JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON — Children are keeping their ears perked up and their eyes glued open — looking for sleighs and listening for bells. But in Buckland and other remote Alaska villages, Santa doesn’t use reindeer power — he’s uses horsepower.
Caylem, Gage and Ethan Hubbard received the surprise of a lifetime last week. That’s when the Anchorage Fire Department’s Santa Express visited the Fire Lake Elementary School. The express, which was really an AFD truck with plastic reindeer prancing over the top, came complete with a jolly (though not very fat) Santa and an especially large bag filled with an especially large gift: Their mother.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Bringing an appropriate end to Veterans’ Day here, 32 men and women of the Alaska Air National Guard’s 176th Wing returned to their homes after a month-long deployment to Europe, Nov. 11-12.
Vansickle said events like this are important, because our local community is small and is intricately integrated into the military community. “We’re pretty committed to our school partnership program.”
My father fought in the Korean War. Growing up, my sisters and I would sometimes play with his medals, encased in a small box lined in blue velvet. We were forbidden to play with these and so we treated them with reverence. We were too young to understand their solemn importance, we only knew that they were heavier than they looked, and that when we held them in our hands the medal warmed to the touch.
Jenna White, a P.E. teacher at Orion Elementary School on Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson, was awarded the national Milken Educator Award during a surprise ceremony at the school on Nov. 7.
EAGLE RIVER (AP) — The focus of attention one recent Saturday at the Veterans of Foreign War post in this community on the fringe of Anchorage was college football, not the state’s hard-fought Senate race.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — From its extreme weather to its remote communities and limited infrastructure, Alaska can present many challenges for response agencies in times of crisis. Plans for how to remove pollution or conduct a rescue at the edge of the Last Frontier are becoming increasingly important as the state sees more maritime traffic through its ports and waterways. That’s why the Coast Guard, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association and city of Unalaska came together with industry members from North Pacific Fuel and Alaska Chadux Corporation to conduct Aleutians PREP Exercise 2014 in Dutch Harbor, Sept. 24 and 25.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON — This November, Alaskans will vote on Ballot Measure 2: whether to legalize marijuana use for persons 21 years of age or older. Although passing a bill through the legislature is the most common way of creating new laws, many states will allow laws to be passed based upon a public vote. Such is the case in Alaska.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON — Service members honored missing and fallen comrades Sept. 19, during a POW/MIA ceremony at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.