At 4 a.m. on a Thursday, the sun was rising above the mountains as fire trucks lined the streets next to the fishing docks here May 24.
The U.S. Army said a 22-year-old soldier on his first deployment to Afghanistan died June 4 in Landstuhl, Germany, where he was receiving medical treatment for injuries suffered in a June 1 attack in Khost Province.
Army says 22-year-old private first class was on his first deployment
John Lerch, of Eagle River, graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy and was commissioned as a second lieutenant on May 23, 2012. He will be stationed at Vance AFB in Enid, Okla., and will attend pilot training this fall. He is a 2008 graduate of Chugiak High School and the son of John and Lenette Lerch of Eagle River.
Alaska Air National Guard Lt. Col. Sharolyn Lange, of Eagle River, recently received the Paul Lindemuth Leadership Award during a ceremony at the Talkeetna Theater on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
After returning home from a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan, Sgt. 1st Class Maximo Cabrera got to do something he’s never done — hold his daughter.
On May 7, six friends shared one last adventure the same way they’ve spent much of their young lives — together.
The newest commander of the U.S. Army in Alaska is no stranger to the 49th state.
Maj. Gen. Michael Garrett took over as commander of the U.S. Army Alaska during a ceremony held Thursday, May 17 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. He takes over from Maj. Gen. Raymond Palumbo.