It felt like a high school pep rally, but the result is far more important than any Friday night football game. Alaska leaders joined hundreds of Anchorage residents at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center Feb. 23 — an effort to demonstrating the state’s support of the military before a U.S. Army panel tasked with determining which bases should lose troops.
JUNEAU (AP) — Gov. Bill Walker named retired U.S. Army Col. Laurie Hummel as Alaska’s new adjutant general on Jan. 30. Hummel will be the first woman to lead the Alaska National Guard, Walker’s office said. There has been a focus on cleaning up the Guard’s culture and restoring confidence in the chain of command following allegations of sexual assault and other misconduct within its ranks.
She sees a need within the nation’s military that she believes cannot be met with a one-size-fits-all mentality. The anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress experienced by those wearing the uniform and defending our nation against enemies abroad and domestic cannot be conquered simply by the use of prescription medication.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON — I woke up at 0530 and rolled out of bed, awake, but not quite conscious. One cinnamon roll and a zero-calorie energy drink later, my father (who was visiting for Thanksgiving) and I were on our way to the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Marine Corps Reserve detachment for my first extended military mission.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON — Marathon runners call it “hitting the wall.” It usually happens around mile 20, when a runner’s body runs out of energy, starving muscles of the fuel they need to carry the distance.