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.
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.
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.
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.
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.