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Before troops from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson are deployed for dangerous duty in Afghanistan for a year, Deborah Bonito wants them to have a day of fun.

On Saturday, Nov. 19, Bonito — Sen. Mark Begich’s wife — and the Armed Services YMCA of Alaska are hosting a sendoff event at JBER for the troops of the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division and their families.

Ollen Hunt, 88, is a World War II combat veteran, retired Soldier, successful businessman, author and longtime Alaskan.

Drafted in 1942, Hunt was trained in infantry skills and food service.

“I’m a Soldier, I always will be,” Hunt said. “I’ll tell any person ... how happy I am of the companies and what I did.”

Hunt served in Italy, fighting the Nazis with the 92nd Infantry Division.

As the military changes and adapts, so must military members. Deployments are the norm in today’s military, and with new physical fitness standards, every service member must remain “fit to fight.”

One Airman from the 673d Medical Group has embraced this new lifestyle, losing more than 55 pounds in the last two years, 20 pounds of that in the last three months.

It’s been a decade since we first sent the men and women of our armed forces into combat in the aftermath of 9/11. It’s been the longest continuous combat in our country’s history. And during this decade, there’s been a lot of good-intentioned talk about repaying these incomparable Americans for their service to our country.

The Alaska Quake basketball season will open Dec. 3 and two members of the Air Force Reserve and Army National Guard can be seen on the roster of Alaska's newest semi-professional basketball team.

Master Sgt. Jonathon Orzechowski, an Air Force Reservist with the 477th Civil Engineer Squadron and SGT Joey Lewis with the Army National Guard' s E Company, 1-207th Aviation, were added to the roster when the team held its try-outs in late August and were on hand at the team's meet and greet Oct. 8 at Begich Middle School in Anchorage.

Lt. Gen. Dana T. Atkins has been named president of The Augusta Chronicle, the paper’s publisher announced Friday.

Atkins will assume his new duties Jan. 3, after his retirement as commander of Alaskan Command, Alaska NORAD Region, Joint Task Force Alaska, and 11th Air Force at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

A fight between a trio of soldiers on an early October camping trip up the South Fork Eagle River Valley ended with one in jail and another wandering, injured and alone in miserable weather, with a massive search underway.

The victim eventually emerged early the next afternoon, dazed and suffering from head injuries and mild hypothermia, searchers said. An Alaska State Troopers helicopter lifted him to safety.

After a four-month stand down, the Air Force's premier fighter, the F-22 Raptor, returned to the skies Wednesday.

Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley and Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz approved an implementation plan developed by Air Combat Command officials that allowed the F-22 to resume flight operations.

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