JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON — An Alaska Army National Guardsman taught sexual assault and harassment prevention classes to Colony High School Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets last week in Palmer.
Caylem, Gage and Ethan Hubbard received the surprise of a lifetime last week. That’s when the Anchorage Fire Department’s Santa Express visited the Fire Lake Elementary School. The express, which was really an AFD truck with plastic reindeer prancing over the top, came complete with a jolly (though not very fat) Santa and an especially large bag filled with an especially large gift: Their mother.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Bringing an appropriate end to Veterans’ Day here, 32 men and women of the Alaska Air National Guard’s 176th Wing returned to their homes after a month-long deployment to Europe, Nov. 11-12.
Vansickle said events like this are important, because our local community is small and is intricately integrated into the military community. “We’re pretty committed to our school partnership program.”
My father fought in the Korean War. Growing up, my sisters and I would sometimes play with his medals, encased in a small box lined in blue velvet. We were forbidden to play with these and so we treated them with reverence. We were too young to understand their solemn importance, we only knew that they were heavier than they looked, and that when we held them in our hands the medal warmed to the touch.