An Alaska Reserve unit has just returned from Tennessee where the task at hand was rebuilding a school that was destroyed by a tornado in 2011.
Navy Seaman Apprentice Kate I. Mulcahy, of Chugiak, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program, Mulcahy completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness. The capstone event of boot camp is “Battle Stations,” which gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. “Battle Stations” is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Mulcahy is a 2010 graduate of Chugiak High and the daughter of Deborah and Peter Mulcahy of Chugiak.
Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Raider C. Zavodsky graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Zavodsky completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Zavodsky is the son of Richard Cormier of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and a 2011 graduate of Eagle River High School.
Sean N. Hamp a lifelong resident of Birchwood/Eagle River, graduated on July 13 as a U.S. Marine Pvt. First Class in the 1st Battalion, Alpha Company 1010 at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, Calif. On July 4, Hamp received his Eagle, Globe and Anchor. During basic training, Hamp earned the “crossed rifles” badge as an Expert Rifleman. Hamp graduated from Chugiak High in 2011, where he was a member of the school’s NJROTC program. He is the son of John and Samie Hamp of Eagle River.
They line the runway, making for a sea of shifting bodies, anxious for the aircraft door to open. They are wives, husbands, children, girlfriends, boyfriends and family members who have been waiting these long months for their soldiers to come home.
The U.S. Army said last week that a 22-year-old paratrooper based at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson died when his unit came under attack by small arms fire on Aug. 7 in Koragay, Afghanistan.
A combined Alaska Air National Guard and JBER active-duty aircrew provided a team of JBER reservists airlift support to Hill Air Force Base, Utah on Friday, Aug. 3.
With a quarter of a million people attending Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson’s Arctic Thunder open house and air show Saturday and Sunday July 28-29, 2012 was a “huge success” for the biennial event, said JBER spokesman Luke Waack.
“Scouting teaches boys responsibility and basic skills on adulthood, it gives them a head start to growing up to be independent young men who can be self reliant and self responsible” said Boy Scout Troop 190 Scoutmaster Wes Raley.
Arctic Thunder Open House 2012 is coming July 28 and 29 at JBER, and numerous units will have aircraft participating.