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A long-awaited and expected announcement came Monday by the U.S. Air Force that two squadrons of F-35 fighters will be deployed to Eielson Air Force Base in Fairbanks.

A total of 54 new aircraft and an estimated 2,765 personnel will be part of the deployment, with construction to begin in fiscal year 2017, which begins Oct. 1.

The two squadrons of F-35s will join the F-16 Aggressor squadron and the 168th Air Refueling Wing currently assigned to Eielson. The first jets are scheduled to arrive in 2020.

Junior ROTC students learn basic military knowledge, but not how to be a military firefighter. Can they step up to the challenge?

The 673d Civil Engineer Squadron firefighters hosted a team-challenge demonstration for the Eagle River High School JROTC to show them first-hand what firefighters do.

“They wanted hands-on (experience), so why not let them simulate the tasks?” asked Air Force Master Sgt. Louis Martinez, 673d CES firefighter. “This lets them feel the physical rigors on scene. These are some of the things we do in case of a fire or rescue.”

This time each year, service members and civilian employees on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson have the opportunity to donate to their favorite charities or select new ones through the Alaska Combined Federal Campaign, which begins Monday.

This year, the Alaska CFC theme is “You can change a life.” Since 1961, when President John F. Kennedy established the campaign with an executive order, the drive has collected more than $7 billion in charitable donations, according to the organization’s website.

Nearly 700 military members, families and other distinguished guests dressed in their finest attire to honor the Air Force’s legacy at the Dena’ina Convention Center on Saturday, Sept. 19 for a ball and celebration.

U.S. Air Force installations across the globe celebrated the 68th Air Force birthday in some fashion, and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson threw a party to remember a proud past and promising future.

New babies bring new challenges, especially for parents who are having their first child, or have been isolated from familial support for one reason or another.

Trying to deal with these challenges while balancing the responsibilities of a career or military service adds a whole new level of complexity.

SEWARD — Standing at the bow of the Viewfinder, President Barack Obama gripped the steel railing as the boat cut through the deep blue water of Resurrection Bay amid the mountains, islands and glaciers in the Kenai Fjords National Park.

As the days get shorter and colder, children need to start bundling up. For some, their winter jackets, gloves and boots don’t quite fit anymore.

Fortunately, the Army Community Service Center on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson offers the “Koats for Kids” program to service members and their families. The annual event is an opportunity for the JBER community to receive and exchange winter clothing before the seasonal change.

Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson sent the installation’s first round of humanitarian support to the people of Nepal affected by a recent 7.8 magnitude earthquake in the form of a C-17 Globemaster III and support personnel May 1.

The aircraft, from the 517th Airlift Squadron, carried a K Loader and a tire-changing kit, and first stopped in Guam to pick up a contingency response group before continuing to Kathmandu, Nepal.

After months of waiting and speculation, the United States Air Force has officially selected Eielson Air Force Base as the preferred location for two squadrons of F-35A fighters.

In a call to the Alaska Congressional Delegation Thursday morning, the secretary of the Air Force announced that following an environmental impact study (EIS) and official record of decision, Eielson AFB should receive its first of 48 F-35 fighters in the summer of 2019.


The U.S. Coast Guard recently released the Major Incident Investigation (MII) Report into the incident aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Waesche, which resulted in the death of Petty Officer 3rd Class Travis Obendorf.

Obendorf was a crewmember aboard the Alameda-based Coast Guard Cutter Waesche.  He died in a Seattle hospital Dec. 18, 2013, as a result of injuries he sustained during search and rescue operations near Amak Island, Alaska, Nov. 11, 2013.