Alaska National Guard breaks ground on new $24 million facility

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.

Scott Gross
Hypothermic mariners rescued from skiff in Holtham Inlet

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.

Elizabeth Roman
Fairbanks soldier dies from a gunshot wound, US Army says

Fairbanks soldier dies from a gunshot wound, US Army says

Pfc. Jeremiah Mathew Wombacher died from a gunshot wound Aug. 3.

Kayla Heffner
JBER Air Force units to suspend operations for 1 day to address suicide rates

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.

Dave Leval
Coast Guard rescues hiker who fell 150 feet on Southeast trail

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.

Angela Krenzien
JBER'S 3rd Wing turns 100

JBER'S 3rd Wing turns 100

Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson's 3rd Wing is turning 100.

Dave Leval
Inside the Gates: The mission of military musicians

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.

Scott Gross
JBER soldier gets hero's walk before organ donation

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.

Heather Hintze
Inside the Gates: Guardians of the Last Frontier select new command chief

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

Scott Gross
Inside the Gates: Reconnecting with Alaska communities through rural operations

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.

Scott Gross
Troopers, Coast Guard enforce boating safety on Big Lake

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.

Heather Hintze
Women's VFW post celebrates 69th anniversary

Women's VFW post celebrates 69th anniversary

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 21 celebrated its 69th anniversary Sunday.

Bryan Dunagan
Tank named for fallen Wasilla soldier

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.

Shannon Ballard
Sen. Lisa Murkowski votes to provide $4B for US southern border crisis

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.

Shayne Nuesca
Coast Guard responds to fuel barge stuck in mud on Naknek River

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.

Elizabeth Roman
Coast Guard medevacs man from charter fishing boat

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. 

Bryan Dunagan
Alaska paratrooper dies during training near Fairbanks

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.

Angela Krenzien
Inside the Gates: Unaccompanied veterans honored by military family

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.

Scott Gross
Soldier dies while dip netting in Copper River

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.

Angela Krenzien
JBER continues rebuilding after November quake

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.

John Thompson
Inside the Gates: Alaska soldiers deploy to Kosovo

Inside the Gates: Alaska soldiers deploy to Kosovo

Over 200 Alaska Army National Guard soldiers deploy to help keep the peace in Kosovo.

Scott Gross
Report: Operator error caused crane crash that killed Coast Guard crew member

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.

Angela Krenzien
Inside the Gates: Aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt

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.

Scott Gross
WWII nurse celebrates 100th birthday

WWII nurse celebrates 100th birthday

WWII nurse celebrates 100th birthday.

Joe Vigil
'Largest military fishing tournament in the world' gives Alaska's combat veterans a change of pace

'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

Scott Gross
Former Kulis ANG Base gets historical designation, possible new role

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.

Bryan Dunagan
Judge: Parents of dead West Point cadet can use his sperm

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. 

Associated Press
US forces come together in Alaska for Northern Edge 2019

US forces come together in Alaska for Northern Edge 2019

Close to 100,000 troops will take part in the military training exercise.

Dave Leval
Inside the Gates: Keeping Hangar 21 prepped to paint planes

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.

Scott Gross
Alaska's 1-297th Infantry heads to Kosovo

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.

Dave Leval
Veterans thank founders of Last Frontier Honor Flight

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.

Joe Vigil
Pentagon awards construction contract for new polar icebreaker

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

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.

Scott Gross
Palmer students donate more money for veterans' Honor Flight

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.

Joe Vigil
Inside the Gates: The squadron that kept the 176th Wing on its feet after the earthquake

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.

Scott Gross
Alaska National Guard leader: 'Zero tolerance' for sexual assault, harassment

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.

Elizabeth Roman
Inside the Gates: Guardsmen demonstrate readiness for chemical warfare during Polar Force exercise

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

Scott Gross
Coast Guard shares video of rescue after saving man from fishing vessel off Kodiak

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.

KTVA Web Staff
Alaska paratrooper dies during training exercise near Fort Greely

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.

Angela Krenzien
Coast Guard rescues 7 people and a dog from Chilkat River

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.

Bryan Dunagan
Fort Wainwright to send thousands of soldiers to Iraq

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

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.

Scott Gross
Fort Wainwright invites medical team to assess suicide risks

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

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.”

Young, Murkowski discuss border wall funding concerns

Young, Murkowski discuss border wall funding concerns

Rep. Don Young and Sen. Lisa Murkowski have been discussing funding concerns linked to President Trump's border wall.

Joe Vigil
3rd Fort Wainwright soldier dies this year

3rd Fort Wainwright soldier dies this year

Army officials say Sgt. Brian Peter Sawyer, 33, died Monday in Washington of “injuries he sustained at his on-post residence" Feb. 3.

Palmer company creates unprecedented cleaning machine for Navy

Palmer company creates unprecedented cleaning machine for Navy

A Palmer company is getting ready to ship out the first piece of machinery made under its multi-million-dollar contract for the Navy, using technology 15 years in the making.

Shannon Ballard
Coast Guard IDs crew member killed in Homer crane fall

Coast Guard IDs crew member killed in Homer crane fall

An overturned crane Thursday claimed the life of a crew member from a U.S. Coast Guard cutter in Homer, officials confirmed Friday.

Eielson F-35s drive rise in Alaska military construction

Eielson F-35s drive rise in Alaska military construction

As Anchorage's economy is set to emerge from the state's recent recession this year, Fairbanks is receiving a major boost from the expansion of Eielson Air Force Base.

Scott Gross
Fort Wainwright to mark 30 years after deadly C-130 crash

Fort Wainwright to mark 30 years after deadly C-130 crash

A somber ceremony at Fort Wainwright next week will mark the 30th anniversary of a Canadian military plane crash at Fort Wainwright, which left nine of that country’s service members dead.

Inside the Gates: 4/25 parachute drops begin with riggers' rigors

Inside the Gates: 4/25 parachute drops begin with riggers' rigors

Riggers and parachute inspectors don't have flashy jobs, but are the first line of readiness for any airborne operation by Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson paratroopers.

Scott Gross
Sullivan named to chair Armed Services subcommittee

Sullivan named to chair Armed Services subcommittee

Sen. Dan Sullivan has been named as chair for the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support.

Jennifer Summers
Fort Wainwright soldier found dead on base

Fort Wainwright soldier found dead on base

Spc. Ashvin James Slaughter, assigned to Fort Wainwright’s 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, was discovered Friday in a company arms room.

Inside the Gates: 4/25 prepares airborne punch

Inside the Gates: 4/25 prepares airborne punch

A nighttime training drop helps hundreds of Anchorage-based paratroopers shift from patrolling in Afghanistan to fighting in Alaska's cold climate.

Scott Gross
Civil Air Patrol volunteers ready disaster response via radio

Civil Air Patrol volunteers ready disaster response via radio

Retired 2nd Lt. Pete Marsh says radio technology is critical in an emergency, like an earthquake, when other communications systems fail.

Heather Hintze
Trump budgets covers 20 Alaska missile interceptors

Trump budgets covers 20 Alaska missile interceptors

President Donald Trump announced Thursday that 20 more missile interceptors will be based at Fort Greely.

Jennifer Summers
Inside the Gates: 'Rescue Triad' crews solve all Alaska throws at them

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.

Scott Gross
Criminal investigators looking into Alaska soldier's death

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.

Angela Krenzien
Navy to name destroyer after Alaska's Ted Stevens

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

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.


Dave Goldman
JBER gets ready to track Santa Claus

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.

Joe Vigil
Dunleavy appoints Saxe as new Military, Veterans Affairs commissioner

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

Bryan Dunagan
Volunteers place wreaths to honor veterans at Fort Richardson National Cemetery

Volunteers place wreaths to honor veterans at Fort Richardson National Cemetery

The ceremony at Fort Richardson National Cemetery is part of Wreaths Across America.

Dave Leval
Son receives Distinguished Service Cross on behalf of his father

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.

Dave Leval
JBER to host Saturday wreath-laying ceremony

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.

Bryan Dunagan
Alaska set to host F-22s from hurricane-hit Florida base

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

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

Scott Gross
2 men rescued from Montague Island after plane crash

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.

Scott Gross
3 US service members killed in Afghanistan blast

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.

CNN News
Inside the Gates: U.S.S. Alaska plank holders relive first days

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.

Scott Gross
16 soldiers safe after 4-vehicle Parks Highway crash

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

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.

CNN News
Vice President Pence speaks at JBER

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

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.

Heather Hintze
Inside the Gates: Solving problems one tool at a time

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

Scott Gross
Disabled Anchorage veteran's plight draws plea for help

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.

Cassie Schirm
Alaska vet gets 'new' wheels

Alaska vet gets 'new' wheels

Progressive Insurance is honoring a disabled Alaska veteran with a refurbished car.

Angela Krenzien
2 tons of Alaska drugs to be incinerated in Washington

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.

Angela Krenzien
Inside the Gates: Importance of the Propulsion Shop

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.

Scott Gross
Last Frontier Honor Flight brings veterans to D.C. and back

Last Frontier Honor Flight brings veterans to D.C. and back

The five day trip took them to Washington, D.C.

Dave Goldman
Inside the Gates: Anchorage Stand Down

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.

Scott Gross
Alaska veterans leave for Honor Flight to Washington DC

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.

Joe Vigil
F-22 makes emergency landing at JBER

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

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 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.

Scott Gross
Missing Fort Wainwright soldier found dead

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

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 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.

Scott Gross
Combat King's reign essential when it comes to search and rescue missions

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.

Scott Gross
Alaska Guard helicopters head east for Florence relief

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

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.

Scott Gross
Fisher House opens doors to more military families

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.

Dave Leval
Surveillance video shows former JBER soldier's assault on airman

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.

Daniella Rivera
Alaska-based F-22s intercept Russian bombers off Aleutians

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

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

Missing Korean War Alaskan's family hopes for closure

Pfc. John Lockwood is the lone Alaskan considered missing from the Korean War.

Dave Leval
Alaskan Command receives new commander

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

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.

Scott Gross
Inside the Gates: Maintaining U.S. Air Force Pave Hawks

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.

Scott Gross
Inside the Gates: U.S.S. Momsen ports in Anchorage

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.

Scott Gross

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