The past meets the future when a distinctive looking aircraft with the nose and electronics of an F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter and the body of a 1960’s passenger jet participates in one of the U.S. military’s largest electronic warfare exercises.
When Eagle River resident Kyle Burnett competed in the Dept. of Defense Warrior Games this week, she did so as one of two Ultimate Athletes representing the U.S. Air Force. Each of six military branches selects athletes among the wounded warriors who try out for competition in the spring to compete in a variety of events, and one man and one woman to compete as its Ultimate Athletes in all the individual events.
Al Nagel, treasurer of the Eagle River Elks club, gets teary when he talks about the things the Elks have done to support Alaskan veterans in the Wounded Warriors program.
On November 15, 1957, about 6:20 p.m., a B-29 training aircraft from Elmendorf Air Force Base with a crew of 10 was returning to base after a radar-calibrating mission farther north. Weather had deteriorated and the ceiling had dropped to below 5,000 feet as they made their way south past Talkeetna. A routine radio report from the aircraft reported no problems. The plane was scheduled to arrive at Elmendorf about 7 p.m.
Two doors on the aircraft flew open with a bang and the wind pulled and tugged, trying to grab whatever or whoever it could. The jumpmaster yelled “Go! Go! Go!” as the Airmen and paratroopers fell like a hail of arrows. Kodiak Solstice jump week is hosted by the Air Force 3rd Air Support Operations Squadron and combines the Army’s 1st Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division to work together in a joint-training environment.
Bill Martin shouldered an army surplus rucksack, walked out the door of the Brooklyn home he shared with his father, and set out for anywhere. At 16, he’d thumbed the pages of Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” more times than he could remember.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON — Since early childhood, Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Kimberly Daugherty has admired service members, especially those who fly. The shiny wings displayed on their uniforms instilled in her a sense of wonder. When asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, she always responded with the same answer: an astronaut or pilot.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON — It’s 4 a.m. Much of the working world is still asleep, but not her. She’s getting ready to go to the gym. There’s something she wants more than sleep — she wants to be a boxing champion and is willing to outwork everyone else to become one.
It felt like a high school pep rally, but the result is far more important than any Friday night football game. Alaska leaders joined hundreds of Anchorage residents at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center Feb. 23 — an effort to demonstrating the state’s support of the military before a U.S. Army panel tasked with determining which bases should lose troops.
JUNEAU (AP) — Gov. Bill Walker named retired U.S. Army Col. Laurie Hummel as Alaska’s new adjutant general on Jan. 30. Hummel will be the first woman to lead the Alaska National Guard, Walker’s office said. There has been a focus on cleaning up the Guard’s culture and restoring confidence in the chain of command following allegations of sexual assault and other misconduct within its ranks.