JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON — The improvised explosive device detonated early — in his hand. The 16-year-old Afghan boy was rushed to the Craig Joint Hospital on Bagram Air Field, missing a hand, an eye, and a lot of blood. Third-degree burns covered nearly half of his body. Air Force Capt. Tania Leonard, an intensive-care nurse, was ready.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON — An Alaska Army National Guardsman taught sexual assault and harassment prevention classes to Colony High School Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets last week in Palmer.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON — Children are keeping their ears perked up and their eyes glued open — looking for sleighs and listening for bells. But in Buckland and other remote Alaska villages, Santa doesn’t use reindeer power — he’s uses horsepower.
Caylem, Gage and Ethan Hubbard received the surprise of a lifetime last week. That’s when the Anchorage Fire Department’s Santa Express visited the Fire Lake Elementary School. The express, which was really an AFD truck with plastic reindeer prancing over the top, came complete with a jolly (though not very fat) Santa and an especially large bag filled with an especially large gift: Their mother.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Bringing an appropriate end to Veterans’ Day here, 32 men and women of the Alaska Air National Guard’s 176th Wing returned to their homes after a month-long deployment to Europe, Nov. 11-12.
Vansickle said events like this are important, because our local community is small and is intricately integrated into the military community. “We’re pretty committed to our school partnership program.”
My father fought in the Korean War. Growing up, my sisters and I would sometimes play with his medals, encased in a small box lined in blue velvet. We were forbidden to play with these and so we treated them with reverence. We were too young to understand their solemn importance, we only knew that they were heavier than they looked, and that when we held them in our hands the medal warmed to the touch.
Jenna White, a P.E. teacher at Orion Elementary School on Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson, was awarded the national Milken Educator Award during a surprise ceremony at the school on Nov. 7.
EAGLE RIVER (AP) — The focus of attention one recent Saturday at the Veterans of Foreign War post in this community on the fringe of Anchorage was college football, not the state’s hard-fought Senate race.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — From its extreme weather to its remote communities and limited infrastructure, Alaska can present many challenges for response agencies in times of crisis. Plans for how to remove pollution or conduct a rescue at the edge of the Last Frontier are becoming increasingly important as the state sees more maritime traffic through its ports and waterways. That’s why the Coast Guard, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association and city of Unalaska came together with industry members from North Pacific Fuel and Alaska Chadux Corporation to conduct Aleutians PREP Exercise 2014 in Dutch Harbor, Sept. 24 and 25.