third-highest award for valor — in a ceremony at JBER July 11.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON-- Driven by determination and trained in arctic survival, five paratroopers from the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, along with one Soldier from the Army’s Northern Warfare Training Center and two Soldiers from the Vermont Army National Guard, scaled the highest point in North America June 15.
One nice thing about being stationed in Alaska is how supportive the local community is to the military and military families. Last week, the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce showed their love with their annual Military Appreciation Picnic.
My two middle children went to camp this week. I have missed them, but it is a great opportunity for them. I love living in a place where it’s just a few minutes’ drive to a camp where my children can enjoy the great outdoors. This is something I have always wanted my children to experience, but we were never able to do until Alaska. Camp was always somewhere far away; I wanted their first overnight camp to be close, just in case. I like that camp here is just a couple exits up the Glenn Highway.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Approximately 40 Soldiers and Airmen with the Alaska National Guard participated in the Alaska National Guard’s 2014 Adjutant General’s Match, here, June 7-8.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska —More than 1,500 service members drawn from Alaska, Oregon and Guam came together for a large joint-force exercise here and at Fort Greely, near Delta, from June 4 to June 9.
When news of our orders to JBER got around, a family friend said, “Oh, Anchorage, you’ll be just a couple miles from Alaska in any direction.” I didn’t understand that sentiment until I got here. Anchorage, even out here in Eagle River, is much more civilized than I imagined in rough, wild Alaska.