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June Issue 4 2014

Camp offers a chance to reflect, and bond with oldest son

My two middle children went to camp this week. I have missed them, but it is a great opportunity for them. I love living in a place where it’s just a few minutes’ drive to a camp where my children can enjoy the great outdoors. This is something I have always wanted my children to experience, but we were never able to do until Alaska. Camp was always somewhere far away; I wanted their first overnight camp to be close, just in case. I like that camp here is just a couple exits up the Glenn Highway.

Alaska Guardsmen participate in marksmanship competition June Issue 3 2014

Alaska Guardsmen participate in marksmanship competition

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Approximately 40 Soldiers and Airmen with the Alaska National Guard participated in the Alaska National Guard’s 2014 Adjutant General’s Match, here, June 7-8.

Airmen and Soldiers conduct mass airfield seizure exercise June Issue 2 2014

Airmen and Soldiers conduct mass airfield seizure exercise

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska —More than 1,500 service members drawn from Alaska, Oregon and Guam came together for a large joint-force exercise here and at Fort Greely, near Delta, from June 4 to June 9.

Hagel praises JBER troops, highlights joint mission success June Issue 1 2014

Hagel praises JBER troops, highlights joint mission success

More than 200 active-duty, Reserve, National Guard and civilian personnel from all military branches gathered at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Wednesday, as Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel spoke about the challenges the U.S. military faces in the coming years and JBER’s critical role in homeland and regional security. The event marked the first stop on Hagel’s 12-day trip through the Pacific to Europe.

June Issue 1 2014

Remembering to be bear and Alaska aware

When news of our orders to JBER got around, a family friend said, “Oh, Anchorage, you’ll be just a couple miles from Alaska in any direction.” I didn’t understand that sentiment until I got here. Anchorage, even out here in Eagle River, is much more civilized than I imagined in rough, wild Alaska.

Alaska Air Guard members work in Australia May Issue 5 2014

Alaska Air Guard members work in Australia

H.E. HOLT NAVAL COMMUNICATION STATION, Australia – Thirty-four men and women of the Alaska Air National Guard’s 176th Wing, including two Eagle River residents, are working on a space radar installation at this remote base on the far western tip of Australia.

May Issue 4 2014

Summer means camping and exploring

From October until the last of the snow melted off, I dreamed of palm trees and blue waves crashing on sandy beaches. Jealousy would creep in as I listened to other’s travel plans. I love Alaska, but I would not have minded a change of scenery.

Topping off the memories May Issue 4 2014

Topping off the memories

Attention! Stand up tall and straight, Chugiak-Eagle River, and give a proper salute. William “Top” Dill, the longtime naval sciences instructor at Chugiak High School, is retiring from the classroom after 22 years of teaching.

School honors military families May Issue 4 2014

School honors military families

It isn’t easy being a military child. You move around a lot, have to make new friends at new schools and don’t have any say in where you might be moving next. Which is one of the reasons Eagle River Elementary School hosts a Military Child assembly each year.

May Issue 3 2014

Paratrooper dies in rollover accident

A U.S. Army Alaska paratrooper died early May 10 from injuries sustained in a vehicle rollover accident in the Knik River Public Use Area near Butte. Spc. Shawn N. Bounds, 23, of Tyler, Texas, was transported by emergency responders to Mat-Su Regional Medical Center in Palmer shortly after the incident took place and was pronounced dead at approximately 4:10 a.m.

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