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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.

The U.S. Army said Tuesday that a 30-year-old soldier stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson died on Sunday, May 6 when the vehicle he was commanding was struck by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. Thomas Kent Fogarty, of Alameda, Calif. was killed in the attack that left three others wounded in the city of Ahmad-Kheyl, Afghanistan. The four were assigned to the 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry Regiment, 4th Bridgade Combat Team (Airborne) 25th Infantry Division.

Anchorage police have announced they've arrested a fellow airman in the case of missing airman Clinton Reeves.

James Thomas, 24, has been charged with six counts of Tampering with Physical Evidence, with bail set for $25,000 cash.

Here's APD's press release on the arrest:

The Anchorage Police Department said today that a body found the day before near Golden Eagle Drive in Eagle River is that of missing airman Clinton Reeves, 24.

The senior airman was last seen April 19 leaving work at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

A fellow airman, James Thomas, 24, was arraigned on Wednesday in connection with Reeves' death and charged with six counts of evidence tampering. No murder charges have been filed against anyone, and police have not released how they believe Reeves was murdered.

The U.S. Army said Tuesday that a 30-year-old soldier stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson died on Sunday, May 6 when the vehicle he was commanding was struck by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. Thomas Kent Fogarty, of Alameda, Calif. was killed in the attack that left three others wounded in the attack in the city of Ahmad-Kheyl, Afghanistan. The four were assigned to the 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry Regiment, 4th Bridgade Combat Team (Airborne) 25th Infantry Division.

ANCHORAGE (AP) — A jury acquitted an Army soldier on Thursday of manslaughter and homicide charges in the death of a friend during a drunken game of Russian roulette.

The jurors returned not guilty verdicts on manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide charges for Jacob Brouch, 27. He was found guilty of a weapons misconduct charge, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.

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