The fourth and final “advance party” plane load of paratroopers from the Army’s 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division arrived at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Monday, Sept. 17. The arrival of approximately 230 soldiers brought the total of redeployed soldiers to about 500, according to the Army.
Air Force Airman 1st Class Christian M. Moore graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
Air Force Airman Brandon J. Johnson graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
Air Force Airman Steven M. Aumack graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
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.
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.
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.
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.