JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON — Since early childhood, Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Kimberly Daugherty has admired service members, especially those who fly. The shiny wings displayed on their uniforms instilled in her a sense of wonder. When asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, she always responded with the same answer: an astronaut or pilot.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON — It’s 4 a.m. Much of the working world is still asleep, but not her. She’s getting ready to go to the gym. There’s something she wants more than sleep — she wants to be a boxing champion and is willing to outwork everyone else to become one.
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.
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.
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.