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JBER paratroopers jump north of the Arctic Circle during Operation Spartan Pegasus



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703rd AMXS Airman found dead JBER news release Air Force Staff Sgt. Samuel Davis, aerospace maintenance craftsman, 703rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, was pronounced dead at his off-base residence Sunday by civilian emergency responders. The circumstances surrounding his death are being investigated by Air Force Office of Special Investigations and the Anchorage Police Department. Next of kin have been notified. Davis, a 33 year-old native of Spencer, W. Va., joined the Air Force in April 2001. He arrived at JBER in November 2011. His previous duty stations include Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., and Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio. “Sam will be missed,” said Air Force Maj. Michael Bliss, 703 AMXS commander. “He was a great member of the Air Force family. His family is in our prayers.” A memorial service was hosted yesterday at JBER-Elmendorf.

3rd ASOS Airman dies on JBER Airman 1st Class Daniel Underwood, 525th Aircraft Maintenance Unit assistant dedicated crew chief, checks an F-22 Raptor for leaks, damage and security at the 525th Fighter Squadron Feb. 21. Underwood earned the Pacific Air Forces Aviation Safety Well Done Award for extinguishing a fire on board a Raptor Feb. 4. (U.S. Air Force photos/Airman 1st Class Ty-Rico Lea)

Airman saves $149 million F-22 Raptor By Air Force Tech Sgt. Vernon Cunningham JBER Public Affairs An Airman with the 525th Aircraft Maintenance Unit earned the Pacific Air Forces Aviation Safety Well Done Award Feb. 14 for putting out a fire on an F-22 Raptor at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Feb. 4. PACAF Aviation Safety Well Done Awards are presented for outstanding airmanship or support to aircrew, which prevents or reduces the impact of a serious flight mishap. Airman 1st Class Michael Underwood, 525th AMU assistant dedicated crew chief, has been in the Air Force for less than two years and was put in for the award due to his quick thinking during the hazardous situation. Raised in Saginaw, Texas, Underwood looked to the military for his future. “I was hoping for a stable job, something that I knew I could count on,” he said. “I wanted education, and I hoped and am hoping I can make a career out of it.” After joining the Air Force and getting through his training, Underwood was assigned to JBER. Feb. 4 was a regular day “at the office” for Underwood, who performed his daily tasks as normal. He got notice of the F-22

Airman 1st Class Daniel Underwood, 525th Aircraft Maintenance Unit assistant dedicated crew chief, checks the left main weapons bay components of an F-22 Feb. 21.

The 673d Civil Engineer Group recognized three Airmen Feb. 19 for exceptionally meritorious service in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. During an early-morning ceremony on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Air Force Col. Anthony Ramage, 673d CEG commander, presented Air Force 1st Lt. Josef Kallevig, 673d CEG executive officer, and Air Force Staff Sgt. Scott Rice, 673d Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance technician, Bronze Star Medals and Senior Airman Andres Fossi, 673d Civil Engineer

Air Force Staff Sgt. Darian Miller, Noncommissioned officer in charge, Knowledge Operations Management, 3d Air Support Operations Squadron, was pronounced dead Feb. 18. The circumstances surrounding his death are being investigated by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. Miller, a 38 year-old native of Marion, S.C., joined the Air Force in September 1994. He attended basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas, and arrived at JBER in August 2011. Some of his awards include the Air Force Commendation Medal and Air Force Achievement Medal. A memorial service was hosted yesterday at JBER-Elmendorf.

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coming in and did his duty marshalling it to its parking spot, sometimes called an “F-22 garage.” Air Force Master Sgt. Joshua Franzen, 525th AMU Tactical Aircraft Maintenance flight chief, said Underwood was assisting an F-22 with parking when the incident occurred. “Underwood was getting the aircrew out of the seat, had the boarding ladder up, and was assisting aircrew with baggage when he looked under the aircraft and noticed the right main landing gear brake had caught fire,” Franzen said. The flame was roughly six inches high, Underwood said.

“He quickly reacted, grabbed the Halon bottle and put out the fire, saving a $149-million aircraft,” Franzen said. The flight chief said he was very impressed with Underwood’s actions to save the Raptor’s critical systems. He said the jet made its next sortie as scheduled. “I never thought I would do something like that,” Underwood said, stating he was surprised when he received the award. “When it happened, I basically acted on instinct,” he said. “It felt like it was part of my job. This jet was prevented from taking heavy damage and costing the Air Force money. We still have it and it is still flying.”

Squadron engineer technician, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal. The three civil engineers distinguished themselves while on separate deployments to Afghanistan during 2012 and 2013. While deployed, Kallevig was handpicked to be the officer in charge of Regional Training Center-Herat and was responsible for the safety and accountability of 120 U.S., coalition and civilians at an Afghan National Police training center. He was also the Infrastructure Transition Advisory Group site leader at Regional Support Center-West. According to his BSM citation, Kallevig’s leadership was instrumental to the success of RC-West.

“Like so many of our fellow Air Force engineers, this deployment asked us to expand on our skill sets and take on new challenges,” Kallevig, of Sidney, Mont., said. “I am truly proud of the progress we made during the deployment and how well we represented the engineers in our command.” During his time in Afghanistan, Rice, from Boise, Idaho, served as an EOD team leader on more than 60 EOD missions and completed 16 post-blast analyses. He led multiple demolition operations, destroying more than 7,000 pieces of foreign unexploded ordnance and eliminating 7,272 unser-

It happened in 1964 and it could happen again; a massive earthquake causing destruction, tsunamis, and utilities and communications failures. For the 50th anniversary of the 9.2 magnitude earthquake, thousands of local, state and federal personnel will participate in a cooperative exercise called Alaska Shield March 27 to April 3. The exercise scenario will mirror a situation similar to the events of the Great Alaska Earthquake of 1964. The federal support of this exercise is known as Exercise Arctic Edge 14, which provides an opportunity for U.S. Northern Command, Joint Task Force - Alaska and supporting military units to practice emergency response procedures in conjunction with federal, state and local agencies. If a state disaster occurs, when can DoD assist? During natural disasters, DoD assets are employed to assist civil authorities only upon request and this support is called Defense Support of Civil Authorities. The DoD maintains many capabilities and resources that can be made available upon request of the governor of a state or territory, said Col. Kevin Masterson, U.S.

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Hagel outlines Fiscal Year 2015 budget By Nick Simeone American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has proposed cuts in military spending that include further reductions in troop strength and force structure in every military service in the coming year as part of an effort to prioritize U.S. strategic interests in the face of reduced resources after more than a decade of war. At a Pentagon news conference Monday detailing President Barack Obama’s proposed Pentagon budget for fiscal year 2015, Hagel called the reductions – including shrinking the Army to its smallest size since before World War II and eliminating an entire fleet of Air Force fighter planes – “difficult choices” that will change defense institutions for years to come, but are designed to leave the military capable of fulfilling U.S. defense strategy and defending the homeland against strategic threats. Under a Pentagon budget that will shrink by more than $75 billion during the next two years – with deeper cuts expected if sequestration returns in fiscal year 2016 – Hagel and other senior defense and military officials acknowledged some of the budget choices will create additional risks in certain areas. Some of that risk, Hagel said, is associated with a sharp drawdown in the size of the Army, which the proposed budget calls for reducing to as low as 440,000 active duty Soldiers from the current size of 520,000, while ensuring the force remains well trained and equipped. The cuts assume the United States no

longer becomes involved in large, prolonged stability operations overseas on the scale of Iraq and Afghanistan. “An Army of this size is larger than required to meet the demands of our defense strategy,” Hagel said. “It is also larger than we can afford to modernize and keep ready.” But he said the smaller force still would be capable of decisively defeating aggression in one major war “while also defending the homeland and supporting air and naval forces engaged in another theater against an adversary.” The budget request calls for special operations forces to grow by nearly 4,000 personnel, bringing the total to 69,700, a reflection of the asymmetrical threats the nation is likely to face in the future, Hagel said. The restructuring and downsizing are in line with a two-year budget agreement the president and Congress worked out in December, which limits defense spending to $496 billion. But Hagel warned that if the budget for fiscal year 2016 returns to the steep, automatic spending cuts imposed by sequestration, “we would be gambling that our military will not be required to respond to multiple major contingencies at the same time.” Asked to define that increased risk, a senior Defense Department official expressed it simply. “If the force is smaller, there’s less margin for error,” the official said. “Let’s face it – things are pretty uncertain

out there.” The proposed budget also envisions a 5-percent reduction in the Army National Guard and Army Reserve. “While it is true that reserve units are less expensive when they are not mobilized, our analysis shows that a reserve unit is roughly the same cost as an active duty unit when mobilized and deployed,” Hagel said. In addition, the Army Guard’s AH-65 Apache attack helicopters would be transferred to the active force, while Black Hawk helicopters would be transferred to the National Guard, part of a broader realignment of Army aviation designed to modernize the fleet and increase capability. Within the Air Force, the defense budget calls for saving $3.5 billion by retiring the A-10 Thunderbolt II fleet and replacing it with the F-35 Lightning II by the early 2020s. “The A-10 is a 40-year old, single-purpose airplane originally designed to kill enemy tanks on a Cold War battlefield,” Hagel said. “It cannot survive or operate effectively where there are more advanced aircraft or air defenses.” In addition, the service also will retire the 50 year-old U-2 surveillance plane in favor of the unmanned RQ-4 Global Hawk. Hagel warned much deeper cuts in Air Force structure and modernization will be necessary if sequestration is not avoided in 2016.

Among other proposals in the budget request: • The Army will cancel the Ground Combat Vehicle program; • The Navy would be able to maintain 11 carrier strike groups, but any steep future cuts could require mothballing the aircraft carrier USS George Washington; • Half of the Navy’s cruiser fleet, 11 ships, will be placed in reduced operating status while they are modernized and given a longer lifespan; • The Navy will continue buying two destroyers and attack submarines per year; • The Marine Corps will draw down from about 190,000 to 182,000, but would have to shrink further if sequestration returns; • An additional 900 Marines will be devoted to securing U.S. embassies; and • The Defense Department is asking Congress for another round of base closings and realignments in 2017. Hagel said most of the recommendations in the budget were accepted by senior military officers. Addressing reporters alongside him, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the spending plan reflects a balancing of the military while ensuring it remains the world’s finest. “It reflects in real terms how we’re reducing our cost and making sure the force is in the right balance,” Dempsey said. Dempsey and Hagel will testify on the budget before Congress next week. Lawmakers will have the final say on spending decisions. “This is the first time in 13 years we will be presenting a budget to Congress that is not a war footing budget,” Hagel noted.

Plans call for possible Afghanistan exit American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama informed Afghan President Hamid Karzai Tuesday that because the Afghan leader has demonstrated it is unlikely he will sign the bilateral security agreement on a U.S. military presence in Afghanistan beyond this year, he has asked the Pentagon to ensure it has adequate plans in place to accomplish an orderly withdrawal by the end of the year should the United States not keep any troops in Afghanistan after 2014. In a summary of the ObamaKarzai phone call released to

reporters, White House officials said Obama is leaving open the possibility of concluding a bilateral security agreement with Afghanistan later this year. “However, the longer we go without a BSA, the more challenging it will be to plan and execute any U.S. mission,” they added. “Furthermore, the longer we go without a BSA, the more likely it will be

that any post-2014 U.S. mission will be smaller in scale and ambition.” Soon after, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel released a statement expressing his “strong support” for the president’s decision. “This is a prudent step, given that President Karzai has demonstrated that it is unlikely that he will sign the bilateral security agreement, which would

provide [Department of Defense] personnel with critical protections and authorities after 2014,” the secretary said. He also commended the efforts of Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr., commander of U.S. forces and the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, and other military leaders to provide flexibility to the president as the United States works to determine the future of the U.S. presence in Afghanistan. “As the United States military continues to move people and equipment out of the Afghan theater, our force posture over the

next several months will provide various options for political leaders in the United States and NATO,” Hagel said in his statement. “And during this time, DoD will still continue planning for U.S. participation in a NATO-led mission focused on training, advising, and assisting Afghan security forces, as well as a narrowly focused counterterrorism mission.” The United States will consult closely with NATO allies and ISAF partners in the months ahead, he added, noting that he looks forward to discussing U.S. planning with NATO and ISAF defense ministers in Brussels this week.

repeat Basic Military Training, and those who remain in the same career field do not require technical school training. “When regular Air Force Airmen transition into the Reserve, everyone wins,” said Air Force Lt. Gen. James Jackson, commander of Air Force Reserve Command. “We are doing our absolute best to retain as many of these fine Airmen and our investment in them. “The Airmen retains the benefits of continued service, the Reserve gets experienced Airmen who can contribute immediately and the nation retains a valuable asset for national security,” Jackson added. Airmen who are ready to separate don’t have to wait until their original enlistment or commission is complete. The Palace Chase program enables Airmen to separate from their active enlistment or commission as long as they con-

tinue their service with the Reserve Component. Airmen should be aware the recruiting process is somewhat different from when they joined the active-duty Air Force. Having experience is helpful, but Airmen must work with a recruiter to find the best positions. “Reserve units love fully qualified Airmen who can hit the ground running,” said Air Force Col. Steve Fulaytar, commander of the Air Force Reserve Command Recruiting Service. “But finding the best positions for new recruits takes time, so they can help themselves by contacting a Reserve recruiter as soon as possible.” The in-service recruiter at Joint Base Elmendorf/Richardson is Air Force Master Sgt. John Venable, who may be reached at 552-3595. More information is available at and

Air Force Master Sgt. Benjamin Waxenfelter, 477th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Production superintendent, checks forms on the portable maintenance aid prior to signing the exceptional release and handing the aircraft over to the F-22 Raptor pilot during the Reserve Unit Training Assembly weekend Feb. 8 at JBER. The UTA provides an opportunity for all the Reservists assigned to the 477th Fighter Group to come together and train one weekend a month. (U.S. Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Dana Rosso)

Continue to serve with the Air Force Reserve

By Air Force Master Sgt. Shawn Jones Air Force News Service

Force management programs will push many Airmen out of their full-time active-duty positions, but that doesn’t mean they have to give up the retirement plan or the other hard-earned benefits. Transitioning into the Air Force Reserve allows Airmen to continue to serve their country while providing benefits such as tuition assistance, the Post 9-11 G.I. Bill, reduced-cost health insurance and the opportunity to continue working toward a military retirement plan. Airmen with active-duty experience are especially valuable to Reserve units because they already understand the Air Force culture and don’t require as much training as an inexperienced recruit. Experienced Airmen do not

Value your service: Answering the call By Air Force Master Sgt. Ambrose Randolph 673d Aerospace Medical Squadron My favorite line in the Airman’s Creed says “I have answered my nation’s call.” For me, that line sums up what being an Airman in the United States Air Force is ultimately all about: service. One of the highest honors we have as men and women in uniform is the honor of serving our country. Sadly, this simple yet uncommon act is sometimes undervalued by some when it comes to defining a great Air Force career. Some people have a tendency to overly view Enlisted Perfor-

mance Report ratings, decorations, awards and promotions to the higher echelons of rank as the only hallmarks of a great military career. Those people, however, are missing the bigger picture. Promotions and other career accolades are worthwhile endeavors, and there is nothing wrong with striving to achieve them. They help to highlight exceedingly great performance and help to distinguish you from the rest of the pack. However, if you are not careful in how much prominence you give to those achievements, you will ultimately reduce your service to mere careerism. Careerism and service are dis-

Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson/ 673d Air Base Wing Commander Col. Brian P. Duffy (USAF) Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson/ 673d Air Base Wing Vice Commander Col. William P. Huber (USA) Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson/ 673d Air Base Wing Command Chief Chief Master Sgt. Kevin L. Call Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson/ 673d Air Base Wing Command Sergeant Major Command Sgt. Maj. Eugene J. Moses

tinct from each other. Careerism often involves doing something, such as a task or a project, merely for what it will do for you and your career. Service, on the other hand, is different. Merriam-Webster defines service as “a helpful act,” and a “contribution to the welfare of others.” In other words, your service should be selfless, not selfish. Do not get me wrong. I am not telling you you should avoid trying to advance your military career while you serve your country. The point of my message is to remind you why you are really here and what it really means when you put

on the uniform. It is all about your service. There are some who will separate after four or six years of service as a senior airman, and there are some who will go above and beyond and retire with 30 years of service as a chief master sergeant. However, when it is all said and done at the end of the day service is simply service and sacrifice is simply sacrifice. A quote by Airman 1st Class John L. Levitow, the lowestranking Air Force Medal of Honor recipient, sums up the meaning of service excellently. He said, “I have been recognized as a hero for my ten minutes of action over


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Vietnam, but I am no more a hero than anyone else who has served this country.” Promotions, decorations, quarterly and annual awards have their place in our Air Force. But your service to your country should never be undervalued by any of those things. Your honorable act of service in and of itself is a praiseworthy achievement and in many respects is the only hallmark that matters when it comes to defining your military career. This goes out to all who serve, all who served yesterday, and all who will serve tomorrow. Thank you.

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Paratroopers with Chaos Troop, 1st Squadron (Airborne), 40th Cavalry Regiment, move to their assembly area after parachuting into Deadhorse, Alaska, Feb. 25 as part of the Spartan Brigade’s training for rapid insertion into any environment in the Pacific. This is the first time the Spartan Brigade has conducted operations north of the Arctic Circle. (U.S. Army photo/Sgt. Eric-James Estrada)

ABOVE: Paratroopers with 1st Squadron (Airborne), 40th Cavalry Regiment, jump into Deadhorse, Alaska, Feb. 25. (U.S. Army photo/Sgt. 1st Class Jason Epperson) LEFT: A paratrooper with Chaos Troop, 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, moves to the assembly area after parachuting into Deadhorse, Alaska, Feb. 25 as part of the Spartan Brigade’s training for rapid insertion into any environment in the Pacific. The Arctic Circle, running parallel to a 66° 33′ 44″ latitude, is the southernmost latitude in the Northern Hemisphere where the sun can remain continuously above or below the horizon for 24 hours. (U.S. Army photo/Sgt. Eric-James Estrada)

JBER plans adjustments to base golf program

Plans follow detailed trend analysis JBER News Release

Following a thorough review of historical trends, the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and 673d Air Base Wing commander announced intentions to make adjustments to the installation’s golf program, which may include consolidating base courses from three to two. This study began more than a year ago when JBER officials assessed that the installation’s program may have excess capacity. JBER hosts three of the four 18-hole golf courses in the greater Anchorage area. The base’s three courses have a combined 54 holes and are open to the military community and the public. The courses have been a popular attraction to the local com-

From HONORS l A-1 viceable U.S. military munitions. Among his many responsibilities while in Afghanistan, Fossi, who was an airman first class at the time of his deployment, managed 12 Afghan interpreters who transitioned mission-critical docu-

From TRAINING l A-1 Northern Command liaison officer to Joint Task Force - Alaska. If an incident occurs that exceeds or is anticipated to exceed state, local or tribal resources, the federal government may provide resources and capabilities to support the response upon approval from the Secretary of Defense. “DSCA is bringing military forces to bear, not in an offensive capability within the U.S., but in a support capability after a disaster,” Masterson explained. During DSCA, resources and capabilities can include logistics, command and control, search and rescue, emergency management, medical, communications

munity, which represented approximately 65 percent of the players during the past three years. That popularity notwithstanding, golf courses in the Anchorage area, including JBER’s, are seeing a long-term downward trend in rounds played. For its golf activity, JBER has seen an 11-year net loss – with more than a $1.9 million net loss during the past three years and more than $2.2 million during the past five. With an estimated capacity of 115,000 rounds per season between the three base courses, the past three years have seen an average of 54 percent of the available rounds go unsold. The declining trend began more than a decade ago. In 2003, the JBER courses sold approximately 75,150 rounds. By 2013, that total had dropped to 47,092 rounds. This decrease in use and loss of revenue directly affects the bottom line of JBER’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation Fund – which supports programs and activities enhancing readiness for service members, civilians, and family members assigned to the base. Core activities offered under JBER’s MWR program include fitness

centers, Child & School Age Care, library services, Outdoor Recreation centers, and other youth programs. These core programs are often eligible for appropriated fund support; however, these may also rely on non-appropriated funds during periods when appropriated funds are not available. Enhancements to the JBER MWR program include other opportunities such as auto hobby, arts and crafts, an aero club, and recreational activities such as golf. However, such offerings must rely on customer demand if they are to remain viable, because they are not eligible for appropriated fund support. These offerings, designated as non-appropriated fund, “Category C” MWR activities, must be self-sustaining – meaning they must generate sufficient revenue to pay operating expenses and recapitalize equipment and ideally contribute to the installation’s overall MWR Fund. The proposed adjustment to the golf program is not a unique situation. Air Force wide, 19 Category C MWR facilities were closed in 2013, including the golf course at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. In recent years, courses have closed at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., and McConnell Air Force

Base, Kansas. At JBER, the base leadership conducts quarterly Non-Appropriated Fund Council meetings with mission partners from across the installation. During NAF Council meetings, all MWR programs, to include JBER’s golf program, are reviewed for their usage, cost efficiency and performance. “By reducing our excess capacity and potentially consolidating our golf operations, we are confident we can reverse the adverse effect to our MWR fund while still providing an attractive seasonal activity to service members, our civilians, their families, and members of our local community,” said Air Force Col. Brian Duffy, JBER and 673 ABW commander. “We remain greatly appreciative of the support we get from the people of the greater Anchorage area, but with figures as drastic as these, it’s imperative we take swift action to align our MWR program with customer demand and in a manner best supportive of our installation’s population.” JBER officials will provide additional information on this analysis and the proposal on March 5 and 6 at 6:00 p.m., each night, at the Moose Run Golf Course Clubhouse at 27000 Arctic Valley Road on JBER.

ments from English to Dari and vice versa. He was responsible for the translation of more than 500 documents, including militaryrelated technical manuals, laws, government relations, engineering policies, technical specifications and legal documents. “I wasn’t doing those things

to get something out of it,” Fossi, a Hackensack, N.J., native, said. “The way I see it, I was just doing my job. So it feels good to get the recognition and know the things I did actually mattered.” According to the Air Force Personnel Center, the Bronze Star Medal is awarded to those in any

branch of the military who, while serving in any capacity with the armed forces of the United States, distinguished themselves by heroic or meritorious achievement or service, not involving participation in aerial flight, in connection with military operations against an armed enemy.

The Defense Meritorious Service Medal is awarded for noncombat meritorious achievement or service that is incontestably exceptional and of magnitude that clearly places the individual above his peers while serving in one of the assignments for which the medal has been designated.

and planning to name a few, he added. Civil authorities only ask for assistance when local and state resources and capabilities are exhausted because DoD assets are expensive. “The federal military is very expensive, so they are the last in and the first out,” Masterson said. “When there is no more lifesaving or serious property damage to be prevented, or when local and state agencies have the ability to sustain life, DSCA will stand down.” DSCA is a unity of effort benefit and during the exercise another unity of effort benefit will be exercised – the dual-status commander. A dual-status commander is typically a senior National Guard officer who may serve in two

statuses simultaneously, federal and state. The state governor can appoint a DSC for his or her state with approval of the secretary of defense. In state status, the DSC is a member of the state chain of command and, on their behalf, exercises command of assigned state National Guard forces. In federal status, the DSC is a member of the federal chain of command and, on their behalf, exercises command of assigned federal military forces. Currently, there are three that have the training in the State of Alaska, Masterson said. For this upcoming exercise, one will be chosen to be the DSC. A benefit of DSC is the unity of effort between state National Guard forces and federal military

forces in achieving common objectives in response to a disaster, Masterson said. The DSC promotes synchronization between the two separate chains of command to achieve objectives more effectively and efficiently. There are many benefits for personnel participating in Alaska Shield and Arctic Edge. This large-scale exercise will reinforce working relationships and partnerships, Masterson said. When a disaster strikes it is the worst time to exchange business cards. “If you know people you are going to be working with ahead of time, you will know their procedures, processes, routines and reporting methods,” he explained. “You have those relationships

built ahead of time so you know what your immediate actions are going to be, who you can expect to see, and you’ve worked with them before. “Exercises like these also give us the opportunity to react to a simulated disaster in a joint effort to save lives, relieve human suffering and test our recovery efforts,” Masterson continued. “JTF-Alaska, State and local agencies have a long-term commitment to train and to exercise together. Practicing our interoperability in recovery of a simulated natural disaster allows all of us to test and refine our plans and procedures so that if a real disaster takes place in Alaska, we will be better prepared to react, provide support and work together.”

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Disposition of effects Air Force 2nd Lt. Amber Evans, 673d Security Forces Squadron, is authorized to make disposition of personal effects of Senior Airman Katrina M. Jackson, 673d SFS, as stated in Air Force Instruction 34-511. Any person or persons having claims for or against the estate of the deceased should contact Evans at 552-6523. Disposition of effects Army 1st Lt. Justin Kelley, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry Regiment, is authorized to make disposition of personal effects of Sgt. Okan M. Cetinbag, 1-501st Inf., as stated in Army Regulation 638-2. Any person or persons having claims for or against the estate of the deceased should contact Kelley at (210) 705-9689. Disposition of effects Army 1st Lt. Bryan Underwood, 6th Engineer Battalion, is authorized to make disposition of personal effects of Sgt. Jose M. Pasillas, 6th Eng., as stated in Army Regulation 638-2. Any person or persons having claims for or against the estate of the deceased should contact Underwood at (919) 610-9054. JBER tax centers open Active duty members, reservists, retirees, and their family members can receive free tax return assistance and preparation at JBER’s tax centers until April 15. Volunteers are trained to prepare 1040 EZ and 1040 tax returns, and can provide advice on military specific tax issues, such as combat zone tax benefits and the effect of the Earned Income Credit. Volunteers are also trained on how to deal with the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend. All tax returns done through the tax centers are forwarded electronically to the IRS, and by selecting direct deposit, taxpayers can receive their refunds in as little as one week. The JBER-Richardson Tax Center is located on the third floor of Building 600 and will be open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Thursday from 1 to 8 p.m. The JBER-Elmendorf Tax Cen-

ter is located on the first floor of the People Center, Building 8517 and will be open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Wednesday 8 a.m. to noon. Walk-in service is available but customers having an appointment take precedence. Taxpayers will need proof of identity (military ID); social security cards and birth dates for all dependents; last year’s federal income tax return; wage and earning statements from W-2s, W-2Gs, and 1099-Rs; interest and dividend statements; bank routing and account numbers for direct deposit; amounts paid to day care providers; and day care providers’ tax identification numbers. Appointments can be made by calling the JBER-R tax center at 384-1040 or JBER-E tax center at 552-5839. Alternatively, customers can make an appointment with one of the unit tax advisors, who may be able to complete tax returns at his or her workplace and forward it to the tax center. Rental Partnership The Rental Partnership Program at JBER is available to all eligible active-duty members and consists of two options. The first option, RPP Plus, includes utilities and sometimes cable costs providing an easier budget with a set rental payment year round. The other option, RPP 5 Percent below market, saves the member five percent off the rental fee that other tenants pay however utilities are paid for by the tenant. Both options are made available with no deposits or fees to the member with the exclusion of pet fees as applicable. This program is designed to provide active-duty military personnel, enlisted and officers, accompanied and unaccompanied with affordable off-base housing. An allotment must be executed under either option of the RPP for the rental payments which is made directly to the landlord resulting in a more trouble free transactions. JBER-Elmendorf members can see RPP officials at the Capital Asset Management Office, Building 6346, Arctic Warrior Drive, or call at 552-4328 or 552-4374 for further information and assistance

regarding this program. At JBER-Richardson, visit the Housing Management Office, Building 600, Richardson Drive, or call at 384-3088 or 384-7632. Veterinary hours change The Veterinary Treatment Facility is operating on winter hours. Though the VTF primarily works on military working dogs, the facility also provides services for active duty Soldiers, retirees, National Guard and Army Reserve Soldiers on active orders (greater than 30 days), and their dependents. The VTF is capable of providing care for most routine services, including vaccination and sick call. The VTF is open Monday to Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information and to make an appointment, call 3842865. Priority placement The Priority Placement Program and Executive Order 13473 provide non-competitive appointment for spouses of active duty service members, including full-time National Guard and Reservists, who are relocating to accompany their service member during a permanent change of station. The program allows spouses to register for Department of Defense positions and to be considered for jobs offered internally. Spouses are matched against potential positions, which meet their qualifications and preferences. Job placement will vary with each individual. The spouse remains eligible for a maximum of two years from the date of the PCS orders and are in the program for one year. Military spouses who have never filled a federal position can now register for PPP. This program had previously been limited to spouses on a current federal appointment or had a former federal position in the past. Military spouses can register at the Civilian Personnel Office at JBER-Elmendorf or the personnel office at JBER-Richardson. The JBER point of contact is Brenda Yaw at 552-9203. JAG law school programs The Air Force Judge Advocate

General Corps is accepting applications for the Funded Legal Education Program and Excess Leave Program until March 1. The FLEP is a paid legal studies program for active duty Air Force commissioned officers and is an assignment action with participants receiving full pay, allowances and tuition. FLEP applicants must have between two and six active duty service (enlisted or commissioned). The ELP is an unpaid legal studies program for Air Force officers, and participants do not receive pay and allowances, but remain on active duty for retirement eligibility and benefits purposes. ELP applicants must have between two and ten years active duty service. For more information, email Air Force Capt. Megan Mallone at AFAS Scholarship The Air Force Aid Society will accept applications for the Gen. Henry H. Arnold Education Grant until March 7. Eligible family members will have an opportunity to receive up to $2,000 to fund their college education. To apply, please visit www. MiCare registration MiCare, the online personal health record and secure messaging application, has been available to patients and medical group staff at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson since 2011. Patients can take advantage of the ability to communicate with their primary care clinicians online. Registered patients also have access to electronic records, allowing them to view and maintain their health records. Once registered, patients have the ability to participate in the study by completing a short series of surveys during the course of the next year. This provides an opportunity for all active-duty, retired and dependent patients to have an impact on shaping the future of Air Force health services. To register, visit the Military Treatment Facility, where enrollment specialists are available in each primary care clinic. All beneficiaries who are en-

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rolled in the family health, pediatrics, flight medicine and internal medicine clinics are eligible to participate. Patients need to show a military identification card and provide information, including name, social security number, birthday and email address. The enrollment specialist will enter the information and patients will receive an email which contains a link and instructions for completing the process. JBER’s Attic Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson’s Attic, located in building 8515 off of 20th Street, is open on Tuesdays for paygrades E-1 to E-4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesdays for paygrades E-1 to E-6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the first Saturday of the month for all paygrades from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call the Attic at 552-5878. Richardson Thrift Shop The JBER-Richardson Thrift Shop, located in building 724, Quartermaster Drive, is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and first and third Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Consignments are accepted Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information, call the Thrift Shop at 384-7000. Arctic Watch The JBER Antiterrorism Office encourages all personnel to be vigilant against threats and report suspicious activities to iWatchArmy at 384-0824 or Eagle Eyes at 552-2256. Quartermaster Laundry The Quartermaster Laundry, located at 726 Quartermaster Road, cleans TA-50 gear for free and is open Monday to Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Giant Voice testing Giant Voice mass notification system testing occurs every Wednesday at noon. If the announcement is difficult to hear or understand, please call 552-3000. If the announcement is difficult to hear or understand in any base housing area, please contact JBER at

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DEADLINE: Friday, 9:00 a.m. for following week DROP OFF: Mon-Fri 8am-5pm at 5751 E. Mayflower Ct., Palmer-Wasilla Hwy. FAX: 907-352-2277 • EMAIL:

Here’s the Scoop:

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Must be in-state. One item per ad. 4 lines. Price must appear in ad. Must be $200 or less. Private parties only. No firewood, animals, rentals, employment, etc. 8) Items only for sale. 9) Limit 3 Free Ads per household per week.*

109 Homes for Sale/Mat-Su


Like new. FSBO, $147,555 Incl. lake access 907-373-8176 112 Condos / Duplex for Sale

150 Lots/Acreages


two 5-acre tracts in Chase II, 16339 E Kasaan Drive. Good recreational land. $20,000. Will consider terms and trade. Please no agents. Call Harvey: 907-694-4840

Better Than New! 151 Rusty Allen, $188,000, Condo 3 BD, 1.5 BA, 1,369 apx. sf, Blt 2007, Dues $230/mo Remod, new kit app, w/d incl, new carpet, paint. with AK MLS #14-1485. Near Turpin & Whisperwood. Larry Lindstam, REALTOR® Real Estate Brokers of Alaska 907-242-1819

6071 Gershmel Loop, Unit #2. $1095/mo + electric Includes heat in unit. Tenant responsible for heat in garage. $1000 deposit 425-351-3006

400 Employment

400 Employment

200 Apts. for Rent/Palmer



The Matanuska-Susitna Borough is seeking a Comptroller responsible for planning, organizing, managing, and evaluating the accounting & other related financial programs. Qualifications: 5 yrs. of progressively responsible accounting work exp. of which 3 yrs. management or supervisory exp. Graduate degree in accounting or related field may be substituted for a maximum of eighteen months of the minimum qualifications. Clear driving & criminal history records required. Salary: Range 30A, $37.38/hr., DOE. Application deadline 03/04/14 at 5:00 p.m. Submit application to Matanuska-Susitna Borough 350 East Dahlia Ave Palmer, AK 99645-6488 Application and a complete job description is available on our website at For reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process, please contact Human Resources at (907) 861-8404. EOE.

200 Apts. for Rent/Palmer gas & water included. No pets and no smoking in or out. $800 mo. $500 sec.dep. 746-4512 STUDIO, ALL UTIL. INCL. $600/mo. Also rooms avail. w/ shared bath from $375/mo. 746-4984. 205 Apts. for Rent/Wasilla

2 BD

250 Ponderosa Loop Unit #4. $925/mo + elec. Includes heat. $900 deposit. 425-351-3006 400 Employment

WASI currently has spacious

EFFICIENCY & ONE BEDROOM APARTMENTS AVAILABLE for rent at the Wasilla Area Seniors Campus. Rent is $660 to $875 a month and includes heat, water, and electric. For additional information and a tour, please contact the WASI Housing Manager at 376-3104.

Seeking a live-in employee to monitor, facilitate and supervise all areas of daily living for The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center, a men’s residential rehabilitation program. Must act as a role model and support the philosophy and religious goals of The Salvation Army as described in its Mission Statement. Must be 21 years of age, have high school diploma or equivalent, must possess a valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record. Must exhibit integrity, resourcefulness, and initiative. No evidence of existing chemical dependency; if chemically dependent, shall have at least one year of sobriety. Excellent benefits package including rent-free efficiency apartment with furnishings and cable TV, meals provided, health, vision and dental, paid vacation and holidays, and retirement. If interested, inquire at 907-562-5408, fax resume to 907-561-5049 or email to

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* SORRY, WE CANNOT ACCEPT PHONE CALLS FOR FREE ADS Free Ads run in the Tuesday, Friday & Sunday Frontiersman, Wednesday Valley Sun, plus Thursday’s Anchorage Press and Friday’s Arctic Warrior

220 Homes for Rent/Palmer

305 Business Opps

NEAR BASE, 2BD 1 BA, wood floors, with garage, laundry room on site, NO pets. $1200/mo. 351-8834, 230-8577

Near Palmer High, 3BD, 2BA, gar., f/p, No Pets, $1200 + dep. appl./ lse. req. 907-376-5802

220 Homes for Rent/Palmer

225 Homes for Rent/Wasilla

BEWARE Employment offers that suggest guaranteed out of state or overseas positions, glamorous travel, gifts or high wages for limited experience may be deceptive or unethical in nature.

1+BD 2BA


W/D, POA, NS, great commute, near hospital, $975 incl’s heat, $500/dep Prefer lease. Call 745-3462 for details. Clean, quiet, and private country living. Small 2 BD between Anch & Palmer. $700/mo. You pay gas & elec. No smokers or pets. 907-746-3783

1 BA, small indoor pets only, N/S, 1 car gar., W/D, trash incl. $950/ mo. 1st + last + SD required. 907-357-2627

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FT Assistant Residence Manager


216 Homes for Rent/Anchorage

205 Apts. for Rent/Wasilla



FT Rehabilitation Program Manager

Seeking a Master’s level Counselor with state (RADACT) certification and a minimum of 5 years’ experience in the field of Drug and Alcohol rehabilitation. Must also have 5 years of supervisory experience in a related field. Must demonstrate the ability to support and apply the philosophy and religious goals of The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center. Essential duties include oversight of personnel and staffing, oversight of intake and residential operations, evaluation and implementation of curriculum, and cooperate with the ARC Administrator to develop the most successful program. Must have the ability to work with others with demonstrated leadership skills. Excellent benefits package including health, vision and dental, paid vacation and holidays, and pension plan. If interested, inquire at 907-562-5408, fax resume to Major Paul Chouinard at 907-561-5049, or email to

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Outside Sales Representative Come grow with the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman! We are actively recruiting for an outside sales person to contact local businesses about print and online advertising opportunities.


Come grow with the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman!

We are actively recruiting for an inside sales person to contact local businesses about print and online advertising opportunities.

We’d love to hear from you if you possess the following qualities: *Highly motivated *Self-starter *Goal-oriented *Professional demeanor and appearance *Good planning, computer, and time management skills *Eagerness to learn and grow with a strong company

TO APPLY: Learn more today by sending a resume and cover letter to:

Cheryl Metiva

Marketing and Sales Director Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman addirector@

We’re ready to reward the right person with hourly base pay plus commission in a fun, fast-paced work environment. Flexible work hours will be considered, and position may be filled as either full- or part-time. Full-time employees are eligible for an excellent benefits package. Sales and customer experience is highly desired but not required.


Cheryl Metiva, Marketing and Sales Director or drop them off at 5751 E. Mayflower Court off the Palmer-Wasilla Hwy.


Learn more today by sending a resume and cover letter to:

or drop them off at 5751 E. Mayflower Court off the Palmer-Wasilla Hwy.

The successful applicant will be a highly motivated self-starter who is goal oriented and has good time management skills. You also must have a professional demeanor and appearance, as well as good computer skills. You'll be rewarded with guaranteed commissions to get you started, an auto allowance, and an excellent benefits package including health insurance, 401K and more. This position requires dependable transportation, a valid Alaska driver's license, good DMV record and proof of auto insurance. The Mat Su Valley Frontiersman is an Equal Opportunity Employer

400 Employment

Caregivers wanted for a busy preschool. Looking for 2 full time and 2 part time. Pay depending on experience. Email your resume to

Please contact the following for possible information: Better Business Bureau at (907)562-0704 Wage & Hour Admin AK Dept of Labor at (907)269-4900

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Advertising Account Executive Join the Advertising Sales team representing the Anchorage Press, the Arctic Warrior, and the Mat-Su Frontiersman. We have an opening in the advertising sales department that offers an excellent career opportunity. As an Account Executive, you will be calling on local businesses to sell advertising space in our newspapers. This is a fast-paced job for people who like to work independently.

SEEKING VERSATILE JOURNALIST The Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, a thrice-weekly PM newspaper in Wasilla, is seeking an energetic and multi-talented journalist to join our award-winning newsroom team. The successful candidate will demonstrate strong writing, photography and organizational skills and the ability to put them to use in a team environment while reporting about a wide range of local topics. He/she will also have a deep understanding of community journalism and a strong desire to quickly and accurately turn around breaking news for an aggressive online presence. You'll need a working knowledge of AP Style, be able to handle a camera in a pinch, understand the importance of social media and know how to use it, and have a clean, clear writing style that can make even the most confusing processes simple for readers to understand. Page layout and copy-editing skills are a plus. The Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman has a long history of publishing quality newspapers in a growing and dynamic community. If producing top-quality writing and working in a newsroom packed with talent appeals to you, please respond. We offer a competitive salary and full benefits package, including health insurance, a company matching 401(k) program and a great working environment.

If you are self-motivated, detail oriented and enjoy helping businesses achieve their goals this may be your opportunity. The earning potential for this job is outstanding if you can communicate effectively and want to help others succeed. We offer a guaranteed draw to start and commission to reward success. We prefer prior sales experience, basic computer skills, and excellent communications skills. The newspapers are part of Wick Communications. The company offers comprehensive and affordable medical dental, and short-term disability insurance, 401K, as well as an array of other benefits. Candidates must have transportation, and a clean driving record. Send your resume to:

Steve Abeln Anchorage Press 540 East 5th Avenue Anchorage, AK 99501 Or email: Steve.Abeln@

Please e-mail your resumé and cover letter to

650 Office/Supplies

650 Office/Supplies

650 Office/Supplies


HP LASERJET 1800 series or HP LASERJET 1850 series BRAND NEW…STILL IN ORIGINAL PACKAGING. Available for inspection at Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman.

Originally $199 each. Will sell for $95 each, with discount for volume purchase. WILL DELIVER TO MOST LOCATIONS IN THE MAT-SU/ANCHORAGE AREA.

Please contact Nicky at 907-352-2264 or


February 28, 2014 615 Building Supp.

$500 REWARD!!

PROTECT YOUR ROOF FROM DAMAGE • Snow Diverters • Snow Stops • Vented Soffits


515 Lost and Found

530 E. Steel Loop, Palmer

746-7800 1-800-478-6242

632 Fuel/Heating

632 Fuel/Heating

637 Household

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652 Pets/Supplies




DELUXE CEILING FAN W/ 4 LIGHTS Like new. $65. 563-5336, 748-2441

42” ROUND PINE ETHAN ALLEN TABLE plus two 15” leaves, 4 chairs. $200. 907-745-6340

WHIRLPOOL ELECTRIC DRYER 3 yrs old. Works great. 1 owner. $125. 907-631-3773

Spaying and Neutering is Important to us!

250,000 BTU. Works $75. Text or call after 5pm. 907-250-5001 ALLPRO TORPEDO


40,000 BTU. $80. Text or call after 5pm. 907-250-5001

Tree length Birch Saw log Spruce Contact Bond Bros Logging at 715-4019

SOLAR FLOW Unvented Infra-Red Heater

30,000 BTU. Works. $150. Text or call after 5pm. 250-5001

Metal Roofing & Building Components Locally Owned & Operated


(No ??? Asked) American Bulldog TYSON is his name Male, White undocked tail and microchipped Missing since 7/11 @ Mi. 7 KGB Pls. Call 830-4222 or 414-9095

612 Auctions

612 Auctions

RONDY & IDITAROD AUCTION Friday February 28 @ 6:00 PM & Saturday, March 1 @ 10:00 AM Alaska Auction Co. 1227 E. 75th Ave. Anchorage Bid online at: 907-349-7078

633 Firewood


1 cord in the round: $200. 907-354-2468

3 beaters. $150. 841-3051


with serger. Grad or 8-foot high, quality, wedding gift! New in mirrored closet box. $200. 841-3051. doors, bypass, made at Glass Company SOLID WOOD $200. DESK TOP Call 563-5336 for books, etc. $30. or 748-2441. 563-5336, 748-2441

Rescue Cats for Adoption Fixed, with shots and Microchip Money back Guarantee Find out about our reduced adoption fees.

Call 980-8898 clearcreekcatrescue/home

Advocates for Dog and Puppy Wellness Offers microchippping at PetZoo, once a month. Keep your pet safe, w/ a HomeAgain microchip! Please check our website for the next event date TELL YOUR MOTHER-IN LAW THE GUEST ROOM IS TAKEN! Alaska Dog & Puppy Rescue invites you to join our group and become a foster parent to a homeless dog. All supplies are provided - food, crates, toys, and blankets. YOU PROVIDE THE LOVE…

Alaska Dog & Puppy Rescue


Bring us your puppies and we will spay your Momma dog at NO COST! For more info call Alaska Dog & Puppy Rescue (907)745-7030 FLUVAL AQUARIUM FILTER for up to 100 gallon tank. Never used. $65. 907-373-7345.

REPTARIUM CAGE LINER - SOFTRAY for 65 gallon cage. $10. 907-841-4513


for small dog or cat. Very gently used. $15. 907-373-7345. ATTENTION Frontiersman Readers!

It has been brought to our attention that a puppy scam is targeting animal lovers. Readers are asked to wire money to a seller who is either out of the country or out of state, with the promise that the seller will ship the animal once the wire transfer has been received.


If you can not speak to a person locally through a phone call or email without verification, please make sure not to give out ANY personal information. We at the Frontiersman take every precaution to protect our readers and ask that they look for red flags and consider the following when purchasing an animal: • Purchase locally • Be wary of ads that do not list a telephone number, but an email address only • Have the animal examined by a vet before purchasing • Never wire money or send a check • Be sure to obtain the pet at the time of purchase. Classified Advertising (907)352-2250

695 Misc. for Sale Sleeping with Jane Austen by David Aitken. Kindle novel. $2.99 A Dundee Detective by David Aitken. Kindle novels. $2.99.

KANGAROO HIDE $40. 907-373-7345.


Mid-length. Looks real. Exc cond. $25. 907-841-4513 DUPUYTREN’S DISEASE Martin Dunitz Pub. $249.95 orig. Sell for $100. Mint cond. In orig. plastic. 376-4291, 354-4497



Women’s style. Handmade in AK. Exc cond. $85. 907-841-4513 NEW REFLECTIVE LADIES’ WORKOUT JACKET - CLASSY! White & multi-color stripe. Small. $39.95. 376-4291, 354-4497 845 Snowmachines


121 & 136 skid & track. TONS of other parts too. No motors. Call after 5. 907-250-5001

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Volume 5, No. 8

LEFT: A musher encourages his dogs in a sprint race in Anchorage Feb. 22. Dog sled sprint races are a fixture of the annual Fur Rendezvous, a tradition since 1935. Downtown streets are filled with snow for the events, which draw locals as well as tourists from around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo/Steve White) RIGHT: While carnival rides are a sign of summer in the Lower 48, they’re a sign of the Fur Rondy in Anchorage. (The lights are more dramatic when it actually gets dark in the evening.) BELOW: Soldiers of the 56th Engineer Battalion pull an “outhouse” in a race down 4th Avenue. From left to right: Capt. Stephen Austria, Cpl. Matthew Schaul, Sgt. Brian Sullivan, Staff Sgt. James Klecka, Staff Sgt. Kyle Ashley and Sgt. 1st Class Chad Price. (U.S. Air Force photos/Staff Sgt. Sheila deVera)

ABOVE RIGHT: Members of the 477th Fighter Group participate in the annual outhouse races during the 79th anniversary of Alaska’s largest winter festival. Since 1935, Fur Rondy has represented the pioneering spirit of Alaskans, offering wild and wacky fun for all ages, offering more than 20 official cultural and sporting activities. ABOVE: A local resident watches his dog kiss Bill, Gentle Giant of Alaska, Feb. 22. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Sheila deVera) LEFT: Alaska residents participate in the 79th anniversary of Alaska’s largest winter festival ‘Fur Rendezvous’ located in downtown Anchorage during the first weekend of the winter carnival Feb. 23. The 10-day Fur Rondy offers more than 20 official cultural and sporting activities, the Anchorage community hosts nearly 50 “Rondy Round Town” events, offering wacky winter fun for all ages. This year’s Fur Rondy runs through March 2. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Sheila deVera) BELOW: Fur – coats, wraps, earmuffs, and trooper hats – is the order of the day. Hats made with mounted wolf, coyote or bear faces are popular, as are tails, as below. (U.S. Air Force photo/Steve White)

Matters of Faith


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True friends are there for each other – no matter what Commentary by Chaplain (Capt.) James Duran 17th CSSB Chaplain

We will meet and know many different people in our lives. Most of them may simply be acquaintancess or colleagues. Some, though, might be friends. Of these, there may be only a few that we would consider close friends. I have two friends that I can truly count on for any situation that comes my way. These friends are true comrades that stand out during testing of trials and those

times may be rare, but they are lifelong friends, close, personal and truly a great blessing. One Bible story which depicts a friendIt was in 2011 when on a deployment to ship in detail is that of Jonathan and David Afghanistan, that I was the busiest. (1Sam.18:1). It was so hectic that my flight hours had When we read this story, it reminds us exceeded of that the battalion commander friendship can be built. and sergeant major. There were certain things that could have There were times when I would return destroyed their bonds, but instead, it made from a forward operating base conthem stronger. ducting a religious service and found Their friendship can illustrate some there wasn’t enough time to unpack ways we want to emulate. my rucksack before I was off to First, a friend should be someone the next FOB that needed chaplain we can share our experiences with. support. When Jonathan’s father, Saul, knew There were more than 60 flights, the people of Israel loved David more which included memorial services, than him, he sought to kill David. religious services and counseling But Jonathan’s love for his friend sessions. David only grew more. I also had the responsibility to care Many times he interceded for David for my unit. with his father, and he never wanted I was blessed to have dedicated anything in return. Christians to fill in for me while I was Friendship should never come with traveling. a price. When was there enough time to It contains a commitment we have decompress? towards one another. Of course, there were outside Secondly, a friend is someone who resources to visit and we always seek can identify with our concerns. God for guidance, but there are times Both Jonathan and David were heirs we need a close friend to communicate to the kingdom – Jonathan by birth and with. David by decree of God. A friend is someone we can confide It could have easily been a battle and trust in, and with whom we can between of them, but they showed their share our hopes and dreams. loyalty to each other and to God’s plan A friend is there not only through for their lives. the good times, but also the bad times, David and Jonathan. (Air Force illustration/Chris It is much easier to relate to somesomeone who will not desert you. one who has gone through similar McCann)


experiences as you have endured yourself. Thirdly, a friend is someone who can keep us out of trouble. They help us live up to our potential. They inspire us to do the right things, not things that will bring us disgrace. We need a friend who can guide us away from trouble and support us as well as take a stand with us. That’s a true friend indeed. In the book of Proverbs, chapter 18, the psalmist calls such a person “a friend who sticks closer that a brother� (Prov. 18:24). A true friend is like a trusted sibling. They are like a brother that is willing to fight our battles with us and for us if need be. They don’t go against us or take up sides with the enemy. A meaningful friendship is one that impacts you for life. Much can be learned from the friendship of Jonathan and David. Each had accomplished great achievements, relying on God for victory. This friendship has been recorded in the Bible for us to learn and know that we too can have that kind of relationship with Christ. God is ultimately the one who can bring us through difficult times and never break his relationship with us – even when it feels like there is no end to our problems. It reminds me of the picture of the close relationship between God the Father and Jesus Christ. They desire to have that same close personal relationship with every human being.



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Feb. 10 A son, Graysen Jax Varner, was born 20.5 inches long and weighing 7 pounds, 11 ounces at 5:18 a.m. to Air Force Master Sgt. Stephanie Cynthia Varner of the 673d Air Base Wing and David Karl Varner II.

was born 19.25 inches long and weighing 7 pounds, 1 ounce at 7:44 a.m. to Air Force Staff Sgt. Jillian Ann Noe Salazar and Air Force Staff Sgt. Richard II Melchor Salazar, both of the 673d Medical Support Squadron.

A son, Harley James Higley, was born 20 inches long and weighing 8 pounds, 12 ounces at 8:37 a.m. to Katie Renice WoerzHigley and Spc. Ryan Allen Higley of the 2nd Battalion, 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment.

A daughter, Abigail Lane Beckstrom, was born 21 inches long and weighing 8 pounds, 10 ounces at 3:48 a.m. to Katie Beckstrom and Pfc. Maxwell John Beckstrom of the 2nd Battalion, 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment.

Feb. 11 A daughter, Aurora Rose Atkins, was born 20 inches long and weighing 7 pounds, 15 ounces at 3:58 a.m. to Army 1st Lt. Sarah Lynne Atkins.

Feb. 14 A daughter, Olivia Lucille Barrale, was born 20 inches long and weighing 8 pounds, 8 ounces at 3:11 p.m. to Ambra Nicole Barrale and Spc. Eric Vincent Barrale of the 425th Brigade Special Troops Battalion (Airborne).

Feb. 18 A son, Kason Adrick Mayton, was born 20.5 inches long and weighing 8 pounds, 7 ounces at 9:39 a.m. to Stephanie Diane Mayton and Spc. Daniel Blake Mayton of the 1st Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry Regiment.

A son, Grayson D. Yates, was born 22 inches long and weighing 8 pounds, 11 ounes to Kacy Leigh Yates and Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua Daniel Yates of Coast Guard Sector Anchorage.

A son, Angelo Arturo Garcia, was born 19.5 inches long and weighing 7 pounds, 4 ounces at 12:54 p.m. to Elisa Ribeiro Garcia and Sgt. Arturo Garcia of the 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry Regiment.

Feb. 19 A daughter, Charlotte Iris Acostinho, was born 18.5 inches long and weighing 6 pounds, was born at 6:17 p.m. to Bobbie Nicole Agostinho and Sgt. Bryan Pereira Agostinho of the 95th Chemical Company.

Feb. 12 A daughter, Trinity Renee Casas, was born 21 inches long and weighing 9 pounds at 3:33 a.m. to Tabetha Renee Casas and Pfc. David Alan Casas of the 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry Regiment. A daughter, Sadie Jo’ Cathey, was born 20.75 inches long and weighing 7 pounds, 11 ounces at 4:50 p.m. to Chelsey Joe Cathey and Airman 1st Class Justin Chad Cathey of the 381st Intelligence Squadron. A daughter, Aunalysia Chareunvong Ford, was born 20.5 inches long and weighing 7 pounds, 9 ounces at 7:37 a.m. to Linda Ford and Air Force Staff Sgt. Matthew Brian Ford of the 53rd Combat Communications Squadron. Feb. 13 A son, Josiah Eli Bright, was born 21inches long and weighing 7 pounds, 9 ounces at 6:17 p.m. to Jasmine Nicole Bright and Sgt. Ja’son Tyell Bright of the 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry Regiment. A daughter, Robyn Olivia Noe Salazar,

A son, Ethan Amias Donshay Holliness, was born 21 inches long and weighing 7 pounds, 3 ounces at 12:03 a.m. to Army Staff Sgt. Monica Lynn Holliness of the 56th Engineer Company and Sgt. 1st Class Eddie Donshay Holliness of the 164th Military Police Company. Feb. 17 A daughter, Gwen Lyn Blyth, was born 19 inches long and weighing 6 pounds, 2 ounces at 2:13 a.m. to Keli Lyn Blyth and Army Capt. Edward K. Blyth of the 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry Regiment. A son, Waylon Alan Graham, was born 19.5 inches long and weighing 7 pounds, 7 ounces at 1:33 a.m. to Kerri Renae Graham and Pfc. Nathan Gordon Graham of the 725th Brigade Support Battalion (Airborne).

A son, Alexander Blake Chaney, was born 20 inches long and weighing 7 pounds, 9 ounces at 3:25 p.m. to Natasha Johann Chaney and Army Staff Sgt. Robert Christopher Chaney Sr. of the 109th Transportation Company. A daughter, Alyssa Joy Madsen, was born 23 inches long and weighing 9 pounds, 14 ounces at 12:26 p.m. to Lauren Renee Madsen and Sgt. 1st Class Eric Scott Madsen of the 6th Engineer Battalion. Feb. 20 A son, Hunter Wayne Scott, was born 19 inches long and weighing 8 pounds, 5 ounces at 5:25 p.m. to Emily Elizabeth Scott and Patrick Wayne Scott.

Feb. 21 A son, Jeremy Lee Saitnowski, Jr. was born 22.5 inches long and weighing 8 pounds, 15 ounces at 1:30 p.m. to Amanda Rae Saitnowski and Sgt. Jeremy Lee Saitnowski of the 2nd Engineer Brigade. Feb. 22 A son, Pedro Alonso Chavez III, was born 21 inches long and weighing 6 pounds, 9 ounces at 12:54 a.m. to Ericka Ann Chave and Sgt. 1st Class Pedro Alonso Chavez Jr. of the 1st Squadron (Airborne), 40th Cavalry Regiment. A daughter, Peyton Alexis Riley, was born weighing 7 pounds, 4 ounces at 1:42 a.m. to Ashlea Nicole Riley and Air Force Staff Sgt. Alex Raymond Riley of the 3rd Operations Support Squadron. Feb. 23 A son, Caleb Elkanah Hayes, was born 21 inches long and weighing 7 pounds, 11 ounces at 5:12 a.m. to Amanda Marie hayes and Sgt. William Cody Hayes of the 1st Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry Regiment.

Housekeeping manager treats lodging quality as a labor of love By Air Force Staff Sgt. Robert Barnett JBER Public Affairs Dorene Benton cut open box after box in a warehouse on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. The boxes were filled with linens, and the 673d Force Support Squadron housekeeping manager meticulously inspected them. The last thing she wanted was to give the military guests staying in JBER lodging substandard sheets. She had several pallets of boxes to go through and needed to inspect them all, but to Benton, the mission is worth the hard work. “Our main mission is to support the military members and their families when they are traveling,� Benton said. “We provide the best possible lodging for people who are on a temporary duty assignment or are moving, or when we have availability for space-available travelers who might need a place to stay for a couple nights.� Benton manages more than 50 employees in 25 of the 31 lodging facilities on JBER. While much of what her team does is visible, most people might not realize how much they do to keep guests comfortable, she said. “We’re the ones clearing the sidewalks and paths from the parking lot when there’s snow,� she said. “We pick up in the summer when there are cigarette butts and other trash around the building. When you walk inside and there’s a nice smell and a clean floor, that’s us. We’re the ones keeping the place beautiful. Most of our job is visible; we’re all about pleasing our guests, that’s what we’re here for.� Sometimes keeping guests comfortable can mean anticipating needs – like in springtime, when Alaskans are melting in the heat but it’s still “cold� to people from Outside. “We have to make sure we have plenty of blankets; during Red Flag we get a lot of people from other countries and the Lower 48 that aren’t used to the cold,� she said. “When civil engineering shuts off the heat [in spring], we have to offer extra blankets to keep them warm. We have to make sure they are good quality and meet Air Force standards.�

Benton didn’t always work in housekeeping, but she said her background pays off. “My background is in banking,� she said. “I think accounting helps me with this job because there are numbers to keep track of. How many are checking out? How many are coming in? I have to figure out how much time to spend per unit because we have to keep up with Air Force standards. I have to look at the financial side of it, too, because of personnel and budget.� The housekeeping manager said she is used to military culture – and that enables her to better serve those who serve. Dorene Benton inspects boxes of linens in a warehouse on Joint Base Elmendorf“I love the military life,� Richardson, Alaska, Feb. 20. Benton manages more than 50 employees in 25 out the native of Melbourne, Fla., of 31 lodging facilities on JBER. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Robert Barnett) said. “It’s all I’ve known. My father and grandfather were military; my husband’s military. there. They keep us going.� I’ve never served, but I’ve lived around Air Force and Navy Benton’s passion continues to drive her. bases basically my whole life. My siblings don’t have that “I want to say thank you to our guests, just thank you,� experience. It makes me appreciate it when I see all the hard she said. “All those comment cards – we actually read work that service members do every day.� through those. Most of them are positive and we really ap“[Dorene]’s phenomenal, definitely a team player,� preciate that. If there is something that we need to be doing, said Heidi Payton, 673d FSS lodging manager on JBER- politely let us know. There are so many regulations we need Richardson, and a native of Shenandoah, Iowa. “She puts to follow, and our budget is limited, but as long as it’s within everything she has into the job. She makes it a top priority. our limits, we’re happy to do it. Housekeeping is the eyes and the ears of lodging. No one “We appreciate that we’re given the opportunity to serve person can be in all the buildings at once. Housekeeping the ones who serve for us. That’s the biggest thing for me; plays a vital role. They’re out there with the customers taking I couldn’t run those miles or carry all that heavy stuff, but care of them from check-in to check-out, keeping an eye on maybe I can give you a soft pillow and a blanket. Maybe I can all our rooms and the buildings. They make it happen out make that a little bit better. We so appreciate the military.�

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