Archive of: In Service



Fallen soldiers honored December Issue 4 2013

Fallen soldiers honored

Dozens gathered at the Fort Richardson National Cemetery on Saturday, Dec. 14 to pay homage to the soldiers who died while serving our country. Seven wreaths were placed in honor of those who served in the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines and for prisoners of war/missing in action. Following that ceremony, volunteers laid wreaths at several graves.

December Issue 3 2013

Christmas dilemma

Christmas is drawing near. This year, I have a quandary. Most presents have been bought, and many already have been wrapped and are stored temptingly under the tree. I had thought the ones left unwrapped were well hidden. That was until the day I left the boys at home by themselves.

Bronze heroes December Issue 2 2013

Bronze heroes

Alaska Air National Guard 212 rescue squadron members Maj. Matthew Komatsu, Chief Master Sgt. Paul Barendregt, Master Sgt. Kyle Minshew and Senior Airman Andrew Nichols were honored with Bronze Stars for acts of heroic rescue and bravery at an award ceremony on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Friday, Dec. 7.

December Issue 1 2013

Christmas season is here

Thanksgiving has past, and we are officially in the Christmas season. I love Christmas — the lights, the carols, the decorations, the snow and Santa Claus. It’s my favorite time of year. However, with weddings and vacations to visit the sun, I have not yet been able to fully get into the spirit of the season here in Eagle River. We have decorated and done all our usual family traditions, but have missed out on all the local holiday activities.

JBER paratrooper receives Soldier’s Medal November Issue 4 2013

JBER paratrooper receives Soldier’s Medal

When Sgt. 1st Class John Kerns saw a vehicle veer off Interstate 95 in North Carolina and smash into a tree, he didn’t think. He just reacted. Kerns pulled the incapacitated driver from the burning vehicle minutes before its gas tank exploded. Kerns even grabbed the man’s Blackberry so he wouldn’t lose all of his contacts.

November Issue 3 2013

Getting involved in local politics

I have found it difficult to get involved in local politics since my husband joined the Army. I remember the first election after Chase went to basic training. It was a mayoral election. There were pros to each candidate, and there were a lot of cons to each candidate.

November Issue 3 2013

JBER paratroopers welcome special visitor

Paratroopers with the 1st Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry Regiment welcomed one of their own as they celebrated their storied unit’s service and history. Vincent Speranza, an 88-year-old World War II veteran who fought with the regiment in the Battle of the Bulge at Bastogne, Belgium, was the unit’s honored guest for a two-day area of operation tour complete with a head-table seat at this year’s regimental ball two weeks ago.

November Issue 1 2013

Fighting winter darkness

It’s getting dark. And it’s only going to get darker over the next few months. We are losing more than five minutes of sunlight each day. The big question is how to deal with the darkness and keep it from affecting my mood.

Alaska National Guard takes sexual assault seriously November Issue 1 2013

Alaska National Guard takes sexual assault seriously

As commissioner for the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and adjutant general for the Alaska National Guard, I am responsible for ensuring all personnel aggressively root out any harassment, hostile work environments, sexual assault or trading of sexual favors. Unequivocally, these actions have no place in America’s work environment. This responsibility to our military family and our state workforce is nonnegotiable.