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.
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.
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.
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.
Crack! A deep, white spider web leapt across the windshield. The low rumble of engines on a Colombian Air Force aircraft was interrupted by the splintering sound of fractured glass. The pilots exchanged glances, checked safety lights, monitored their position and barked commands. Cabin pressure read normal, but the entire glass pane was split from end to end. It would be difficult to see, let alone safely fly. The aircraft had to descend. The plane radioed the control tower.
A war broke out in the sky above Alaska last week. Fortunately, everyone was on the same side. On Friday, Aug. 23, forces from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and Eielson Air Force Base concluded a two-week international training exercise with Japan, Australia and the Republic of Korea with a mock battle.
The Alaska State Fair in Palmer is one of my favorite events of the year. I heard about the fair before we moved here, particularly the rumors of giant cabbages. Since arriving in Alaska we have attended every year.
Last summer my daughter won a Kindle Fire from Alaska USA. It was from one of those booths at fairs and community events on post. Then last fall my son won a gift card at a welcome back 4-25 event put on by Mark Begich. Between those events, my faith in being able to win raffles and drawings hit an all time high.
There’s a pair of new generals on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson after a pair of change of command ceremonies in recent weeks. Air Force Lt. Gen. Russell J. Handy became the commander of Alaskan Command (ALCOM) in an Aug. 9 ceremony. As commander, he’ll be in charge of the more than 26,000 soldiers, airmen, sailors and reservists stationed in Alaska.
A young man by the name of Ollie Plunket recently decided to take a seven-month motorcycle ride for charity. The mission of this 18-year-old from Buckingham, England, was to help military members and their families get the care and support they need overseas. He was raising money for the newly built Fisher House, the only one in the United Kingdom, which opened in June.