Hundreds of people respectfully roamed the sun-drenched grounds of the Fort Richardson National Cemetery Monday during the facility’s Annual Memorial Day Service. “This is a day for both mourning and meaning,” said Glenn Madderom, Chief of Cemetery Improvements and Development for the National Cemetery Administration.
Airmen and civilians of 673d Security Forces Squadron performed their annual high-risk response training during Police Week, training that is part of a Pacific Air Forces-wide program. The U.S. Air Force partnered with Analytical Services Incorporated to conduct a diverse range of high-risk response exercises. Headquartered in Shirlington, Va., ANSER is a public service research institute that worked with the Air Force in 1958 to help with the research and development of more proficient ways of assessing situations that threaten the security of America and its people. A cadre consisting of ANSER senior analysts devised several exercises, which utilized the concepts of responding to high risk situations.
I spent the last week down in Colorado with family. We gathered together to comfort each other in the loss of one of our own, my cousin’s beautiful daughter Breezy, age 17. She suffered from a rare blood disorder, Glanzmann’s Thrombasthenia. Last year she underwent a bone marrow transplant to cure the disorder. Unfortunately, as she was recovering her compromised immune system could not fight off an infection and she passed away. We all miss her vibrant personality, but know she is completely healed in heaven.
Five Alaska Air National Guardsmen with the 212th Rescue Squadron became the first group to reach the 20,320-foot peak of Mount McKinley this year, summiting North America’s tallest mountain May 9.
I got to spend the last week in St. Petersburg, Russia. A group of six from my church went to help facilitate an English camp and experience as much Russian culture as we could in one week. I felt for foreign travelers to the United States who struggle with language barriers. So many Americans have the attitude “You’re in America, speak American,” yet I was in Russia unable to speak Russian. My language skills were limited to yes, no, and my name is — “da,” “neyt,” and “menya zavut.”
After nearly seven decades, George Miller finally received the Distinguished Flying Cross he earned while serving in World War II. The wait was well worth it for the 87-year-old Peters Creek man.
On Saturday, May 4, Seaman Cruz Boseman stood on the deck of the USS Anchorage during a commissioning ceremony for the Navy’s newest warship at the Port of Anchorage.
When your new office is located in one of the world’s most extreme natural environments, it’s nice to have a little help moving in. The National Park Service recently enlisted the help of the U.S. Army to shuttle supplies to Park Service base camps located far up 20,328-foot Mt. McKinley.
Alaska doesn’t seem to like the vehicles we brought into the state. After less than a year of living here, our van was totaled after two rear-end collisions. At the same time our car decided to begin falling apart. We’ve been nursing her along for the past year and a half. When the transmission went out, the car had gone from spare vehicle to my main transportation. So, we replaced the transmission. Since then we keep fixing things knowing the transmission is still good. But when the brakes went out again on Monday, we decided it was time for that car to be put out to pasture. We just have to find a replacement.