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Location: U.S. Army, 6-2012 
Long Time Alaskan, finally returns home to take command of unit set to
deploy to AFGHANISTAN later this year.  Rober ...

Location: U.S. Army, 6-2012 Long Time Alaskan, finally returns home to take command of unit set to deploy to AFGHANISTAN later this year. Rober ...

Location: San Diego, CA, 07/01/11 
Private Trevor Stefan graduated from MCRD San Diego, CA for USMC on July 1, 2011.  He is a 2008 graduate of Ch ...

Location: San Diego, CA, 07/01/11 Private Trevor Stefan graduated from MCRD San Diego, CA for USMC on July 1, 2011. He is a 2008 graduate of Ch ...

Location: Fort Sam Houston, Tx, 07/02/10 
PFC Danzig McGough has graduated the Combat Medic Training Course at Fort Sam Houston on July 2, 2010.  ...

Location: Fort Sam Houston, Tx, 07/02/10 PFC Danzig McGough has graduated the Combat Medic Training Course at Fort Sam Houston on July 2, 2010. ...

Location: NOATAK ALASKA, 06/26/10 
A SPECIAL MOMENT FOR THE JONES FAMILY. LANCE CPL LAWRENCE JONES II STATIONED IN YUMA, ARIZONA RETURNED HOME TO ...

Location: NOATAK ALASKA, 06/26/10 A SPECIAL MOMENT FOR THE JONES FAMILY. LANCE CPL LAWRENCE JONES II STATIONED IN YUMA, ARIZONA RETURNED HOME TO ...

Location: San Diego,CA, 8-21-09 
Peter Bentley was promoted to Lance Corporal on 2-1-10, at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentyni ...

Location: San Diego,CA, 8-21-09 Peter Bentley was promoted to Lance Corporal on 2-1-10, at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentyni ...

Location: Anchorage, Alaska, 06/02/10 
Preston Shawn David-Marine, returned home from a 7 month deployment in Afghanistan. He is based out of Cam ...

Location: Anchorage, Alaska, 06/02/10 Preston Shawn David-Marine, returned home from a 7 month deployment in Afghanistan. He is based out of Cam ...

Location: Anchorage, 5-28-10 
After deployment visiting home.Jeff is based at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

Location: Anchorage, 5-28-10 After deployment visiting home.Jeff is based at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

Location: Alaska VA Healthcare System, 4/16/2010 
Alaska VA Healthcare System Volunteer, Eva Aulston, received the Secretary of Veterans Affairs  ...

Location: Alaska VA Healthcare System, 4/16/2010 Alaska VA Healthcare System Volunteer, Eva Aulston, received the Secretary of Veterans Affairs ...

Location: Washington, D.C., May 6, 2010 
Alaskan Lori Bell, of Elmendorf Air Force Base, was honored today by Military Spouse Magazine as the Mil ...

Location: Washington, D.C., May 6, 2010 Alaskan Lori Bell, of Elmendorf Air Force Base, was honored today by Military Spouse Magazine as the Mil ...

Location: Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, 03/15/2010 
Military medicine achieves new heights

Bethesda, MD - As if taking on the challenges of serving ...

Location: Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, 03/15/2010 Military medicine achieves new heights Bethesda, MD - As if taking on the challenges of serving ...

Location: MCRD San Diego, 08/21/09 
PFC Peter Bentley graduated Boot Camp August 21st and completed School of Infantry Training on November 10th  ...

Location: MCRD San Diego, 08/21/09 PFC Peter Bentley graduated Boot Camp August 21st and completed School of Infantry Training on November 10th ...

Location: Eglin AFB, FL, 09/22/09 
David C. Jensen, Staff Sergeant, United States Air Force, reenlisted for 5 more years.  Jensen is a 2001 Chugi ...

Location: Eglin AFB, FL, 09/22/09 David C. Jensen, Staff Sergeant, United States Air Force, reenlisted for 5 more years. Jensen is a 2001 Chugi ...

Location: Lackland Air Force Base , 05/20/09 
Philip T Bennett, Air Force Airman, graduated basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Anto ...

Location: Lackland Air Force Base , 05/20/09 Philip T Bennett, Air Force Airman, graduated basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Anto ...

Location: camp bondsteel kosovo, 06-26-09 
me with gov palin. i was born in palmer, ak and lived in anc. til 1990 and now live in california. i h ...

Location: camp bondsteel kosovo, 06-26-09 me with gov palin. i was born in palmer, ak and lived in anc. til 1990 and now live in california. i h ...

The Armed Services YMCA of Alaska held the official ribbon cutting of the Heroes Home with Tim Sullivan, Chairman of the Board and Lt Gen Douglas ...

The Armed Services YMCA of Alaska held the official ribbon cutting of the Heroes Home with Tim Sullivan, Chairman of the Board and Lt Gen Douglas ...

  32     May 24, 2010 - 1:29pm | kmacknicki

New GeoNorth Site Features ‘A Soldier’s Quest’

Anchorage, Alaska - GeoNorth, LLC, an Information Technology solutions provider headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska, has just completed the new website www.armymountaineering.com featuring Ft. Richardson's Army Staff Sergeant Trevor Jones. The new site, titled 'Seven Summits; A Soldier's Quest', entails one local man's efforts to assist those returning from Afghanistan and Iraq with challenges they did not face proir to deployment. Staff Sergeant Jones is attempting to reach the summits of the tallest peaks on each of the world's seven continents, and is doing so to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project.
The Wounded Warrior Project, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, began when several individuals took small, inspired actions to help others in need. One night, while watching the evening news, a group of veterans and brothers were moved by the difficult stories of the first wounded service members returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq. They realized then and there that something needed to be done for these brave individuals and their families beyond the brass bands and ticker tape parades. The resulting objective was to provide tangible support for the severly wounded and help them on the road to healing, both physically and mentally.
After reading about his quest, GeoNorth felt compelled to support Staff Sergeant Jones by building a state-of-the-art website to help him get his message out. The purpose of the site is to convey his intent, chronicle his journey, raise funds and awareness to support The Wounded Warrior Project, and to raise the funds required for the effort itself.
GeoNorth was able to utilize the Drupal Content Management System as a solution to satisfy all of Staff Sergeant Jones' requirements. Drupal is a widely popular solution because it provides a powerful, scalable, low cost/high value, easy-to-use solution to manage and grow an Internet presence. Drupal is open-source technology, meaning the code is freely available to anyone to use and modify. Drupal provides the perfect balance of abstraction where content is easily managed yet at the same time, developers, such as those at GeoNorth, can easily customize it to meet the needs of any organization. The need to provide maps to plot the locations of each summit was met by incorporating a popular Drupal module (of which there are thousands) to access the Google Maps API.
The Mission of Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower wounded warriors. Their purpose:
- To raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of severly injured service men and women.
- To help severly injured service members aid and assist each other, and

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  31     January 16, 2010 - 5:49pm | VTHokies

Veterans

My respect to all of you here who present your loved ones. I honor their service and recognize the sacrifices of families. My brothers also served with much less public support. My question to all of you is: What do you know about the Veterans who line up flags at the entrance to the Sams Club side of Dimond Center, who wave and collect $ for other veterans. Are they reliable distributors of funds?

Thanks!

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  30     November 21, 2009 - 6:09pm | akbravie

Home coming for Andrew M. Williams

Pvt. Andrew M. Williams graduated from Army Basic Training (Fort Jackson, SC) and Army AIT school at Fort Gordon, GA. Andrew will be returning home to Wasilla, AK on Thanksgiving to a warm welcome home for our proud Soldier! Andrew and his wife Angela will be stationed at Fort Hood, TX.

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  29     July 12, 2009 - 10:11pm | chaines

Sister re-enlists brother for another 6 years

It's not everyday that two siblings both join the Air Force at the same time. One as an officer, the other enlisted. The Haines siblings did just that in 2004. Adam Haines went off to basic training at Lackland AFB on May 4, 2004 and Christina Haines (now Christina Geller) joined ROTC at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Two years later, on May 8, 2006, Christina Geller was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the USAF. Adam was there to give her "the first salute," a military tradition iin which an enlisted member salutes the newly commissioned officer. This year, Christina was able to return the favor by re-enlisting Adam for another 6-year term, an honor reserved for officers only.

Two siblings following in their father's footsteps. Neither one jealous of the other and both proud of each other's accomplishments. "When in uniform, we are both strict about the military rules of customs and courtesies, but out of uniform, our ranks do not matter, we are just brother and sister"

Christina is currently stationed at Elmendorf AFB in Alaska and Adam is stationed at Shaw AFB in South Carolina.

Both Annaliza and Ray Haines, owners of a local RV Motorhome parts business, are very proud of both of their kids.

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  27     June 24, 2009 - 1:57pm | akcabin2

SPC Dugan in Kuwait

SPC Jonathan Dugan completed AIT at Fort Gordon, Georgia and is now stationed in Kuwait for the next year.
I am very proud of my son.

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  24     September 3, 2008 - 2:17pm | akcabin2

Jonathan Dugan completes Army Basic Training

SPC Jonathan Dugan completed his Army Basic Training at Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia and graduated on August 14, 2008. His AIT for 26 weeks is at Fort Gordon in Augusta, GA. He is the son of Joyce Cerutti of Anchorage, Alaska and grandson of Shirley and Ray Hatleli of Eau Claire, WI. His wife Minerva and three children, Alyssa, Ashley and Riley (also of Anchorage) along with his mother attended the graduation ceremony at Fort Benning, GA.

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  23     August 26, 2008 - 11:47am | coastguardpas

Operation Salliq

Seaman Patrick R. York, a native of Anchorage, is serving with the U.S. Coast Guard during the service’s first comprehensive deployment to the Arctic as part of a “test bed” to determine Coast Guard capabilities and requirements in the Arctic. York serves as a Boat Crewmember at Coast Guard Station Ketchikan.

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  22     June 25, 2008 - 12:14pm | anita_porter

Armed Services YMCA of Alaska Welcomes New Executive Director

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ARMED SERVICES YMCA OF ALASKA

David R. Gomez, LCDR, USCG, (Ret)

Dave is a native of Albany, New York and lived there until he enlisted in the Coast Guard in November 1971. He served as a storekeeper until graduation from Officer Candidate School in December 1977.

After his commissioning, he served on the US Coast Guard Cutter Blackhaw in San Francisco; Marine Safety Office Galveston, Second Coast Guard District Aids to Navigation Branch in St. Louis; as the Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Base St. Louis, MO; Chief, Enlisted Career Branch at Coast Guard HQ in Washington, DC; and finally as the Group Commander of Group Lower Mississippi River in Memphis, TN.

After over 21 years in the Coast Guard, Dave retired in 1993 and went to work as a Division Manager for the Commission on Office Laboratory Accreditation (COLA), a non-profit organization in Columbia, MD, that inspected clinical laboratories.

After five years with COLA, Dave decided to move to Hawaii where he became the Vice President/Director of Shelter Operations for the Hawaiian Humane Society. In January 2002, he assumed the responsibilities of the Executive Director for the Honolulu Armed Services YMCA.

In May, 2007, Dave joined the Armed Services YMCA of Alaska as our Program Director. He was hired as the Executive Director in June, 2008.

Dave resides in Palmer with his wife Mani and has two grown daughters who live on the East Coast.

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  21     June 24, 2008 - 7:42pm | waisanen

Green Beret

Joshua R. Waisanen, son of Gregory and Deborah Waisanen of Wasilla, recently graduated from a Special Forces qualification program as an engineer sergeant. Upon completion, he was assigned to the 1st Group Special Forces, 3rd Battalion Combat Dive Team and is currently serving his second tour in Iraq. Joshua and his wife, Ann'e, live in Puyallup, WA.

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  20     January 28, 2008 - 5:23pm | shirl

Christopher S. Harris completes Army Basic Training

Army PFC Christopher S. Harris has graduated from basic training at Fort Benning in Columbus, GA. and will be attending AIT at Fort Sill, OK.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history and core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses.

Harris is a 2007 graduate of the Alaska Military Youth Academy. He is the son of Shirley and Sam Caruthers of Anchorage, AK and Tim Harris of Wasilla, AK.

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  19     January 28, 2008 - 12:01pm | Oldfield_Colleen

Northern Lights ABC Places in National Mission Patch Contest

January 21, 2008 - Students from Northern Lights ABC School have placed in a national mission patch contest sposored by Space Explorers, Inc. The students from Mrs. McKee's class placed among 516 entries submitted from schools across the country. Students Muhammad, Michael, Chris and Ryan received an honorable mention in the grade 7-12 bracket.

The winning entries are posted on the SPace Explorers website. View the results of the contest by visiting
www.space-explorers.com. Then click the "Events" tab. This will take you to the Events and Activities page. Once there, click on the "Contest" link under the "Featured Activity" heading.

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  18     December 16, 2007 - 10:41pm | stam

Patrick Amundson Graduates from Officer Candidate School

Navy Ensign Patrick Amundson was commissioned in the U.S. Navy on November 30, 2007 in Newport, Rhode Island. Amundson completed Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, FL and Newport, R.I. He will be assigned to Naval Supply and Business School in Athens, Georgia for six months of training before being assigned a duty station. While at OCS, Amundson's academics included engineering, seamanship, damage control, division officer preparation, customs and courtesies, and navigation. He is an honor class graduate. He earned his B.A. in political science and psychology from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN in 2005 and is a 2001 graduate of Dimond High School. Patrick is the son of Steve and Debbie Amundson of Seattle, WA.

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  17     July 11, 2007 - 8:34am | kmacknicki

DesJarlais graduates from the U.S. Naval Academy

Navy Ensign Levi DesJarlais, son of Linda J. Monroe of Wasilla and Kenneth J. DesJarlais of Anchorage, recently completed the four-year officer development program at the U. S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. DesJarlais learned basic skills in seamanship, navigation, infantry drill, marksmanship and sailing. Throughout four years at the Naval Academy, he studied courses in engineering, science, mathematics, humanities and social science while undergoing extensive training in leadership, discipline, athletics and character development. DesJarlais also fulfilled the community relations requirements. All Naval Academy graduates receive a bachelor of science degree upon completion of their four-year training. The Naval Academy's mission is to develop Midshipmen morally, mentally, and physically to produce combat leaders of character to the Navy and Marine Corps.

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  16     May 18, 2007 - 11:55am | hometown

Howe graduates fom military training

Air Force Airman Brandon L. Howe has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
During the six weeks of training, the airman studied the Air Force mission, organization, and military customs and courtesies; performed
drill and ceremony marches, and received physical training, rifle
marksmanship, field training exercises, and special training in human relations.
In addition, airmen who complete basic training earn credits toward an associate degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
Howe earned distinction as an honor graduate.
The airman is a 2006 graduate of Robert Service High School, Anchorage.

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  July 7, 2007 - 4:00pm | judithbrendel

Congratulations

Congratulations Brandon, I know your parents are very proud of you. Hey - why not the Army? Just kidding, enjoy your service, have fun - the time passes so quickly. And thank you for serving. Judith (COL) and Georg (CSM) Brendel.

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  15     May 18, 2007 - 10:26am | kmacknicki

Jolly Green Rescue Mission of the Year

Alaska Air National Guardsmen Win National Award
Kulis Guardsmen awarded 2006 Jolly Green Rescue Mission of the Year

CAMP DENALI, Alaska – Members from the 176th Wing at Kulis Air National Guard
Base were recently recognized for their outstanding work that resulted in the
safe rescue of 23 people stranded at sea last July.

“The call came into the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center and we were ready to
respond,” said Col. Tim Grams, commander of the 176th Operations Group.

The call was to assist the Cougar Ace, a large Japanese ship that rolled onto
its side July 23, 2006, while traveling from Japan to Oregon with 23 people and
nearly 5,000 automobiles on board.

The Coast Guard reported the crew of the Cougar Ace sent out an SOS late on
July 23. The Alaska National Guard’s Rescue Coordination Center (RCC) was then
contacted to assist the Coast Guard with the rescue mission. Assets from the
Alaska Air National Guard were immediately dispatched. Two HH-60 Pavehawks from
the 210th Rescue Squadron, two HC-130 refueling tankers from the 211th Rescue
Squadron, one C-130 Hercules from the 144th Airlift Squadron and about a dozen
pararescuemen from the 212th Rescue Squadron assisted with the rescue.

According to Grams, it took a little more than one hour to get the crew off the
ship. The Pavehawk helicopters and a Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter transported
the rescued crew members to Adak, about 230 miles away from where the ship had
listed.

“We’re very honored to win such a prestigious award from an organization
steeped in tradition and excellence,” Grams said, “The professionalism and
speed in which the entire Wing responded was truly impressive.”

The Jolly Green Association Rescue Mission of the Year Award recognizes the Air
Force’s most outstanding rescue mission of the year. The 176th Wing
highlighted the teamwork, coordination, and ingenuity that is needed to save
the lives in the most difficult of situations and epitomize the rescue motto:
“These things we do that others may live.”

Award recipients attended the Annual Jolly Green Association Convention and
Awards banquet May 5 in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
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  14     May 14, 2007 - 10:00am | KaronBurns

USMC Officer Candidate School

Commissioned Officer 1st Lieutenant Stuart W. Burns
graduated from Quantico, Virginia
on Mar 30, 2007. OCS US Marine Corps. Born and raised in Anchorage, AK.
East High grad. yr 2000, UAA grad 2005. He will continue TBS at Quantico for six months, then head to Pensicola, FL
for Flight School.

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  13     May 2, 2007 - 10:53am | hometown

Aaron Ney graduates from training course

Army Pvt. Aaron A. Ney has graduated from the Petroleum Supply Specialist Advanced Individual Training course at Fort Lee, Petersburg, Va.
The course is designed to train students in receipt, storage, issue, shipping, and distribution of petroleum, oil and lubricant products used by the Army. Training included instruction in petroleum and water accounting, operating equipment associated with fuels and water distribution; and fueling and defueling operations and procedures on vehicles, aircraft and stationary equipment.
Ney is a 2002 graduate of the Alaska Military Youth Academy at Fort Richardson in Anchorage. He is the son of Robert A. and Rhonda Ney of Eagle River, Alaska. His wife, Courtney, is the daughter of Paul and Kathy Axtmann of Kasilof, Alaska.

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  12     May 2, 2007 - 10:05am | hometown

Aaron Ney graduates from training course

Army Pvt. Aaron A. Ney has graduated from the Petroleum Supply Specialist Advanced Individual Training course at Fort Lee, Petersburg, Va.
The course is designed to train students in receipt, storage, issue, shipping, and distribution of petroleum, oil and lubricant products used by the Army. Training included instruction in petroleum and water accounting, operating equipment associated with fuels and water distribution; and fueling and defueling operations and procedures on vehicles, aircraft and stationary equipment.
Ney is a 2002 graduate of the Alaska Military Youth Academy at Fort Richardson in Anchorage. He is the son of Robert A. and Rhonda Ney of Eagle River, Alaska. His wife, Courtney, is the daughter of Paul and Kathy Axtmann of Kasilof, Alaska.

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  11     April 10, 2007 - 1:22pm | hometown

Alaskan receives Air Force Academic Achievement Award

John T. Callahan graduated from the Air National Guard Academy of Military Science at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base, Knoxville, Tenn., and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air National Guard. The six-week, in-resident course curriculum is designed to prepare the officer candidate for initial assignment as a commissioned officer and to serve as a foundation to build a career in the Air Force reserve components. The lieutenant received the Air Force Academic Achievement Award. Callahan, a public affairs officer, is assigned to the 176th Wing, Kulis Air National Guard, Anchorage, Alaska. He is the son of Thomas J. and Maureen E. Callahan of Seward, Alaska. His wife, Virginia, is the daughter of Peg Asbury of Fairbanks, Alaska. In 1988, Callahan graduated from Cordova Junior-Senior High School, Cordova, Alaska, and received a bachelor's degree in 2004 from the University of Alaska, Anchorage.

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  10     April 10, 2007 - 12:43pm | hometown

Basic Training graduates:

Army Pvt. Micah J. Fitzhugh has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Fitzhugh is the son of Heather Redman of Silver Fox Lane, Anchorage, Alaska, and grandson of Janis Merriman of Highway Contract Route 60, Haines, Alaska.

Army Spec. Heather M. Wolfenden has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Wolfenden earned distinction as an honor graduate. She is the daughter of Robert and Anne Lane of Bellevue Loop, Anchorage, Alaska. The specialist graduated in 1995 from Bartlett High School, Anchorage, and received a bachelor's degree in 2002 from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Fla.

Army Pvt. Dennis K. Tyson Jr. has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. He is the son of Marsha Mitchell of Kenai, Alaska, and Dennis Tyson Sr. of Sacramento St. S.W., Lakewood, Wash. Tyson is a 2006 graduate of Kenai Central High School.

Army Pfc. Dan A. Blankenship has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. He is the son of Dave and Angie Blankenship of W. Kanaga Loop, Eagle River, Alaska.
Blankenship is a 2003 graduate of Chugiak High School, Alaska.

Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Adam T. Lewis has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Allen Lewis of Doncaster Drive, Anchorage, Alaska, and brother of Vanessa Vincent of Harbors Port St., Pace, Fla. Lewis graduated in 2001 from Anchorage Christian School, and received an associate degree in 2005 from Pierce College, Steilacoom, Wash.

Air Force Airman William G. Berrios has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He is a 2004 graduate of Benson Secondary School, Anchorage, Alaska.

Air Force Airman Daniel P. Horne has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Lonnie and Teresa Horne of 42nd Ave., Anchorage, Alaska.

Air Force Airman Dustin R. Stelljes has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Stelljes is the son of Raymond B. Stelljes of Beaumont, Calif., and grandson of Bobbi Stelljes of Starlite Lane, Soldotna, Alaska.
The airman is a 2006 graduate of Kenai Central High School, Alaska.

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  9     April 9, 2007 - 9:34am | kmacknicki

Jensen Retires after 30 years in United States Army Uniform

Sergeant Major, Retired, Peter H. Jensen entered the United States Army in1976. On September 2 that same year he attended Basic Training at Fort Dix, New Jersey and Power Generation Operator Mechanics Advanced Individual Training at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Jensen was born on December 12, 1956 in Klawock, Alaska to the Late Bert Jensen and Late Dolly Jensen. Jensen belongs to Class of 1975, Ketchikan High School. Jensen retired on February 28, 2007.

Jensen was promoted to Sergeant Major on February 1, 2005 and held various leadership positions from Senior Infantry Scout to Recruiting Retention Sergeant Major. Jensen was presented, during his retirement celebration, the United States of America Legion of Merit and the State of Alaska Legion of Merit for his exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements during his service in the Alaska Army National Guard.

Sergeant Major Jensen and his wife of twenty five years, Jaimie, have made their home in Eagle River, Alaska. They are the proud parents of three wonderful children; son Peter of Ketchikan (United States Merchant Marine) & fiancé Canadice; son David of Great Falls, Montana (United States Air Force), his wife Jen & their son Tyler (#1Grandson); and daughter Jillion of Eagle River, Alaska (recent Graduate of Alaska Military Youth Academy). Jensen’s in-laws are Jay and Jackie Bredehoft of Ketchikan.

During his 30-year career, Jensen was assigned in the Regular Army to the 2nd Battalion 92nd Field Artillery, V Corp in Geissen, Germany as a generator mechanic; later becoming a light wheeled vehicle mechanic. At the end of his three year term he separated from the Regular Army at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and spent three years in the Individual Ready Reserve at his home of record, Ketchikan. Alaska. It was in 1983, Jensen joined the Alaska Army National Guard in Ketchikan, Alaska as an Infantryman and 90MM Recoilless Rifle Gunner with the 4th Battalion 297th Infantry Scouts. He began his career in the Active Guard Reserve program in 1985 as an Assistant Training Noncommissioned Officer at the rank of Corporal. In 1988, Jensen volunteered to establish 4th Detachment, A Company, 4th Battalion, 297th Infantry Scouts and moved his family to Craig, Alaska. In 1990, Jensen and his family moved back to Ketchikan as a Recruiter with Headquarters, Headquarters Detachment, State Area Command. He was selected as the Readiness Noncommissioned Officer for A Company, 6th Battalion 297th Infantry (Light) in 1991. In 1994, Jensen moved his family from Ketchikan to Eagle River, Alaska where he was assigned to State Area Command as a Production Recruiter, and later became a Recruiting / Retention Noncommissioned Officer, Marketing Noncommissioned Officer, Area Noncommissioned Officer In-Charge and ultimately becoming the Alaska Army National Guard Recruiting / Retention Sergeant Major.

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  8     March 22, 2007 - 3:19pm | hometown

Heather M. Wolfenden completes basic combat training

Army Spec. Heather M. Wolfenden has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.
Wolfenden earned distinction as an honor graduate.
She is the daughter of Robert and Anne Lane of Bellevue Loop, Anchorage, Alaska.
The specialist graduated in 1995 from Bartlett High School, Anchorage, and received a bachelor's degree in 2002 from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Fla.

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  7     March 21, 2007 - 1:04pm | hometown

Dan A. Blankenship completes training at Fort Benning

Army Pfc. Dan A. Blankenship has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewmen.
He is the son of Dave and Angie Blankenship of W. Kanaga Loop, Eagle River, Alaska.
Blankenship is a 2003 graduate of Chugiak High School, Alaska.

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  6     March 21, 2007 - 1:02pm | hometown

Dennis K. Tyson Jr. completes basic infantry training

Army Pvt. Dennis K. Tyson Jr. has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewmen.
Tyson is a 2006 graduate of Kenai Central High School. He is the son of Marsha Mitchell of Kenai, and Dennis Tyson Sr. of Lakewood, Wash.

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  5     March 21, 2007 - 10:51am | hometown

John T. Callahan graduates from the Air National Guard Academy

John T. Callahan graduated from the Air National Guard Academy of Military Science at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base, Knoxville, Tenn., and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air National Guard.
The six-week, in-resident course curriculum is designed to prepare the officer candidate for initial assignment as a commissioned officer and to serve as a foundation to build a career in the Air Force reserve components. The major subject areas of instruction included military studies, physical training, academic studies, professional development, communicative skills, leadership and management, international security and defense studies.
After graduation, the lieutenant either attends further career development training or returns to his or her resident state unit of assignment.
The lieutenant received the Air Force Academic Achievement Award.
Callahan, a public affairs officer, is assigned to the 176th Wing, Kulis Air National Guard, Anchorage, Alaska.
He is the son of Thomas J. and Maureen E. Callahan of Seward, Alaska.
His wife, Virginia, is the daughter of Peg Asbury of Fairbanks, Alaska.
In 1988, Callahan graduated from Cordova Junior-Senior High School, Cordova, Alaska, and received a bachelor's degree in 2004 from the University of Alaska, Anchorage.

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  4     March 20, 2007 - 10:00am | hometown

Team Mustang takes second in Iditarow challenge

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mustang placed second out of 13 teams in the Iditarow Challenge. The team rowed over 190,275 meters during a nine day period. Each team member was allowed to row for half of an hour each day at Resurrection Bodyworks gym in Seward.

The challenge was sponsored by Resurrection Bodyworks gym. This is the second year the challenge has been conducted. It started on the first day of the Iditarod and the over all goal is for the collective team's distance rowed to beat the Iditarod dog teams to Nome. This year they did, completing the goal in nine days. The total meters rowed for all teams collectively was 1,783,254.1 meters.

The members of Team "Mustang" were Lt. Jim Stoffer, BM3 Greg Royal, MK3 Jason Dernehl and Mr. Craig Williamson, a local Coast Guard Auxiliary member.

Dernehl was the top rower for all teams with a distance of 55,692 meters.

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  3     March 8, 2007 - 4:32pm | hometown

Zuiderhof deployed to Southwest Asia

Air Force Staff Sgt. Wayne M. Zuiderhof has deployed to Southwest Asia in the Persian Gulf region to support the mission of Operation Enduring Freedom as a member of the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing. The servicemember is normally assigned to the 3rd Equipment Maintenance Squadron, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Anchorage, Alaska. Wing members provide support for the U.S. Central Command's Air Forces mission, assisting in the full spectrum of fueling and aerial refueling operations to U.S. and coalition aircraft engaged in the war on terrorism in the region. Flight crews fly thousands of combat refueling sorties delivering aircraft fuel in the millions of pounds. The sergeant is a munitions accountability journeyman with eight years of military service. He is the son of Mike and Louise Zuiderhof of Bruce, S.D. Zuiderhof is a 1998 graduate of Arlington High School, S.D.

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  2     March 8, 2007 - 4:30pm | hometown

Haskell graduates from Basic Combat Training

Army Reserve Pvt. Brian S. Haskell has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Knox, Ky. During the nine-week training period, the trainee received instruction in drill and ceremony, weapons, rifle marksmanship and bayonet training, chemical warfare, field training and tactical exercises, armed and unarmed combat, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, traditions, and core values. He is the son of Robert and Carrie Haskell of W. 72nd Court, Anchorage, Alaska. Haskell is a 2006 graduate of Dimond High School, Anchorage.

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  1     February 12, 2007 - 7:23pm | hometown

Engman graduates from basic combat training

Army National Guard Pvt. Tosha L. Engman has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

Engman is the stepdaughter of Dixie Engman of Unalaska, Alaska.

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