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A ceremony April 26 at the Soldier’s Chapel on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson commemorated the life and sacrifice of Army Spc. Jeffrey Lee White, a paratrooper from the currently deployed 1st Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry Regiment.

A native of St. Louis, Mo., White was killed in action April 3 in the Khowst Province of Afghanistan. Five other Soldiers were wounded in the improvised explosive device attack.

Mourners filled the chapel as the official party of the ceremony led them through the events

If a military veteran went to the hospital with an obvious wound, it’s natural to expect that treatment would commence without delay.

But not every war injury is immediately apparent or visible to the untrained eye.

With the wind-down of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, thousands of the returning troops are seeking care for mental-health issues stemming from their service experiences.

Air Force Airman Kelci J. Moffitt graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

Moffitt is a 2010 graduate of Eagle River High School.

She 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.


ANCHORAGE (AP) — A jury acquitted an Army soldier on Thursday, April 26 of manslaughter and homicide charges in the death of a friend during a drunken game of Russian roulette in Eagle River last year.

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.

Brouch choked back tears after the jury forewoman read the not-guilty verdict on the second felony.

Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson officials are seeking the public's help in locating an airman who hasn't been heard from since April 22.

Clinton Reeves, a 22-year-old senior airman, was last seen leaving his duty location on April 19, according to a press release issued by Maj. Joseph Coslett. According to the release, Reeves was last heard from on April 22 and officials became concerned when he didn't show up for duty with the 673d Logistics Readiness Squadron.

A new system will soon be implemented at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson which will make recreational areas on the base easier to access for those with military affiliation as well as those without.

Military aircraft carrying participants for Arctic Care 2012 arrived in Alaska Monday, April 9 for the largest recurring joint military medical readiness and logistics training exercise.

A 21-year-old paratrooper assigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson was killed in an improvised explosive device attack on Tuesday, April 3 while on patrol in Afghanistan.

According to the Army, Spc. Jeffrey Lee White Jr., of Catawissa, Mo., died when his unit was attacked in Khowst Province. Five other members of the 4/25th — also known as the Spartan Brigade — were injured.

 KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan — Paratroopers from Task Force Blue Geronimo detained two suspected insurgents near the Pakistan border, south of Matun district.

The three-day mission was conducted by members of 1st Platoon, Comanche Company.

The platoon’s mission was to travel to Matun district, in the eastern half of Gorbuz to conduct reconnaissance and biometric operations.

Swooping down from an open Alaska sky, two 90th Fighter Squadron F-22 Raptor fighters - tail numbers 4090 and 4190 - flew above the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson flight line in formation and at speed.

Piloting Tail Number 4190, Lt. Col. Joseph Kunkel, 90th FS commander, glanced over at his wingman before dramatically breaking formation in a swift starboard turn.

Finally, Kunkel touched the Air Force’s newest jet down on the tarmac and taxied the jet to the 90th FS hangar apron where Airmen of his command awaited the arrival of their new top F-22.