During an especially cold December afternoon, a swirling formation of obsidian ravens hovered over a gray chimney, the structure pushing out hot air in the form of burned methane gas and oxygen combusted into water and carbon dioxide. Perhaps the black birds liked the heat. Perhaps they liked the extra lift. Chances are, it was the tantalizing combination of both that attracted the feathered acrobats.
An Alaska Reserve unit has just returned from Tennessee where the task at hand was rebuilding a school that was destroyed by a tornado in 2011.
Members of the 477th Civil Engineer Squadron installed lighting units, rewired the facility to meet code, hung sheet rock, and painted the interior of the Riverside Christian Academy’s field house in Fayetteville earlier this month.
Sean N. Hamp a lifelong resident of Birchwood/Eagle River, graduated on July 13 as a U.S. Marine Pvt. First Class in the 1st Battalion, Alpha Company 1010 at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, Calif. On July 4, Hamp received his Eagle, Globe and Anchor. During basic training, Hamp earned the “crossed rifles” badge as an Expert Rifleman. Hamp graduated from Chugiak High in 2011, where he was a member of the school’s NJROTC program. He is the son of John and Samie Hamp of Eagle River.
A combined Alaska Air National Guard and JBER active-duty aircrew provided a team of JBER reservists airlift support to Hill Air Force Base, Utah on Friday, Aug. 3.
Members from the 249th and 517th Airlift squadrons transported equipment and personnel for the 477th Fighter Group. The Reserve team is headed to Hill AFB to participate in the upcoming Combat Hammer exercise.
The U.S. Army said last week that a 22-year-old paratrooper based at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson died when his unit came under attack by small arms fire on Aug. 7 in Koragay, Afghanistan.
Specialist Ethan Jacob Martin, of Lewiston, Idaho, was a paratrooper assigned as a cavalry scout to the 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment. The unit is part of the 3,500-soldier 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division. The “Spartan” brigade deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in December.
Patrick J. Everson, a 2008 graduate of Chugiak High School, recently graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. Everson received a bachelor of science degree and was commissioned as a second lieutenant.
Everson is the son of Richard and Marci Everson of Eagle River.