Archive of: In Service



March Issue 1 2014

Snowmachiners rescued from Talkeetna Mountains

Airmen with the Alaska Air National Guard’s 210th, 211th and 212th Rescue Squadrons rescued three snowmachiners stranded in the Talkeetna Mountains on Feb. 25. Four snowmachiners had set out for a ride in the Talkeetna Mountains when they became stuck, according to Lt. Col. John Morse, deputy director of the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center.

Local retired Air Force colonel wins lifetime achievement award February Issue 4 2014

Local retired Air Force colonel wins lifetime achievement award

Retired colonel and Alaska Veterans Museum executive director Suellyn Wright Novak was recently awarded the Armed Services Blood Program Lifetime Achievement Award at the Defense Health Agency headquarters in Falls Church, Va.

February Issue 4 2014

Airman dies on JBER

Senior Airman Katrina M. Jackson, patrolman with the 673d Security Forces Squadron, was pronounced dead Feb. 15. The 22 year-old native of Universal City, Texas, died from injuries sustained from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound while on JBER.

February Issue 4 2014

Rondy memories

It’s Fur Rondy time. As my family and I make plans for what we want to see and do this year, I can’t help but remember our first Rondy. We arrived in Anchorage the end of January. The last week of February we were still in temporary lodging, and we had serious cabin fever.

February Issue 3 2014

JBER solider dies due to injuries

A USARAK Soldier died the evening of Feb. 11 from injuries sustained Feb. 7 at his home on JBER. Sgt. Okan Murat Cetinbag, 24, an infantryman with Company B, 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, was removed from life support and pronounced dead at 6:25 p.m. by medical personnel at Providence Alaska Medical Center with his family in attendance.

February Issue 2 2014

Olympic fever

I am very excited about this year’s Olympics. The Olympics have always held fascination for me. First, I love athletic competition of any kind. The drama provided by sports is thrilling.

February Issue 1 2014

Paratrooper collapses, dies following jump

A Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson paratrooper died at the hospital Thursday, Jan. 30 after collapsing following a jump at the Malemute Drop Zone. Sgt. Jose Maria Pasillas, 34, underwent emergency surgery for a torn aorta at Providence Medical Center and was pronounced dead just before 8 p.m., according to a JBER press release. He collapsed about five hours earlier.

Loud, far and deadly February Issue 1 2014

Loud, far and deadly

I’m riding in the back of a military issued Humvee with Staff Sgt. Jeffrey S. Smith and Sgt. Eric-James Estrada, traveling through back road sections of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

January Issue 5 2014

Stuck in the muck

After three years of driving in Alaska, I got my van stuck in the snow. My husband needed a ride home from work; the repair shop needed his truck for another day. I could tell the snowplow had been by the house earlier in the day, and there was a berm at the end of the driveway.

Video sparks hope for captured soldier’s family January Issue 4 2014

Video sparks hope for captured soldier’s family

BOISE, Idaho — The family of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured more than four years ago in Afghanistan, says a new video of the soldier believed to have been taken in the last month has bolstered its resolve to bring him home safely to Idaho.

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