In mere minutes, Army paratroopers recently turned a quiet, empty field into a battleground. The more than 500 paratroopers who filled the skies were members of the Army’s 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, which dropped onto the Malamute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson as part of a massive three-day training mission designed to simulate the quick takeover of hostile enemy territory.
In a sure sign the team’s support is growing, many fans showed up to this year’s Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks home opener already wearing their team’s red, white and blue gear. One of those fans was little 3-year-old Theodore Manolas IV, who toddled into Loretta French Park wearing a proud grin and a blue Chinooks t-shirt.
Christie Holshouser was doing some spring yard work outside her home the morning of March 30 when she began to hear something unusual. “All the sudden I start hearing water,” Holshouser said.
A persistent drizzle didn’t keep hundreds of people from enjoying the festive atmosphere Sunday, June 2 outside Eagle River’s newest downtown retailer. “Come on in!” said Walgreens District Manager Bruce Philipp during a gala grand opening for the company’s new pharmacy at the corner of the Old Glenn Highway and Eagle River Loop Road.
Hundreds of people respectfully roamed the sun-drenched grounds of the Fort Richardson National Cemetery Monday during the facility’s Annual Memorial Day Service. “This is a day for both mourning and meaning,” said Glenn Madderom, Chief of Cemetery Improvements and Development for the National Cemetery Administration.
Airmen and civilians of 673d Security Forces Squadron performed their annual high-risk response training during Police Week, training that is part of a Pacific Air Forces-wide program. The U.S. Air Force partnered with Analytical Services Incorporated to conduct a diverse range of high-risk response exercises. Headquartered in Shirlington, Va., ANSER is a public service research institute that worked with the Air Force in 1958 to help with the research and development of more proficient ways of assessing situations that threaten the security of America and its people. A cadre consisting of ANSER senior analysts devised several exercises, which utilized the concepts of responding to high risk situations.
Seward charter fishing boat captain Skip Massey has an easy answer for why he’s opened the past four seasons with a boatload of nonpaying clients. “Because it’s an awful lot of fun,” said Massey, a former Marine who was one of dozens of Seward captains who volunteered their boats for the Annual Armed Services Combat Fishing Derby held May 23.
Work is underway on a $16.9 million state project to improve Eagle River Road. Alaska Department of Transportation project manager Steve Frey said the initial tree-cutting phase caused some consternation among residents in neighborhoods along the road.
Five Alaska Air National Guardsmen with the 212th Rescue Squadron became the first group to reach the 20,320-foot peak of Mount McKinley this year, summiting North America’s tallest mountain May 9.