JBER Public Affairs

JBER — Ten-year-old Trinson Cameron stands atop a pitcher’s mound leaning slightly forward while clutching a foam baseball behind his back. He studies his opponent, 8-year-old Sy Bradley, whose own eyes studiously narrow as he leans over home plate, awaiting the pitch. It looks like an ordinary game of baseball, right up until Trinson lets the ball fly.

Chaos erupts.


JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- Paratroopers of the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Alaska, conducted airborne operations including a nighttime jump and a forced-entry exercise on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson March 31 through April 7.

Soldiers seized Malemute Drop Zone, which simulated enemy territory, and cleared it for follow-on troops.

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON—When Ken Bylo arrived in Vietnam three days before the Tet Offensive, he had a notion of what he was getting into, but would soon learn ideas are a far stretch from visceral experience.

“I fell into a hell-hole and got educated real quick,” said Bylo, an Army veteran who served in the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Strike Force. “You got to get tougher or you’re going to die.”

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska–A crew of six from the 249th Airlift Squadron flew to the Arctic Circle, two hundred nautical miles north of Deadhorse, Alaska, in support of Ice Exercise led by the U.S. Navy Submarine Forces, March 2, 2016.

One of the difficulties the Airmen overcame was the location of the camp. Since the camp is on an ice floe, moving about half a nautical mile per hour, navigation is difficult. The crew was able to pinpoint the location; making this the first time a C-17 Globemaster III based from JBER has conducted an airdrop onto the polar ice cap.

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON — The Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Arctic Warrior All Stars prepare to head out for their first national championship on April 16-17.

The American Showcase National Championship in Anaheim, CA., provides the cheerleaders their first opportunity to travel outside Alaska as a team.

The Arctic Warrior All Stars is composed of 14 students, ages six to 14, chosen from cheerleading classes provided by JBER Instructional Youth Programs.

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON — A lone group of artillerymen stand by a M119A2 howitzer waiting for a fire mission.

The Soldiers, masters of their craft, have set up their station. They have trained for this day, practicing every aspect until they could do it asleep.

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON — The Fort Richardson National Cemetery, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson hosted the annual Wreaths Across America Day, Dec. 12, 2015.

Wreaths Across America is a nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. More than 1,000 cemeteries across the nation participated, with volunteers laying an estimated 700,000 wreaths on veterans’ graves.

JBER — Alaska’s weather brings all kinds of perils to motorists. When the snow first came this year, road conditions put more than 80 cars in the ditches around Anchorage after just one day of snowfall.

The risks are real — and even more so when they endanger military aircraft.

That’s why the Airfield Management Flight is on the runway all day doing brake checks, said Senior Airman Jerred Johnson, an Airfield Management operations supervisor with the 3rd Operations Support Squadron.

JBER — It was November.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month had just wrapped up and Senior Master Sgt. Tracie Timmerman, the new 673d Force Support Squadron, Manpower and Personnel Flight superintendent, sat in the waiting area outside the radiology clinic, staring at all the pink ribbons and literature left out for the previous month’s observance.

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON — Boom! Crash! “Ouch!” Injuries occur in the blink of an eye; if only getting a referral could take place as quickly. But one call to the acute care clinic appointment line is all it takes to address an orthopedic injury.

The 673d Medical Operations Squadron Physical Therapy Clinic opens their acute care clinic to all beneficiaries Nov. 16.

Acute injuries are non-emergent (no risk to life, limb or eyesight) issues with the joint, bone or muscle related to a distinct cause, like a fall.