Archive of: In Service



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.

Marching toward perfection January Issue 4 2014

Marching toward perfection

“Forward, march. Half-step, march. Platoon, halt.” Kim Julian, Chugiak High Cadet Lieutenant’s voice echoed through the crowd-packed gym at the 2014 Eagle River High School JROTC Drill Competition on Saturday, Jan. 18. Thirteen immaculately dressed teams performed in seven rounds of competitions during the daylong event.

JBER to lose troops January Issue 3 2014

JBER to lose troops

By the end of 2015, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson will be a little emptier. That’s when the last of 780 Army soldiers depart for other assignments, retirement or early retirement. But don’t worry, while JBER will be losing manpower, Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks will gain 367 soldiers.

January Issue 3 2014

Discussing military issues

Last week, I decided to do my best to be a productive member of my military community. I participated in JBER’s Joint Family Action Plan (JFAP) conference. The words “Joint Family Action Plan” don’t mean a whole lot to me. However, it’s actually a cool thing. JBER community members get to submit issues that they would like to see changed in military life. The issues are many and varied, including housing, schools, childcare, benefits, and on and on.

Marines delay female fitness plan after half fail January Issue 2 2014

Marines delay female fitness plan after half fail

WASHINGTON — More than half of female Marines in boot camp can’t do three pullups, the minimum standard that was supposed to take effect with the new year, prompting the Marine Corps to delay the requirement, part of the process of equalizing physical standards to integrate women into combat jobs.

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