Archive of: In Service



January Issue 3 2014

Discussing military issues

Last week, I decided to do my best to be a productive member of my military community. I participated in JBER’s Joint Family Action Plan (JFAP) conference. The words “Joint Family Action Plan” don’t mean a whole lot to me. However, it’s actually a cool thing. JBER community members get to submit issues that they would like to see changed in military life. The issues are many and varied, including housing, schools, childcare, benefits, and on and on.

Marines delay female fitness plan after half fail January Issue 2 2014

Marines delay female fitness plan after half fail

WASHINGTON — More than half of female Marines in boot camp can’t do three pullups, the minimum standard that was supposed to take effect with the new year, prompting the Marine Corps to delay the requirement, part of the process of equalizing physical standards to integrate women into combat jobs.

January Issue 1 2014

A place to ease the burden

Military life can be difficult. This is especially true in Alaska, where the majority of incoming servicemen and women hail from the Lower 48. Many find themselves ill prepared for the weather, the long seize of winter darkness and the hefty cost of living.

January Issue 1 2014

New year brings uncertainty

It is the beginning of a brand new year. Generally, I love this time of year. I look out at a blank slate in which I have 12 months to try to do things better, and in which I get to plan all sorts of new adventures. This year, I’m having a hard time when I begin to think too far out.

Fallen soldiers honored December Issue 4 2013

Fallen soldiers honored

Dozens gathered at the Fort Richardson National Cemetery on Saturday, Dec. 14 to pay homage to the soldiers who died while serving our country. Seven wreaths were placed in honor of those who served in the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines and for prisoners of war/missing in action. Following that ceremony, volunteers laid wreaths at several graves.

December Issue 3 2013

Christmas dilemma

Christmas is drawing near. This year, I have a quandary. Most presents have been bought, and many already have been wrapped and are stored temptingly under the tree. I had thought the ones left unwrapped were well hidden. That was until the day I left the boys at home by themselves.

Bronze heroes December Issue 2 2013

Bronze heroes

Alaska Air National Guard 212 rescue squadron members Maj. Matthew Komatsu, Chief Master Sgt. Paul Barendregt, Master Sgt. Kyle Minshew and Senior Airman Andrew Nichols were honored with Bronze Stars for acts of heroic rescue and bravery at an award ceremony on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Friday, Dec. 7.

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

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.

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