Archive of: In Service



June Issue 1 2014

Remembering to be bear and Alaska aware

When news of our orders to JBER got around, a family friend said, “Oh, Anchorage, you’ll be just a couple miles from Alaska in any direction.” I didn’t understand that sentiment until I got here. Anchorage, even out here in Eagle River, is much more civilized than I imagined in rough, wild Alaska.

Hagel praises JBER troops, highlights joint mission success June Issue 1 2014

Hagel praises JBER troops, highlights joint mission success

More than 200 active-duty, Reserve, National Guard and civilian personnel from all military branches gathered at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Wednesday, as Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel spoke about the challenges the U.S. military faces in the coming years and JBER’s critical role in homeland and regional security. The event marked the first stop on Hagel’s 12-day trip through the Pacific to Europe.

Alaska Air Guard members work in Australia May Issue 5 2014

Alaska Air Guard members work in Australia

H.E. HOLT NAVAL COMMUNICATION STATION, Australia – Thirty-four men and women of the Alaska Air National Guard’s 176th Wing, including two Eagle River residents, are working on a space radar installation at this remote base on the far western tip of Australia.

Topping off the memories May Issue 4 2014

Topping off the memories

Attention! Stand up tall and straight, Chugiak-Eagle River, and give a proper salute. William “Top” Dill, the longtime naval sciences instructor at Chugiak High School, is retiring from the classroom after 22 years of teaching.

School honors military families May Issue 4 2014

School honors military families

It isn’t easy being a military child. You move around a lot, have to make new friends at new schools and don’t have any say in where you might be moving next. Which is one of the reasons Eagle River Elementary School hosts a Military Child assembly each year.

May Issue 4 2014

Summer means camping and exploring

From October until the last of the snow melted off, I dreamed of palm trees and blue waves crashing on sandy beaches. Jealousy would creep in as I listened to other’s travel plans. I love Alaska, but I would not have minded a change of scenery.

Alaska Guardsmen participate in WWII veterans’ Honor Flight May Issue 3 2014

Alaska Guardsmen participate in WWII veterans’ Honor Flight

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska —About 45 Guardsmen from the Alaska Air National Guard’s 176th Wing assisted nearly 50 World War II veterans at the Ted Stevens International Airport in preparation for their May 6 flight to Washington, D.C., as part of the Honor Flight Network program.

May Issue 3 2014

Paratrooper dies in rollover accident

A U.S. Army Alaska paratrooper died early May 10 from injuries sustained in a vehicle rollover accident in the Knik River Public Use Area near Butte. Spc. Shawn N. Bounds, 23, of Tyler, Texas, was transported by emergency responders to Mat-Su Regional Medical Center in Palmer shortly after the incident took place and was pronounced dead at approximately 4:10 a.m.

May Issue 2 2014

An unlikely but perfect Mother’s Day gift

Mother’s Day is this weekend. I have already received my present for this year. I am the proud owner of a new grill. Last week our toilet was leaking. To tell the truth it had been leaking for a bit, but with a new baby in the house a leaky toilet was not on the top of the priority list. That was until the leak went from a small, slow leak to water-visibly-coming-out-of-the-tank leak.

The ripple effect May Issue 2 2014

The ripple effect

Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson Air Force 3rd Wing command chief Jose “JAB” Barraza didn’t grow up in the most ideal of situations. In fact, he was a gangbanger, born to two rival gang members in the Los Angeles area.