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  • Inside the Gates

    Inside the Gates: JROTC cadets train on JBER

    by Bonney Bowman on Apr 22, 12:41

    Many high school students join the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) program as a way to decide if they want to later enlist in the military. But for some, it’s a way to build confidence before heading to college and the workplace. JROTC cadets from East High School spent the day on Joint Base […]

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    Inside the Gates: Change of command for the Army’s 4/25

    by Lauren Maxwell on Mar 24, 20:55

    A change of command ceremony on JBER Friday morning welcomed a new leader to the nation’s only Arctic airborne combat brigade. Col. Paul Larson assumed command of the Army’s 4/25 Airborne Brigade Combat Team. It’s the first assignment in Alaska for Larson, who spent the last six months in Afghanistan. When asked about the challenges […]

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    Inside the Gates: Training for JRTC

    by Bonney Bowman on Mar 18, 11:18

    In June, the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, known as the 4-25 Airborne Brigade Combat Team, will be going to the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) in Fort Polk, Louisiana. It was a last-minute training opportunity the brigade couldn’t turn down, so now the soldiers are scrambling to prepare. For three weeks, […]

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    Inside the Gates: Alaska Air National Guard says goodbye to C-130 era

    by Bonney Bowman on Mar 11, 12:46

    Earlier this week, after four decades in service, the Alaska Air National Guard’s last two C-130 Hercules aircraft flew away for good. The plane has been the workhorse for the Air Guard. Its departure is the end of an era in the organization’s 70-year history. “The last 41 years of that have been with the […]

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    Inside the Gates: New life in a new place

    by Bonney Bowman on Mar 04, 10:17

    Military families move a lot — every couple of years, they take everything they own to a new home in a new community. It can sometimes mean adjusting to a whole new way of life. Paul and Nichole Napoli recently moved from Germany to Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks. They landed in Alaska a couple weeks […]

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    Inside the Gates: Military family posts daily vlogs

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 24, 23:36

    One Alaska family is making reality TV a real life part of their daily routine. The Cassells, a military family stationed at Fort Wainwright, post daily video blogs, or vlogs, on YouTube. “The first year I was like, extremely nervous,” said mom and U.S. Army wife Kiara Cassell. Her days usually start with coffee, cooking […]

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    Inside the Gates: Black History Month at JBER

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 18, 11:30

    In honor of Black History Month, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson held an observance Thursday. U.S. Army chaplain Lt. Col. Dr. Khallid Shabazz attended from Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state. As the guest speaker, he discussed the crisis of education in the black community and the importance of standing up for what you believe in, regardless […]

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    Inside the Gates: Small army keeps JBER troops fed

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 11, 11:43

    As Napoleon Bonaparte famously said, “An army marches on its stomach.” Making sure our modern military is well supplied takes as much effort and planning as preparing for battle. It’s something staff at the Iditarod Dining Facility on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson know well. Airman 1st Class James Tapang says things can get busy, but he […]

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    Inside the Gates: Arctic gear to stay in the field and in the fight

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 04, 12:16

    Alaska’s Arctic warriors have to be ready to fight in any weather, no matter the cold. They get special gear, issued only here. When they’re in the field, the soldiers are often outside in the snow for hours. “There’s certain points where the cold just kind of gets you,” said combat medic Spc. Tyler Steane. […]

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    Inside the Gates: Cadets learn emergency preparedness

    by Bonney Bowman on Jan 28, 12:07

    Alaskans know disaster, like an earthquake, can strike at any time. The Alaska Military Youth Academy is making sure its cadets are prepared for when the next one happens. The cadets are going through Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, training. They’re learning how to prepare for the worst, including fire safety, basic medical response, […]

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    Inside the Gates: Businesses off-limits to service members

    by Bonney Bowman on Jan 21, 11:43

    It may surprise you to learn, but there are some businesses in Anchorage where members of our military community are not allowed to go. The Armed Forces Disciplinary Review Board can make a business “off-limits,” making it a crime for a service member to go there. Col. Seth Deam, staff judge advocate for the 673rd […]

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    Inside the Gates: The importance of JBER’s sound system

    by Bonney Bowman on Jan 13, 20:29

    If you live near Joint Base Elmedorf-Richardson, you’ve likely heard the sounds of the military base in action; the guns firing, the planes taking off everyday like clockwork, and the base-wide sound system relaying everything from alert messages to the national anthem. The music and messages are broadcast all around the base by a network […]

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    Inside the Gates: A soldier serving on skis

    by Bonney Bowman on Jan 06, 21:34

    The National Guard has a biathlon team with a winning track record on the international stage. An Alaska National Guardsman is part of that team, serving his country on skis. Spc. Tadhg Nakada didn’t know biathlon was even an option when he signed up for the Guard until a commander saw him in action. “I […]

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    Inside the Gates: How military families cope with deployment

    by Bonney Bowman on Dec 30, 21:42

    Deployment is one of the biggest hardships military families face. At Anchorage’s Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, spouses missing their service members have support to help them through the separation. The Baker family has been away their airman for the last five months. Senior Airman Brian Baker is currently deployed in Afghanistan. It’s the first time he’s […]