Archive of: In Service

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JBER paratrooper receives Soldier’s Medal November Issue 4 2013

JBER paratrooper receives Soldier’s Medal

When Sgt. 1st Class John Kerns saw a vehicle veer off Interstate 95 in North Carolina and smash into a tree, he didn’t think. He just reacted. Kerns pulled the incapacitated driver from the burning vehicle minutes before its gas tank exploded. Kerns even grabbed the man’s Blackberry so he wouldn’t lose all of his contacts.

November Issue 3 2013

JBER paratroopers welcome special visitor

Paratroopers with the 1st Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry Regiment welcomed one of their own as they celebrated their storied unit’s service and history. Vincent Speranza, an 88-year-old World War II veteran who fought with the regiment in the Battle of the Bulge at Bastogne, Belgium, was the unit’s honored guest for a two-day area of operation tour complete with a head-table seat at this year’s regimental ball two weeks ago.

November Issue 3 2013

Getting involved in local politics

I have found it difficult to get involved in local politics since my husband joined the Army. I remember the first election after Chase went to basic training. It was a mayoral election. There were pros to each candidate, and there were a lot of cons to each candidate.

Alaska National Guard takes sexual assault seriously November Issue 1 2013

Alaska National Guard takes sexual assault seriously

As commissioner for the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and adjutant general for the Alaska National Guard, I am responsible for ensuring all personnel aggressively root out any harassment, hostile work environments, sexual assault or trading of sexual favors. Unequivocally, these actions have no place in America’s work environment. This responsibility to our military family and our state workforce is nonnegotiable.

November Issue 1 2013

Fighting winter darkness

It’s getting dark. And it’s only going to get darker over the next few months. We are losing more than five minutes of sunlight each day. The big question is how to deal with the darkness and keep it from affecting my mood.

November Issue 1 2013

Combating winter darkness

It’s getting dark. And it’s only going to get darker over the next few months. We are losing more than five minutes of sunlight each day. The big question is how to deal with the darkness and keep it from affecting my mood.

October Issue 4 2013

Family fun at Loretta French

My family and I rediscovered Loretta French Park in Chugiak. We had been there last winter for sledding. While there, my husband looked around, saw the lack of trees and power lines and thought to himself about the possibilities for more fun when the snow cleared.

October Issue 2 2013

The trick to Halloween in Alaska

With Halloween just weeks away, it is time to get serious about costumes for my children. This year, I will actually plan the costumes around Alaska weather. It’s true that there are plenty of things we could do to get around the weather. There is Trick or Treat in the Heat that was held back in September. We could head indoors to the JBER hospital to trick-or-treat Friday, Oct.18 from 1-3 p.m., an activity open to all those able to get on post. However, nothing beats trick-or-treating with our neighbors in our neighborhood on Halloween.

Fighter jet squadron to stay at Eielson October Issue 2 2013

Fighter jet squadron to stay at Eielson

The U.S. Air Force is scrapping its plan to move a fighter jet squadron to Anchorage from Fairbanks, and will not put Eielson Air Force Base in part-time status, Alaska’s congressional delegation announced Wednesday, Oct. 2.