When Eagle River resident Kyle Burnett competed in the Dept. of Defense Warrior Games this week, she did so as one of two Ultimate Athletes representing the U.S. Air Force. Each of six military branches selects athletes among the wounded warriors who try out for competition in the spring to compete in a variety of events, and one man and one woman to compete as its Ultimate Athletes in all the individual events.
Al Nagel, treasurer of the Eagle River Elks club, gets teary when he talks about the things the Elks have done to support Alaskan veterans in the Wounded Warriors program.
Bill Martin shouldered an army surplus rucksack, walked out the door of the Brooklyn home he shared with his father, and set out for anywhere. At 16, he’d thumbed the pages of Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” more times than he could remember.
Two doors on the aircraft flew open with a bang and the wind pulled and tugged, trying to grab whatever or whoever it could. The jumpmaster yelled “Go! Go! Go!” as the Airmen and paratroopers fell like a hail of arrows. Kodiak Solstice jump week is hosted by the Air Force 3rd Air Support Operations Squadron and combines the Army’s 1st Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division to work together in a joint-training environment.
On November 15, 1957, about 6:20 p.m., a B-29 training aircraft from Elmendorf Air Force Base with a crew of 10 was returning to base after a radar-calibrating mission farther north. Weather had deteriorated and the ceiling had dropped to below 5,000 feet as they made their way south past Talkeetna. A routine radio report from the aircraft reported no problems. The plane was scheduled to arrive at Elmendorf about 7 p.m.