JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON — I woke up at 0530 and rolled out of bed, awake, but not quite conscious. One cinnamon roll and a zero-calorie energy drink later, my father (who was visiting for Thanksgiving) and I were on our way to the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Marine Corps Reserve detachment for my first extended military mission.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON — Marathon runners call it “hitting the wall.” It usually happens around mile 20, when a runner’s body runs out of energy, starving muscles of the fuel they need to carry the distance.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARSON — Dana Walker is from a family focused on science. Her father and her siblings have careers in different sciences and Walker herself chose to become a meteorologist in the Air Force.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — The flight was announced, and then delayed; announced, and then delayed. Families on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, waited anxiously for their loved ones, members of the 2d Engineer Brigade Headquarters, to return home from a nine-month deployment.
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.
Well, 2014 was quite the year for Eagle River. We saw a lot of changes, big and small. There was building construction, and road construction (sitting out on Eagle River Road sipping coffee and waiting for the darned lane to open up, anyone?) and new businesses opening and old businesses folding and people winning races and running for Assembly and State Senate even an Assembly member making a bid for the Anchorage mayoral slot.
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.