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The newest commander of the U.S. Army in Alaska is no stranger to the 49th state.

The newest commander of the U.S. Army in Alaska is no stranger to the 49th state.

Maj. Gen. Michael X. Garrett, who from 2006 to '08 served as first commander of the 4th Brigade Comant Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division at Fort Richardson, took command from Maj. Gen. Raymond Palumbo in a change of command ceremony held on Thursday, May 17 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

"It is absolutely fabulous to be back in Alaska," Garrett said before the ceremony.

The U.S. Army said on Tuesday, May 15 that two paratroopers based at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson were killed when their Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicle was attacked by an improvised explosive device on May 13 near the town of Bowri Tana in Eastern Afghanistan.

Sgt. Brian L. Walker, 25, of Lucerne Valley, Calif., and Pfc. Richard L. McNulty III, 22, of Rolla, Mo., were both military policemen assigned to the 425th Brigade Special Troops Battalion (Airborne), 4th Bridgade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Divison.

There’s about to be a new man in charge of the Army in Alaska.

Maj. Gen. Michael X. Garrett will become the 36th commander in U.S. Army Alaska during a change of command ceremony on Pershing Parade Field on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson at 2 p.m. today (Thursday, May 17).

Garrett will replace Maj. Gen. Raymond Palumbo, who has been the senior Army commander in Alaska since July 12, 2010.

The U.S. Army said today that two paratroopers based at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson were killed when their Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicle was attacked on May 13 near Bowri Tana, Afghanistan.

Sgt. Brian L. Walker, 25, of Lucerne Valley, Calif., and Pfc. Richard L. McNulty III, 22, of Rolla, Mo., were both military policemen assigned to the 425th Brigade Special Troops Battalion (Airborne), 4th Bridgade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Divison.

Three other soldiers were wounded in the attack.

WASHINGTON (AP) —  Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Tuesday ordered the Air Force to take new steps to address an undiagnosed safety problem with its F-22 fighter jet, including limiting the distances it can fly between landing zones.

The new restriction does not affect the war effort in Afghanistan because no F-22s are deployed there. The fighter has never flown in combat with the only F-22s operating overseas in the United Arab Emirates, where they recently arrived for training missions.

There’s about to be a new man in charge of the Army in Alaska.

Maj. Gen. Michael X. Garrett will become the 36th commander in U.S. Army Alaska during a change of command ceremony on Pershing Parade Field on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson at 2 p.m. today (Thursday, May 17).

Garrett will replace Maj. Gen. Raymond Palumbo, who has been the senior Army commander in Alaska since July 12, 2010.

The Army has taught chaplain Ken Bolin a lot about religion — and not just his own.

Bolin, who is a Christian, said his unit is actually tasked with meeting the spiritual needs of all soldiers, regardless of their personal beliefs.

“It’s really only in the Chaplain Corps that we can come together united,” said Bolin, who is Brigade Chaplain for the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division currently deployed in Eastern Afghanistan.

Members of the 3rd Wing of the 525th Fighter Squadron, along with friends and family members, gathered at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Saturday, May 5, to watch as the final F-22 Raptor produced for the Air Force at Lockheed Martin’s Marietta, Ga. factory touched down in Alaska.

Air National Guard Airman Jordon D. Thompson, of Eagle River, graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

Thompson completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

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