Military News

It’s been a decade since we first sent the men and women of our armed forces into combat in the aftermath of 9/11. It’s been the longest continuous combat in our country’s history. And during this decade, there’s been a lot of good-intentioned talk about repaying these incomparable Americans for their service to our country.

The Alaska Quake basketball season will open Dec. 3 and two members of the Air Force Reserve and Army National Guard can be seen on the roster of Alaska's newest semi-professional basketball team.

Master Sgt. Jonathon Orzechowski, an Air Force Reservist with the 477th Civil Engineer Squadron and SGT Joey Lewis with the Army National Guard' s E Company, 1-207th Aviation, were added to the roster when the team held its try-outs in late August and were on hand at the team's meet and greet Oct. 8 at Begich Middle School in Anchorage.

Lt. Gen. Dana T. Atkins has been named president of The Augusta Chronicle, the paper’s publisher announced Friday.

Atkins will assume his new duties Jan. 3, after his retirement as commander of Alaskan Command, Alaska NORAD Region, Joint Task Force Alaska, and 11th Air Force at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

A fight between a trio of soldiers on an early October camping trip up the South Fork Eagle River Valley ended with one in jail and another wandering, injured and alone in miserable weather, with a massive search underway.

The victim eventually emerged early the next afternoon, dazed and suffering from head injuries and mild hypothermia, searchers said. An Alaska State Troopers helicopter lifted him to safety.

After a four-month stand down, the Air Force's premier fighter, the F-22 Raptor, returned to the skies Wednesday.

Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley and Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz approved an implementation plan developed by Air Combat Command officials that allowed the F-22 to resume flight operations.

During the past week, kitchen fires have been on the rise here at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson at an alarming rate.

Minor injuries occurred because incorrect actions were taken and an attempt was made to move a fiery pan outside.

Grease fires are very dangerous and can be catastrophic if not handled correctly.

Fortunately, most cooking fires can be prevented by paying attention and adhering to some simple rules.

If you have a grease fire, do not attempt to move the pot or pan.

That towel rack in the bathroom finally gave way, and there are a dozen nail-holes in the wall from where the four-year-old got into the tool box.

Don’t worry — the U-Fix-It shops on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson are here to help.

“The intent is for residents to take pride in ownership,” said Wendy Mekinda, general manager at Aurora Military Housing. “It also provides continuity in the units - the same light bulbs, the same towel bars. It’s a convenience; they can pick things up for free, and they’re also learning a skill.”

With easy Internet access almost anywhere these days, we often forget that everything depends on sensitive electronics and in many cases on fiber-optic and other cables underground or even under the ocean. Many things can disrupt those connections, from earthquakes to mudslides and fires. When that happens, there’s an outage — usually repaired quickly. But in the case of a big event, like a major hurricane, there may be days of isolation.

ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia — Approximately 15 Alaska National Guard Soldiers and Airmen, along with service members from Mongolia, the Republic of Korea, India, the United States and Canada were recognized during a dedication ceremony for their efforts during a medical civil assistance project as part of Khaan Quest 2011 held at school in the 9th Khoroo, Khaan-Uul District of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Aug. 11.

Distinguished leaders, observers and local community members gathered to celebrate the success of the medical civil assistance project.

A memorial ceremony held June 22 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson honored four military policemen killed in Afghanistan.

Sgt. Joshua David Powell of Quitman,Texas, 28; Sgt. Christopher Roger Bell of Goldman, Miss., 21; Sgt. Devin Arielle Snyder of Cohocton, N.Y., 20; and Spc. Robert Lee Voakes Jr. of L'anse, Mich., 21, were killed by an improvised explosive device, June 4, in Afghanistan's Laghman Province while on patrol.

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