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.
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.
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.