Inside the Gates: Guardians of the Last Frontier select new command chief
Alaska Air National Guard's 168th Wing names new Command Chief. Chief Master Sgt. Teresa Renson will take over later this summer
Inside the Gates: Reconnecting with Alaska communities through rural operations
The Alaska Air National Guard doesn't have recruiting offices in many parts of rural Alaska, but the Guard is working to reinvigorate its relationship with communities across the state.
Troopers, Coast Guard enforce boating safety on Big Lake
Alaska State Troopers are checking for proper safety gear and trying to keep people from boating under the influence.
Women's VFW post celebrates 69th anniversary
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 21 celebrated its 69th anniversary Sunday.
Tank named for fallen Wasilla soldier
A fallen soldier from Alaska is being honored in a new way two years after his death in Afghanistan. The First Battalion, 36 Infantry Regiment had a Facebook contest to name a tank they put outside their headquarters.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski votes to provide $4B for US southern border crisis
Sen. Lisa Murkowski voted to provide $4.59 billion in supplemental funding for the crisis at the U.S. southern border.
Coast Guard responds to fuel barge stuck in mud on Naknek River
The U.S. Coast Guard is responding to a fuel barge that got stuck in the mud along the Naknek River.
Coast Guard medevacs man from charter fishing boat
The U.S. Coast Guard reports it medevcaed a man who was having symptoms similar to a heart attack aboard a boat south of Seward.
Alaska paratrooper dies during training near Fairbanks
One Alaska soldier is dead and another injured after the Humvee they were driving rolled over during training in the Yukon Training Area near Fort Wainwright.
Inside the Gates: Unaccompanied veterans honored by military family
For various reasons, military veterans sometimes die without family or friends to make their final arrangements or attend their funerals. They’re referred to as unaccompanied veterans.
Soldier dies while dip netting in Copper River
A member of the Alaska Army National Guard died about 2 a.m. Saturday while dip netting in Copper River; 35-year-old Sgt. 1st Class Russell Anthony Hepler was fishing near O’Brien Creek with his wife when the incident happened.
JBER continues rebuilding after November quake
JBER estimates it will be 3 1/2 years before work is complete on damage sustained during the November earthquake.
Inside the Gates: Alaska soldiers deploy to Kosovo
Over 200 Alaska Army National Guard soldiers deploy to help keep the peace in Kosovo.
Report: Operator error caused crane crash that killed Coast Guard crew member
The U.S. Coast Guard says operator error caused a January crane mishap that killed Chief Warrant Officer Michael Kozloski in Homer.
Inside the Gates: Aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt
U.S. Navy uses Northern Edge 2019 Exercise to train with U.S. Air Force and Marine Corps for efforts to always be ready when called upon.
WWII nurse celebrates 100th birthday
WWII nurse celebrates 100th birthday.
'Largest military fishing tournament in the world' gives Alaska's combat veterans a change of pace
An annual military fishing tournament provides Alaska based service members a chance to spread out and experience more of Alaska
Former Kulis ANG Base gets historical designation, possible new role
Kulis Air National Guard Base, on the south side of Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, has been vacant since 2011 — but it may find new life as a historical site.
Judge: Parents of dead West Point cadet can use his sperm
A judge has cleared the way for the parents of a 21-year-old West Point cadet fatally injured in a skiing accident to use his frozen sperm to produce a child.
US forces come together in Alaska for Northern Edge 2019
Close to 100,000 troops will take part in the military training exercise.
Inside the Gates: Keeping Hangar 21 prepped to paint planes
Civil engineers discover hundreds of pounds of rock calcium in hangar 21's humidifiers, causing them to shutdown and delay missions.
Alaska's 1-297th Infantry heads to Kosovo
Unit will be part of NATO peacekeeping force in the Balkan region, not expected to come home until next April.
Veterans thank founders of Last Frontier Honor Flight
Thank you for your service is a common phrase heard by many Alaska veterans for their military service. Now some veterans and their families are saying thank you to a couple from Big Lake.
Pentagon awards construction contract for new polar icebreaker
Alaska’s congressional delegation is hailing the award of a contract for a new U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker this week as a key development in the nation’s evolving Arctic strategy.
Inside the Gates: Dogs play positive role in psychological health
Therapy and service dogs are making an impact in lowering stress, anxiety, depression and loneliness on JBER.
Palmer students donate more money for veterans' Honor Flight
Academy Charter School students have raised another $1,000 to help Last Frontier Honor Flight veterans travel to Washington, D.C. to see war memorials.
Inside the Gates: The squadron that kept the 176th Wing on its feet after the earthquake
Civil engineers kept the 176th Wing up-and-running during and after the Nov. 30 earthquake.
Alaska National Guard leader: 'Zero tolerance' for sexual assault, harassment
Brig. Gen. Torrence Saxe believes things are improving, but said more needs to be done to prevent sexual assault and harassment in the Alaska National Guard.
Inside the Gates: Guardsmen demonstrate readiness for chemical warfare during Polar Force exercise
Wearing combat gear, chemical protection suits and masks, airmen in the Alaska Air National Guard's 176th Wing evaluated their ability to successfully execute missions in hostile conditions
Coast Guard shares video of rescue after saving man from fishing vessel off Kodiak
A man was flown Monday to medical care in Kodiak by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew, after a nighttime hoist from the deck of a fishing vessel.
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Alaska paratrooper dies during training exercise near Fort Greely
The U.S. Army Alaska is investigating the accidental shooting death of a solider that happened during a training exercise near Fort Greely.
Coast Guard rescues 7 people and a dog from Chilkat River
The group was rescued after their boat ran aground and left them stranded on a sandbar in the Chilkat River near Haines.
Fort Wainwright to send thousands of soldiers to Iraq
Fort Wainwright will send more than 2,000 soldiers to Iraq on a deployment in the coming months, which could last nearly a year.
US missile defense system successfully intercepts test target
The latest test of the nation's missile defense system, partially based in Alaska, saw a significant success Monday which drew quick praise from the state's federal lawmakers.
Fort Wainwright invites medical team to assess suicide risks
Leaders at Fort Wainwright have joined U.S. Rep. Don Young in asking that a medical team be sent to the post near Fairbanks to examine its suicide risks, in the wake of three soldiers’ deaths this year.
Young asks Army to investigate Fort Wainwright suicides
Alaska’s sole U.S. representative is asking Army medical officials to investigate a series of deaths at Fort Wainwright this year, saying they show the battle against military suicides “is far from over.”
President Donald Trump announced Thursday that 20 more missile interceptors will be based at Fort Greely.
Inside the Gates: 'Rescue Triad' crews solve all Alaska throws at them
"We need to get to the site before Alaska does:" Three Alaska Air National Guard search-and-rescue units prepare for a race against the elements to save lives.
Criminal investigators looking into Alaska soldier's death
The Army Criminal Investigation Command and Alaska State Troopers are investigating the death of an Alaska soldier whose body was found at his home, according to a release Friday.
Navy to name destroyer after Alaska's Ted Stevens
The U.S. Navy will honor the memory of Alaska’s longest-serving U.S. senator by naming a future Arleigh Burke-class destroyer after him, according to a decision announced Friday.
Army and Air Force begin holiday flag football tradition
Another tradition and an opportunity for more bragging rights, the game was competitive, but good-natured.
JBER gets ready to track Santa Claus
KTVA was given special access to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson to see how the 176th Air Defense Squadron will track Santa Claus on Christmas Eve.
Dunleavy appoints Saxe as new Military, Veterans Affairs commissioner
Gov. Mike Dunleavy appointed Col. Torrence Saxe as the new Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Commissioner
Volunteers place wreaths to honor veterans at Fort Richardson National Cemetery
The ceremony at Fort Richardson National Cemetery is part of Wreaths Across America.
Son receives Distinguished Service Cross on behalf of his father
Staff Sgt. Justin T. Gallegos received the medal after he died in Afghanistan in 2009.
JBER to host Saturday wreath-laying ceremony
The Wreaths Across America ceremony will be hosted by Anchorage's Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Saturday, Dec. 15.
Alaska set to host F-22s from hurricane-hit Florida base
The Air Force’s Alaska inventory of F-22 Raptors could soon rise by half a dozen jets, as the Pentagon redistributes stealth fighters which were damaged by Hurricane Michael at a Florida Air Force base.
Inside the Gates: Behind the scenes with Search and Rescue
Ready on a moments notice -- Alaska Air National Guard on display and true to form in latest search and rescue mission
2 men rescued from Montague Island after plane crash
Two injured men were rescued Tuesday night after their small plane crashed and began to burn on the southwest corner of Montague Island.
3 US service members killed in Afghanistan blast
Three U.S. service members were killed Tuesday by an improvised explosive device near the city of Ghazni, Afghanistan, the U.S. military announced.
Inside the Gates: U.S.S. Alaska plank holders relive first days
Tom Timpson and Waino Salo both served on the U.S.S. Alaska Navy submarine when it was first commissioned on January 25, 1986. The road as to how they ended up serving on the U.S.S. Alaska were two very different paths.
16 soldiers safe after 4-vehicle Parks Highway crash
Alaska State Troopers say nobody was hurt Saturday when four vehicles, including two vans carrying more than a dozen U.S. Army soldiers, were involved in a crash on the Parks Highway near Denali State Park.
Satellite images reveal hidden North Korean missile bases
New commercial satellite images released Monday have identified more than a dozen undeclared North Korean missile operating bases.
Vice President Pence speaks at JBER
Vice President Mike Pence made a Veterans Day stop at Anchorage’s Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, as he embarks on a diplomatic trip to Asia.
Mat-Su Veterans Wall of Honor hosts first ceremony at new site
After years of uncertainty, the Mat-Su Veterans Wall of Honor is finally in its new home in Wasilla.
Inside the Gates: Solving problems one tool at a time
A team behind shop doors in the 176th Wing of the Alaska National Guard keeps the Air Guard running -- like a machine
Disabled Anchorage veteran's plight draws plea for help
As an Anchorage veteran who lost his legs waits for assistance with access to his home, VA leaders in Alaska say the system is trying to help.
Alaska vet gets 'new' wheels
Progressive Insurance is honoring a disabled Alaska veteran with a refurbished car.
2 tons of Alaska drugs to be incinerated in Washington
The Alaska Air National Guard partnered with the DEA to transport two tons of prescription drugs collected in Alaska for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day to Washington.
Inside the Gates: Importance of the Propulsion Shop
Alaska is known for its search and rescue teams. The Alaska Air National Guard's aerospace maintainers are the vital source that helps keep search and rescue aircraft in the air.
Last Frontier Honor Flight brings veterans to D.C. and back
The five day trip took them to Washington, D.C.
Inside the Gates: Anchorage Stand Down
Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie attends 2018 Anchorage Stand Down and vows to improve the VA system throughout Alaska.
Alaska veterans leave for Honor Flight to Washington DC
A group of more than 20 veterans will tour war memorials in Washington D.C. as part of the Last Frontier Honor Flight.
F-22 makes emergency landing at JBER
An F-22 Raptor fighter jet safely made an emergency landing at Anchorage’s Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Wednesday afternoon.
Motorcyclist killed in Saturday crash was JBER soldier
A 35-year-old rider was the person killed Saturday as he headed south on Gambell Street, police said.
Inside the Gates: The importance of a tail flash
Inside Alaska's largest paint shop, the Alaska Air National Guard in JBER's Hangar 21 West is working on a new look for the C-17 fleet.
Missing Fort Wainwright soldier found dead
Troopers discovered 22-year-old Mason Heimer’s body when they responded to Harding Lake at about 3 p.m. Saturday.
Russian aircraft tracked off Alaska for third time this month
A group of Russian military aircraft has been tracked but not intercepted near Alaska, the third such flight this month monitored by U.S. forces.
Site Summit a reminder of nukes used to defend Anchorage
Site Summit stood guard over Anchorage from 1959 to 1979. Known as the "Guardian in the Sky," its new mission is to educate people about a crucial period in American history.
Combat King's reign essential when it comes to search and rescue missions
The Alaska Air National Guard HC-130J Combat King II returns from a mission on the east coast, helping with rescue missions involving Hurricane Florence.
Alaska Guard helicopters head east for Florence relief
Two Alaska Army National Guard rescue helicopters and their crews left Anchorage Monday, joining the expanding relief effort in North and South Carolina for former Hurricane Florence.
Alaska sending help ahead of Hurricane Florence
As a massive hurricane approaches North and South Carolina this week, Alaskans are lining up aid efforts to help with its expected impact.
Fisher House opens doors to more military families
JBER's newest housing unit is officially open for business. The building is second in a nationwide program built on the Alaska base.
Surveillance video shows former JBER soldier's assault on airman
A former Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson soldier has been sentenced in a brutal assault on a fellow service member at the popular downtown bar F Street Station last year.
Alaska-based F-22s intercept Russian bombers off Aleutians
Alaska-based stealth fighters have made their second intercept this year of Russian bombers near the state, as defense officials emphasize that the aircraft never entered U.S. airspace.
Finder of Gambell military helmet seeks its owner
Edwin Campbell, who lives on St. Lawrence Island, said he was relic hunting Sunday evening when he dug up an old military helmet.
Missing Korean War Alaskan's family hopes for closure
Pfc. John Lockwood is the lone Alaskan considered missing from the Korean War.
Alaskan Command receives new commander
The U.S. military’s Alaskan Command has a new head, after a change of command ceremony in Anchorage.
Alaskan Command head departing Alaska for Korea
Outgoing Alaskan Command head Lt. Gen. Kenneth Wilsbach shared his thoughts on Alaska and the Arctic before taking on a new position in Korea.
Inside the Gates: Maintaining U.S. Air Force Pave Hawks
Maintaining U.S. Air Force Pave Hawk helicopters requires a full tear down and rebuild that takes four to five months. It's a necessary requirement to ensure safety for the crew and those they try to rescue.
Inside the Gates: U.S.S. Momsen ports in Anchorage
For the first time since 2015, U.S.S. Momsen Navy Destroyer ports in Anchorage.
Remains returned from Korean War may include Alaskan
Pfc. John Lockwood, of St. Michael, died in combat in November 1950.
JBER construction could bring $150 million to Anchorage
A project recently approved by the Pentagon will extend Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson's north-south runway by 2,500 feet.
JBER paratrooper hurt in drop accident
A Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson paratrooper was severely injured during a drop exercise on base Thursday, according to Army officials.
Trump nixes military parade over price tag
President Trump on Friday tweeted that he canceled the military parade planned for November in Washington, blaming high costs that he claimed local politicians set to deter him.
US make strides increasing presence, activity in Alaska, Arctic
The United States is an Arctic nation and now is devising a plan to make a real strong presence in the Arctic.
Destroyer stops in Anchorage during Arctic symposium
The USS Momsen, an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, docked at the Port of Alaska Wednesday.
Sullivan closes out week-long meetings with military leaders
U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan closed out a week of hosting military leaders before heading back to Washington D.C. on Tuesday. But he won't be gone long.
Mat-Su Veterans Wall of Honor on the move
It took contractors 100 hours to remove the 32 engraved panels from the memorial site near the hospital. They'll be put back up at the new Wall of Honor in Wasilla.