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ANCHORAGE (AP) — A jury acquitted an Army soldier on Thursday, April 26 of manslaughter and homicide charges in the death of a friend during a drunken game of Russian roulette in Eagle River last year.

The jurors returned not guilty verdicts on manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide charges for Jacob Brouch, 27. He was found guilty of a weapons misconduct charge, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.

Brouch choked back tears after the jury forewoman read the not-guilty verdict on the second felony.

Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson officials are seeking the public's help in locating an airman who hasn't been heard from since April 22.

Clinton Reeves, a 22-year-old senior airman, was last seen leaving his duty location on April 19, according to a press release issued by Maj. Joseph Coslett. According to the release, Reeves was last heard from on April 22 and officials became concerned when he didn't show up for duty with the 673d Logistics Readiness Squadron.

A new system will soon be implemented at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson which will make recreational areas on the base easier to access for those with military affiliation as well as those without.

Military aircraft carrying participants for Arctic Care 2012 arrived in Alaska Monday, April 9 for the largest recurring joint military medical readiness and logistics training exercise.

A 21-year-old paratrooper assigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson was killed in an improvised explosive device attack on Tuesday, April 3 while on patrol in Afghanistan.

According to the Army, Spc. Jeffrey Lee White Jr., of Catawissa, Mo., died when his unit was attacked in Khowst Province. Five other members of the 4/25th — also known as the Spartan Brigade — were injured.

 KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan — Paratroopers from Task Force Blue Geronimo detained two suspected insurgents near the Pakistan border, south of Matun district.

The three-day mission was conducted by members of 1st Platoon, Comanche Company.

The platoon’s mission was to travel to Matun district, in the eastern half of Gorbuz to conduct reconnaissance and biometric operations.

Swooping down from an open Alaska sky, two 90th Fighter Squadron F-22 Raptor fighters - tail numbers 4090 and 4190 - flew above the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson flight line in formation and at speed.

Piloting Tail Number 4190, Lt. Col. Joseph Kunkel, 90th FS commander, glanced over at his wingman before dramatically breaking formation in a swift starboard turn.

Finally, Kunkel touched the Air Force’s newest jet down on the tarmac and taxied the jet to the 90th FS hangar apron where Airmen of his command awaited the arrival of their new top F-22.

KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan — A joint airdrop operation between Task Force Spartan, the U.S. Air Force, the Afghan Border Patrol and local militia Arbici was conducted to resupply paratroopers of Task Force Blue Geronimo at Combat Outpost Chergotah, a first for the area, Feb. 28.

Paratroopers from Task Force Blue Geronimo conducted a drop zone survey two weeks prior in an effort to find a safer alternative method to re-supply Combat Outpost Chergotah.

PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan — Signs of progress for the Afghan National Security Forces was made in the icy city of Gardez on Feb. 18 when an improvised explosive device was discovered by Afghan Uniformed Police and destroyed by an Afghan National Army explosive ordnance disposal unit on a muddy street near the wood market.

Improvised explosive devices being found and disposed of by EOD units is not a rare occurrence in this volatile region of the country. What was special about this particular operation was that no coalition forces played a hand in it.

Col. Gary Agron ended his three-decade military career in the same place he grew up — Alaska.

A 1977 East High graduate, Agron retired Feb. 10 as U.S. Army Alaska chief of staff on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

“That was a great position,” Agron said Feb. 21.

As a boy, Agron’s father, Alfredo, brought him to watch mock battles at Fort Richardson. Agron said he was honored to end his career in his hometown.

“It was a gratifying way to leave the Army,” he said.