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.
Eielson Air Force Base is slated to receive four new KC-135 refueling tankers in the coming years. The announcement was made Friday by US Senators Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski, and Congressman Don Young.
A constant wind whips across the landscape as Staff Sergeant Jason Singleton works to get find coordinates on a map. He is one of soldiers competing in this years US Army Alaska Winter Games at the Black Rapids Training Site to find the most ‘Arctic Tough’ soldier in USARAK.
Members of the Canadian Air Force have been in Alaska training with U.S. Army Alaska during the Arctic Warrior 21 cold weather training. The annual training aims to help U.S. Forces prepare for fighting in arctic climates.
With temperatures hovering around -20, around 150 soldiers from 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, “Spartan Brigade,” bored C-130s and C-17s to prepare to jump into the subzero air.
Around 50 members of the Alaska Air and Army National Guard are heading to Washington D.C. to help with inauguration security. The volunteers from Fairbanks and Anchorage are being taken to D.C. on a KC-135 tanker from the 168th Wing in Fairbanks. Around five members of the Air National Guard stationed at Eielson Air Force Base flew on the tanker to pick up an approximately 40 members additional of the Army National Guard.
Airman and Soldiers in the Alaska National Guard are going to be headed to Washington D.C. ahead of the presidential inauguration in order to assist the District of Columbia National Guard and federal civilian authorities.
On Friday, Eielson Air Force Base held two special events to demonstrate to the community just what has been happening behind the scenes at the base. At the beginning of the day, members of the 354th Fighter Wing and the Alaska Air Guards 168th Wing conducted an ‘elephant walk.’ The rapid response training exercise was designed to show 354th Fighter Wings ability to rapidly launch aircraft into the skies. Later they reactivated a historic fighter squadron.
Every December 7, Americans are called to remember Pear Harbor, over 3,000 U.S. Sailors and Marines lost their lives in the surprise attack by the Japanese. While the attack may have happened thousands of miles from Alaska, historian Philip Wight said, “It directly lead to the invasion of Alaska and the transformation of the territory as we know it today. So Pearl Harbor was a really pivotal event in Alaskan history.”
November 11 is a day America has set aside to honor those who have served their country in the military. Traditionally there are ceremonies and other events to show appreciation for those who signed the dotted line and were willing to give all. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt traditions around the world, we decided to go to veteran’s around Fairbanks and ask them why veteran’s day is important and what it means to be a veteran.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) finalized its rules Thursday to allow nearly 2,000 Alaska Native veterans to apply for federal land allotments of up to 160 acres in the state under the 2019 Dingell Act.
According to Command Sergeant Major of the First Stryker Brigade, Dan Rose, the patrols will drive military vans around Fairbanks during the evenings of Thursday’s through Sundays. The goal of the patrols is to encourage soldiers to be good citizens.
Two U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 354th Fighter Wing diverted to the Bethel Airport when one of the aircraft experienced an in-flight emergency at approximately 9 p.m., Sept. 22, 2020.
Contractors are currently building and renovating family homes on Fort Wainwright to ensure that military families have modern and safe places to live according to the project manager. They are building 32 new units and renovating 58 homes.
Alaska Natives were allowed to apply for 160 acres (65 hectares) of land under the 1906 Alaska Native Allotment Act. Before a new law went into effect in 1971, there was a big advertising push to urge Alaska Natives to claim title if they hadn’t already done so.
Monday marked the first day F-35s stationed at Eielson Air Force Base took part in a RED FLAG-Alaska exercise. The 356th Fighter Squadron received its first F-35s in April and have been working and training to be ready for the operation over the last few months.
Over the last couple of months hundreds of soldiers from the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division have returned to Alaska from the Middle East. We were able to speak with some of the soldiers who returned Tuesday about what they are most looking forward to now that they are back.
Paratroopers from the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, United States Army Alaska, parachuted onto Guam early in the morning as part of their Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska today.