Archive of: In Service



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.

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.

Alaska Guardsmen participate in WWII veterans’ Honor Flight May Issue 3 2014

Alaska Guardsmen participate in WWII veterans’ Honor Flight

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska —About 45 Guardsmen from the Alaska Air National Guard’s 176th Wing assisted nearly 50 World War II veterans at the Ted Stevens International Airport in preparation for their May 6 flight to Washington, D.C., as part of the Honor Flight Network program.

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.

The ripple effect May Issue 2 2014

The ripple effect

Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson Air Force 3rd Wing command chief Jose “JAB” Barraza didn’t grow up in the most ideal of situations. In fact, he was a gangbanger, born to two rival gang members in the Los Angeles area.

May Issue 2 2014

An unlikely but perfect Mother’s Day gift

Mother’s Day is this weekend. I have already received my present for this year. I am the proud owner of a new grill. Last week our toilet was leaking. To tell the truth it had been leaking for a bit, but with a new baby in the house a leaky toilet was not on the top of the priority list. That was until the leak went from a small, slow leak to water-visibly-coming-out-of-the-tank leak.

Going the distance May Issue 1 2014

Going the distance

Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska— At a distance of 26.2 miles, running a marathon is no small feat. Likewise, having the opportunity to visit each of the 50 states is a goal that not all people have a chance to accomplish in their lifetime.

April Issue 4 2014

Spring thaw reveals surprises and treasures

Spring might finally be here. I have been eagerly awaiting its arrival since the temperature rose above freezing in January. The melting of the snow brought dreams of time outdoors, so this year I feel like I have been waiting forever.

Alaska Guardsmen compete in CrossFit Open April Issue 4 2014

Alaska Guardsmen compete in CrossFit Open

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON — Service members from the Alaska Air and Army National Guard competed against approximately 140,000 worldwide participants to determine the “Fittest on Earth” during the CrossFit Open Feb. 27 through March 31.

Local JBER woman inducted into Athena Society April Issue 3 2014

Local JBER woman inducted into Athena Society

Brigadier General Catherine Jorgensen, director of the joint staff, Joint Forces Headquarters, Alaska Army National Guard, was inducted into the Anchorage Athena Society at a luncheon at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage, March 31.

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