A pilot from Eagle River has reached new heights in his career with the U.S. Air Force. Lt. Col. Rob “Grinch” Finch is commander of the 430th Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron, which has been operating in Afghanistan since 2009.
Loud barks could be heard yards away as 673d Security Forces Squadron dog handlers prepared their assigned dogs for standard dog training at the Eagleglen golf course on JBER.
The snow is melting. The sun is shining overhead, instead of way off on the Southern horizon. Temperatures are getting warmer, and days longer. Birds are chirping cheerful tunes. I hear rumors that the bears might be wakening from hibernation. Spring is on its way. This is the time of year proper housewives begin the feared Spring Cleaning.
For Army Staff Sergeant Justin Grimm, getting shot at is all in a day’s work. “When you sign up for a job that you’re going to fight in and you deploy enough, you get the sense that it’s going to happen sooner or later,” said Grimm, a member of the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division.
On June 1, 2012 Sgt. Maj. Michael Van Engen had just finished eating lunch in the mess hall at Forward Operating Base Salerno in Southern Afghanistan when all hell broke loose.
When we found out we were moving to Alaska, I started making a list of all the things I wanted to do in the last frontier. Some things on the list were easily conquered on the drive to Anchorage. Not long after getting off the boat in Haines, we saw bald eagles in numbers never seen in the Lower 48. We may have passed other glaciers without knowing they were there, but I was able to cross off “seeing my first glacier” as we drove past Matanuska. The list grew after our arrival as I learned about all Alaska has to offer. Just the drive from Palmer into Anchorage gave inspiration, with signs pointing out Mirror Lake and Thunderbird Falls.
What’s it take to be a military wife? Just ask Meghan Wieten-Scott. Military Spouse magazine recently named Wieten-Scott as Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson’s Military Spouse of the Year. She’s also in the running for the overall Army Spouse of the Year. That winner will be announced today (Thursday, Feb. 21).
A 25-year-old Palmer man is facing federal charges after he allegedly crashed his pick-up truck through the Boniface gate of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson around midnight Jan. 19.
I always wanted to come to Alaska. I will admit to pushing my husband to put Alaska high on his wish list. I didn’t know much about the frontier state. But I did know that almost everyone I talked to who was stationed in Alaska loved it. The one exception was my father, who isn’t a big fan of snow. Driving to Alaska, on my way to live here for at least three years, I was quite ignorant to what life here would be like.
Well before dawn on the morning of Jan. 31, more than 200 members of the Army’s 1st Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry Regiment arrived under cover of darkness at the foot of Arctic Valley Road. Carrying 35-pound rucksacks and decked out in their camouflage combat uniforms, the men briefly listened to instructions from their platoon leaders before springing into action.