As commissioner for the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and adjutant general for the Alaska National Guard, I am responsible for ensuring all personnel aggressively root out any harassment, hostile work environments, sexual assault or trading of sexual favors. Unequivocally, these actions have no place in America’s work environment. This responsibility to our military family and our state workforce is nonnegotiable.
It’s getting dark. And it’s only going to get darker over the next few months. We are losing more than five minutes of sunlight each day. The big question is how to deal with the darkness and keep it from affecting my mood.
My family and I rediscovered Loretta French Park in Chugiak. We had been there last winter for sledding. While there, my husband looked around, saw the lack of trees and power lines and thought to himself about the possibilities for more fun when the snow cleared.
The U.S. Air Force is scrapping its plan to move a fighter jet squadron to Anchorage from Fairbanks, and will not put Eielson Air Force Base in part-time status, Alaska’s congressional delegation announced Wednesday, Oct. 2.
With Halloween just weeks away, it is time to get serious about costumes for my children. This year, I will actually plan the costumes around Alaska weather. It’s true that there are plenty of things we could do to get around the weather. There is Trick or Treat in the Heat that was held back in September. We could head indoors to the JBER hospital to trick-or-treat Friday, Oct.18 from 1-3 p.m., an activity open to all those able to get on post. However, nothing beats trick-or-treating with our neighbors in our neighborhood on Halloween.
Katherine Kosterman, a military wife and mother of four, doesn’t know whether her husband’s mid-month paycheck will arrive. On Monday, Oct. 7, she hung out with a friend at Jitters coffee shop in Eagle River, and the worry showed on her face.
A man dressed in fatigues is nothing new at Orion Elementary School on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. That’s why it took Nolan Campbell a few seconds to realize what was happening when his father walked into his fifth-grade classroom.
It took nearly seven decades, but the Army finally recognized Arthur Owens for his bravery during World War II. More than 68 years after Owens saved two injured soldiers from a tank under heavy fire, he was awarded seven medals including the Silver Star and Purple Heart on Sept. 19 at the National Guard Armory on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
Airmen from the 773d Civil Engineer Squadron are preparing for the coming winter months by readying heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment (HVAC). A change in weather patterns can occur rapidly, making HVAC operations critical to mission accomplishment. During this time, civil engineers will be out and about ensuring HVAC systems are adequately prepared for full-time operations.
I think it’s time to let go of summer. We experienced below-freezing temperatures last week. Plus, Sunday, Sept. 22, was the autumnal equinox. I have to face the facts — it’s fall. My husband has this week off. He is finishing off the last of his “use or lose” leave before the fiscal year ends and he loses it.