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OF U.S. ARMY ALASKA gunshot wound JBER news release An Airman assigned to the 3rd Operations Support Squadron at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson died July 25 from a gunshot wound. According to initial reports, Senior Airman Lee Davis, 24, an air traffic controller from Cleveland, Ohio, was found in his Anchorage apartment with a gunshot wound to his head. There was no indication of foul play. He was pronounced dead at the scene by local first responders. Davis joined the Air Force in Aug. 2007 and served at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., before being assigned to 3rd OSS on JBER in June 2010. The incident is currently under investigation by JBER’s Air Force Office of Special Investigations. The next of kin have been notified.

Army Gen. Vincent Brooks (right), U.S. Army Pacific commanding general, hands the U.S. Army Alaska colors and the responsibility of commanding USARAK to Army Maj. Gen. Michael Shields during a change-of-command ceremony at Pershing Parade Field Tuesday. (Photos courtesy of U.S. Army Alaska)

Garrett bids Alaska farewell By Air Force Staff Sgt. William Banton JBER Public Affairs Army Maj. Gen. Michael Garrett relinquished command of U.S. Army Alaska to Army Maj. Gen. Michael Shields in a change-of-command ceremony at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson’s Pershing Parade Field, July 30. In remarks, reviewing officer Army Gen. Vincent Brooks, U.S. Army Pacific commanding general, gave praise and admiration to Garrett’s hard work and commitment during his tenure as USARAK commander. “Since assuming command in May of 2012, [Garrett] was superb in providing a focused environment for mission readiness in Alaska while also reaching out skillfully to keep partners in the Indo-Asian Pacific region, like our relationships with Mongolia,” Brooks said. “These initiatives were absolutely essential to our success - not only here in Alaska, but really throughout the entire Pacific region and I thank you for truly making mountains look like mole hills.” Garrett stated in his final remarks that he felt America was fortunate to have such dedicated, talented Soldiers prepared to defend her, and that it was his honor and privilege to lead the Soldiers of USARAK. “When I arrived 14 months ago, your leaders helped me assess this command and refine the vision of what we wanted to accomplish, and then we all moved out together and we made a difference,” Garrett said. Garrett spoke about the future of USARAK and described the past year as being a year of transition for units in Alaska, from a mission of prepared predictability to a mission of ambiguity. “Not long ago the Arctic Wolves [1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division] trained to deploy with a known mission, to a known location for a known amount of time,” Garrett said. “Today, they can’t be certain of what their next mission will be so their transition has been to one to be prepared to face the unknown. Today they are ready for just about anything, anytime, anywhere.” In his remarks, Garrett, expressed his confidence in Shields’ capability to succeed him. “As General Brooks said, Alaska will always be precious to the Garrett family and it is a little tough to stand here on this field and relinquish command, however the Army certainly got it right from my perspective,” Garrett said. “Mike Shields is not only a

talented Soldier, officer and general officer, but he’s a good friend.” Brooks spoke highly of Shields’ prior accomplishments and his return to Alaska as he starts his tour as USARAK commander, assuring the audience that Shields brings deep experience into command and that he will lead them into new heights and new achievements. During his remarks, Brooks talked about the strategic importance Alaska has due to its geographic location. “The United States Army has been in Alaska since 1867,” Brooks said. “It has a long-standing relationship with the state of Alaska and provides a thriving platform where the Army prepares to meet the requirements of our nation while training in the challenging, arctic conditions, while actively participating in community affairs and while providing assistance when needed during natural disasers.” Shields was commissioned as an infantry second lieutenant and graduated from Nor-

wich University in 1984. He first served as a rifle and scout platoon leader in the 7th Infantry Division (Light), then commanded both mechanized infantry and long-range surveillance companies in Germany. His follow-on command brought him to the 3rd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C., where he deployed to Afghanistan with the 82nd in August 2002. After attending the Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Penn., he commanded the 172nd SBCT from Fort Wainwright, Alaska, leading them through 12 months of combat in Ninewah Province, Iraq, and a four-month extension in Baghdad, Iraq, from August 2005 through November 2006, for which they received the Valorous Unit Award. “To the Soldiers, I look forward to serving with you once again,” Shields said. “With uncertain dynamic global security situation, USARAK plays a key role providing trained and ready forces.”


U.S. Army Alaska, headquartered at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, has units at two installations, JBER and Fort Wainwright, covering 1.65 million acres. The command includes nearly 12,000 Soldiers and 2,500 civilian employees. Major units include the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division; the 2nd Engineer Brigade; and the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division. Alaska provides a power-projection platform for the Pacific Theater as well as ample training grounds for training maneuvers.

Army Gen. Vincent Brooks, U.S. Army Pacific commanding general, Army Maj. Gen. Michael Garrett, former U.S. Army Alaska commanding general, and Army Maj. Gen. Michael Shields, USARAK commanding general, stand at attention during a changeof-command ceremony at Pershing Parade Field Tuesday.

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Spartan Paratroopers jump across the equator, into Talisman Saber By Army Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Smith 4-25th IBCT Public Affairs QUEENSLAND, Australia — Four hundred Spartan paratroopers traveled 15 hours non-stop from Joint Base ElmendorfRichardson to jump into Australia’s Shoalwater Bay Training Area, in Queensland, July 20. The airborne operation was one of this year’s highlights in the biennial jointcombined exercise Talisman Saber. Deep in the Outback of Australia, far across adjoining seas, and high above in the Australian air, paratroopers from the United States and Australia teamed together for a large combined military effort with many moving parts. Talisman Saber tests interoperability between the U.S. and Australia in crisis planning and execution for contingency operations and humanitarian assistance missions. Several military branches from both countries participated in the event to validate their combined efforts including the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. The 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, was the only U.S. Army airborne infantry unit chosen to reach the continent of Australia and the training ground at Shoalwater Bay Training Area to demonstrate the forcedentry capability of the U.S. airborne force. Once on the ground, Task Force Spartan was immersed in a fictional military scenario with a mission to liberate the people of a nation, which had been invaded by a hostile actor in the region. The scenario tested the paratroopers, staffs and civilians of the Spartans and their partners in the 3rd Australian Brigade. The mission was to conduct a forcedentry airborne assault into defended enemy territory, expand the lodgment, and provide freedom of movement for the Australian Army’s 3rd Brigade. The 4-25th IBCT used the training opportunity to validate its mission set, which is built around the fundamentals of airborne infantry tactics and procedures. One of the highlights of the training objectives was to conduct real time, in-flight communication and mission command throughout the flight from take-off at JBER to the time the paratroopers exited the aircraft. In-flight communications allowed joint and allied elements to work closely together for follow on operations. Members of the Joint Communication Support Element from MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., led by Sgt. 1st Class Brian Knight, provided an en-route mission command package custom built for the Spartan Brigade’s mission in Talisman Saber. It provided real-time secure and non-secure communications between the

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An Airman’s journey Down Under By Air Force Staff Sgt. Zachary Wolf JBER Public Affairs QUEENSLAND, Australia — As a photojournalist, I get to see a lot of how the Air Force runs. I recently witnessed our ability to perform in a joint environment during my trip to Australia for Talisman Saber 2013. The first ability I witnessed was how well different Air Force units work together. Before we took off there was a maintenance issue that forced us to switch C-17 Globemaster IIIs. The crew seamlessly transferred from their Joint Base Lewis-McChord jet to a C-17 provided by the 517th Airlift Squadron out of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. I watched as the crew moved at high speed and got the JBER jet ready to go. It was amazing to see the speed and precision the crew displayed to get back on schedule. I had prepared for what would prove to be a long flight, more than 16 hours, but didn’t realize how many U.S. Army Soldiers from the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, would be boarding the C-17. They boarded with their gear, but I noticed they weren’t rigged up with their parachutes. The reason for this was they were going to do in-flight rigging. I had never seen this before and I have to say the Army is proficient at what they do. In the crowded jet, all of them formed a

Royal Australian Air Force Imagery Specialist Leading Aircraftman David Said (left) and U.S. Air Force Photojournalist Zachary Wolf in front of a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker at RAAF Base Amberley. (Courtesy photo)

line and grabbed their parachutes and rigged standing up about an hour out from when they would jump into Australia. I watched as each Soldier was inspected from head to toe after they secured their gear. Then it was time. The C-17 loadmasters

opened the troop doors while the Soldiers stood with their cords hooked onto a wire that would pull their chutes when they exited the aircraft. I heard the jumpmasters shout there were five minutes left, and all the Soldiers repeated.

The next thing I knew, Soldiers were filing out the door, stepping out as though it were a natural thing to do, just walk right out the side of an aircraft. After two passes, the Soldiers, minus the jumpmasters, were no longer on the C-17. We finally landed at Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley where I had my first experience with the RAAF. I got to continue that experience when I got to fly on a RAAF C-17 in part of a joint-training operation with the USAF Globemasters. They flew together and dropped small pallets to demonstrate the ability to airdrop supplies wherever they needed to go. I got to document the flight with a RAAF counterpart who did the same job as me. It was a great experience to work with them and see that, although we are in opposite hemispheres, the work we do is the same. I saw this also with the way the RAAF loadmasters and pilots operated. I felt as though I was still on a USAF C-17 other than the uniforms and the accent coming through the headset. Overall, I have to say from first-hand knowledge that our partnership with Australia is genuine. From the pilots, to working with the enlisted, I could see we operate very well and proficiently together. I am very grateful for this experience and can’t wait to work with the RAAF again.

JBER forces test skills in base-wide exercise By Airman Ty-rico Lea JBER Public Affairs Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson personnel practiced securing buildings, communicating in crisis situations, protecting operational security, and engaging an active shooter – all part of Exercise Polar Force 13-5, July 22 to 24. This exercise involved 673d Air Base Wing, 3rd Wing, 176th Wing and 477th Fighter Group Airmen and civilian employees. The exercise was designed to test, strengthen and develop the necessary skills all Airmen and civilians need when faced with adverse situations. Some scenarios included securing buildings to maintain security and personnel safety, operational security, using communication in strenuous circumstances and engaging an active shooter. “Our outstanding security forces responded instantaneously to defuse the simulated threat and save as many lives possible during the exercise,” said Air Force Col. Frank Battistelli, 673d Mission Support Group commander. “They contained the area occupied by the gunman, evacuated innocent victims and ultimately neutralized the gunman.” Battistelli said there is a very real purpose for this type of training. “An active-shooter situation is probably one of the most likely scenarios our base could encounter,” Battistelli said. “If you consider active shooter incidents our country has been faced with over the last several years, there were very few warning signs. Exercises like this situation do several things: first it better prepares our defenders to respond to these situations in a variety of settings, next it allows us to test the interagency response

Airmen from the 90th Fighter Squadron service an F-22 Raptor during Exercise Polar Force 13-5 on JBER July 23. The exercise validated the base’s ability to integrate, mobilize, and prepare assigned personnel, aircraft and equipment for a wartime mission and to employ forces and weapons systems to perform tasked missions. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Tammie J. Ramsouer)

between our installation, state and national agencies, and finally it better prepares the JBER community on how they should respond during an active-shooter crisis.” A JBER Polar Force exercise typically includes two phases, but for the Polar Force 13-5 exercise only phase one was conducted. Phase one was designed to test

JBER’s ability to deploy and redeploy people as well as mobilize equipment. “We conduct exercises on a regular basis to ensure readiness,” said Donald Weckhorst, 673d ABW executive director. “This prepares us to to respond to a variety of contingency or crisis situations” said Weckhorst. “In our

case, the commanders of the 673d ABW, 3rd Wing, 176th Wing and 477 Fighter Group came together and built an overall plan that enhances teamwork and readiness in our airmen. This is truly one of the unique aspects of JBER.” “The exercise provided an outstanding venue to hone contingency response skills and processes,”

Weckhorst said. “In this case, the 673d ABW and 3rd Wing Airmen worked together to generate and deploy assets under realistic conditions and timelines. These types of exercises ensure our airmen are prepared to execute their initial response actions and are an invaluable part of the commander’s overall training programs.”

Wainwright Soldiers die in water-related incidents Public Affairs staff report Two Fort Wainwright Soldiers recently died in separate waterrelated incidents. The U.S. Army Alaska soldier from Fort Wainwright who died in a boating accident on the Klutina River near Glennallen has been identified as Pfc. Christopher Eric Covington, of Temple Hills, Md. Covington, 23, was with two other Soldiers and one of the other Soldier’s family members on a fishing trip July 27 when their boat began to take on water. The group tried to return to the boat launch, but the boat swamped and capsized. All four boaters were

wearing life vests. The other two Soldiers and the family member were able to get out of the fast current, but Covington was swept away. His body was recovered by a group of fishermen approximately five miles downstream. They administered CPR until emergency services personnel arrived. Covington was transported to Cross Road Medical Center in Glennallen, where he was pronounced dead. Covington was a helicopter mechanic assigned to D Company, 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment, U.S. Army Alaska Aviation Task Force, at Fort Wainwright. He joined the Army in May 2010

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 Sergeant Major Sgt. Maj. Jesse R. Pratt

and graduated basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C., and advanced individual training at Fort Eustis, Va. Covington reported to Alaska in December 2010, and deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from July 2011 to February 2012. In another incident, officials have discovered and identified the remains of the U.S. Army Alaska Soldier who drowned July 28 near Fairbanks. Sgt. Anton Epshteyn, 32, of Valley Village, Calif., was swimming in the Chena Lakes Recreation Area when he called for help and disappeared beneath the water. Other swimmers tried to rescue him, but were unable to find him

in the murky water. Fort Wainwright Fire Department divers responded but were also hindered by the limited visibility in the water. The Fairbanks Fire Department dredged the area in a watercraft and North Star Volunteer Fire Department searched the water with side-scan sonar, but the body could not be found and search efforts stopped for the night. The search resumed July 29, and at approximately 12:40 p.m. Epshteyn’s body was recovered from the lake. Epshteyn was a horizontal construction engineer assigned to 73rd Engineer Company, Brigade Troops Battalion. The BTB is part of U.S. Army Alaska’s 1st Stryker


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Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Fort Wainwright. Epshteyn joined the Army in 2003 and attended basic training at Fort Knox, Ky., and advanced individual training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. He had previous assignments at Camp Edwards, Republic of Korea; Fort Polk, La.; and Fort Stewart, Ga.; and reported to Fort Wainwright in February 2008. Epshteyn served three combat tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. Most recently, he deployed with the 1-25th SBCT to Afghanistan from April 2011 to April 2012. Next of kin have been notified for both Soldiers, and both incidents are under investigation.

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Soldiers of the 1st Squadron (Airborne), 40th Cavalry Regiment, practice proper formations and movement techniques during civil disturbance training at the Airborne Sustainment Training Area July 25. Soldiers trained on tactics for civil disturbance control using non-lethal force, which included proper formations and snatch-team training used to pull an injured Soldier to safety. Traffic control points were also setup, giving Soldiers basic knowledge of vehicle inspection and proper personnel search, personal property accountability, and detainment methods. (U.S. Air Force photos/Percy G. Jones)

ABOVE: Soldiers of 1-40th Cavalry clash with a mock crowd as they hone their crowd-control and traffic-control point skills during civil disturbance training at the Airborne Sustainment Training Area July 25. RIGHT: Pvt. Seth Johnson (center), C Troop, 1-40th Cavalry, runs to his aiming stick position during 81-mm mortar training at the Airborne Sustainment Training Area July 23. The training coincided with other Denali Squadron training.

TFrom X JUMP, A-1 aircraft, JBER, and the Combined Forces Land Component Command in Brisbane, Australia. Immediately upon arriving on the drop zone, Task Force Spartan assembled teams from the 1st Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry Regiment, for follow on missions to seize known objectives while allowing Australian Forces secured access to the area for coinciding assaults. The 4-25th IBCT’s commanding officer, Army Col. Matthew McFarlane, commends Talisman Saber as an excellent source of training to provide broad scope planning and execution across several military branches and between the two nations. “This is a great opportunity to exercise our close relationship with the Australians and a great opportunity to improve the readiness of the Spartan Brigade as we are able to demonstrate the strategic reach of our airborne brigade combat team along with the Air Force platform at Joint Base ElmendorfRichardson…It was a phenomenal airborne assault,” McFarlane said. A common thread among U.S. and Australian forces was the training provides a chance to glean from each other’s capabilities, and resources. “Everyone here is learning,” McFarlan said. “Through events like this, we get to touch, feel, and see all of the different capabilities that joint units from our Department of Defense has and the different combined elements from our allied armies. It really allows us to make sure we are as efficient and effective as we can be as we do contingency operations and combined joint exercises like this one. “The best part is everybody is doing the same thing, learning about each other and figuring out how we, as a combined team, can best execute the mission with what we have available,” McFarlane said. Spc. Terrance Smith, from Binghamton, N.Y., a healthcare specialist with the 4-25th IBCT, said. “I like cross training with the Australian Army because a lot of their devices and equipment are different than ours, so we can get familiarized with more equipment, and see how their operations work compared to ours.” Australian Army Lt. Col. Peter Nasveld, a medical officer with the Shock Trauma Team, 2nd General Health Battalion, expanded on Smith’s words. [U.S. Soldiers] are good operators,” Nasveld said. “They love sharing information. They ask lots of nice questions. We ask lots of nice questions. It’s a good sharing

Paratroopers of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, descend onto the drop zone and move out to follow-on objective points while conducting forced-entry operations during Talisman Saber 2013 at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area July 20 in Queensland, Australia. Talisman Saber features the United States and Australian bilateral alliance by showcasing their joint capabilities while training approximately 18,000 U.S. and 9,000 Australian personnel. (U.S. Army photo/Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Smith)

relationship. We are always talking about the different ways we do business … It’s what being part of an alliance is all about.” The operational schedule was full, and events happened fast at Talisman Saber, but there were times before and after movements when troops from both nations had the chance to share knowledge and build upon the already strong alliance between their homelands. “I love working with U.S. Soldiers,” said Australian Army Cpl. Chad Neiha, an infantry section commander with the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment. “I’ve worked with a lot of U.S. soldiers based in Iraq and Afghanistan. I am very familiar with training with you guys, and I love it.” Training and learning from each other is the biggest goal, but soldiers in both

Armies like to laugh and joke around with each other. The Australians particularly like to tell tall tales. “Every time we get to stop and chit-chat with them (the Australians), and swap stories, they always try to mess with us about drop bears and hoop snakes,” said Spc. Brett Heil with Blackfoot Company,1-501st Infantry. Drop Bears are the Australian version of Bigfoot, and hoop snakes apparently form a circle by biting their tail and rolling down hills after their victims. Service members from both nations worked extremely hard in the austere environment at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area during Talisman Saber 2013, one of the largest combined exercises in the world. Partnership was the key to the brigade’s

success in the scenario. Australian Army Capt. Rob Watchhorn and Jennifer Jackett, from the Australian Department of Defence, became a part of the 1-501st Infantry and 4-25th IBCT staffs in the austere field headquarters. Their knowledge of the area, Australian military operating procedures, and culture were invaluable to the Spartan team. Jackett said integrating defence officials, like herself, provides an excellent opportunity to learn how to provide guidance to military officials on matters pertaining to civil challenges faced on the battlefield. McFarlane summed up the combined training in a few words. “This is a culmination of months of combined and joint planning that made for a really great airborne operation,” he said. “We all got better working together by understanding the different dynamics of everyone’s mission set, different terminologies, and different standard operating procedures.”

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Disposition of effects Air Force Capt. Kyle Van Peursem, 3rd Operations Support Squadron, is authorized to make disposition of personal effects of Senior Airman Lee Davis, 3rd OSS, as stated in Air Force Instruction 34-511. Any person or persons having claims for or against the estate of the deceased should contact Van Peursem at (907) 552-4504. Disposition of effects Army Maj. Kevin Dixon, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, U.S. Army Alaska, is authorized to make disposition of personal effects of Army Capt. Joseph H. Eros, HHD/USARAK, as stated in Army Regulation 638-2. Any person or persons having claims for or against the estate of the deceased should contact Dixon at (907) 384-2488/2134. JBER open burning ban Due to the prolonged warm, dry weather conditions, the JBER Fire chief announced an installationwide (including Aurora Housing) ban on all open burning. Unusually persistent warm and dry weather conditions and minimal precipitation has elevated the vegetation in south central Alaska to very high/extreme fire danger levels. All permitted burns, use of outdoor fires and portable fireplaces have been banned until further notice. The only exceptions to this ban are covered gas, electric and charcoal barbecue grills and fish smokers. This ban includes open fires at base RV and tent campsites including those with in-place fire rings. Fire officials are requesting that the public cooperate by adhering to the ban and postponing any outdoor fires until conditions improve. Residents should not lower their guard due to a few light showers. The fire risk is still very high and more warm/dry weather is in the forecast. Questions concerning the burn ban restrictions may be directed to the JBER Fire Prevention Office at 552-2620 as well as to the JBER Forrester at 552-0310. Please report fires immediately by calling 911.

Pool closed The Buckner Physical Fitness Center pool is closed for maintenance until an anticipated opening date of Aug. 12. Commissary furloughs Due to sequestration, the JBER Commissary is closed Mondays until Sept. 30. The hours will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays. School physicals The 673d Medical Group recommends children receive their well child examinations, school physicals and sports physicals from their assigned clinic team at the 673d MDG Pediatric Clinic or Family Health Clinic. A child’s primary care provider is most familiar with the child and can most efficiently complete the physical. Call 580-2778 to schedule an appointment. 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.

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 enrolled 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. Richardson Thrift Shop The JBER-Richardson Thrift Shop, located in building 724, Quartermaster Drive, is open Tuesdays and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and first and third Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call the Thrift Shop at 384-7000. JBER’s Attic Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson’s Attic (formerly known as the Airman’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.

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ing within 10 days after oral presentation. Claims should be filed by branch of service. For claims against Army members, contact the Army claims office in Bldg 600, Suite 313, at 384-0330. For claims against Air Force members, contact the JBER claims office in the People Center, Suite 330 at 552-3048. Claims relating to members of any other branch may be made at the Army claims office and will be forwarded to the proper service.

Article 139 claims A Uniform Code of Military Justice Article 139 claim is a claim against any service member for willfully damaging or wrongfully taking property while the service member is not on duty. Claimants are eligible to file an Article 139 claim whether they are civilian or military, a business, a charity, a State or local government. Claims covered by Article 139 are: • Claims for damage to property inflicted intentionally, knowingly, purposefully, and without a justifiable excuse. • Claims for property wrongfully taken. A wrongful taking in an unauthorized taking or withholding of property not involving a breach of a fiduciary or contractual relationship, with the intent to deprive the owner of the property temporarily or permanently. Claims not covered by Article 139 are: • Claims resulting from negligent acts such as normal “fenderbendersâ€? or other such accidents; • Claims for personal injury or death; • Claims resulting from acts or omissions of military personnel acting within the scope of their employment (these may be payable as a tort claim); • Claims resulting from the conduct of Reserve Component personnel who are not subject to the UCMJ at the time of the offense; • Subrogation claims. That is a claim where your insurance company pays you and then seeks reimbursement; • Claims for theft of services.

Home buyer’s seminar The 673d Civil Engineer Squadron Capital Asset Management Office offers a first-time home buyer’s seminar two times each month through the Volunteer Realtor Program. The seminar covers home loan prequalification, negotiations, offer acceptance, inspection, title search, available types of loans, and the closure process as well as many other matters of interest to a prospective home owner. Please contact the JBER-Elmendorf office at 552-4439 or the JBER-Richardson office at 384-3088 for specific times to be included in the sign-up roster. 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. Dining facility survey ARAMARK is conducting a survey to evaluate how the contractor can better offer dining service to JBER. The 17-question survey can be accessed at bm5koz6. 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

Claimants should submit claims within 90 days of the incident from which the claim arose unless there is good cause for the delay. Your claim must be presented either orally or in writing. If presented orally, the claim must be reduced to a signed writ-


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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.*


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102 Homes for Sale Anchorage

205 Apts. for Rent/Wasilla

205 Apts. for Rent/Wasilla

2BD, 1BA, W/D hook-up, Carport, heat furn., $825 mo.+$825 deposit + elec. Very Quiet. Success off Church Rd., (907)715-9046.


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105 Homes for Sale Palmer

WANTED: SMALL to Medium Cabin for

removal/relocation near Big Lake turnoff. 562-5010 229-4910 150 Lots/Acreages


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105 Homes for Sale Palmer



DW, W/D, Heat Incl, near Hospital. $1095 /mo +$1000 dep. CALL 907-744-0359 205 Apts. for Rent/Wasilla


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HOMER LAND 70-acre parcel right above town, simply the best there is in Homer!

Recreational cabin lots 15 minutes to Homer with great views and bordering on ski trails

107 Homes for Sale /Wasilla

400 Employment

400 Employment

Matanuska Electric Association is currently recruiting for a


This full-time regular position offers an exceptional benefit package. Visit

Call Brian or Karen for appointment, 907-745-0406. Co-op w/ realtors at 3%

107 Homes for Sale /Wasilla

400 Employment

Private lots with city water and sewer all bordering on hiking trails and with views over the city

$599,000 New Price $579,000

400 Employment


WEBSITE+ADMIN tasks in health education office. FT Contract/ revenue share/ partner role.

4200+sf in Palmer, 4bd, 4ba, granite counters, all stainless steel appliances, htd floors throughout. 2 car attached heated garage, 1500sf detached htd shop, 2+ Acres. Up to 2 horses ok.

Owner financing with monthly payments as low as 250.00

to see the job bulletin & to apply online. MEA requires a post offer substance abuse test EEO/M/F/D/V Employer


Why not own a future in Homer? Give me a call and I'm happy to meet in Anchorage or Homer

Low down with reasonable credit. 907-561-2257

1BD APT, CLOSE TO 4 CORNERS $500 mo. + elec. & $400 deposit, NP 745-5370 715-1068.

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I have several conservation designed developments and properties

1+ Ac. off KGB

200 Apts. for Rent/Palmer


Caribou,Unit16A/B 8/10/13 - 9/20 or 30 907-745-1098

135 Cabins SMALL CABIN FOR RENT at Big Lake turn-off on private property. (907)229-4910

FULL TIME NANNY BIG LAKE Call for details Call 907-903-0388


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3657 Mirage Cir. Anchorage MLS #13-8796 3BD, 2BA, 2 car gar., 1724 sq.ft. Light and open floorplan.

D/W, Coin Laundry. $850/mo, Most Util Incl. 373-3060

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John Fowler 529-8090

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FOR SALE BY OWNER MEADOW LAKES AREA Well maintained 2300 sq ft home, 3 bed, 2 full bath & office. Spa room with hot tub, upper level deck, patio and fully landscaped, .67 acre. Included is a finished three bay detached 1400 sq ft heated garage with 8' x 10' roll-up doors. $230,000 Adjoining 1.09 acre lot is available, $16,000 907-376-3048

Two Locations in Anchorage

400 Employment

BEST BUY/ TARGET MALL 1118 N.Muldoon Rd. # 135 222-4050



DIMOND MALL 800 E. Dimond Blvd. #166 344-0126

is seeking a newspaper route driver.

MUST have JBER Military Base Access

Vietnamese Cuisine

Delivery Friday mornings 8:00 am. Pay is conducted every 2 weeks.

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Contact Mike at:

Mon-Thur 11am - 9pm Fri-Sat 11am - 10pm Sunday 11am - 8pm

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615 Building Supplies

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746-7800 1-800-478-6242


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Delivery Available Visa & MC

745-4515 1-800-478-4516

- Good Supply of large logs from Kodiak- Nice Lumber- Good Prices-

400 Employment

Have a Building Project?

Call Valley Sawmill


907-357-3081 and talk with Vern

626 Guns & Ammo 2013 Summer

Gun Show

Disabled American Veterans Chapter 3

Lumen Christi HS 8/3 & 8/4, 10 - 5 8110 Jewell Lake Rd., Anchorage

The Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman in Wasilla, Alaska has an immediate opening for a Web Press Operator.

Admittance - $5 Military, Police & Firemen Admitted FREE if in Uniform

Come work for our growing printing operation. The Frontiersman is a three-times-a-week newspaper with a thriving commercial printing operation. This is a full-time, 40-hour-per-week job that comes with a full benefits package. The candidate needs to have a minimum of two years' experience printing full-process color on a Goss Community or similar web press.

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Applicants must be in good physical condition, able to lift 80 pounds, and available to work nights and weekends.

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637 Household

612 Auctions

TWO BROWN BOOKSHELVES Nice Condition, $50 907-980-9313

612 Auctions

HEAVY DUTY Queen size bed

Northern Log & Lumber


frame. $55 907-631-3773


642 Livestock

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For Full Listing And Pictures Go To ph. 355-2561 / 232-0602 652 Pets/Supplies



652 Pets/Supplies

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701 Professional Services

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Volume 4, No. 30 LEFT: Military dependents receive pre-competition training for the long-cast competition on JBER Saturday. The competition was one of five events during the inaugural Otter Fest hosted by the Outdoor Recreation Center. BELOW: Participants practice on stand-up boards for the stand-up paddleboard competition during Otter Fest. BOTTOM: Military members and their families line up to participate in the paddle boat race during Otter Fest on JBER Saturday. This was the first ever Otter Fest the recreation center has hosted; the event was designed to provide a fun family outing and show individuals they can have fun and stay safe on the water. (U.S. Air Force photos/Airman 1st Class Tammie Ramsouer)

JBER families enjoy summer at Otter Fest By JBER Public Affairs Staff report Military members and families enjoyed a variety of free recreation activities during the inaugural Otter Fest at Otter Lake on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Saturday. Otter Fest was organized and hosted by the JBER Outdoor Recreation Center. Adult competitive events included kayak races and stand-up-board races on the lake. The children’s events included paddleboat races, where they were teamed with their parents, and an individual long-cast competition. The kayak event was the first and longest-distance sport of Otter Fest. Participants rowed nearly to the middle of the lake before turning around and racing back. The paddleboat race started shortly after the kayak race was complete. Military members and their dependents participated as a team to race against others to the finish line. There were many paddleboat races to accommodate

the large number of participants. Raina Panarese, JBER Elmendorf Outdoor Recreation Center director of outdoor adventure, said there were 33 competitors for the paddle boat event. She said it was a test of teamwork and endurance for both parents and children. “We wanted families to be together for these events and experience new ways to get outdoors and on the water together,” Panarese said. “We had mothers and kids paddling together and people falling in the water. Many adults were tired at the end. Well, parents were tired ... but not so sure about the children.” Panarese said they wanted to address activities for all age ranges, especially the younger ones. Children between the ages of 3 and 13 participated in their own events, such as the long cast competition. Before the event, Otter Lake staff worked with the children to test their casting skills in the grass. This made sure the children would not accidentally

throw their reels in the lake once the event started. Overall, the event was considered a success by its organizers. “I was very happy to see the amount of families that came out for Otter Fest,” said Trevor Bird, Outdoor Recreation Center supervisory recreation specialist. “We are definitely going to do it again next year and hope to have even more people come out and have good safe fun.” Panarese agreed with the need to continue to hold Otter Fest each year and encouraged families to check out options at the ORC. “We want to thank all the people for coming out,” Panarese said. “One of our missions is to create ways for JBER households to come together in recreation and enjoy themselves as a family. Otter Lake has lots of rental equipment, fishing locations, family opportunities, and outdoor adventure events that will get you out on the river or on a trail. Otter Fest was one opportunity to do that.”

ABOVE: Trevor Bird, Outdoor Recreation Center supervisory recreation specialist (left), and Erica Stottard, Outdoor Recreation Center outdoor adventure programs student intern, prepare for the stand-up-board competition during Otter Fest on JBER Saturday. The stand-up-board races was the last race of the inaugural Otter Fest hosted by the Outdoor Recreation Center. RIGHT: Children receive pre-competition training for the long cast competition.

Matters of Faith B-2

August 2, 2013


August 2, 2013

Religious education classes kick off at JBER chapels By Gordon Bascom JBER Religious Education office As summer winds down and the school year approaches, it is always a busy time at the chapel. First, the big event everyone in the chapel community is looking forward to, Vacation Bible School will take place mornings Monday through Aug. 9, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. This year, VBS will take place at Soldiers’ Chapel on JBER-Richardson. The program is open to kids from all faith backgrounds, who have completed kindergarten through 6th grade. The theme this year is “Kingdom Rock;” in a setting of castles and knights, kids will learn to “stand strong for God” through songs, activities and Bible stories. Several local churches have contributed backgrounds, sets and materials to make this program even better. September marks the beginning of the religious education year at JBER chapel. There are programs for both the Catholic and Protestant communities on base. Like the school year, these programs run from September to May. Discovery, the Protestant RE program, kicks off on September 4 this year. Discovery is essentially the combined Sunday School program for all of the Protestant congregations on base. It takes place on Wednesday evenings at Soldiers’ Chapel. Beginning at 5:45 p.m., there is a free dinner in the fellowship hall. Classes run from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

There are kids’ classes for pre-kindergarten through 6th grade, and a selection of adult classes that include topics such as an in-depth study of a book of the Bible, marriage and family, theology and worldview. A nursery is also provided. Concurrently with Discovery, our ecumenical youth program, Club Beyond, meets at Soldiers’ Chapel on Wednesday evenings as well. Club Beyond is open to junior high and high school age students of all faiths. This program is led by our new youth leader Corey Fletcher.

For information about the Bible Boot Camp or other Protestant religious education events, please contact Biff Gordon at 552-6480. The Catholic community starts off their religious education year on Sept. 15. This year, the Soldiers’ Chapel and Chapel 1 congregations will meet at the Chapel Center, 10427 Kuter Ave., JBER-Elmendorf on Sunday afternoons. Veritas is the program for prekindergarten through 8th grade. Adult education classes will also take place at this time. On the first and third Sunday afternoons of each month, LifeTeen, our Catholic youth program will meet. Also, throughout the year there are confirmation classes for 10th graders and RCIA classes for adults. For more information about Catholic religious education, please call (Courtesy photo) Cindy Sena-Martinez at 552-6493. Finally, our ministry to Airmen On September 6 and 7, at the Arctic and Soldiers, Mountain Chapel Hospitality Warrior Events Center, the Protestant com- House deserves mention. munity is hosting our second annual Bible They do not take summers off. Open Boot Camp. to personnel of all faith backgrounds, the The first Boot Camp was a big success Hospitality House provides a home away last year, and helped strengthen the faith of from home. over 50 attendees. On Friday evenings in Eagle River, at 6 Michael Patton has agreed to return this p.m. they offer a sumptuous home-cooked year. The subject this year is basic Christian meal, dessert, games, and a devotional time. apologetics, or how to explain and defend Other activities take place throughout the Christian faith. the week. Topics include the existence of God, the For more information please contact Bob reliability of the New Testament, and the Caudle at (517) 740-1715 or Dan Evans at resurrection and deity of Jesus Christ. 223-4055.



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Sign up required for all classes.

Bike Maintenance Clinic

August 4 -‐ 1 p.m. -‐ $5 per person Clinic covers basic bicycle care and maintenance.

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Eagle River Rafting Wed. & Thur. Evenings 5 - 8 p.m. $50 Whittier Kayak Trip August 3 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. $90 Eklutna Lake Trail ATV Trip August 4 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. $100 Drivers $30 Riders

Reloading Classes

Rifle Cartridge Reloading August 2 -‐ 5:30 p.m. -‐ $5

Geocaching Class

August 4 -‐ $10 per person Learn how to use your GPS for geocaching. Bring your own GPS or we will provide one for the class. Class size is limited.

Call or visit for more information & to make a reservation.


S.U.P. Classes Otter Lake Tuesdays 5 - 7 p.m. $25

Outdoor Recreation Center JBER-Richardson  Bldg. 794 August 6, 13, 20, & 27 6 - 8 p.m.  FREE Held at JBER-Richardson Dyea Ski Chalet - Bldg. 470

Learn valuable skills & information for running boats in coastal waters. Customers must complete this course to rent ocean going vessels.

Sign up at JBER-Richardson Outdoor Recreation Center or Call 384-1475/76 for more information

Community Happenings August 2, 2013

August 2, 2013

auguSt 11 Stories at the Cemetery Costumed actors present the stories of 11 Alaskans interred at the Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery. All stories are based on public records, with dialogue added to enhance the tale. The tour is free; meet at the John Bagoy gate at 7th and Cordova before 6 p.m. For more information call 343-6814.

Monday Ag Appreciation Day Celebrate Mat-Su agriculture and farming at the Forestry Experiment Station at Mile .5 of Trunk Road. A free barbecue, wagon rides, petting zoo, and demonstrations provide something for every member of the family. For information, call 746-9450.

auguSt 12 EFMP Workshop Learn to access services, equipment and support with the Exceptional Family Member Program. The Community Center at 338 Hoonah Ave. from noon to 4 p.m. For information call 384-6736.

WedneSday Commissioning Fair The Education and Training Center hosts this Commissioning Fair from 9 to 10 a.m. Attendees can speak one-onone with JBER Air Force officers about commissioning options and the process. No sign-up is necessary for the fair. Attendees are encouraged to attend the Commissioning Briefing at 8 a.m. as well. For more information, call 552-9647. auguSt 10 and 11 Alyeska blueberry festival Celebrate blueberry season with this family-oriented event at the Alyeska Resort in Girdwood. Dozens of arts and crafts booths, live music, and all the blueberry concoctions you can try. Blueberry picking is encouraged, so find a blueberry patch and enjoy. For information, visit



Saturday and Sunday Garden Club Flower Show The 70th annual flower show at the Alaska Botanical Garden highlights what can be grown in Southcentral Alaska along with the floral design talents of Alaskans. The show is free and open from 1 to 9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. For more information visit

Monday through aug. 9 Vacation Bible School Children in Kindergarten through 6th grade are invited to Vacation Bible School at Soldiers’ Chapel from 9 a.m. to noon each day. The theme for the year is “Kingdom Rock.� For information, call 552-4422 or register at


auguSt 16 through 18 Alaska Greek Festival Be Greek for a day at the 19th annual Alaska Greek Festival. Traditional music and dancing, plus all the Greek favorite foods, from lamb to vegan offerings and delicious pastries. Festival is 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 16 and 17, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church. For information visit auguSt 17 Autumn Wings festival Bird TLC hosts this fun-filled event of birds, wildlife, outdoors and Alaska’s version of autumn. Booths include live birds, a birdcalling contest, and an eagle release. For information call 562-4852 or visit auguSt 18 Big Wild Life runs An assortment of races for runners and walkers, kids and adults, serious competitors and recreational runners alike. From 5Ks to marathons, these events offer something for everyone. For information, visit www. auguSt 19 Sports Guard clinic The 673d Dental Clinic hosts this fitting of sports mouthguards for active duty and dependents participating in contact sports. Visit the clinic from 8 to 10:30 a.m. or

12:30 to 2 p.m. For information, call 580-5042. auguSt 21 through Sept. 25 Love and Logic parenting This interactive class for parents teaches parents how to turn struggles and frustrations into win-win situations. Class meets Wednesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the JBER-R Education Center. For information, call 580-5858. auguSt 22 through Sept. 2 Alaska State Fair The 77th year of the Alaska State Fair kicks off at the fairgrounds in Palmer. Witness the giant cabbage and pumpkin competitions, ride the carnival rides, and enjoy traditional midway fare. Concert offerings on tap rangefrom Aaron Tippin and 3 Doors Down to Bill Cosby and Foreigner. This extravaganza is a must-attend. For information, visit Sept. 6 Taste of Mardi Gras The 9th annual celebration recreating Bourbon Street brings cajun cuisine, live music, street performers and more from 5 to 10 p.m. If you can’t get to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, get your fix in Anchorage between K and L streets. ongoing Anchorage Market The summertime farmer ’s market kicks off at the 3rd and E Street parking lot downtown Saturdays. Seven acres of vendors offer produce, exotic goods, Alaska souvenirs, local meat and so much more. For information, call 272-5634. Potter Marsh Bird Walk This guided tour on the Potter Marsh boardwalk is a familyfriendly event for birdwatchers of any skill level. Plan for rain or shine. Binoculars and guide books are available for loan. Meet at the entrance kiosk at Potter Marsh; tours are Saturdays from 8 to 10 a.m. or Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For information, call 267-2281. AER scholarships Army Emergency Relief is tak-

ing applications for scholarships. Scholarships are available for children or spouses of active duty, retired and deceased Soldiers. Applications and instructions are available at For information, call 384-7478. Protestant Women of the Chapel meetings Wo m e n a r e i n v i t e d t o meet with Protestant Women of the Chapel. Fall Bible study begins Aug. 27 at 9:30 a.m. at Soldiers’ Chapel. For more information, email or call 384-1461. Model railroading The Military Society of Model Railroad Engineers meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and 1 p.m. Saturdays in basement Room 35 of Matanuska Hall, 7153 Fighter Drive. Anyone interested in model railroading is invited. For information about meetings, work days, and shows, call 952-4353, visit their site at or email Motorcycle training Military motorcycle riders and civilians using motorcycles for their jobs on JBER must attend an approved safety course. The deadline for active-duty military personnel to submit a training request form is Aug. 15. All training must be complete by Sept. 1. Contact your commander, first sergeant or safety officer, or call the JBER Safety Office at 552-5035. For information, contact a unit safety representative or the 673d Air Base Wing Ground Safety Office at 552-6850. Borealis Toastmasters Conquer your fear of public speaking with Toastmasters. This safe, friendly club helps build confidence through speeches, presentations, feedback and listening. The club meets every Thursday in Room 146 of the BP building from 7 to 8 p.m. For information, call 575-7470. Wired Cafe for Airmen The Wired Cafe is located at 7076 Fighter Drive, between

Chapel services Catholic Mass Sunday 9 a.m. – Soldiers’ Chapel 10:30 a.m. – Elmendorf Chapel 1 Monday through Friday 11:40 a.m. – Soldiers’ Chapel Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 11:30 a.m. – Elmendorf Chapel Center Thursday 11:30 a.m. – Hospital Chapel

Confession 30 minutes before Mass at the chapel in which Mass is being celebrated, or anytime by appointment. Call 552-4422 or 384-5907

Protestant Sunday Services Joint Liturgical Service 9 a.m. – Elmendorf Chapel 2 Traditional Service 9 a.m. – Elmendorf Chapel 1 Contemporary Protestant Service 11 a.m. – Soldiers’ Chapel Gospel Service Noon – Elmendorf Chapel 1 Contemporary Protestant Service 5 p.m. – Elmendorf Chapel 1 Polaris and Yukla dormitories. The cafe has wireless Internet and programs throughout the week for single Airmen living in the dorms. There are also free homestyle meals Fridays at 6 p.m. For information, call 552-4422. Sing-along at the zoo Pre-school-aged children can explore the world of animals through music. They can sing along or play with instruments, beginning 10:30 a.m. Mondays at the coffee shop greenhouse. For information email

e V ents & activities EFMP Special Needs Workshop August  6

How  do  you  access  the  services,   equipment,  or  support  you  need?   Most  are  easier  to  access  than  you   imagined!!!  Come  and  talk  with   those  who  specialize  in  these  areas.   Learn  more  about:  Medicaid   Waivers,  Mini  Grant  Funds,  Adaptive   Equipment,  and  Social  Security.

JBER-­Richardson  Community   Center,  338  Hoonah  Ave. 11  a.m.  -­  3  p.m. 384-­6736

Check out the August Alaskan Adventurer

Dance Craze Camp

Join  one  of  our  last  week  long   camps  this  summer!  Dance  Craze   Camp  starts  August  5!

Free  event  tickets  to  all  families   enrolled  in  EFMP!

Daily  Activities  Offered:  Cooking  Club,  Healthy  Habits,            Gardening  Club,  Sports  Club,                                Weird  Science,  Immersion,  &  more!

Closed  August  31

  August   2,  9,  16,  &  23,  9  p.m.  -­  1  a.m.;;   Rent  a  lane  for  up  to  5  people   per  hour,  shoes  included  just   for  $19.99!          

The  Youth  Center  will  be  open  from  Noon  -­  6  p.m.  Monday  -­   Friday,  until  the  new  school  year  begins.  We  will  then  resume   normal  operating  hours  from  2:30  -­  6  p.m.  All  youth  must  be   members  to  participate  in  programs.  For  more  information   please  call  552-­2266.

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August 16: Training Holiday. See center for details August 30: PACAF Family Day. See center for details

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Birth Announcements B-4

August 2, 2013


July 13 A son, Nicholas Paul Jordan, was born 21 inches long and weighing 9 pounds 2 ounces at 10:17 p.m. to Katie A. Jordan and Air Force Staff Sgt. Kenton E. Jordan of the 3rd Maintenance Squadron.

A daughter, Delaney Jane Steuer, was born 20 inches long and weighing 7 pounds, 12 ounces at 9:09 p.m. to Michelle Renee Steuer and Army Capt. Ryan Thomas Steuer of the 725th Brigade Support Battalion (Airborne).

July 15 A daughter, Stella Kay Norman, was born 20.5 inches long and weighing 6 pounds, 14 ounces at 11:58 p.m. to Brooke Renee Norman and Spc. Luke Joseph Norman of the 1st Squadron (Airborne), 40th Cavalry Regiment.

July 18 A son, Tyler Christian Knudsen, was born 20 inches long and weighing 7 pounds, 1 ounces at 5:21 a.m. to Sgt. 1st Class Amy Christine Jacobs of the 425th Brigade Special Troops Battalion (Airborne).

July 16 A daughter, Olivia Jewell Downing, was born 19.5 inches long and weighing 7 pounds, 4 ounces at 3:20 p.m. to Deborah Dawn Downing and Air Force Capt. Jordan Paul Downing of the 673d Medical Group.

July 19 A daughter, Olivia Macey Bryan, was born 21 inches long and weighing 8 pounds, 3 ounces at 5:44 p.m. to Air Force Capt. Tania Marie Bryan of Alaskan Command and Air Force Capt. Matthew John Bryan of the 537th Airlift Squadron.

A son, Anthony McQueen Hall, was born 20.5 inches long and weighing 8 pounds, 4 ounces at 11:14 p.m. to Brittany M. Hall and Air Force Maj. Bryan W. Hall of the 673d Medical Group.

A son, Trenton Ari Gardner, was born 18 inches long and weighing 6 pounds, 8 ounces at 1:23 p.m. to Tasha Narissa Gardner and Spc. Travis Antonio Gardner of the 1st Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry Regiment.

July 17 A son, Dean Christopher Givens, was born 21 inches long and weighing 6 pounds, 13 ounces at 10:20 p.m. to Air Force 2nd Lt. Emily Ann Givens of the 673d Medical Operations Squadron and Steven John Givens.

July 21 A son, Konner Michael Whitfield, was born 20.5 inches long and weighing 8 pounds at 1:36 a.m. to Stephanie Michelle Whitfield and Spc. Nathan Jimmy Whitfield of the 725th Brigade Support Battalion (Airborne).

A daughter, Turner Abbreilla-Callie Johnson, was born 19.5 inches long and weighing 7 pounds, 11 ounces at 1:47 p.m. to Angelica Megan Johnson and Sgt. James Allen Johnson of the 1st Squadron (Airborne), 40th Cavalry Regiment.

July 22 A son, Brady Sullivan Bryant, was born 27 inches long and weighing 9 pounds, 4 ounces at 3:59 p.m. to Hayley Frank Bryant and Air Force Staff Sgt. William

Leigh Bryant of the 525th Aircraft Maintenance Unit. A son, Landry William Hinds, was born 20.5 inches long and weighing 8 pounds,13 ounces at 1:06 a.m. to Lauren Nicole Hinds and Airman 1st Class Scott William Hinds of the 3rd Operations Support Squadron. July 24 A daughter, Heavenly Florencemarie Galeai Filemoni, was born 22 inches long and weighing 9 pounds, 7 ounces at 10:22 a.m. to Iupeli F. Filemoni and Air Force Staff Sgt. Dusty Fili Filemoni of the 3rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. A son, Samuel Leigh Jones, was born 21.5 inches long and weighing 8 pounds, 10 ounces at 1:34 p.m. to Sasha Ann Jones and Senior Airman Kailyne Dakota Jones of the 673d Logistics Readiness Squadron. A son, Logan Karl Kuechenmeister, was born 20.25 inches long and weighing 7 pounds, 5 ounces at 12:59 a.m. to Carly Kuechenmeister and Army Capt. Karl Kuechenmeister of the 1st Squadron (Airborne), 40th Cavalry Regiment. July 25 A daughter, Melody Elizabeth Worrell, was born 21 inches long and weighing 8 pounds, 3 ounces at 6:28 a.m. to Miriah Jade Worrell and Spc. Carl Jonathan Worrell of the 1st Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry Regiment. July 26 A daughter, Riley Renee Jackson,

August 2, 2013 was born 20.5 inches long and weighing 7 pounds, 2 ounces at 5:09 p.m. to Savanah Dawn Jackson and Sgt. William Arthur Jackson of the 425th Brigade Special Troops Battalion (Airborne). A son, Surge Anwar Kulikov, was born 21 inches long and weighing 8 pounds, 9 ounces at 1:08 p.m. to Army Staff Sgt. Amanda Kulikov of Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, U.S. Army Alaska, and Sergey Kulikov. July 27 A daughter, Leila Elsie Jeanette Wier, was born 21 inches long and weighing 8 pounds, 11 ounces at 11:21 a.m. to Alyssa Nicole Wier and Tech. Sgt. Garrett Thomas Weir of the 176th Wing, Air National Guard. July 28 A son, Westin Dirk Conkling, was born 20.5 inches long and weighing 7 pounds, 13 ounces at 10:42 a.m. to Tech Sgt. Kimberly Westfall Conkling of the 176th Civil Engineer Squadron and Jeremy Wheeler Conkling. A daughter, Megann Elizabeth Fight, was born 22.75 inches long and weighing 7 pounds, 8 ounces at 9:23 p.m. to Cathleen Rachelle Fight and Spc. Jerald Jay Fight of the 725th Brigade Support Battalion (Airborne). A daughter, Aubrey Dylan Philpot, was born 20 inches long and weighing 7 pounds, 9 ounces at 9:32 a.m. to Senior Airman Patricia Ann Philpot of the 381st Intelligence Squadron and Jonathan Blake Philpot.

Englishman rides Pan-American highway for Fisher Houses By Airman 1st Class Tammie Ramsouer JBER Public Affairs

A young man by the name of Ollie Plunket recently decided to take a seven-month motorcycle ride for charity. The mission of this 18-year-old from Buckingham, England (although he was born in California) was to help military members and their families get the care and support they need overseas. He was raising money for a newly built Fisher House, the only one in the United Kingdom, which opened in June. “I realized that a military charity was the venue that was going to get me really moving and working to raise money,� Plunket said. He said his family history in the military and waiting to attend officer training in the U.K. inspired him to give back to the Fisher House. Plunket is currently on a ‘gap year’ before going to university. The U.K.-based Fisher House provides a home away from home for the families of military patients being treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England.

Oliver Plunket, a native of England, stops at the Fisher House of Alaska July 22. Plunket took a gap year between high school and college to travel and raise money for the newly built Fisher House in the UK. He rode his motorcycle from Argentina to Prudhoe Bay, stopping to volunteer at Fisher Houses and visiting various historic sites. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Tammie Ramsouer)

It is next to the hospital for convenience, as are most Fisher Houses. There are 12 rooms available in the Fisher House of Alaska for military members and their families to reside temporarily. Few regulations are implemented for the length of time military members and their families may stay at any Fisher House and there is never a fee.

Plunket’s journey included traveling a total 24,000 miles on his motorcycle, only stopping at historical sites and Fisher Houses. He started in Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world, and traveled as far north as Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. During his visits, he volunteered a minimum of three weeks at seven separate Fisher Houses in California, Washington and Alaska


with room to spare in the sevenmonth journey. On July 22, Plunket made it to the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Fisher House, 213 days after beginning his journey. His goal was to raise $150,000 for the newly built Fisher House and by the end of the journey reached 60 percent of his goal with $89,000. Donations have continued to pour in.

Plunket never used any of the money from his fundraising, but paid completely out of pocket for his trip. After his trip to JBER, Plunket donated his motorcycle to the Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry in Wasilla. The Fisher House of Alaska is part of a foundation Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher began in the 1980s to give military members and their families a home away from home. There are more than 50 Fisher Houses nationwide, two in Germany and now one in the U.K. Air Force Col. Thomas Harrell, 673d Medical Group commander, was on hand to welcome Plunket to JBER and discuss his journey through 14 countries. “The ability to provide lodging for patients and their families at no charge to them is huge,� Harrell said. “Many military members from all U.S. branches of service come in from all over the state and have no place to stay.� “Among the many organizations for military members, the Fisher House is one that really makes the mission of the military run better knowing they and their families are cared for in their time of need,� Harrell said.

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