Eagle River Girl Scout packs cookies and more for Alaska troops abroad
Alaina Vik has sent nearly 100 boxes to Kuwait. She hopes to send 75 more to Kosovo in early November.
Radio outages impacting Coast Guard response in Southeast Alaska
The U.S. Coast Guard is experiencing radio outages throughout Southeast Alaska.
1 dead after small boat capsizes in Southeast Alaska
The U.S. Coast Guard says one person died Friday after their small boat capsized near Salt Chuck in the north part of Duncan Canal in Southeast Alaska.
Photos: Hundreds turn out to greet veterans from Last Frontier Honor Flight
Another large crowd turned out at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport Saturday afternoon to welcome home 22 veterans from the Last Frontier Honor Flight.
Alaskan Last Frontier Honor Flight veterans get warm welcome on East Coast
Alaska Honor Flight veterans get warm welcome as part of the latest last Honor Flight trip to the Washington D.C. area.
Only one WWII Veteran on latest Last Frontier Honor Flight
Last Frontier Honor Flight is a nonprofit that collects donations to bring veterans of WWII, the Korean War and Vietnam War to the nation's capital.
Inside the Gates: Alaska hosts nearly 3,000 troops for US Marines and Navy exercise
The Arctic Expeditionary Capabilities Exercise helped train U.S. forces how to respond to trouble in the Indo-Pacific.
Inside the Gates: Replacing aging recovery helicopters
The Air Force is taking advantage of a program called the Operational Loss Replacement Program, which will help JBER replace their Pave Hawk helicopters.
Inside the Gates: Loadmaster's calculations get cargo off the ground
For military loadmasters, there is more to their job than just loading and unloading aircraft.
Alaska prepares for major US Navy, Marines exercise
Thousands of service members from the U.S. Navy and Marines will be in Alaska next week. The 49th state is considered prime training ground for amphibious assault exercises.
Murkowski supports, advances FY 2020 defense bill
Sen. Lisa Murkowski advanced a 2020 defense bill with multiple benefits for Alaska.
'Nothing to do with me': President responds to Alaska service members staying at Trump-owned hotel in Scotland
The Democratic-led House Committee on Oversight and Reform says recent bookings at properties owned by President Trump may be at the expense of taxpayers.
Air Force disputes Alaska crew favored Trump Scottish hotel
Military officials are disputing a report claiming a joint Air Force and Alaska Air National Guard unit on a mission to Kuwait went out of their way to stay at a Scotland resort owned by President Donald Trump.
Inside the Gates: Innovation lab creates space for ideas to come to life
Sometimes problems don’t seem to have simple solutions. Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson has an innovation lab that helps military members come up with ideas on how to solve some of them.
JBER settles with EPA over hazardous waste handling
Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson has agreed to pay a $78,919 penalty as part of a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency over mishandling of hazardous waste.
South Korean ambassador in Anchorage says thanks to Korean War veterans
Ambassador Cho Yoon-je honors a dozen veterans during the annual ceremony at Veterans' Memorial.
Inside the Gates: When the call comes in, National Guard is ready to help fight Alaska wildfires
Always prepared and always on call. Alaska Army National Guard ready for the green light when it comes to fighting Alaska's wildfires.
Inside the Gates: Alaska Organized Militia comes together to respond to wildfires
Alaska Organized Militia respond to real-world domestic operations as a team for the first time in recent history
2 charged in crash that injured National Guardsmen working Swan Lake Fire
The Kenai Police Department said 21-year-old Johnathan C. Tanape and 18-year-old Loren J. Burns were arrested and face multiple charges related to the incident.
Backpacks, school supplies given to military children
Operation Homefront's Backpack Brigade gave 200 military children backpacks filled with school supplies.
JBER soldier dies after motorcycle crash near Parks Highway
A soldier from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson died after crashing his motorcycle Saturday along the Glenn Highway near the Parks Highway interchange.
Alaska National Guard breaks ground on new $24 million facility
A New Alaska National Guard facility will bring all employees of the Property and Fiscal Office from three locations to one.
Hypothermic mariners rescued from skiff in Holtham Inlet
Two men and a teenager showing signs of hypothermia were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard from a skiff in Holtham Inlet earlier this week.
Fairbanks soldier dies from a gunshot wound, US Army says
Pfc. Jeremiah Mathew Wombacher died from a gunshot wound Aug. 3.
JBER Air Force units to suspend operations for 1 day to address suicide rates
The stand-down is the first-ever in the service to deal with suicide.
Coast Guard rescues hiker who fell 150 feet on Southeast trail
A man is recovering from injuries he got after falling 150 feet while hiking on Baranof Island Friday, a release from the U.S. Coast Guard states.
JBER'S 3rd Wing turns 100
Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson's 3rd Wing is turning 100.
Inside the Gates: The mission of military musicians
Military reserve bands from the Lower 48 help answer the call when JBER's "Arctic Warrior" band is on block leave.
JBER soldier gets hero's walk before organ donation
Army Staff Sgt. Chris Enns' final act of service was to donate his organs after passing away from heart complications last week.
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.