Military News

Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson sent the installation’s first round of humanitarian support to the people of Nepal affected by a recent 7.8 magnitude earthquake in the form of a C-17 Globemaster III and support personnel May 1.

The aircraft, from the 517th Airlift Squadron, carried a K Loader and a tire-changing kit, and first stopped in Guam to pick up a contingency response group before continuing to Kathmandu, Nepal.

After months of waiting and speculation, the United States Air Force has officially selected Eielson Air Force Base as the preferred location for two squadrons of F-35A fighters.

In a call to the Alaska Congressional Delegation Thursday morning, the secretary of the Air Force announced that following an environmental impact study (EIS) and official record of decision, Eielson AFB should receive its first of 48 F-35 fighters in the summer of 2019.


The U.S. Coast Guard recently released the Major Incident Investigation (MII) Report into the incident aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Waesche, which resulted in the death of Petty Officer 3rd Class Travis Obendorf.

Obendorf was a crewmember aboard the Alameda-based Coast Guard Cutter Waesche.  He died in a Seattle hospital Dec. 18, 2013, as a result of injuries he sustained during search and rescue operations near Amak Island, Alaska, Nov. 11, 2013.


A soldier with the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, was charged on April 9 in the death of his 3-year-old son April 4 in the family’s on-post residence.

Sgt. Nathaniel E. Ulroan, 23, was detained by Fort Wainwright police April 4 and placed in pre-trial confinement at the Fairbanks Correctional Center after being treated at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital for injuries related to the incident.



Two lost skiers were rescued from Wolverine Peak by airmen from the Alaska Air National Guard on March 26.

The skiers, who spent a cold night with insufficient clothing, had lost their equipment and unable to self-recover, called the Alaska State Troopers for assistance.

The AST notified the 11th Rescue Coordination Center at 9:15 a.m. that they were unable to respond due to the rugged terrain and necessary equipment requirements.


Sept. 11, 2001, is a date permanently etched into America’s history.  

Last week, two Eagle River High instructors sought to add to the day’s significance for cadets in the school’s AFJROTC program.

Cadets and their families gathered outside of ERHS on Sept. 11 to conduct a flag retirement ceremony 12 years after four terrorist attacks killed nearly 3,000 people.

About 65 flags were retired, each being burned and sent off with a salute from the people who placed it in the fire.

Cathy Jorgensen received the biggest promotion of her career Friday, Sept. 13.

It was a pretty big deal for the Alaska Army National Guard, too.

Jorgensen, of Eagle River, became the first female to make the rank of general in Alaska Guard history.

“It’s a great privilege,” she said following a ceremony on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

Now a brigadier general, Jorgensen is responsible for preparing each of the Guard’s 4,500 soldiers — be that to protect Alaska or to deploy worldwide.

My family and I can now say we have been camping in Alaska.  I know, some will quibble with my definition of camping; there was no tent involved.  However, an RV on the Homer Spit coupled with making S’mores over an open fire classify what we did as camping in my book. 

The plan was not originally for camping.  We planned on crashing my cousin’s annual fishing trip to Homer by staying in a hotel.  When my husband discussed this plan with a colleague, the colleague scoffed at the idea.  He had a camper we could borrow; then we need only pay for site rental at an RV park.