Inside the Gates: Getting military kids fishing on the Kenai

Inside the Gates: Getting military kids fishing on the Kenai

Fishing on the Kenai River is one of the most treasured experiences Alaska has to offer.

Inside the Gates: Callie 'the flying dog' aims to change search and rescue missions

Inside the Gates: Callie 'the flying dog' aims to change search and rescue missions

Callie is a 2-year-old dutch shepherd and is the only dog in the Department of Defense that is qualified to skydive with pararescuemen.

Inside the Gates: Protecting Alaska’s air space

Inside the Gates: Protecting Alaska’s air space

The protection involved when the president or other dignitaries visit Alaska and what small plane pilots should check before every flight.

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.

Inside the Gates: Military Hunger Prevention Act would provide food assistance to service members

Inside the Gates: Military Hunger Prevention Act would provide food assistance to service members

A bill introduced by Rep. Don Young and Rep. Susan Davis of California would allow service members who don't qualify for SNAP benefits to apply for assistance

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

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.

Inside the Gates: Kentucky Air National Guardsmen train in Kachemak Bay

Inside the Gates: Kentucky Air National Guardsmen train in Kachemak Bay

Kentucky Air National Guardsmen of the 123rd Special Tactics Squadron trained with Alaska Air National Guardsmen of the 211th Rescue Squadron during static-line jumps into the ocean waters near Homer June 25 and 27

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.

Inside the Gates: Military veterans flock to Anchorage for 2019 Golden Age Games

Inside the Gates: Military veterans flock to Anchorage for 2019 Golden Age Games

For the fist time in its 33 year history, the National Veterans Golden Age Games are being hosted in Alaska.

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.

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.

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.

Inside the Gates: New Coast Guard strategies for the Arctic

Inside the Gates: New Coast Guard strategies for the Arctic

"The Arctic is an incredibly important strategic area for America," Sen. Dan Sullivan said. "We're an Arctic nation because of Alaska and a lot of people forget that, and when you can't defend your area with icebreakers you are at a disadvantage."

Inside the Gates: How punches to the face prepare soldiers for war

Inside the Gates: How punches to the face prepare soldiers for war

During the U.S. Army Alaska's Spartan Crucible Open Combatives hand-to-hand combat tournament, soldiers protect themselves without using firearms and practice non-lethal responses to their enemies.

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.

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

Woman makes Alaska run on national trek to honor veterans

Woman makes Alaska run on national trek to honor veterans

Alaska has become Cathy Powers' third stop in her quest to honor lost veterans by running in every U.S. state this year.

AMYA graduates 51st class of cadets

AMYA graduates 51st class of cadets

The 156 cadets who graduated Friday join the more than 5,500 previous Alaska Military Youth Academy graduates since 1994.   

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.

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.

Inside the Gates: Miniguns give Pave Hawks major punch

Inside the Gates: Miniguns give Pave Hawks major punch

Pave Hawk helicopters are known for their search-and-rescue efforts, but they can also pack a punch when needed.

Inside the Gates: Honoring the oath to serve

Inside the Gates: Honoring the oath to serve

Military members are urged to volunteer their time in the communities off base. One military airman answered the call above and beyond what is asked of him

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.

Inside the Gates: 'Our world changed completely'

Inside the Gates: 'Our world changed completely'

JBER had its runway up and functional one hour after Alaska's 7.0 earthquake. Damage to the base is still a mixed bag.

Inside the Gates: Serving those who sacrifice so much for us

Inside the Gates: Serving those who sacrifice so much for us

Senior U.S. Army leaders carry on the annual tradition of serving their soldiers and troops during Thanksgiving to show their appreciation for all the sacrifices made.

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.

Inside the Gates: Guardsmen fabricate parts from scratch for any situation

Inside the Gates: Guardsmen fabricate parts from scratch for any situation

Alaska Air Guardsmen use cutting edge technology to fabricate parts for aircraft that are not made anymore or just take too long to order

US make strides increasing presence, activity in Alaska, Arctic

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

Destroyer stops in Anchorage during Arctic symposium

The USS Momsen, an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, docked at the Port of Alaska Wednesday.

Inside the Gates: The importance of Alaska's Air Force

Inside the Gates: The importance of Alaska's Air Force

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson made a promise to Alaska's U.S. senators during her confirmation 15 months ago that she would make a trip to Alaska. On Wednesday, Wilson made good on her promise.

Secretary of the U.S. Army visits Alaska

Secretary of the U.S. Army visits Alaska

Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper touched down in Alaska on Monday as part of an Army reacquaintance tour that’s taken him from Kandahar to Korea and to bases all over the United States.

Eagle River's proposed Vet Village gains wider attention

Eagle River's proposed Vet Village gains wider attention

Ric Davidge, founding chairman of the Alaska Veterans Foundation, said the group's proposed Vet Village is being watched closely by leaders far beyond Alaska.

75-year search continues for missing servicemen in Greenland

75-year search continues for missing servicemen in Greenland

"No one gets left behind." Alaska Air National Guardsmen uses free time to search Greenland for WWII heroes who died during rescue mission 75 years ago.

They're here! Thunderbirds touch down on JBER

They're here! Thunderbirds touch down on JBER

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds arrive in Anchorage ahead of this weekend's Arctic Thunder 2018 Air Show at JBER.

Inside the Gates: Veterans Portrait Project

Inside the Gates: Veterans Portrait Project

"I committed my life to my country and when I could no longer serve my country in uniform, this became my new mission." Former combat photographer Stacy Pearsall visits Alaska to share and honor stories from our veterans.

Inside the Gates: Bring Austin home

Inside the Gates: Bring Austin home

Syria is the world's most dangerous country for journalists since the start of the uprising in March 2011. American Austin Tice went missing in August 2012 and an Anchorage woman is trying to help find him and bring him home to American soil.

Inside the Gates: The Battle of Attu, 75 years later

Inside the Gates: The Battle of Attu, 75 years later

"I wake up in the middle of the night and can't get back to sleep. That's what this has done to me." U.S. Army Soldier recounts his time on the Alaskan Island Attu during World War II's "Battle of Attu."

Inside the Gates: 'I Will Wait' takes on military spouses' here and now

Inside the Gates: 'I Will Wait' takes on military spouses' here and now

"This is hard, what we are doing is hard:" Military spouses take the stage to talk about resentment, depression, loneliness and fear resulting from loved ones being deployed.

Inside the Gates: The 300 defending the 300 million

Inside the Gates: The 300 defending the 300 million

"This has always been and continues to be a no fail mission." Fort Greely is the tip of the spear when it comes to defending the homeland against any outside missile attack. 20 more ground based interceptors are expected to arrive on base by 2023.

Helicopter crash survivor thanks Alaskans who came to his rescue

Helicopter crash survivor thanks Alaskans who came to his rescue

A retired marine who survived a deadly helicopter crash in Afghanistan was at JBER on Tuesday to meet soldiers who helped rescue him face-to-face.

Inside the Gates: Arctic Care 2018

Inside the Gates: Arctic Care 2018

Arctic Care 2018 is led by the Marines corps reserve and involves all reserve branches that provides benefits such as health care, dental care, optometry, and veterinary care to underserved villages in the Maniillaq Service Area

Inside the Gates: Tackling mental illness

Inside the Gates: Tackling mental illness

Pro football and college legend Herschel Walker makes a human connection with military veterans in Anchorage. Walker is diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder or multiple personality disorder.

Inside the Gates: JBER chaplains offer faith to fighting forces

Inside the Gates: JBER chaplains offer faith to fighting forces

"Those trials and tribulations that our team members face often come at the most inconvenient times not only in their day but also in their lives." Members of JBER's Chaplain Corp help keep soldiers and airmen fit to fight.

Inside the Gates: Stryker crews strike JBER target course

Inside the Gates: Stryker crews strike JBER target course

Live fire Stryker training course is a 50/50 split with day and night engagements. Crews shoot various pop-up targets with .50 caliber machine guns.

Inside the Gates: Alaska's 49th Missile Battalion

Inside the Gates: Alaska's 49th Missile Battalion

Alaska's 49th missile battalion plays a large role in keeping the homeland safe from missile attacks.

Inside the Gates: JBER dental lab jumps to new tech

Inside the Gates: JBER dental lab jumps to new tech

What used to take weeks at the JBER dental lab now takes hours.

Struggling Veterans gain some 'peace of mind' during holidays

Struggling Veterans gain some 'peace of mind' during holidays

Veterans in the VA Domicilliary treatment program shop for holidays gifts for family members have them wrapped and shipped at no cost to the veterans.

Inside the Gates: F-35s undergo Alaska cold-weather testing

Inside the Gates: F-35s undergo Alaska cold-weather testing

Alaska is the latest testing ground for the Air Force's F-35 fighter jet.

Inside the Gates: Saying goodbye

Inside the Gates: Saying goodbye

In her final installment of this series, KTVA 11's Bonney Bowman takes a look back and shares some of what she’s learned Inside the Gates.

Inside the Gates: How the 4/25 went from chopping block to deployment

Inside the Gates: How the 4/25 went from chopping block to deployment

The last two years have been difficult for Alaska's soldiers as members of the 4/25 Airborne Brigade Combat Team wondered if their brigade would survive Army cuts.

Inside the Gates: 90th Fighter Squadron celebrates century of service

Inside the Gates: 90th Fighter Squadron celebrates century of service

The 90th Fighter Squadron stood up in 1917 during World War I and has taken part in every conflict since.

Inside the Gates: Alaska's missile defense program

Inside the Gates: Alaska's missile defense program

Many are worried about the threat of a North Korean missile striking somewhere in the United States-- and large parts of the defense system to stop that from happening are based in Alaska.

Inside the Gates: Cadets learn emergency preparedness

Inside the Gates: Cadets learn emergency preparedness

The Alaska Military Youth Academy is making sure its cadets are prepared for any emergency.

Inside the Gates: Businesses off-limits to service members

Inside the Gates: Businesses off-limits to service members

Off-limits businesses military men and women are not allowed to go into.

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

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

The voice behind JBER's sound system discusses the importance of the music and messages broadcast around the base.

Inside the Gates: A soldier serving on skis

Inside the Gates: A soldier serving on skis

An Alaska National Guardsman is serving his country on skis as a biatholon athlete.

Inside the Gates: How military families cope with deployment

Inside the Gates: How military families cope with deployment

The Baker family discusses the hardships that come along with deployment and how they get through it.

Inside the Gates: Maintenance Co. puts skills, speed to the test at JBER

Inside the Gates: Maintenance Co. puts skills, speed to the test at JBER

The U.S. Army has plenty of unsung heroes who keep it mission-ready. Among them are the soldiers of the 98th Support Maintenance Company. They keep all of the Army’s vehicles rolling along year-round in Alaska. Thursday, they combined training with competition, completing their routine maintenance tasks as fast as they could. They raced against the clock, […]
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Inside the Gates: JROTC cadets train on JBER

Inside the Gates: JROTC cadets train on JBER

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

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

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

Inside the Gates: Training for JRTC

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

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

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

Inside the Gates: New life in a new place

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

Inside the Gates: Military family posts daily vlogs

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

Inside the Gates: Black History Month at JBER

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

Inside the Gates: Small army keeps JBER troops fed

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

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

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

Inside the Gates: Cadets learn emergency preparedness

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

Inside the Gates: Businesses off-limits to service members

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

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

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

Inside the Gates: A soldier serving on skis

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

Inside the Gates: How military families cope with deployment

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 […]
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Chugach Electric managing multiple power outages

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