On March 24, I got my favorite Alaskan souvenir. Miss Aurora Spears was born. Similar to other military families we have a child for every state we have lived in for at least 12 months. After three kids we were not planning on continuing the trend, but then we moved to Alaska. I’m not sure what changed my mind. Maybe with four years since the birth of my youngest my reasons for wanting to stop with her were getting hazy. Was it that nearly every woman I knew was having a baby? Could it have been that, in Alaska, three or four children seem more normal than elsewhere? Perhaps it was the desire to be able to use a cool Alaska themed name. Whatever the reason, my family decided that we would go for a “made in Alaska” baby.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON— Exercise Alaska Shield and Vigilant Guard-Alaska 2014 kicked off at 10:10 a.m. March 27 when a mock earthquake with a magnitude of 9.2 occurred in Jonah Bay in Prince William Sound.
Navy seaman Sean N. Parker, son of Michael B. Camp of Houston, Alaska and Jessequa Y. Parker of Eagle River, Alaska, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
Service members from the Alaska Air and Army National Guard competed in the 39th annual Chief of the National Guard Bureau Biathlon Championships at the Camp Ethan Allen Training Site in Jericho, Vt., March 2-6.
It’s been 50 years since the Good Friday earthquake. Reminders of this abound. Commercials on television bring visual reminders. Units all over JBER and other groups across the city are participating in Alaska Shield, an exercise created around the anniversary to make sure that the city is prepared to handle a similar event.
Hockey teams from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson hit the ice for a large, shiny trophy and bragging rights at the inaugural Army vs. Air Force Hockey Game at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex March 15.
Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Army Seargent Armando A. Pacheco was one of 200 chefs from bases around the globe who gathered in Fort Lee, Va. March 9-13 for the 39th annual Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training Event.
Eagle River High School’s Air Force Junior ROTC dominated the Alaska State Drill Meet competition held Feb. 22, at Service High School, bringing home two first-place and one third-place designations plus winning the academic award for the large school division. The competition included JROTC teams from 13 Alaska high schools. Large school division included teams with 21 or more members on the drill team.
Airmen with the Alaska Air National Guard’s 210th, 211th and 212th Rescue Squadrons rescued a 70-year old male with a known heart condition about a mile east of Boundary, Alaska, who believed he was suffering a heart attack late in the night of March 6.
With campaign ads abounding I know that Alaska is nearing the first election of the year. In fact, I knew there would be a ballot in April. Had I taken the time to really think about it, I would have remembered that voting falls on the first Tuesday of April. However, it took hearing the exact date on the radio for it to sink in, polling occurs on April 1 of this year.