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.
She sees a need within the nation’s military that she believes cannot be met with a one-size-fits-all mentality. The anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress experienced by those wearing the uniform and defending our nation against enemies abroad and domestic cannot be conquered simply by the use of prescription medication.
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.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON — I woke up at 0530 and rolled out of bed, awake, but not quite conscious. One cinnamon roll and a zero-calorie energy drink later, my father (who was visiting for Thanksgiving) and I were on our way to the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Marine Corps Reserve detachment for my first extended military mission.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON — Marathon runners call it “hitting the wall.” It usually happens around mile 20, when a runner’s body runs out of energy, starving muscles of the fuel they need to carry the distance.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARSON — Dana Walker is from a family focused on science. Her father and her siblings have careers in different sciences and Walker herself chose to become a meteorologist in the Air Force.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — The flight was announced, and then delayed; announced, and then delayed. Families on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, waited anxiously for their loved ones, members of the 2d Engineer Brigade Headquarters, to return home from a nine-month deployment.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON — The improvised explosive device detonated early — in his hand. The 16-year-old Afghan boy was rushed to the Craig Joint Hospital on Bagram Air Field, missing a hand, an eye, and a lot of blood. Third-degree burns covered nearly half of his body. Air Force Capt. Tania Leonard, an intensive-care nurse, was ready.