Archive of: In Service



Alaska Air Guard participates in Lava Rescue March Issue 1 2014

Alaska Air Guard participates in Lava Rescue

Airman from the Alaska Air National Guard’s 176th Wing completed “Lava Rescue 2014,” an 11-day flying training exercise in Hawaii last week. Seventy-seven members of the 210th and 212th Rescue Squadrons, the 144th and 249th Airlift Squadrons, and the 176th Maintenance Group participated in a first-ever opportunity of its kind in the Alaska Air Guard.

March Issue 1 2014

Eagle River woman sentenced for sexual assault

Lagina Griffiths, 41, of Eagle River, was sentenced to four years of jail time for the offense of attempted sexual assault in the second degree. Griffiths pled guilty to this offense on Oct. 28, 2013.

March Issue 1 2014

Operation Purple Camp

The National Military Family Association is accepting applications for its popular Operation Purple Camp hosted by Camp Fire Alaska. Operation Purple is a free summer camp program to support military children, ages 7-17, dealing with the stress of war and deployment.

Local retired Air Force colonel wins lifetime achievement award February Issue 4 2014

Local retired Air Force colonel wins lifetime achievement award

Retired colonel and Alaska Veterans Museum executive director Suellyn Wright Novak was recently awarded the Armed Services Blood Program Lifetime Achievement Award at the Defense Health Agency headquarters in Falls Church, Va.

February Issue 4 2014

Rondy memories

It’s Fur Rondy time. As my family and I make plans for what we want to see and do this year, I can’t help but remember our first Rondy. We arrived in Anchorage the end of January. The last week of February we were still in temporary lodging, and we had serious cabin fever.

February Issue 4 2014

Airman dies on JBER

Senior Airman Katrina M. Jackson, patrolman with the 673d Security Forces Squadron, was pronounced dead Feb. 15. The 22 year-old native of Universal City, Texas, died from injuries sustained from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound while on JBER.

February Issue 3 2014

JBER solider dies due to injuries

A USARAK Soldier died the evening of Feb. 11 from injuries sustained Feb. 7 at his home on JBER. Sgt. Okan Murat Cetinbag, 24, an infantryman with Company B, 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, was removed from life support and pronounced dead at 6:25 p.m. by medical personnel at Providence Alaska Medical Center with his family in attendance.

February Issue 2 2014

Olympic fever

I am very excited about this year’s Olympics. The Olympics have always held fascination for me. First, I love athletic competition of any kind. The drama provided by sports is thrilling.

February Issue 1 2014

Paratrooper collapses, dies following jump

A Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson paratrooper died at the hospital Thursday, Jan. 30 after collapsing following a jump at the Malemute Drop Zone. Sgt. Jose Maria Pasillas, 34, underwent emergency surgery for a torn aorta at Providence Medical Center and was pronounced dead just before 8 p.m., according to a JBER press release. He collapsed about five hours earlier.

Loud, far and deadly February Issue 1 2014

Loud, far and deadly

I’m riding in the back of a military issued Humvee with Staff Sgt. Jeffrey S. Smith and Sgt. Eric-James Estrada, traveling through back road sections of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

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