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The Army in Alaska is supporting an upcoming television “docuseries” focused on highlighting the lives of Army spouses in Alaska. The production company is 44 Blue Productions from Los Angeles.

Lt. Col. David Piffarerio, 302nd Fighter Squadron commander, flew his 1,000 flight hour in the F-22 Raptor here Nov. 4, making him the first Air Force pilot to do so.

“This is a great milestone for the pilots, maintainers and contractors working on the jet and the F-22 program as a whole,” said Piffarerio. “The aircraft is maturing and getting better the more we fly and perform maintenance on it.”

Staff Sgt. Hank Robinson, 525th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, launched Piffarerio on his sortie today, but was focused on ensuring it was a safe flight.

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.

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