Paratroopers with the Army’s “Spartan” brigade are heading out …and staying put.
The Army announced on Friday plans to keep the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division at its current size while also sending 1,500 members of the 5,000-soldier brigade to Afghanistan.
In 2015, the Army announced the brigade would be downsized and converted to an airborne task force.
Fit and ready for action, the Army’s only airborne brigade in the Pacific now has a new leader.
Col. Paul Larson assumed command of the Army’s 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division during a ceremony Friday, March 24 on Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson. Larson takes over from Col. Scott Green, who was credited with making a number of improvements to the brigade’s fitness during his 28-month stint leading the “Spartan” brigade.
“His troopers are eating healthier than ever,” said Maj. Gen. Bryan Owens, commander of U.S. Army Alaska.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON — Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein and his spouse, Dawn, visited Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska at the tail end of a two-week trip to various Pacific Air Forces installations on Nov. 10 .
“[The trip] was an opportunity to not only get out and see Airmen, but also make international connections, and reinforce our commitment to our alliances and our partnerships in the region,” Goldfein said.
This was Goldfein’s first visit to the Final Frontier as Chief of Staff of the Air Force.
FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska -- It was a cool April morning and the Arctic Falcons of U.S. Army Alaska Aviation Task Force were hard at work, as CH-47 Chinooks, UH-60 Blackhawks and AH-64 Apaches checked systems in preparations for lift-off - a typical day for Army aviation in Alaska.
The morning of April 11 was especially important for the Soldiers of UATF's Delta Company, 25th Aviation Regiment "Gray Eagle" as they prepared for the inaugural flight of the MQ-1C Gray Eagle Unmanned Aerial System in Alaska.
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.
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.