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Soldiers and Airmen gathered together inside Hangar 1 on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Oct. 12 to recognize the contributions made by the Hispanic community in the course of American history.

The event is an annual coordinated effort between the Army and Air Force equal opportunity offices on JBER as a capstone event to National Hispanic Heritage Month.

The national observance is part of an official proclamation approved by Congress and signed into law by the president officially assigning Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 as the period of Hispanic heritage awareness.

About 300 paratroopers from the Army's 4th Bridgade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division — the "Spartans" — arrived at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson early Thursday morning after a 10-month mission to Afghanistan.

The plane load of soldiers was the first "main body" transport to arrive at JBER. Combined with several advance flights that arrived earlier this fall, the most recent redeployment brings the total number of troops back in Alaska to 800 of the 3,500-soldier brigade.

After 10 months spent giving orders to 3,500 soldiers, Col. Morris Goins knows exactly how he’ll spend his first night home.

“Having a quiet dinner with the boss lady is what I plan to do,” said Goins, the commander of the Army’s 4th Brigade Combad Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division.

Air Force Airman Joshua M. Echols, of Chugiak, graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

Echols 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.

Echols is the son of Leslie Echols of Chugiak. He graduated from a home school program in 2011.

The fourth and final “advance party” plane load of paratroopers from the Army’s 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division arrived at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Monday, Sept. 17. The arrival of approximately 230 soldiers brought the total of redeployed soldiers to about 500, according to the Army.

The remaining members of the 3,500-soldier brigade will be returning to Alaska on a series of “main body” flights scheduled for later this month and continuing into October.

The “Spartan” brigade has been serving in Afghanistan since late 2011.

Air Force Airman Steven M. Aumack graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
Aumack 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.
Aumack is a 2009 graduate of Eagle River High School.
Air Force Airman Brandon J. Johnson graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Johnson 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. Johnson is the son of Tony and Patricia Johnson of Eagle River and a 2011 graduate of Chugiak High School.

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