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Covered head to toe in blue and gold windbreaker pants and jacket, Pat McBride stuck out like … well, a Navy fan among a sea of Army faithful.

McBride and fellow United States Naval Academy graduate Dave Bergman might have been in the extreme minority watching the 112th Army-Navy Game on Saturday, Dec. 10 at Eagle River Ale House, but that didn’t dampen their spirits one bit.

“No matter where you are in the world, you always try to find another guy to watch the game with — even if they’re Army,” quipped Bergman, a 1989 graduate.

Air Force Lt. Col. Dan Knight has worked all around the world — from Colorado Springs to Afghanistan, Germany to Korea — but he told the Chugiak-Eagle River community that there’s something special about the bond between Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and the surrounding communities.

“I think the Anchorage Bowl is the gold standard,” Knight told the chamber during speech on Dec. 7 at the Bear Mountain Grill in Eagle River.

Nearly 300 Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, boarded a Boeing 737 at the Joint Mobility Center en route to Afghanistan Nov. 28.

The departure marked the first step in the 4-25th’s latest 12-month deployment.

More than 3,500 Soldiers are expected to depart from JBER between Nov. 28 and Dec. 14.

More than 120 Alaska Army National Guardsmen said goodbye to family and friends at a departure ceremony held Saturday, Nov. 26 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

The soldiers of B Company, 1st Battalion, 143rd Infantry (Airborne) Regiment are headed to Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center in Indiana before deploying to Afghanistan for a year. At Camp Atterbury, the soldiers will receive their final pre-mobilization and validation training, according to a press release.

Heading into hostile territory is nothing new for Brian Flanagan, a member of the Army's 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, who is about to ship out on his fourth tour of duty overseas. But this time around, leaving home will be especially tough.

"Every one has its own challenges," Flanagan said shortly before a deployment ceremony for the 3,500-member brigade at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage on Tuesday, Nov. 29.

This time around, Flanagan will be leaving not just the safety of home, but a newborn son, 3-month-old Colin.

A public deployment ceremony for the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division will be held at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 10 a.m.

 

The Armed Services YMCA offers a low-cost transportation service, Y on Wheels, to airmen and soldiers and family members of deployed service members around base.

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