The U.S. Army said today that two paratroopers based at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson were killed when their Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicle was attacked on May 13 near Bowri Tana, Afghanistan.
Sgt. Brian L. Walker, 25, of Lucerne Valley, Calif., and Pfc. Richard L. McNulty III, 22, of Rolla, Mo., were both military policemen assigned to the 425th Brigade Special Troops Battalion (Airborne), 4th Bridgade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Divison.
There’s about to be a new man in charge of the Army in Alaska.
Maj. Gen. Michael X. Garrett will become the 36th commander in U.S. Army Alaska during a change of command ceremony on Pershing Parade Field on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson at 2 p.m. today (Thursday, May 17).
Garrett will replace Maj. Gen. Raymond Palumbo, who has been the senior Army commander in Alaska since July 12, 2010.
Repair work on the Eklutna overpass scheduled for Monday, May 14 has been delayed until after Memorial Day (Monday, May 28).
Weight restrictions on state and city roads were not lifted as expected for contractor Sandstrom & Sons, Inc. to move their equipment from Anchorage, Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities project engineer Ted Meyer said Friday, May 11.
“We’re basically stuck,” he said.
Meyer said the project is expected to start June 2 or June 9, but a specific date has not been set.
An early-morning fire off South Birchwood Loop on Sunday, May 6, completely destroyed the home of longtime Chugiak residents Jim and Lindsay Vermillion.
“It’s just a smoking hole in the ground,” said Jim Vermillion on Monday, May 7.
He and his wife were in the process of remodeling the home at 19022 Baidarka, which Jim said was originally built in the 1950s. At the time of the blaze, they were staying in their large shop next door, which houses Concrete Polishing and Artistic Staining of Alaska.
The Anchorage Police Department said today that a body found the day before near Golden Eagle Drive in Eagle River is that of missing airman Clinton Reeves, 24.
The senior airman was last seen April 19 leaving work at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
A fellow airman, James Thomas, 24, was arraigned on Wednesday in connection with Reeves' death and charged with six counts of evidence tampering. No murder charges have been filed against anyone, and police have not released how they believe Reeves was murdered.