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On Saturday, May 4, Seaman Cruz Boseman stood on the deck of the USS Anchorage during a commissioning ceremony for the Navy’s newest warship at the Port of Anchorage.

The Eagle River man should have been more than 4,000 miles away.

Thanks to his local ties, Boseman was reassigned to the Anchorage and was able to spend time with family and friends before departing for San Diego where the ship is based.

“It’s a free trip home,” Boseman said via cellphone. “I’m not complaining.”

After nearly seven decades, George Miller finally received the Distinguished Flying Cross he earned while serving in World War II.

The wait was well worth it for the 87-year-old Peters Creek man.

“It’s beautiful,” Miller said. “I just kick myself for not going after it a long time ago.”

Miller received the medal during a ceremony held April 29 at the Anchorage Veterans Memorial in Anchorage. Miller received the award from Lt. Gen. Stephen Hoog and U.S. Rep. Don Young.

I got to spend the last week in St. Petersburg, Russia. A group of six from my church went to help facilitate an English camp and experience as much Russian culture as we could in one week. I felt for foreign travelers to the United States who struggle with language barriers. So many Americans have the attitude “You’re in America, speak American,” yet I was in Russia unable to speak Russian. My language skills were limited to yes, no, and my name is — “da,” “neyt,” and “menya zavut.”

A member of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in a court martial on base Thursday, May 2.

A military judge sentenced Spc. Marshall D. Drake Jr. to 11 years, 9 months in prison for the Christmas, 2012 killing of Pfc. Grant W. Wise in Drake's barracks room. The shooting came after a night of heavy drinking. Drake was also reduced in rank to private, ordered to forfeit all pay and allowances and will receive a dishonorable discharge.

When your new office is located in one of the world’s most extreme natural environments, it’s nice to have a little help moving in.

The National Park Service recently enlisted the help of the U.S. Army to shuttle supplies to Park Service base camps located far up 20,328-foot Mt. McKinley.

“It’s a huge logistical operation for us with the amount of gear we have to bring up and the places we have to get it to,” said Park Service mountaineering ranger Mark Westman.

The continuous 24-hour operational readiness exercise, Polar Force 13-3, came to a close Monday after a week of evaluating Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson’s Air Forces deployment capabilities, despite weather complications.

Editor’s note: The following is part of a series of stories about members of the Army’s 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division injured in combat during the 3,500-member “Spartan” brigade’s 10-month deployment to Afghanistan, which ended in Oct. 2012.


By helping his fellow soldiers heal their war wounds, Army Master Sergeant Marcus McClain is learning to deal with his own.

A pilot from Eagle River has reached new heights in his career with the U.S. Air Force.

Lt. Col. Rob “Grinch” Finch is commander of the 430th Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron, which has been operating in Afghanistan since 2009.

“I’ve been out here as detachment commander for about five months, ever since they activated the squadron,” Finch said by phone from Afghanistan recently.

Loud barks could be heard yards away as 673d Security Forces Squadron dog handlers prepared their assigned dogs for standard dog training at the Eagleglen golf course on JBER.

“Certain requirements are levied when it comes to qualifying as a military dog-handler,” said Tech Sgt. Scott Heise, 673d Security Squadron military dog kennel master.

Editor’s note: The following is the first in a series of stories about members of the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division injured in combat during the 3,500-member “Spartan” brigade’s 10-month deployment to Afghanistan, which lasted from Dec. 2011 to Oct. 2012.


For Army Staff Sergeant Justin Grimm, getting shot at is all in a day’s work.