Military News

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.

The U.S. Army said Thursday 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.

Arctic Thunder Open House 2012 is coming July 28 and 29 at JBER, and numerous units will have aircraft participating.

Among these will be the 168th Air Refueling Wing’s KC-135 Stratotanker — belonging to the Alaska Air National Guard — and the active-duty 18th Aggressor Squadron’s F-16 Fighting Falcon, both from Eielson Air Force Base.

A 24-year-old paratrooper assigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division was killed on July 14 when his dismounted patrol was attacked by a rocket propelled grenade and small arms fire in the Khost Province of Afghanistan.

Among automotive enthusiasts’ 600-plus horsepower pony cars and hulking SUVs decked out with blingtastic chrome 22-inch rims, Tech. Sgt. Danny Damons’ 1966 Ford Cortina Super might seem rather pedestrian by comparison.

But upon closer inspection of the small green coupe, a not-insignificant mechanical detail jumps out - the steering wheel is on the wrong side.

The Army said approximately 2,000 soldiers and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson civilian employees celebrated the 237th birthday of the U.S. Army (which was June 14) with a four-mile “Esprit de Corps” run on Friday, June 22 following the 6:30 a.m. reveille.

The course ran from the Fort Richardson front gate off post down Glenn bike path, back onto JBER at Arctic Valley and back to the start/finish line at Pershing Field.

The run maintained at a brisk 9-minute per mile pace and required soldiers to sing out with military cadence as they ran.

Douglas Halfdane Leavelle, of Eagle River, graduated Navy Basic and Navy Aircrew training at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Pensacola, Fla.

Air Force Airman 1st Class Ashley D. Pence graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

Pence is a 2004 graduate of Chugiak High who earned her bachelor’s degree in 2009 from the University of Wisconsin Stout in Menomonie, Wisc.

Imagine boarding a C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft and making the flight across the Atlantic Ocean to a place where they speak a language that isn’t your native language. This isn’t your normal U.S. Air Force deployment, but actually a Polish Air Force deployment to Alaska to participate in Red Flag-Alaska.

Red Flag is a Pacific Air Forces-sponsored, Joint National Training Capability-accredited exercise. The goal of Red Flag-Alaska is to provide each aircrew with these first vital missions, increasing their chances of survival in combat environments.

An U.S. Air Force airman based at Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson was indicted last week on murder and tampering with evidence charges in the April killing of fellow airman Clinton Reeves.

According to the indictment, James Devinn Thomas, 24, allegedly killed Reeves on April 19 while attempting a robbery. Thomas is also charged with trying to conceal his crime.

Reeves was last seen April 19 after leaving work at JBER. His red Dodge Avenger was discovered abandoned in Anchorage later that month.

The U.S. Army said a 22-year-old soldier on his first deployment to Afghanistan died June 4 in Landstuhl, Germany, where he was receiving medical treatment for injuries suffered in a June 1 attack in Khost Province.

Private First Class Vincent J. Ellis, of Tokyo, Japan, was a member of the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division. The Army said he was assigned to the brigade’s 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, where he served as an airborne cavalry scout.