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U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan spent Wednesday making the rounds in Chugiak-Eagle River.

He also ate a few, too.

Sullivan sat down for pepperoni pizza at the Eagle River Ale House, where he also made off with a handful of homemade cookies during a casual pop-in at the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Sen. Sullivan also made stops at the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center and the Alaska Laborers Training Center in Chugiak during an upbeat spin through the community.

A fighter jet made an emergency landing Wednesday on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

According to a press release issued by the base Wednesday evening, an F-22 Raptor assigned to the 3rd Air Wing made the emergency landing at around 1 p.m. The pilot was able to get out of the jet safely and there were no injuries reported.

On Thursday, the base provided a brief update saying the emergency landing was due to a landing gear malfunction.

A 35-year-old paratrooper died Saturday after he lost control of his motorcycle on the Glenn Highway.

According to U.S. Army Alaska, Staff Sgt. James Trent Alcorn was pronounced dead at the scene where he struck a pole after crashing his motorcycle near Gambell Street. Alcorn was a member of the Army’s 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division. The 4/25 (or “Spartan Brigade) is based at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

Ric Davidge brought his own cameraman to film his Thursday appearance at the South Fork Community Council meeting.

There weren’t a lot of highlights.

The chairman of the Alaska Veterans Foundation got more than an earful during his first appearance before the council in whose backyard he wants to build a facility to house up to 100 homeless veterans.

“This community is completely against your proposal,” council chair Karl von Luhrte told Davidge.

Nobody seemed to disagree.

A paratrooper with the Army’s 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (Airborne) was hurt during an exercise Aug. 16 on the base.

A spokesman for U.S. Army Alaska said the paratrooper — who was not identified — suffered “serious, but not life-threatening” injuries.

“The paratrooper received immediate medical attention and was transported to Providence for further treatment,” wrote USARAK spokesman John Pennell.

Though he’s the one getting the recognition, Kirk Alkire is clear about who he works for.

“This whole thing is not about me,” said Alkire, who led an effort to name a peak in the Chugach Mountains “Gold Star Peak” in recognition of families who have lost loved ones in the military.

An Army veteran who served two tours of active duty and lost several close friends in combat, Alkire said his mission from the start has been to help honor those who have given their hearts and lives in the name of service.

It’s about to get loud in Eagle River.

According to officials with Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, the base plans controlled detonations on the Eagle River Flats July 17-19 in order to test sound levels in the area.

“Residents in and around JBER and Eagle River may hear loud noises created by life-firing of high-explosive munitions as these test are conducted in support of data collection as part of a scientific acoustic study,” reads a press release issued Monday.

Air Force Col. Patricia Csank is about to make Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson history.

On Friday, Csank will become the base’s first female commander when she takes over command of the Air Force’s 673rd Air Base Wing during a 10 a.m. ceremony on the base. The 673rd Air Base Wing is responsible for installation management on the joint base, which was formed in 2005 when Elmendorf Air Force Base and Fort Richardson Army Garrison combined into a single entity. According to JBER, the 673rd maintains an $11.4 billion infrastructure encompassing 79,000 acres north of Anchorage.

JBER — All or nothing. It’s pain and stress management. There’s a constant little bird in the back of your mind chirping away that you might not make it. If you don’t make it, you just spent months of training and a bunch of money to watch your dream pass you by.

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Max Pippa’s mind was racing as he pushed his body to its limits during the final stages of preparation in an arduous journey for greatness.

Alaska’s congressional delegation of Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, and Rep. Don Young have released their service academy nominations that include several local students.

“This year’s selection of candidates was exceptional — all exhibited the characteristics that will help them to succeed as leaders in our nation’s military: academic excellence, demonstrated leadership, and a commitment to serving their community and nation,” said Senator Sullivan.

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