The Army said a 22-year-old soldier on his first deployment to Afghanistan died June 4 in Landstuhl, Germany, where he was receiving treatment for injuries suffered in a June 1 attack in Khost Province.
Private First Class Vincent J. Ellis, of Tokyo, Japan, was a member of the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division. The Army said he was assigned to the brigade's 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, where he served as an airborne cavalry scout.
John Lerch, of Eagle River, graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy and was commissioned as a second lieutenant on May 23, 2012. He will be stationed at Vance AFB in Enid, Okla., and will attend pilot training this fall. He is a 2008 graduate of Chugiak High School and the son of John and Lenette Lerch of Eagle River.
KAHILTNA GLACIER BASE CAMP — Crowning a vast glacier and surrounded by other peaks of impressive magnitude rises Mount McKinley, also known as Denali (an Koyukon Athabaskan word meaning “The High One”).
It stands as the tallest peak in North America.
The mountain has a history of claiming the lives of unprepared climbers and offers some of the most treacherous terrain and harshest climates on the planet.
The newest commander of the U.S. Army in Alaska is no stranger to the 49th state.
Maj. Gen. Michael X. Garrett, who from 2006 to '08 served as first commander of the 4th Brigade Comant Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division at Fort Richardson, took command from Maj. Gen. Raymond Palumbo in a change of command ceremony held on Thursday, May 17 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
"It is absolutely fabulous to be back in Alaska," Garrett said before the ceremony.
The U.S. Army said on Tuesday, May 15 that two paratroopers based at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson were killed when their Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicle was attacked by an improvised explosive device on May 13 near the town of Bowri Tana in Eastern Afghanistan.
Sgt. Brian L. Walker, 25, of Lucerne Valley, Calif., and Pfc. Richard L. McNulty III, 22, of Rolla, Mo., were both military policemen assigned to the 425th Brigade Special Troops Battalion (Airborne), 4th Bridgade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Divison.
There’s about to be a new man in charge of the Army in Alaska.
Maj. Gen. Michael X. Garrett will become the 36th commander in U.S. Army Alaska during a change of command ceremony on Pershing Parade Field on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson at 2 p.m. today (Thursday, May 17).
Garrett will replace Maj. Gen. Raymond Palumbo, who has been the senior Army commander in Alaska since July 12, 2010.