Military News


A soldier with the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, was charged on April 9 in the death of his 3-year-old son April 4 in the family’s on-post residence.

Sgt. Nathaniel E. Ulroan, 23, was detained by Fort Wainwright police April 4 and placed in pre-trial confinement at the Fairbanks Correctional Center after being treated at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital for injuries related to the incident.



Two lost skiers were rescued from Wolverine Peak by airmen from the Alaska Air National Guard on March 26.

The skiers, who spent a cold night with insufficient clothing, had lost their equipment and unable to self-recover, called the Alaska State Troopers for assistance.

The AST notified the 11th Rescue Coordination Center at 9:15 a.m. that they were unable to respond due to the rugged terrain and necessary equipment requirements.


Sept. 11, 2001, is a date permanently etched into America’s history.  

Last week, two Eagle River High instructors sought to add to the day’s significance for cadets in the school’s AFJROTC program.

Cadets and their families gathered outside of ERHS on Sept. 11 to conduct a flag retirement ceremony 12 years after four terrorist attacks killed nearly 3,000 people.

About 65 flags were retired, each being burned and sent off with a salute from the people who placed it in the fire.

Cathy Jorgensen received the biggest promotion of her career Friday, Sept. 13.

It was a pretty big deal for the Alaska Army National Guard, too.

Jorgensen, of Eagle River, became the first female to make the rank of general in Alaska Guard history.

“It’s a great privilege,” she said following a ceremony on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

Now a brigadier general, Jorgensen is responsible for preparing each of the Guard’s 4,500 soldiers — be that to protect Alaska or to deploy worldwide.

My family and I can now say we have been camping in Alaska.  I know, some will quibble with my definition of camping; there was no tent involved.  However, an RV on the Homer Spit coupled with making S’mores over an open fire classify what we did as camping in my book. 

The plan was not originally for camping.  We planned on crashing my cousin’s annual fishing trip to Homer by staying in a hotel.  When my husband discussed this plan with a colleague, the colleague scoffed at the idea.  He had a camper we could borrow; then we need only pay for site rental at an RV park. 

The first “Sparta Week” celebrating the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division wasn’t all fun and games.

In the midst of five days of activities that included athletic competitions, a barbeque and a ball, the “Spartans” paused to honor 81 of their fellow paratroopers who have died in the brigade’s eight-year history.

Airmen and civilians of 673d Security Forces Squadron performed their annual high-risk response training during Police Week, training that is part of a Pacific Air Forces-wide program.

Bugler Tom Meacham, of Bugles Across America, plays Echo Taps during a Memorial Day ceremony held Monday, May 27 at the Fort Richardson National Cemetery.

Tom Meacham, of Bugles Across America, plays Echo Taps during a Memorial Day ceremony held Monday, May 27 at the Fort Richardson National Cemetery.