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PATROL Spartan receives Soldier’s Medal Army Capt. Michael Carvelli, commander of the 84th Engineer Support Company, stands at the head of his command during the unit’s redeployment ceremony Nov. 26 at JBER’s Buckner Physical Fitness Center. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Michael Cowley)

Engineers’ deployment marked by fateful patrol By Jim Hart JBER Public Affairs


N AMERICAN INFANTRY platoon was patrolling near a compound in southern Afghanistan, not far from Kandahar, long identified as a trouble spot. The Afghan National Army had taken many casualties in the vicinity, and U.S. Soldiers heard the enemy was defending a weapons cache. Whatever the reason behind the trouble, the infantry troops were out there for a purpose. The persistent threat detection system (a tethered blimp with sensors) saw something of interest – a man planting an improvised explosive device. They needed to capture the suspect and remove the threat somehow. He was bait. Normally, this platoon would have brought along engineer support to clear any IEDs, but they had been sent out as a quickreaction force and didn’t have time. Very soon, the dismounted patrol began hitting numerous IEDs. One by one, they exploded… killing or wounding Soldier after Soldier. Before too long, four were dead, including their medic. Many more were wounded. Even the medevac helicopter set off at least one IED with rotor wash, but was still able to fly. No place was safe. The enemies had booby-trapped shady spots and areas of cover – almost anywhere a Soldier would go. Some of the IEDs had pressure plates four feet in front of the device to kill or maim anyone walking up to investigate. “It was a textbook-setup IED ambush,” said Army Staff Sgt. Kandom Moore, 3rd Platoon squad leader with the 84th Engineer Support Company. “Anywhere you could go to hide, there was an IED.”

The IEDs were so prolific and the area so dangerous, the men on the patrol weren’t able to immediately secure all the remains of their buddies, or the equipment scattered by the explosions. The patrol pulled security on site until their relief could come. Relief comes in the night The 84th Engineer Support Company got the call for help that night and made it out to the site a few hours later. They first came with an M-160 Light Flail — an 11,000-pound, tank-like robot that beats the ground with chain “hammers” attached to a spinning drum. They didn’t make enough headway with the flail, so they came back the next morning. According to Moore, this time would be far more productive. “We probably didn’t go 150 meters in a twelve-hour period because we kept finding IED after IED after IED,” Moore said. They also fired an Anti-Personnel Obstacle Breaching System (a rocket-launched explosive line charge that replaced the famed Bangalore Torpedo). The APOBS destroyed an explosive belt that could have been used by a suicide bomber, or set up as an antipersonnel mine. According to Moore and others, this mission was the most memorable, most stressful, and most honorable (by making it possible to recover the remains through disabling the other IEDs). Overall, the platoon’s high success rate with finding and neutralizing IEDs made them frequent companions with infantry patrols. “Once we were (in theater), as long as the engineers were in front of them, there were no other IED strikes on infantry personnel,” Moore said. Despite this track record of success, IED clearance isn’t normally the 84th ESC’s forte. Safety comes from training The 84th ESC is a horizontal construction company; the unit normally builds roads and infrastructure when deployed. The Soldiers typically assigned to route clearance are combat engineers. According to the 84th ESC company commander, Army Capt. Mike Carvelli, this made for a significant change in how the unit trained and prepared. “I took command last December, so there

was a commander before me who took them through the training,” Carvelli said. “He did a great job by seeing the skillset they had and translating that into the training they needed.” Additionally, they had another 35 days of training in theater to learn about specific equipment they would use. Each day during the deployment, the individual platoons trained for hours, with the noncommissioned officers setting up training lanes to test their platoon members’ skills. If mission success is an indicator, the training paid off handsomely. During its nine-month deployment, the 84th ESC did not suffer a single casualty. The assigned members also have the honor of knowing not a single Afghan or International Security Assistance Force vehicle – or even one their own vehicles – was lost to an IED on routes the 84th ESC maintained. “The junior Soldiers thought it was a little boring because of that, but a lot of the older Soldiers, the ones who’ve deployed before, have a lot of appreciation for the progress that’s been made,” Carvelli said. In all, the 84th ESC was responsible for about 70 kilometers (42 miles) of roads. On those 70 kilometers, Carvelli estimates they cleared 12,000 kilometers (7,200 miles) during the course of the deployment. They found 38 ready IEDs, and numerous pieces and parts such as batteries, charges, detonators and other components commonly used to make explosive weapons. This was the first, and likely last, deployment to Operation Enduring Freedom for the 84th ESC. The unit will inactivate in September, 2014, as part of the Army’s drawdown. It has been inactivated five times in the past. The last time the 84th ESC inactivated was in April 2005. For the Soldiers, it’s an honorable finish. “We’ve got five campaign streamers on the guidon, and it was pretty significant to put on a new one, knowing it will probably be the last one for the duration of the Afghanistan deployment,” Carvelli said. “It was humbling and exciting to be a part of the history of a company that’s been around since the end of World War II – it’s been a great experience, and people keep talking about it.” The mission and Soldiers will be absorbed by other engineer units in Alaska and elsewhere. It’s unknown when, where or if the 84th ESC will stand up again.

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Leader recognized for pulling man out of burning car By Army Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Smith 4-25th IBCT PAO

Sgt. 1st Class John Kerns, the civil affairs noncommissioned officer in charge for the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, received the Soldier’s Medal during a ceremony hosted Nov. 21 at Joint Base ElmendorfRichardson. The Soldier’s Medal is awarded to individuals for heroism, who knowingly choose to place their lives in danger not involving conflict with an armed enemy. Kerns earned the Soldier’s Medal for rescuing an incapacitated driver from a flameengulfed vehicle in North Carolina in 2010. During an off-duty trip to visit his


JBER C-17 participates in Operation Damayan By Air Force Staff Sgt. Zachary Wolf JBER Public Affairs

The loading ramp at the back of a C-17 Globemaster III began to lower. Behind it, 100 people stood in line looking worn, but with smiles on their faces. They slowly began to pile into the back of the aircraft saying “thank you” as they passed the loadmaster directing them to their seats. After the first 100 were seated and strapped in, there was room for more, so the crew called for another 100 people to board. This process repeated until the C-17 was full and there was no more room. The ramp closed and the loadmasters ensured everyone was secure as the engines fired up and the C-17 began to move. Humanitarian Airlift has been a major asset the Air Force has used during its history, even before it became the U.S. Air Force and was still part of the U.S. Army – from dropping food to starving French citizens


Duffy talks sexual assault prevention

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Duffy talks prevention of sexual assault/sexual harassment Editorial by Air Force Col. Brian P. Duffy, JBER and 673d Air Base Wing commander Sexual assault remains a significant concern both within the Department of Defense and here at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. We’ve spent a lot of time over this past year educating our service members, civilians, and family members on expectations of conduct. Sexual assault is a matter on which we need to remain ever vigilant and one for which I know leadership has zero tolerance. It’s equally important – for those unfortunate victims of actions by perpetrators who take advantage of position, circumstance, or time – to understand that we remain ever ready to assist you, but without you coming forward, our options are limited. We want to help … and ask your trust and confidence that we will take actions that are in your best interest along with the best interest of the Department of Defense. To keep a spotlight on the results of nonjudicial and legal proceedings here at JBER, we will, on a monthly basis, provide those in our Arctic Warrior newspaper and additional online sources. This action is taken to advise our team of the ramifications of behavior and conduct we consider well outside our standards and expectations, and also to serve

as a warning to those who might consider similar actions. The following is a quick synopsis of what the Air Force and Army are doing these days to combat sexual assault. Air Force efforts As an additional resource, you should also know the Air Force now publishes sexual assault convictions online at www. asp. Anyone can go to this site and review more than 100 sexual assault convictions from across the Air Force, to include searching by base. I encourage you to visit the Air Force website and review the facts of the cases which resulted in these Airmen being convicted of sexual offenses. As you review the facts of these cases, you will see many are similar, involving the use of alcohol, an absence of personal respect for the victim, and the absence of the victims’ consent. Additionally, a number of these involve Airmen assaulting fellow Airmen. Many times victims were co-workers and former friends – people who trusted their assailant. You will also quickly see how Airmen convicted of sexual assault are held accountable by military judges and court-martial

panels … with punishments that often include jail time, rank reductions and punitive discharges. As required by many state laws, convicted Airmen must also register in their jurisdiction’s sexual assault registry. These sex offender lists include the names and addresses of convicted sex offenders, and are publicly available online. Another change to Air Force policy includes mandatory involuntary administrative discharge processing of Airmen who commit a sexual assault. Specifically, an Airman found to have committed sexual assault or sexual assault of a child will be discharged, unless the member meets all the enumerated retention criteria outlined by the policy. Consideration of the impact of the sexual assault or sexual assault of a child on the victim and the views of the victim on retention by recommending and decision-making authorities is also required. Army efforts For the Army, the Sexual Harassment/ Assault Response and Prevention Program aims to prevent these crimes before they occur. The SHARP program promotes an Army culture that ensures every team member will be treated with dignity and respect at all times and in all circumstances.

Intervene, Act, and Motivate (I. A.M.) STRONG is the Army’s campaign to combat sexual assaults by encouraging everyone to actively engage in preventing these crimes. Everyone can participate in peer-to-peer communication and active intervention to create a climate that does not tolerate sexual abuse. The I. A.M. Strong campaign seeks to create and encourage a culture where Soldiers believe that failure to prevent the crimes of sexual harassment and sexual assault is incompatible with Army values. This culture change is possible when units actively ensure everyone knows how to protect themselves and their battle buddies from attitudes and behaviors that may lead to criminal sexual behavior. Soldiers can visit for the latest information and resources available for combating sexual assault and harassment in the Army. Finally, and very importantly: when you see a situation that isn’t right – be a good wingman or battle buddy. Intervene, and insist on respect for others. It’s not a bother, it’s not an imposition … it is your business. Please don’t regret remaining a passive bystander when a few words of intervention could have forever positively changed the lives of those around you.

Officials talk consequences of PII leaks By Jim Hart JBER Public Affairs Officials say the 68th Network Warfare Squadron in Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, discovered personally identifiable information has been leaving the military computer networks, including on JBER. PII is defined as data that can be used to identify, locate or contact a specific person. One of the most widely publicized reasons to protect this information is to prevent identity theft, but there are numerous privacy concerns associated with PII as well. There have been more than 20 incidents recorded from JBER’s Air Force network. This has officials concerned.

The information is generally in the form of recall rosters and other work-related information being emailed home by the network user. This kind of activity is considered a breach by DoD regulations, and is tracked by network security systems. A PII breach occurs when the entity charged with protecting the information loses control of the information. For the military, that occurs when the PII is sent to an unauthorized person or a nonmilitary email account. “Once we lose DoD control (of the information), and it goes to another server, such as Hotmail, we don’t know how long it stays there or who has access to it,” said Gerald Witmer, JBER privacy officer, “There are hackers out there

who can do scans, just like we do, for PII.” Witmer went on to explain that while the email server itself may not be secure, if the user’s computer gets a virus or gets hacked, then the information is in danger of being compromised. A good litmus test to avoid PII violations — any information that a credit card company, online store or hospital might ask when you open a new account should immediately throw red flags, Whitmer said. The consequences to the sender are real. The 68th NWS scans all emails which leave the base network for PII. If they find a breach, they immediately lock the sender’s account.

Next, the sender’s command chain, starting with the first colonel in the chain of command, is notified of the situation, as are Pacific Air Forces and the Secretary of the Air Force Privacy Office. All breaches require an inquiry or investigation directed from the first colonel in the chain of command. The sender could also face disciplinary action. “PII breaches not only put our Airmen, Soldiers and civilians at risk financially, but they create vulnerabilities to the Air Force network,” said Air Force Lt. Col. Jason Kane, 673d Communications Squadron Commander. “An adversary can take PII and potentially use it to gain unauthorized access to the network.

TFrom X DAMAYAN, A-1 during World War II to Operation Provide Hope, when airlift provided 6,000 tons of food, medicine and other support items to republics of the former Soviet Union. It is no surprise then, that when the super typhoon Haiyan passed over the Philippines and destroyed towns and villages, the Air Force would lend its airlift capability to assist. That is where a Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson C-17 come in. A group of active duty and Alaska Air National Guard members flew a C-17 to Kadena Air Base, Japan, to stage and begin their aid to Operation Damayan. They started out by bringing in a forklift to offload pallets of supplies at an airport that had been hit hard by the storm in Tacloban, Philippines. That quickly changed. “Flexibility is the most important thing to us,” said Air Force Maj. Matt Petersen, 3rd Wing Operational Support Squadron, C-17 instructor pilot. “Even that day our mission changed five or six times. The Marines were running the operation down there, so they would say, ‘We need you to bring in a water purification system;’ that switched to trucks; switched to food; and switched to different equipment. Even in the course of a day it changed several times.” Then they got a call for a mission they hadn’t planned on doing. “We were on the ground in Tacloban and they (Marines) asked us to take refugees back,” Petersen said. “We called back to the people

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Evan Lomeli, 517th Airlift Squadron C-17 Globemaster III pilot, hands out candy to children as they board a C-17 to be transported within the Philippines as part of Operation Damayan, Nov. 21. (Courtesy photo)

who control our mission and said ‘Hey we have the ability to do this, can we do it?’ and they said go. We got 400 to 500 people on board and got them out of there that night. We are just there to get the job done so we will do whatever we can.” They began boarding people by taking in 100 at a time. “With an emergency airlift, everything changes with our normal operations,” said Senior Airman Brett Laichak, Alaska Air National Guard, 249th Airlift Squadron C-17 loadmaster. “We had to set aside our normal procedures and accommodate what the new mission required, and that was to get as many people that we can safely out of there. My crew was able to

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 Public Affairs Officer Capt. Angela M. Webb (USAF)

get out 489 people out in one sitting, which is a lot; 747s carry that much and they are about twice our size body wise.” Everyone sat in rows and was strapped in with cargo straps to keep them safe. The most Laichak said he had on board was 489 people; 40 rows of people strapped in. The storm took out anything that would aid the C-17s instruments in landing, so they had to do it on their own. “We set up our own navigation approach to make it in there and it was raining and was a tough night, but we had a good full moon and our night-vision goggles available, and that let us pick up the runway even in a low-light environment

and go in and land in the middle of the night,” said Air National Guard Maj. Scott Altenburg, 249th Airlift Squadron C-17 pilot. During the winter in Alaska, the nights are long and the C-17 pilots take advantage of this to practice using their night-vision goggles. Altenburg said it was this training that helped him while he was flying at night over in the Philippines. Things don’t always go perfectly, but they had what they needed to make sure it could go as best it could. “We got to a point where we were ready to take refugees out, but we had a maintenance emergency on one of the engines,” said


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“The 24th Air Force commander has recognized this threat and personally sends emails to wing commanders when a PII breach has been identified,” he continued. “The best way to protect everyone’s PII is to understand what PII is, and follow the appropriate procedures for securing this information.” To avoid issues involving PII, officials recommend using the Army Missile Research Development and Engineering Center, commonly known as AMRDEC, safe site to transmit PII to personal or commercial email accounts. The site address is https://safe.amrdec. For further information about the Privacy Act and PII, contact the JBER privacy officer at 551-7109. Air Force Staff Sgt. David Arnold, 703rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron flying crew chief. “I was able to fix it on the spot, but if there wasn’t an aircraft mechanic on the airplane, we would have had to wait probably a day or two to bring someone in from another Air Force base. There were a few other instances where we had maintenance issues and we were able get them taken care of and keep going. After we got the engine fixed, we were able to transport over 300 refugees.” There was one tough decision the aircraft commander had to make, but in the end it worked out and everyone arrived safely. “We had one woman who was 11 days overdue and showing signs of labor, and they asked me if we wanted to bring her on board, and that is of concern to me as the aircraft commander I am worried she might go into labor in the plane on the flight back,” Altenburg said. “I agreed that I would take the pregnant woman, but they would have to provide a doctor to go with her.” Despite the maintenance issues, long hours, and tough decisions; everyone agreed they were happy to help. The C-17 made a final approach and a loadmaster made an announcement over the public address system. “Welcome to Manila,” the loadmaster said to cheers and raised hands with excitement coursing through the evacuees. A quick reminder came over the PA system to inform them to stay seated and everyone sat back down. They had made it out of the ravaged city of Tacloban and made it to Manila.

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Firebirds deploy to New Zealand for Kiwi Flag By Senior Master Sgt. Denise Johnson PACAF Public Affairs OHAKEA, New Zealand — Exercise Kiwi Flag started out with 145 international participants and five aircraft but as the realworld crisis in the Philippines came to light, some participants were called to pack up and head to the typhoon-struck country. Kiwi Flag is a multilateral Royal New Zealand Air Force-sponsored tactical airlift exercise conducted in New Zealand. The United States Air Force, RNZAF, Royal Australian Air Force, Republic of Singapore Air Force and French Armed Forces of New Caledonia provided air assets and personnel for the engagement. Air operations were conducted out of RNZAF Base Ohakea, New Zealand. The exercise concluded Nov. 27. “The basis for this exercise is to enhance our ability to integrate when it comes to unified responses,” said RNZAF Air Commodore Mike Yardley, the Joint Forces Air Component commander for exercises Southern Katipo and Kiwi Flag, “All the participants are here because they care and their leadership cares, so it came as no surprise when several units and aircraft, including our own, departed to support that critical operation.” Both the Australian and the New Zealand aircraft were diverted from the exercise leaving, two U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster IIIs (one from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson’s 517th Airlift Squadron), one RSAF C-130 Hercules and a French CASA 235 from New Caledonia to make up the remaining KF contingency. The KF participants were also providing airlift to another New Zealand exercise, Southern Katipo. Southern Katipo is New Zealand Defence Force’s largest multilateral, jointforce, amphibious exercise wherein eight other nations were participating: United States Army and Marines, Australia, Canada, France, Malaysia, Singapore, Papua New Guinea and Tonga. “Our participation numbers decreased but the remaining crews, maintenance and air movements personnel worked hard to ensure objectives were met, including airdrop, low-level navigation and, in some cases, night sorties,” RNZAF Base Ohakea Wing Commander Richard Beaton explained. Despite the dwindling participants and aircraft maintenance issues, 116 participants and four aircraft remained tallying 153 flight hours, 405,715 kilograms of freight moved, 1,056 passengers, and two sick military working dogs transported. “We came here with the intention of performing to our best ability,” said RSAF Maj. Jeff Lee, detachment commander from the RSAF’s 122 Squadron in Singapore. “I think

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Bryan Rogers, 517th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron combat mobility specialist, demonstrates how to rig a drogue parachute for the C-17 Globemaster III as parachute riggers from three nations joined together for a subject-matter exchange at Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Ohakea, New Zealand, Nov. 11 during the second annual Exercise Kiwi Flag. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Senior Master Sgt. Denise Johnson)

we achieved our overall objectives and in some cases exceeded our own expectations - it’s interactions such as these that enhance a combined effectiveness.” The C-17s and C-130s also provided a platform for heavy-equipment, light-equipment and container-delivery-system cargo drops along with several personnel drops during the exercise. “The Singapore C-130 crews achieved their exercise objectives, maintaining a high aircraft serviceability rate,” RNZAF Flight Lt. Jimmy Davidson, Kiwi Flag Wing Operations Center member. “During the exercise, the Singaporeans also flew a mission to drop supplies and rations to the NZ Army in the South Island, which was well received of course.” The RSAF C-130 crews conducted 20 sorties and nine aerial deliveries or cargo drops. “We had a very successful sortie rate,” Lee explained. “I attribute that to the training and the hard work our maintainers put into the aircraft prior to the exercise … that preparation, along with the support we received from our New Zealand host and

the other participants, enabled us to get the job done.” Participants were also able to engage with their Pacific partners in ground recoveries of aerial deliveries, observations in low-terrain flying, parachute rigging, aircraft maintenance collaboration, and much more. “Kiwi Flag abounded with opportunities to improve capabilities in a multinational setting,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Phillip Shea, 517th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron commander. “You can’t get this at home: the interaction with our brothers and sisters in uniform goes far beyond the technical experience gained. Our Airmen developed an appreciation and a respect for one another – they learned how to apply ingenuity, how to communicate, how to overcome roadblocks and limitations … they are better able to respond to foreign environments.” Shea is deployed from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, which along with Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, comprised the two U.S. Air Force bases to deploy units to Kiwi Flag. Shea is the 517th Airlift Squadron director of operations at JBER and is from Winthrop Harbor, Ill.

“I’m sure this exercise will benefit future real-world responses for things such as humanitarian relief and disaster response scenarios,” Lee said. “… Getting to know other countries’ capabilities and interacting with one another is invaluable – and also understanding the limitations that sometimes arise, as well – I think Kiwi Flag will benefit us in any collaboration in the future.” Though New Zealand hosted the exercise, all of the participants took on the dual role of teacher and student. “It’s not a one-man show: it’s everyone coming together and helping each other,” Lee said. The remaining participants wrapped up nearly three weeks of subject-matter-expert exchanges Nov. 27. “It’s been a phenomenal experience to host our multinational counterparts,” Yardley said. “We faced a real-world natural disaster and various maintenance issues, but in the end, that’s what this exercise is all about: overcoming obstacles to enable a rapid, responsive unified force with our partners in the Pacific … and I think we did just that.”

TFrom X KERNS, A-1 grandfather, Kerns, who was then stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., and his wife were traveling north on Interstate 95. Then he saw a car about 100 meters in front of him veer off of the highway and crash into the wooded median. Witnessing the crash, Kerns quickly pulled his car to the left side of the road. The traffic was heavy, and most of the cars in front of him had stopped to avoid a pile-up. He moved forward along the shoulder, passing cars until he stopped and exited his car. He ran to the crash site, where several people had already arrived. “I stopped the car, got out, ran up there, and the engine was still running,” Kerns said. “It was revved up high. The car was still in drive. The wheels were still turning. “It had slammed into the woods, and it was wedged in between two trees,” he continued. “The trees had scrunched that car together. The driver was incapacitated. It was not a pleasant sight. There was smoke and fire. I remember looking underneath the car, and I could see the pine needles curling from the heat. “I yelled out at the people standing around the car, ‘Hey, we need to get this guy out of the car!’ It was met with just a blank stare. I looked around, and I saw a lot of that ‘deer in the headlight’ look. It was obvious these folks had not seen this kind of thing before.” No one was ready to move, so Kerns leaped into action. Acting swiftly and without regard for his own safety, he entered the burning car from the passenger side rear door. The only person in the car was the driver, and Kerns was thankful to find the toddler’s car seat in the rear vacant. “The front doors were sandwiched in between those trees,” Kerns said. “There was a baby seat in the back, and fortunately there was no baby involved, but the driver was incapacitated and was convulsing.” Kerns reached forward and shut off the engine’s ignition switch. He tried freeing the driver from his seatbelt, but because of the awkward angle and the belt’s tightness and pressure on the buckle, he was unable to unclick it. So, he reached for his knife and

Sgt. 1st Class John L. Kerns, the civil affairs noncommissioned officer in-charge with the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, stands at attention as the brigade’s commander, Army Col. Matthew McFarlane, pins the Soldier’s Medal on his chest during a ceremony hosted Nov. 21 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Kerns was awarded the Soldier’s Medal for his selflessness and bravery while heroically risking his own life to save another person’s life by extracting a driver from a burning vehicle in 2010. (U.S. Army photo/Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Smith)

cut the belt to free the man. He said he remembered seeing a Federal Express driver standing outside the vehicle’s driver’s side yelling at him about the ever increasing and raging fire. He could smell the unpleasant fumes. He could see the smoke and fire. There were other people on that side of the car too, so he forced open that side’s rear door. He began pulling the man back between the two front seats. A woman reached in, grabbed the man, and started to pull. At that instant the fire consumed one of the car’s tires. The tire made a loud popping sound which frightened the woman. She let go of the man and ran away from the vehicle along with several other frightened onlookers. Determined to rescue the victim, Kerns finished pulling the immobilized man out of the car by himself. He also grabbed the man’s cell phone along the way. The Fed-Ex driver came up and helped him move the victim further away from the vehicle, and within two minutes of extracting the driver, the vehicle’s fuel tank exploded. At a safe distance away from the vehicle, Kerns began rendering first aid. He continued rendering

aid until paramedics arrived at the scene to take the driver to the hospital. Kerns distinguished himself through bravery and valor, but was modest as he spoke at his award ceremony. “It is an honor to be considered for any military decoration, especially the Soldier’s Medal,” he said. “It is especially humbling to be recognized by my brothers and sisters in arms. “I remember the events of that day very well,” Kerns continued. “They stand out very clear in my mind. I remember seeing the accident. I remember stopping the car. I remember seeing the pine needles curling from the heat underneath the car as it became engulfed in flames. I remember seeing the rise and fall of his chest. I remember feeling his breath of his air, the fundamentals of life saving. “But, what I don’t remember is weighing the odds,” he said. “I don’t remember making any conscious decision.” Kerns went on to say any Soldier would do the same if put in that position. “We do these things because what we do in training ultimately is what we do in combat, and this

is what the military has done for us, done for me,” he said. Kerns has had an exemplary Army career, which dates back to April 5, 1989 when he first enlisted into the active component. He then had a break in service after completing his initial enlistment in the mid ‘90s. He re-entered the U.S. Army in the Reserve component on Jan. 25, 2001. He went on to mobilize and deploy in support of contingency operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom in 2002, 2003 and 2004. In November of 2005, he transitioned back into the Regular Army, deploying in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, and Enduring Freedom-Philippines. In February, 2010, he was assigned to the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg. In May 2012, he reported to Alaska for his assignment in the 4-25th IBCT, where he deployed again in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The 4-25th IBCT’s commander, Army Col. Mathew McFarlane, said Kerns is a talented leader who knows how to articulate his knowledge and experiences to help

mentor Soldiers. “He is a special leader, and it was no surprise that when he saw this incident, that he took the actions he did,” said McFarlane. The Spartan Brigade’s S4 logistics noncommissioned officer in charge, Sgt. 1st Class Brian Coates, said Kerns has always been the type of person willing to help anyone in need. “It’s not a surprise, honestly,” Coates said. “Sergeant Kerns is always helping people and giving great advice. Every time I see Sergeant Kerns, he always has a mind frame of help others first, and get the job done. “He’s the type of guy that would take his shirt off for you and say, ‘Hey, you can have my shirt.’ That’s just the type of guy he is.” Coates said Kerns is a great role model for young Soldiers to emulate. “I think that by presenting him the Soldier’s Medal, it opens Soldiers’ eyes, so they can see that they can do good things in the community too,” Coates said. “He is a good guy. I’ve met many great people, but this is one guy I will never forget. I will keep in touch with him for the rest of my life.” Army Chaplain (Maj.) James B. Lee, the 4-25th IBCT’s chaplain echoed some of the same words during the ceremony’s invocation. “As we honor his service today, and his act of heroism, we pray that we would be inspired to embody that same spirit as warriors, as Soldiers, and as paratroopers.” An interesting part of the story is Army Maj. Nathan Golden, the staff judge advocate for the 95th Civil Affairs Brigade at Fort Bragg, was traveling north on I-95 that day as well, and he too witnessed and aided in the rescue. Wielding a fire extinguisher, Golden helped keep the flames at bay until Kerns could extract the driver from the vehicle. It was Golden who witnessed Kerns risk his life to save another person. It was this selfless act of bravery, which prompted Golden to submit for the Soldier’s Medal award to honor Kerns’ courage and valor that day. After the accident, Kerns called the hospital to check on the driver. He learned that he did survive, and that he was in stable condition and improving, and that was the last he heard of him. “I was glad to hear he was doing well,” Kerns said.

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Disposition of effects Army 2nd Lt. Brandon Peer, 1st Squadron (Airborne), 40th Cavalry Regiment, is authorized to make disposition of personal effects of Spc. Christopher H. Knickerbocker, 1-40th Cavalry, as stated in Army Regulation 638-2. Any person or persons having claims for or against the estate of the deceased should call Peer at 384-2028. Commissary hours The Commissary is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. The commissary will be closed Christmas and New Years. Lodging rate increases New lodging rates are: • Visiting quarters: $56.00 • Visiting Airman quarters: $42.25 • Temporary lodging facilities: $60.50 • Large temporary lodging facilities: $63.75 • Business suites: $58.75 to $61.50 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. Scholarship opportunity The Air Force Aid Society will be accepting applications for the Gen. Henry H. Arnold Education Grant for the academic year 2014 to 2015 until March 7. Eligible spouses and family members will have an opportunity to receive up to $2,000 to fund their college education. To apply, please visit

Furnishing Management The Furnishings Management Office offers 90-day loaner furniture. Appliances may be issued for the duration of the service member’s tour. FMO typically delivers items as far as Peters Creek or Rabbit Creek. Service members must make special arrangements beyond these areas. When requesting furniture, service members must provide a copy of their reporting orders. For JBER-Elmendorf, visit the Capital Asset Management Office at Building 6436, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or call 552-2740. For JBER-Richardson, visit the Housing Management Office at Building 600, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or call 384-2576. Hazard communication All workplace supervisors should be aware of the new, basewide, changes to the hazard communication program for hazardous materials, which is effective immediately. These changes have been introduced through various multimedia presentations sent out by both the 673d Aeromedical Squadron Public Health, and bioenvironmental engineering flights. Each industrial work area, Army or Air Force, is required to have an individual HAZMAT/ HAZCOM program established per Air Force Instruction 90-821, Hazard Communication and Occupational Safety. Training presentations have been emailed to all shop/flight supervision; which detail the numerous changes to be made. Compliance with these changes is mandated at a federal level by 29 Code of Federal Regulations 1910.1200, Occupational Safety and Health Standards. For an additional copy of the mentioned training, or for a more detailed explanation of all changes, call the Bio-environmental Flight at 384-0482. 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 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. 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. 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 “fenderbenders” 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. Claimants should submit claims within 90 days of the incident from which the claim arose

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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 writing 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. 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. 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.

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By Casey Andrysiak 2d Engineer Brigade The beginning of December brought a surprise for troops living in barracks and dorms around Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, in the form of a decorated bag adorning each doorknob. Inside were homemade cookies, baked by volunteers across base. “It was awesome surprise to come home to the barracks and get some cookies I didn’t expect to get,” said Pfc. Antonio Tolefree of the 205th Ordnance Company. “They tasted awesome – my favorites are the chocolate chip and the peanut butter. “I was walking to my room and there was a bag – it looks like an elementary student decorated the bag; it was awesome,” Tolefree said. “There was a candy cane and a little message, ‘From the JBER family.’ It really made me feel special, made me appreciate that someone thought about the guys that live in the barracks.” JBER’s 2013 “Spread the Warmth, Share a Cookie” campaign started from a simple, twostep equation. First, determine the number of


recipients – 2600 single Soldiers and 600 single Airmen. Second, multiply that number by one dozen. Answer? 40,000 cookies. The annual cookie drive here began 18 years ago on Elmendorf Air Force Base; similar cookie campaigns occur on almost every military base during the winter holiday season. JBER’s cookie drive was unique this year in that it included cookie distribution to all single Soldiers and Airmen – a reflection of how joint-basing principles are implemented at all levels of an installation. “It didn’t matter if you were Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine, or Coast Guard,” said JoAnn Handy, wife of Air Force Lt. Gen. Russell Handy, commander of Alaskan Command. “The goal was to bring a taste of home to all single military members living in the dorms and barracks on JBER – something that could not have been achieved without volunteers across all military communities.” Military and civilian bakers had the monumental task of baking the 40,000 cookies and delivering them to volunteers at the Arctic Warrior Events Center and Warrior Zone collection points. Thousands of carefully baked cookies – chocolate chip, sugar, gingerbread, peanut butter; iced, sprinkled, sugared – were collected from generous, thoughtful chefs. Army and Air Force leadership were on hand to receive the cookies and undertake rigorous quality inspections including flavor, texture and overall palatability.

Air Force 2nd Lt. Julia Westfall, 3rd Operation Support Squadron, bags cookies during the annual cookie drive at the Arctic Warrior Event Center on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Dec. 3. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Tammie Ramsouer)

Command Sgt. Maj. Bryan Lynch, senior enlisted advisor for the 2d Engineer Brigade, dropped off 52 bags of cookies, each bag

containing six sugar and six gingerbread cookies. “On Sunday, I started up the oven and the TV,” Lynch said.


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“I used the oven timer so I could watch some football, and baked.” Volunteers at the AWEC were charged with sorting, organizing and packaging the cookies into about 3,200 bags, each tagged with a holiday message. The bags, designed for hanging on a barracks door handle, were decorated by children from JBER schools including Mt. Spurr, Orion, Aurora, Ursa Major and Ursa Minor elementary schools, as well as the Torch Club of the Ketchikan School Age Program. On Wednesday, Air Force Master Sgt. Jeffrey Urbanski orchestrated the cookie delivery to the Soldiers and Airmen in unaccompanied housing. Army and Air Force non-commissioned officers distributed more than 3,000 bags of cookies. This year’s cookie drive, led by the Air Force 3rd Wing, was a joint-volunteer effort supported by many organizations and individual volunteers including the Elmendorf Officers’ Spouse’s Club, the Armed Services YMCA, Army Community Services, Army Family Readiness Groups and the JBER First Sergeant’s Association.

Service members step into the wild with MCA program By Airman 1st Class Tammie Ramsouer JBER Public Affairs Sirens and emergency vehicles surround a traffic accident on base. As first responders tend to the motorist and document vehicle damage, a military conservation agent arrives to assess the wounded animal. A homeowner opens the front door, and is suddenly face-to-face with a bull moose and it does not want to leave. What do you do? Who can you call? Security Forces call out special agents when there is an issue with wildlife on base. On a daily basis, military conservation agents respond anything from wildlife encounters and vehicle accidents to someone destroying government property or animal habitats on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. MC agents train to protect animals and humans from harm. These MCAs are volunteers from the base. Any active-duty military member can volunteer in the MCA program by filling out an application at the Wildlife Conservation Office. Once the application process is complete, the wildlife conservation officers select participants and plan their training. “People go through the interview process,” said Tech. Sgt. Andy Lockhart, noncommissioned officer in charge of military conservation agents. “If they are selected, we quiz them about wildlife knowledge.” Upon deciding the required number of volunteers for the current year, training begins for level-one agents. “Once individuals are selected, usually two to three weeks later we will have a levelone class in the afternoons,” Lockhart said. “It’s usually about three hours each day in three consecutive afternoons.” At the end of the third afternoon, the MCA trainees perform scenarios. Before November, they are required to get 40 hours of on-the-job training with level-two or level-three agents. One of the first things they learn is dealing with animals during the summer, Lockhart said. He said moose blocking housing and dealing with bears in dumpsters are a large part of the job. “They take a test in November about what we have been training on, which consists of our regulations, as well as questions from the base map to make sure they know the area,” Lockhart said. “Once they pass the test, usually the first two weeks of December, we will have a six-day class, 40 hours worth of instruction and usually six to eight hours worth of real-world scenarios. In that 40 hours of instruction, agents from Alaska Department of Fish and Game and Alaska State Troopers come in and talk to the agents.” Once the level-one agents complete the class and pass everything in the scenarios, they are considered level-two agents.

Spc. Samantha Spencer (left) and Spc. Richard Messerley, both military conservation agents, tend to a wounded juvenile bald eagle on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Aug. 22. The MCA program helps service members learn about and get hands-on experience with wildlife management. The eagle was taken to the local raptor rehabilitation center, and will be released in the near future. (Courtesy photo)

They get to go on two patrols with other agents on base and qualify on the M870 Remington pump-action shotgun. Once they qualify with that weapon and go out on those two patrols with a law enforcement-qualified agent, they become law enforcement-qualified, Lockhart said. The agents are trained how to use the shotgun for a last resort in case of a life-ordeath situation with an animal. “We are trained on shot placement and the steps to take prior to aggression,” Lockhart said. The MCA program is considered a special-duty assignment once the agents reach level two. After their second year, agents who finish all required courses in time, become levelthree agents, Lockhart said. Level-three agents spend more time in the training room where they are responsible for making sure

people are getting trained correctly. The next step is to become a numbered agent. “A numbered agent is basically in charge of making sure the program is steered in the right direction,” Lockhart said. The numbered agents make needed changes to the program’s regulations and monitor the radio more often than lowerlevel agents. They listen to the communication from patrol agents to make sure everything the patrol does is correctly applied. “It’s basically the overall management of the program from the top of the MCA level down,” Lockhart said. Only one is a top numbered agent, the noncommissioned officer in charge of the whole MCA program. The NCOIC works with the wildlife conservation officers, Mark Sledge and James

Wendland, to make sure any deficiencies are corrected in a timely manner. The MCA program as a whole sets the agents up for the law enforcement side of wildlife conservation as well as a possible direction they may want to go when they separate from the military, Lockhart said. One of the agents accepted in the MCA program in 2012 was Senior Airman Brad Robinson, an analyst with the 381st Intelligence Squadron. “I’ve always enjoyed the outdoors, so when I found out that I could get involved with the wildlife or keep people safe on base, I was happy to be a part of the experience,” Robinson said. “Just the chance to get out there and interact with wildlife is rewarding,” Robinson said. “I have definitely considered the possibilities of staying in this career field after I separate. It’s something I enjoy doing.”

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Injustice is not evidence that you’re abandoned Commentary by Air Force Chaplain (Capt.) Gary Lewis The pomp and ceremony of October’s Medal of Honor ceremony, at which former Army Capt. William D. Swenson received a long-overdue recognition, hid some intriguing facts. In September 2011, during the Medal of Honor ceremony for Marine Sgt. Dakota L. Meyer, Brian Suits, a radio commentator in Los Angeles, made an observation. Suits said two men displayed conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty at the 2009 Battle of Ganjgal, but only one was to receive the Medal of Honor. “Do you know why?� Suits asked. Suits answered that Swenson had committed a cardinal sin which had cost him his medal – he told the truth at a debriefing after the battle. The truth was not pretty; senior leaders had chosen to withhold fire support in spite of Swenson’s repeated requests. This resulted in 15 coalition deaths including four Americans. After his debriefing, Swenson found himself persona non grata. He eventually left the Army over the ill-treatment, believing his own career to be over. And so a ceremony in September 2011 which should have featured two heroes, only presented a medal to one while the other was treated as an outcast. Unfortunately, this can happen.

A bas-relief of a pharaoh. (Courtesy photo)

As a chaplain, I have listened to military heroes tell me how doing the right thing, or the noble thing, or the truthful thing ended negatively. They were treated as disloyal, labeled dirtbags and kicked to the curb. My heart aches for these men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country only to be betrayed by a leader who felt they were not sufficiently loyal. Often, these warriors ask me, “Has God turned his back on me, too?� A simple view of life says good people are rewarded and bad people are punished.









From this false proverb, we can mistakenly analyze our lives through the microscope of results. A spiritual crisis occurs when we realize we have done right – and yet we have received ill treatment. It may seem God’s justice has disappeared. And yet, this view of life is not taught in the Bible. The book of Genesis tells us of Joseph, who received a heavenly dream that he would be a great leader and his own parents and older brothers would bow down before

him. But in the meantime, accurate reporting to his father earned him disdain and even hatred from his brothers. You would think that truthfulness would see Joseph rewarded. Instead, the brothers beat him up and sold him into slavery. He was taken to Egypt, where in Potiphar’s house, he worked his way up from the lowest slave to the manager of the whole estate. Things seemed to be going well – until Potiphar’s wife tried to seduce him and he refused her advances. You would think such a moral stance would see him commended. Instead, she framed him, claiming he was making advances on her. Joseph ended up in prison. There, Joseph earned the trust of his guards and eventually managed the prison as a trustee. He interpreted the dream of the pharaoh’s imprisoned cupbearer, and asked for assistance in release. But when the cupbearer was restored to his high position, he forgot about Joseph. During the many years of his mistreatment, a simple understanding of Joseph’s life would say, “Joseph, you have nothing but bad results; obviously you are deserving of it in some way. God must be against you.� And yet the Bible tells us exactly the opposite. In the worst hours of this injustice, the Bible says, “but the Lord was with Joseph.� (Genesis 39:21) Joseph was not deserving of this illtreatment, but God did allow it. Joseph was a good man, and the trials were not an act of God to punish him. God was with him in the difficulties. If we look at the big picture, we see God took a good man and turned him into a great man. God used those events to prepare Joseph for the purpose for which he had been created. Eventually, Joseph became second-incommand in the greatest kingdom of that day. Through Joseph’s leadership the people were saved from a great famine. I don’t know Swenson personally, so it feels a little bit strange to say it – but I was overjoyed when he received a Medal of Honor. I am proud of all our Medal of Honor recipients, but this one felt extra special. Here was a guy who had shouldered a lot of unfair treatment, and was finally recognized. Swenson surprised me with his request to re-enter the Army. Yes, he had been mistreated, but he realized our military needs more good leaders – not fewer. Somehow, I suspect the experiences he went through will only make him that much better.

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Friday Greenlandic drumming Hivshu Peary of Greenland performs traditional stories and songs using a qilaat, the large flat drum like the Inupiaq qilaun. The Anchorage Museum hosts this event starting at 8 p.m. For information, visit or call 929-9200. Friday and Saturday Eagle River festivities Eagle River hosts the Merry Merchant Munch from 2 to 6 p.m. Dec. 6 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7, with sleigh rides and carolers and merchants competing to create the best holiday munchies. The annual tree lighting from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 6 features elementary school choirs and Santa and his reindeer. For information, visit www. Saturday and dec. 14 Alaska holiday trains Celebrate the season on the holiday trains. Morning departures at 10 a.m. bring you back to Anchorage by noon; afternoon trains leave Anchorage at 2 p.m. and return at 4:30. Enjoy the beauty of Turnagain Arm without the winter driving conditions. For information, visit through Jan. 12 Wonderland of Toys The museum’s atrium becomes a dazzling tableau of toys, dating back to the 1800s. From carousel horses to tin soldiers, the history of toys is on display at the Anchorage Museum. For more information, visit or call 929-9200. through dec. 15 Anchorage Film Festival The 13th year of the Anchorage Internationl Film Festival launches its biggest year yet. Get out of the cold with films you wont see in the mainstream theaters. For more information, visit Saturday UAA Craft Fair More than 90 Alaska artists and crafters present high-quality,




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red glow. The event culminates with one of the biggest fireworks displays in Alaska. Events start at 8 p.m. For information, visit Masquerade Ball Ring in the new year at the Dena’ina Center with Alaska’s “largest and classiest” New Year’s Eve party. DJs spin top-40 hits and door prizes are just one of the draws. For information, visit

Native People’s Bazaar The Alaska Native Medical Center hosts this festival of traditional Native art and crafts. Vintage and collectors items will vie with modern masks, baskets, dance fans, ivory and much more. For information, call 729-1120.

Jan. 3 and 4 Alaska Aces Hockey Hometown Aces take on the Idaho Steelheads in hockey action at the Sullivan Arena at 7:15 p.m. both nights. For information, visit

Sunday Holiday concert Ring in the sounds of the season with the Anchorage Museum’s annual holiday music celebration. This Anchorage tradition kicks off at 1 p.m. and wraps up at 3 p.m. For information, visit

ongoing Wildlife Wednesdays The Alaska Zoo Gateway Lecture Hall hosts lectures beginning at 7 p.m. each Wednesday, focusing on a different wildlife research topic. These lectures are aimed toward an older audience, such as university students or adults with an interest in science. Partners include fish and game authorities. Lectures are free through April 9, and coffee and tea are always available. For information, call 3416463 or email

dec. 13 and 14 ASAA Wrestling Anchorage Christian High School hosts the state’s grapplers as they vie for state team and individual recognition. For information and times, visit or call 337-9575. dec. 18, 20 and 21 Alaska Aces Hockey Hometown Aces take on the Utah Grizzlies in hockey action at the Sullivan Arena at 7:15 p.m. all three nights. For information, visit

AER scholarships Army Emergency Relief is taking applications for scholarships. Scholarships are available for children, spouses and other dependents of active duty, retired and deceased Soldiers. Applications and instructions are available at For information, call 384-7478.

dec. 20 JBER Holiday Party Celebrate with JBER at the annual holiday party at Hillberg from noon until 4 p.m. Festivities include activities for children, dog sled rides, cardboard sled races, skiing and snowboarding and much more. For information, call 552-1277.

Hap Arnold Grants The General Hap Arnold Education Grant Program is taking applications through March 7. These $2,000 grants are given to dependents of Air Force members; for more eligibility information, or to fill out an application, visit education-grants.

dec. 31 Torchlight and fireworks Alyeska Resort hosts this annual end-of-the-year epic sight with skiers and snowboarders traversing the slopes of Mount Alyeska with torches – lighting up the mountain with a

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. Bible study happens Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. at Soldiers’ Chapel on JBER-Richardson. For more information, email or call 384-1461. Night at the Fights Boxing matches happen every Thursday night at the William A. Egan Civic Center. Get your boxing fix; doors open at 6:30 p.m. and fights start at 7:30. For information, visit If being ringside isn’t enough, email to fight in a “grudge match.” Early Insanity Workout These early morning workout sessions begin at 6:00 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday and are focused on the ‘Insanity’ workout program. For more information, call 351-3060. 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 Borealis Toastmasters Conquer your fear of public speaking with Toastmasters. This safe, friendly club helps build confidence through speeches, presentations, feedback and listening in a supportive environment. 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 Polaris and Yukla dormitories. The cafe has wireless Internet and programs throughout the week for single Airmen living in

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

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nov. 18 A daughter, Willow Juniper Menzes, was born 21 inches long and weighing 8 pounds, 10 ounces at 8:28 a.m. to Darlaina Laianara Menzes and Spc. Regan Derrick Menzes of the 725th Brigade Support Battalion (Airborne). nov. 19 A son, Evan Wayne Minshew, was born 22.25 inches long and weighing 9 pounds, 5 ounces to Heidi N Minshew and Air Force Master Sgt. Kyle T. Minshew of the 212th Rescue Squadron. A son, Landyn Lee Radosevich, was born 20.5 inches long and weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces at 8:42 a.m. to Shannon Jo Radosevich and Tech. Sgt. Joseph Henry Radosevich II of the 3rd Munitions Squadron. A daughter, Elliana Grace Williamson, was born 22.5 inches long and weighing 8 pounds, 11 ounces at 7:52 a.m. to Carmen Williamson and Air Force Staff Sgt. Timothy Troy Williamson of the 3rd Munitions Squadron. nov. 20 A daughter, Hope Olivia

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Adams, was born 20 inches long and weighing 7 pounds, 8 ounces at 10:09 p.m. to Spc. Rhonda Sue Drake and James Cecil Adams. A son, Bryce Michael Friend, was born 21.5 inches long and weighing 8 pounds, 11 ounces at 9:53 a.m. to Air Force Master Sgt. Eva K. Friend of the 673d Air Base Wing and Tech. Sgt. Andrew M. Friend of the 3rd Munitions Squadron. A son, Zander Drake Cole Griffin, was born 21 inches long and weighing 8 pounds, 3 ounces at 7:16 a.m. to Megan Joanne Griffin and Spc. Cody Allen Griffin of the 725th Brigade Support Battalion (Airborne). A son, Preston Matthew Nigh, was born 20.5 inches long and weighing 7 pounds, 2 ounces at 12:38 p.m. to Spc. Jennifer Elizabeth Nigh of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Brigade (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, and Pfc. Ryan Daniel Nigh of the 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry Regiment. A daughter, Caliana Skye Rouse, was born 22 inches long and weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces at

6:04 p.m. to Shauntine Faye Rouse and Spc. Darell Obrian Rouse of the 2nd Engineer Battalion.

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nov. 22 A son, Gideon Willis Thenn, was born 21.5 inches long and weighing 7 pounds, 6 ounces at 7:19 p.m. to Julie Ann Thenn and Army Capt. Ronald Neal Thenn of the 425th Brigade Special Troops Battalion (Airborne).

nov. 26 A daughter, Aracelis Kaleesi Guerrier, was born 20.5 inches long and weighing 7 pounds, 4 ounces at 8:15 a.m. to Teresa Marie Guerrier and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Manno Guerrier of the 725th Brigade Support Battalion (Airborne).

nov. 23 A daughter, Jaslene Rene Poston, was born 19.75 inches long and weighing 6 pounds, 3 ounces at 8:08 a.m. to Air Force Staff Sgt. Alisha Rene Poston of the 611th Civil Engineer Squadron and Air Force Staff Sgt. Jamie Lee Poston of the 477th Civil Engineer Squadron. nov. 25 A son, Connor Stone Cole, was born 21 inches long and weighing 7 pounds, 11 ounces at 4:33 p.m. to Candee Lee Cole and Tech. Sgt. Christopher Stone Cole of the 611th Air Communications Squadron. A daughter, Amiliana Esther Dior Jones, was born at 12:02 p.m. to Leticia Emory Jones and

A daughter, Grace Sue Knox, was born 21 inches long and weighing 9 pounds at 5:56 p.m. to Army Capt. Amanda Sue Knox and Army Capt. Tyler William Knox, both of the 6th Engineer Battalion. A daughter, Shea Aeronwen Woodward, was born 21 inches long and weighing 10 pounds, 2 ounces at 4:16 p.m. to Melissa Sue Woodward and Sgt. Derek Otto Woodward of the 545th Military Police Company. nov. 27 A daughter, Ella Reese Homan, was born 21 inches long and weighing 6 pounds, 15 ounces at 2:10 a.m. to Kristin Tyree Homan and Spc. Nathan Andrew Homan of the 425th Brigade Special Troops

Battalion (Airborne). A son, Kylar Atticus McIlwain, was born 22.5 inches long and weighing 8 pounds, 15 ounces at 8:08 p.m. to Amanda Nicole McIlwain and Petty Officer 2nd Class James William McIlwain of Coast Guard Sector Anchorage. nov. 29 A daughter, Katalina Maria Ramirez, was born weighing 7 pounds, 10 ounces at 4:57 p.m. to Angela Maritza Ramirez and Sgt. Mark Anthony Ramirez of the 1st Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry Regiment. A daughter, Harper Snow Zimmermann, was born 21 inches long and weighing 8 pounds, 11 ounces at 8:26 a.m. to Erin Michelle Zimmermann and Air Force Staff Sgt. Christopher Michael Zimmermann of the 673d Civil Engineer Squadron. nov. 30 A son, James Andrew Fred, was born 21 inches long and weighing 9 pounds, 3 ounces at 5:19 p.m. to Katherine Grace Fred and Air Force Staff Sgt. Troy Jean Fred of the 673d Medical Support Squadron.

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longer a resident. Before applying for the PFD for the few years you are stationed in Alaska, you should consider the penalties if the state determines you never actually intended to remain here. If you claim residency and ask for the PFD, and then later choose not to return, know that the state of Alaska may come after you to repay all PFD proceeds you and your family members received. You may also be fined $5,000, and you may face criminal prosecution. Here’s the bottom line: if you like Alaska enough to live here when your military service ends – if you left the military tomorrow for any reason and you would use your last military-paid move to settle somewhere in Alaska – then apply for the PFD. If that’s not how you feel, don’t apply. If you have any questions about the PFD, you should contact your local Legal Assistance Office.

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“Free money!” “They pay you to live here!” Who hasn’t heard that when talking about Alaska? But anytime you hear about free money you should wonder what the catch is. Look for that proverbial red flag. Alaska’s famed Permanent Fund Dividend is not given for simply living here. As PFD application season approaches, here are some things to keep in mind. If you don’t like Alaska enough to return here after separation or retirement, then applying for the PFD can create some serious trouble down the road. The primary eligibility requirement is that on the date you apply you must physically be present in Alaska with the intent to remain in Alaska permanently – after you retire or separate from your military service.

If you end up settling down somewhere else, the state of Alaska can sue you, as they have other military members. Alaska law requires an application, U.S. citizenship or a resident alien card, and state residency to be eligible for the dividend. Application and citizenship are clear enough, but residency can be tricky. Residency is loosely defined as the intent for Alaska to be your permanent home. You don’t have to have been born here, but you do have to plan to live here beyond your term of service here; beyond your federal service as a whole. To initially receive the PFD, you must be a resident and physically live in Alaska from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31. Also, you must have the intent to permanently remain in or return to the state once your military service ends. Most military members are two-thirds of the way through their tour here before they are eligible to receive the PFD. By the time they’re eligible, many are


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2014 KIA SOUL • 30 MPG HWY EPA Est. &1.6L Engine • Steering Wheel Controls • Bluetooth & USB Inputs • Keyless Entry



17,610 4 AT THIS PRICE

See dealer for stock number. Price includes $200 dealer doc fee. Plus tax title and license. Offer valid through 12/31/13.

WE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS! STEVE JOHNSON Kia of Anchorage General Manager & Proud Veteran US Army / USMC







4434 Old Seward Hwy, Anchorage Call: (877) 230-4899 Shop Online: See dealer for limited warranty details. PHOTOS FOR ILLUSTRATIVE PURPOSES ONLY.


December 6, 2013


 2013 DODGE DART SE • EPA ESTIMATED 36 MPG HWY • CD Player, iPod/MP3 Input • Electronic Stability Control






• Electronic Stability Control • Anti-Lock Brakes • Speed Control • Block Heater • Side Airbags










$17,785 -$2,000





$18,080 -$2,000 -$500


72 monthly payments of $199 at 3.15% APR, on approved credit with $2,250 cash or trade equity down. Price includes $200 doc fee. Plus tax, title, and license. Not all sales at MSRP. Illustration may depict vehicle with extra cost options.

15,495 5 AT THIS PRICE

*Dealer required to verify eligibility of military personnel. Price includes $200 doc fee. Plus tax, title, and license. Not all sales at MSRP. Illustration may depict vehicle with extra cost options.







• 6 Speed Automatic Transmission • Dealer Installed Tube Steps • Popular Equipment Group • Anti-Spin Rear Axel • 5.7 Liter Hemi • Tow Package • Block Heater

• Freedom Top Black 3 Piece Hard Top • 3.6L V6 Engine • 6 Speed








$25,770 -$500 -$225


24,995 1 AT THIS PRICE

72 monthly payments of $299 at 3.15% APR, on approved credit with $5,819 cash or trade equity down. *Dealer required to verify eligibility of military personnel. Illustration may depict vehicle with extra cost options. Plus tax, title, and license. Not all sales at MSRP. Price includes $200 doc fee.







MSRP: $36,155. Lithia Discount: $6,374. Sale Price: $29,781. 4 at this price. 84 monthly payments of $399 at 3% APR, on approved credit with $99 down payment. Illustration may depict vehicle with extra cost options. Plus tax, title, and license. Not all sales at MSRP. Price includes $200 doc fee.




On Old Seward between Dimond and O’Malley T (866) 956-3549  SHOP ONLINE: SALES MON - SAT SUNDAY

9AM - 8PM 11AM - 7PM


ÂĽ Best price guarantee: Present any Alaska Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram dealer’s unexpired new vehicle advertisement, must be available for immediate purchase, no “One onlyâ€?, low-ball offers. Must be identically equipped, valid for in-stock vehicles only.**Sale prices valid through 01/06/14. Plus tax, title, and license. *Military rebates available on select vehicles, see dealer for details. Not all sales at MSRP. Vehicles subject to prior sale. Chrysler, JeepÂŽ and Dodge are registered trademarks of Chrysler, LLC, Auburn Hills, MI, U.S.A.

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