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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
The continuous 24-hour operational readiness exercise, Polar Force 13-3, came to a close Monday after a week of evaluating Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson’s Air Forces deployment capabilities, despite weather complications.
An Alaska-based military policeman will serve 16 years in prison and will be dishonorably discharged for selling secrets to an FBI undercover agent who he believed was a Russian spy, a panel of eight military members has decided.
Next week is a big week in our house. Our first out-of-town guests of the year will arrive. The timing works out so that we will have multiple visitors at once. My in-laws will be flying in from Tennessee. They are coming to watch my kids while I take a trip to St. Petersburg, Russia. They will arrive about a week before I leave so that I can spend some time with them, too. Plus a college friend who is currently stationed at Ft. Wainwright will be driving down for his extended weekend.
After getting shot in Afghanistan, the combat engineer spent six months at a military hospital in Germany, where he underwent the transformation from a “10-foot tall and bulletproof” paratrooper into someone with a new appreciation for the daily battles fought far from the front lines of war.