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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.

During the past week, kitchen fires have been on the rise here at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson at an alarming rate.

Minor injuries occurred because incorrect actions were taken and an attempt was made to move a fiery pan outside.

Grease fires are very dangerous and can be catastrophic if not handled correctly.

Fortunately, most cooking fires can be prevented by paying attention and adhering to some simple rules.

If you have a grease fire, do not attempt to move the pot or pan.

That towel rack in the bathroom finally gave way, and there are a dozen nail-holes in the wall from where the four-year-old got into the tool box.

Don’t worry — the U-Fix-It shops on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson are here to help.

“The intent is for residents to take pride in ownership,” said Wendy Mekinda, general manager at Aurora Military Housing. “It also provides continuity in the units - the same light bulbs, the same towel bars. It’s a convenience; they can pick things up for free, and they’re also learning a skill.”

With easy Internet access almost anywhere these days, we often forget that everything depends on sensitive electronics and in many cases on fiber-optic and other cables underground or even under the ocean. Many things can disrupt those connections, from earthquakes to mudslides and fires. When that happens, there’s an outage — usually repaired quickly. But in the case of a big event, like a major hurricane, there may be days of isolation.

ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia — Approximately 15 Alaska National Guard Soldiers and Airmen, along with service members from Mongolia, the Republic of Korea, India, the United States and Canada were recognized during a dedication ceremony for their efforts during a medical civil assistance project as part of Khaan Quest 2011 held at school in the 9th Khoroo, Khaan-Uul District of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Aug. 11.

Distinguished leaders, observers and local community members gathered to celebrate the success of the medical civil assistance project.

A memorial ceremony held June 22 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson honored four military policemen killed in Afghanistan.

Sgt. Joshua David Powell of Quitman,Texas, 28; Sgt. Christopher Roger Bell of Goldman, Miss., 21; Sgt. Devin Arielle Snyder of Cohocton, N.Y., 20; and Spc. Robert Lee Voakes Jr. of L'anse, Mich., 21, were killed by an improvised explosive device, June 4, in Afghanistan's Laghman Province while on patrol.

"It's shocking how happy I am," said Jan Johnson, a manpower specialist for the 673d Air Base Wing on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. "I expected to be healthier, but I didn't expect how happy it has made me."

The secret to her happiness is simple, she said — she rides her bicycle to work. Every day, rain or shine. Even in the winter.

"The bike swap got me interested," she said. °©

Army Pvt. Darrell M. Ceasar Jr. graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla. Ceasar is a 2010 graduate of Chugiak High School and the son of Wanda O'Neal of Eagle River.

During nine weeks of training, Ceasar studied the Army mission and received instruction and training in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons use, map reading and land navigation, foot marches, armed and unarmed combat, and field maneuvers and tactics.

 

Trevor Stefan, of Chugiak, graduated from the U.S. Marine Corps basic training on July 1, 2011 at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, Calif.

 

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