In July, the Veteran Crisis Line changed after the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s old 800 number was replaced by the three-digit extension — 988. Veterans in need of help can dial the new extension and press “1″ to be directed to the appropriate call centers.
At least 13 U.S. troops are dead and 18 wounded after an attack early Thursday at Kabul airport in Afghanistan, and officials warn that number could grow. AP reports that the attacks from suicide bombers and gunmen also killed at least 60 Afghans and wounded many more.
60 years after a Fairbanks woman served in the Air Force, she is now signed up for Veterans Affairs benefits. Gloria Desrochers served in the early 1960s as a nurse, but until this week had never been signed up for VA benefits. That all changed when she visited the fair.
For the first time ever, the Blue Angels will be flying over the skies of Fairbanks. The US Navy Blue Angels are in the Golden Heart City for the ‘Arctic Lightning Airshow’ being held at Eielson Air Force Base this weekend. This is the 75th anniversary of the Navy demo team.
The U.S. Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin was in Alaska on Saturday visiting Fort Wainwright and Eielson Air Force Base. He also flew over other military installations in the Interior as part of his tour. While at Eielson he gave a press conference.
On Thursday, Fort Wainwright welcomed a new commander to the post. Colonel Nate Surrey took the title of U.S. Army Garrison Alaska Commander from the previous commander Colonel Chris Ruga during a change of command ceremony. Ruga had served as the commander for two years prior to Surrey taking the position.
Stationed at Eielson Air Force Base are F-16s, but they are not normal F-16s. Referred to as Migs and Ivans, their job is to play bad guys during training mission. They make up the 18th Aggressor Squadron, known as "red air". They help train "blue air", the good guys, as they play war games in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex.
During Red Flag Alaska, airmen from Eielson Air Force Base are tasked with helping train pilots from around the world. In the air they use F-16 pilots pretending to be the enemy, otherwise known as the aggressors. On the ground, there is the 354th Range Squadron.
Red Flag Alaska exercises are held three to four times a year at Eielson Air Force Base outside of Fairbanks, Alaska. Long before any airplanes arrive, there is planning to be done. That is the job of the 353rd Combat Training Squadron
During Red Flag Alaska, Eielson Air Force Base sees over 1,000 additional airmen from the U.S. and neighboring countries come to the base. All of the extra personnel need to be fed and housed as well as have services like a gym. The Force Support Squadron at Eielson is tasked with this job.
The station held a ceremony to unveil the new Space Force sign at Clear and officially rename the station. Members of the Space Force, Air Force, Alaska Air National Guard as well as community members from the nearby towns attended the ceremony.
Civil Air Patrol cadets from around the country are in Alaska to take part in glider and powered flight academies. There are 18 cadets flying in the glider academy and 10 in the powered, plus 15 adults volunteering to help with the training.
Starting on June 2, the main gate to Fort Wainwright will be closed for repairs and improvements. During the closure, there will be additional gates opened to access and exit the post as well as additional hours at existing gates.
Over the last three weeks, 827 soldiers from Fort Wainwright and Fort Richardson have been training and testing to get their expert badges. Soldiers can earn one of three badges, the expert infantry, expert soldier or expert field medical badge depending on what their job in the Army is. As they train and test, their bodies will be pushed to the limit with 30 different tasks that test their skills as a soldier.
The U.S. Army Alaska has been working with Salcha-Delta Soil and Water Conservation District to monitor the Jarvis Creek near Delta Junction. Each year the creek experiences aufeis which causes it to spill its banks and create a new watershed.
U.S. Army Alaska is conducting live fire training exercises outside of Fairbanks with Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopters. The exercise involves over 100 people as soldiers simulate establishing a refueling and reloading area for the helicopters and pilots practicing with their weapons.