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December Issue 1 2013

Christmas season is here

Thanksgiving has past, and we are officially in the Christmas season. I love Christmas — the lights, the carols, the decorations, the snow and Santa Claus. It’s my favorite time of year. However, with weddings and vacations to visit the sun, I have not yet been able to fully get into the spirit of the season here in Eagle River. We have decorated and done all our usual family traditions, but have missed out on all the local holiday activities.

JBER paratrooper receives Soldier’s Medal November Issue 4 2013

JBER paratrooper receives Soldier’s Medal

When Sgt. 1st Class John Kerns saw a vehicle veer off Interstate 95 in North Carolina and smash into a tree, he didn’t think. He just reacted. Kerns pulled the incapacitated driver from the burning vehicle minutes before its gas tank exploded. Kerns even grabbed the man’s Blackberry so he wouldn’t lose all of his contacts.

November Issue 3 2013

Getting involved in local politics

I have found it difficult to get involved in local politics since my husband joined the Army. I remember the first election after Chase went to basic training. It was a mayoral election. There were pros to each candidate, and there were a lot of cons to each candidate.

November Issue 3 2013

JBER paratroopers welcome special visitor

Paratroopers with the 1st Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry Regiment welcomed one of their own as they celebrated their storied unit’s service and history. Vincent Speranza, an 88-year-old World War II veteran who fought with the regiment in the Battle of the Bulge at Bastogne, Belgium, was the unit’s honored guest for a two-day area of operation tour complete with a head-table seat at this year’s regimental ball two weeks ago.

November Issue 1 2013

Fighting winter darkness

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.

Alaska National Guard takes sexual assault seriously November Issue 1 2013

Alaska National Guard takes sexual assault seriously

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.

November Issue 1 2013

Combating winter darkness

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.

October Issue 4 2013

Family fun at Loretta French

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.

October Issue 2 2013

Military families face uncertainty during government shutdown

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.