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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Navy seaman Sean N. Parker, son of Michael B. Camp of Houston, Alaska and Jessequa Y. Parker of Eagle River, Alaska, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
Service members from the Alaska Air and Army National Guard competed in the 39th annual Chief of the National Guard Bureau Biathlon Championships at the Camp Ethan Allen Training Site in Jericho, Vt., March 2-6.