JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — An Alaska Army National Guard Soldier died Saturday morning around 2 a.m. when he was swept away by the water current while fishing in Copper River.
Sgt. 1st Class Russell Anthony Hepler, 35, was dip-netting with his wife, Shandra Hepler, in Copper River near O'Brien Creek, south of the town of Chitina. Shandra saw Hepler get swept away and attempts were made to save him, but he was carried downstream.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Alaska Army National Guardsmen of 1st Battalion, 297th Infantry Regiment, 38th Troop Command, are at Fort Bliss, Texas to train and prepare for an upcoming deployment to Kosovo in support of NATO's Kosovo Force.
The battalion are staying in Texas for approximately two weeks to complete mobilization that began last September. They are participating primarily in administrative, medical and personnel in-processing. They will be flying directly to Europe for their deployment after completion of mobilization.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Dressed in an olive drab flight suit, Alaska Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Fitzpatrick, a C-17 Globemaster III loadmaster with 144th Airlift Squadron, stood out like an eagle among lions.
Her garb starkly contrasted with the MultiCam and tiger-stripe camouflage patterns of the Army and Air Guardsmen who competed in adjacent lanes during 2019's The Adjutant General Match marks-manship competition at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Chief Master Sgt. Teresa Renson was selected as the next command chief for the 168th Wing, Alaska Air National Guard. Renson has been a member of the wing for 26 years, joining the unit in 1993 as a member of the 168th Maintenance Squadron.
In a wing-wide announcement, Col. Bryan White, 168th Wing commander, said, "It is my privilege to announce that Chief Teresa Renson has been selected as the wing's next command chief! From a competitive field of awesome candidates, Chief Renson's experience, skills, and demonstrated leadership were clearly the benchmark for what the wing needs now as its next command chief."
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — The Alaska National Guard will deliver the Veterans Golden Age Games torch Wednesday morning at Moose Run Golf Course on Arctic Valley Road. A 1.5-mile community fun run will immediately follow.
Pararescuemen from the Air Guard's 212th Rescue Squadron will rappel with the torch from an Army Guard Black Hawk helicopter from the 1-207th Aviation Battalion to commence this national, annual event in support of veterans. The PJs and their squadron's military service dog, named "TOML," (That Others May Live), will carry the torch and lead a 1.5-mile fun run down Arctic Valley Road.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — The State of Alaska's Department of Motor Vehicles now reflects veterans status on Hmong and Lao Veteran Alaska state ID's and driver's licenses for those who served between February 28, 1961 and May 15, 1975. This new status option began May 15.
Those members who served with special guerrilla units or irregular forces, operating from bases in Laos, in support of the U. S. Military and CIA operations need to contact the Office of Veterans Affairs in order to receive the evidence needed to gain this honor on their Alaskan documents.
LAND FORCES COMBAT TRAINING CENTER GETICA, CINCU, Romania — Fifty-four Soldiers with the Alaska Army National Guard's 207th Engineer Utility Detachment participated in exercise Resolute Castle 2019 at Cincu, Romania from May 1-21.
Resolute Castle is a multi-national, joint exercise with real-world outputs of completed construction projects that build and enhance training capabilities around Eastern Europe.
Soldiers involved in RC19 worked on multiple projects in the training area. The main work sites were the 350-meter Mobile Armored Target, the Cherry Hill entry control point road and the foundation for a multipurpose building.
CINCU, Romania — Two of the 54 Alaska Army National Guard Soldiers of 207th Engineer Utility Detachment demonstrated engineering leadership during their participation in exercise Resolute Castle 2019 May 1 through 21 at Land Forces Combat Training Center Getica, Cincu, Romania.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — For almost 200 Junior ROTC cadets representing high schools across Southcentral and Western Alaska, 176th Wing C-17 Globemaster III and HC-130J Combat King II aircraft served as magic carpet rides soaring over the Chugach Mountain Range during a May 28 orientation flight out of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
When 144th Airlift Squadron aircrew switched white lights illuminating the hold of the C-17 to tactical red lights, East High School Army JROTC Cadet Seraiah Calogero quickly produced her smartphone and began meticulously documenting the experience. A simple flick of a switch proved to be a wonder to Calogero and dozens of her friends as they strained to see a world bathed in monochromatic crimson light.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — The Alaska Army National Guard and the Girl Scouts of Alaska is releasing a new Girl Scout patch this week at the Encampment event at the Alaska State Fairgrounds in Palmer May 30-June 2.
The Girl Scout patch program provides girls opportunities to explore a wide range of topics and have unique learning experiences, while also connecting with their community.
Army Guard Road,
JBER, AK 99505