Archive of: In Service



April Issue 4 2014

Spring thaw reveals surprises and treasures

Spring might finally be here. I have been eagerly awaiting its arrival since the temperature rose above freezing in January. The melting of the snow brought dreams of time outdoors, so this year I feel like I have been waiting forever.

Alaska Guardsmen compete in CrossFit Open April Issue 4 2014

Alaska Guardsmen compete in CrossFit Open

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON — Service members from the Alaska Air and Army National Guard competed against approximately 140,000 worldwide participants to determine the “Fittest on Earth” during the CrossFit Open Feb. 27 through March 31.

April Issue 3 2014

Fort Wainwright soldier charged in death of 3-year-old son

A soldier with the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, was charged on April 9 in the death of his 3-year-old son April 4 in the family’s on-post residence.

Local JBER woman inducted into Athena Society April Issue 3 2014

Local JBER woman inducted into Athena Society

Brigadier General Catherine Jorgensen, director of the joint staff, Joint Forces Headquarters, Alaska Army National Guard, was inducted into the Anchorage Athena Society at a luncheon at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage, March 31.

April Issue 3 2014

Farewell ceremony bids goodbye, hello

U.S. Army Alaska soldiers bid farewell to their current top enlisted soldier and welcomed his replacement during a change of responsibility ceremony April 11, in the Buckner Physical Fitness Center at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

April Issue 3 2014

Coast Guard death incident report released

The U.S. Coast Guard recently released the Major Incident Investigation (MII) Report into the incident aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Waesche, which resulted in the death of Petty Officer 3rd Class Travis Obendorf.

Aurora lights up local JBER family April Issue 2 2014

Aurora lights up local JBER family

On March 24, I got my favorite Alaskan souvenir. Miss Aurora Spears was born. Similar to other military families we have a child for every state we have lived in for at least 12 months. After three kids we were not planning on continuing the trend, but then we moved to Alaska. I’m not sure what changed my mind. Maybe with four years since the birth of my youngest my reasons for wanting to stop with her were getting hazy. Was it that nearly every woman I knew was having a baby? Could it have been that, in Alaska, three or four children seem more normal than elsewhere? Perhaps it was the desire to be able to use a cool Alaska themed name. Whatever the reason, my family decided that we would go for a “made in Alaska” baby.

High tides and silty waters April Issue 2 2014

High tides and silty waters

A sharp wind blew off the inlet at the Port of Anchorage on the morning of April 3 as camouflaged men and women bustled around the docks as part of the Alaska Shield rescue simulation.

A swimming effort April Issue 2 2014

A swimming effort

An 11-year-old child is alive today thanks to the quick thinking of two local Chugiak High School Naval Junior ROTC students. Cadets Ethan Espe and Paul Cockreham were on lifeguard duty at the Anchorage Community YMCA on March 19 when the 11-year-old child was discovered unconscious in the pool.

Mock earthquake drill “shakes” Alaska April Issue 1 2014

Mock earthquake drill “shakes” Alaska

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON— Exercise Alaska Shield and Vigilant Guard-Alaska 2014 kicked off at 10:10 a.m. March 27 when a mock earthquake with a magnitude of 9.2 occurred in Jonah Bay in Prince William Sound.