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Mission. Environment. Community. The U.S. Army’s annual Earth Day observation acknowledges the interdependence between the military mission, environment and community well-being. At the heart of the U.S. Army’s Strategy for the Environment is the goal of long-term sustainability, which helps ensure Soldiers have the natural resources they need to train, a healthy environment in which to live and the support of local communities.

Taking good care of our environment helps accomplish the mission, through better training lands, healthier communities and new partnerships, and is also important to fulfilling our obligation of leaving behind a healthy and diverse world for future generations.

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https://www.dvidshub.net/publication/issues/40821

Fort Greely hosts Month of the Military Child events

Chris Maestas
Fort Greely Public Affairs

FORT GREELY, Alaska – As part of the Month of the Military Child (MoMC), Fort Greely hosted several MoMC events that culminated with the Child and Youth Services (CYS) Family Dance at the Aurora Community Activities Center April 14.

The Department of Defense has recognized military children during the month of April as an opportunity to honor the commitment, contributions and sacrifices of military children.

For children of service members, sacrifice is a cost they didn’t sign up for, but many bravely endure.

For Capt. Gilberto Ortiz-Segarra, 49th Missile Defense Battalion security manager, his wife Noeliana and their two children Daniel age 10, and Dylan age two, time apart has been the norm for the family until recently.

Arriving in the winter of 2010, the family had a hard time adapting, and Noeliana and Daniel, who had recently been diagnosed with autism, moved back to Puerto Rico.

Fast forward to the summer of 2015, “post facilities and at-home services had expanded to a point where I felt good about bringing my family back,” said Gilberto.

The Army CYS program provides a wide range of quality programs to help families meet parental challenges and maintain mission readiness.

Fort Greely CYS has eight programs that support over 200 children; worldwide, there are more than 215,779 children participating in CYS programs including 190 child development centers, 95 school-age centers and 88 middle school and teen centers.

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Fort Wainwright Child and Youth Services present:

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***Fire Alarm/Mass Notification System testing***
Testing will be conducted for the following building and associated date listed below:
- Building 1060, April 23, 2018, starting at 8:30 a.m.

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Happy Friday, Fort Wainwright!
This week's Alaska Post includes stories about: “Fort Wainwright hosts JAG”, “5-1 Cavalry Soldiers win Gunnery “Top Gun” Awards”, “U.S. Army’s Earth Day observance”, “The Sullivan’s Roadhouse: The archaeology continues”, “Fort Greely hosts Month of the Military Child events” and more.

Read more at the link below:
https://www.dvidshub.net/publication/issues/40821

Earth Day on Fort Wainwright...

Earth Day on Fort Wainwright...

Posted by Fort Wainwright on Friday, April 20, 2018

The first installation-wide yard sale is this Saturday, April 21, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m..
Fort Wainwright residents may sell from their homes or from the Family and MWR’s resale lot, located at the corner of Neely and Meridian Roads.
Those ID cardholders coming from off post to participate may sell from the FMWR resale lot on a first come, first serve basis to set up within the lot.
The general public wishing to enter post with the purpose of attending the yard sale will need to obtain a pass from the Visitors Center by providing a valid driver’s license, proof of insurance and registration for the vehicle they are operating. All passengers will be required to show a photo ID. Visitors should be prepared for random vehicle inspections. A reminder that marijuana though legal in the State of Alaska, is still illegal, in any form, on federal installations. For more information, call 353-7648 between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The next Fort Wainwright Installation-Wide Yard Sale is slated for Saturday, May 19.

Throwback Thursday:

Basic Training at Camp Reindeer, Ladd Field, 1942

L. Amber Phillippe
Fort Wainwright Landscape Historian

File image: The area Redding is talking about is the loop of buildings located in the lower left of the photo.

Robert H. Redding was interviewed on a few different occasions for the Ladd Field Oral History Project in 2002. The excerpt below is taken from a short story he provided the interviewer on July 1, 2002. Redding was born and raised in Fairbanks before enlisting at Ladd Field in December, 1942. The piece below describes his experiences in basic training.

“Basic training was our introduction into the military - the rookies, and there were about 15 in my group, were all sent to Camp Reindeer, an isolated part of the base, sunk in the woods. The barracks were single story wood buildings, heated by coal, as I remember it. There was not enough clothing in supply, so we were allowed to wear our own hats and boots while the weather was 40 below. Because it was so cold, we were not asked to drill outdoors, except on rare occasions. Once we had to play war games in 30 below, and once we had to qualify on the rifle range also 30 below. The range officer was Ray Arjo, a lieutenant, who had been our basketball coach in high school. We called him “coach” out of habit. Being Alaska boys, and accustomed to fire arms, we all made Marksman the first time out, and didn’t have to return.

Our drill sergeants were from the south, and spoke softly to us. They were bemused by us, I think, because we were, after all, foreigners to them. They liked us, and we got along fine. From them I first heard the expressions “pissed off” and “that’s a crock of shit”. In the evenings they would visit, and hear our stories of hunting and fishing. However, we couldn’t goof off, and we had to do the right thing—no badly made beds, no talking in ranks, etc, or they gigged us. Gigging meant time on KP. We didn’t mind. The duty kept us out of drilling, taking our Gerand rifles apart, and putting them together, learning about Browning automatics, etc.

The officer in charge of training was 1st Lt. Robert Peterson. He was a good guy, who left us alone. We liked him, and we didn’t like all the officers. Some of them were too full of themselves.

Our stay at Camp Reindeer lasted about a month, then for a reason we never did learn, we were transferred the University of Alaska, quartered in Hess Hall. Hess Hall had been women’s quarters in peacetime. We had great rooms, and lots of freedom. In the evening we could walk to Ester and have a beer or two at the store. Lieutenant Peterson, or the First Sergeant never said a word, as long as we were back in time for duty the next morning. We didn’t need a pass at all, we just walked away. It was a long walk, as you know, but it was worth it. We’d get back at two in the morning, and fall into our bunks pooped.

Basic training lasted six weeks, and by then we were supposed to be Soldiers. I guess we were. However, instead of being transferred back to the base, we continued to quarter in Hess Hall until late April. We were bussed to the base and back meanwhile.

As for basic training? Did any GI ever have it easier?”

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If you have any stories or photographs to share with the Cultural Resources Management program please call, (907) 361-9329 or email laurel.a.phillippe.ctr@mail.mil.

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The 2017 Volunteers of the Year for each of the four volunteer categories presented Col. Sean Fisher, Fort Wainwright garrison commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Juan Cornett, Fort Wainwright command sergeant major, with a check for $864,746.80. The check represents the money saved during 2017 with the volunteer work from all of Fort Wainwright's volunteers.

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Fort Wainwright’s 2018 Volunteer Recognition Ceremony at the Birch Hill Ski and Snowboard Area.

Fort Wainwright’s 2018 Volunteer Recognition Ceremony at the Birch Hill Ski and Snowboard Area.

Posted by Fort Wainwright on Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Fort Greely commander signs MoMC proclamation

Chris J. Maestas
Fort Greely Public Affairs

Fort Greely garrison commander, Lt. Col. Michael, Foote signs the Month of the Military Child (MoMC) proclamation recognizing and honoring the commitment, contributions and sacrifices children and youth make to our nation through the strength they provide our Soldiers and Families. (Photo by Chris J. Maestas, Fort Greely Public Affairs)

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Prescribed burns
The Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service will assist U.S. Army Alaska in conducting multiple prescribed burns in the Donnelly Training Area East and the Gerstle River Training Areas.
Ignitions on the DTAE, approximately five miles south of Delta Junction, and the GRTA, approximately 25 miles southeast of Delta Junction, are tentatively planned to begin as early as today, April 17, and may continue through Thursday, May 31, as weather conditions permit.

Daily updates will be available on the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center's Situation Report, at http://fire.ak.blm.gov/content/aicc/sitreport/current.pdf.
Keep updated on the Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Services, at https://afs.ak.blm.gov/afs.php.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the UYT Dispatch Center at the Alaska Fire Service at (907) 356-5555.

"There is nothing more important than focusing our energies now on developing and nurturing the unique capabilities of human performance," he added. "That means bringing fresh vigor, renewing our sense of urgency and enhancing the lethality of our front-line Army and Marine Corps units."

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https://www.dvidshub.net/publication/issues/40748

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Fort Wainwright USO grand opening

Brian Schlumbohm
Fort Wainwright Public Affairs

The Alaska USO celebrated the grand opening of the Fort Wainwright Center, the third Alaska USO center to date, April 12. Tara Mogan, USO Alaska State Center Director, presented the opening remarks and introduced the distinguished visitors attending the ceremony.
Spc. Sevon Tinsley, a member of the 70th Brigade Engineer Battalion, had the honor of singing the National Anthem.
Remarks were also given by Maj. Gen. Laurie Hummel, Adjutant General of the Alaska National Guard and Commissioner Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs; Col. Sean Fisher, U.S. Army Garrison Alaska commander; and by Mrs. Julie Fate Sullivan, wife of U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK). Mrs. Sullivan is also the Director of Communications and Advocacy for Covenant House Alaska, and a native of Fairbanks.
The newly opened center is designed to support more than 14,000 service members and military Families at Fort Wainwright to include National Guard and Reservists throughout Interior Alaska.
The celebration also marked the launch of a new USO Pathfinder program in the region; designed to help active-duty service members transition into thriving veterans.

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Paratroopers Sharpen Sniper Skills in Alaska

Justin Connaher
Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Public Affairs

Army Spc. Arturo Dominguez, a native of Okeechobee, Fla., assigned to Charlie Troop, 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment (Airborne), 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Alaska, adjusts the scope on his M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper System on Statler range at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, April 6, 2018, during marksmanship training. A sniper's main responsibility is to deliver discriminatory, highly accurate rifle fire against enemy targets that cannot be engaged successfully by the regular rifleman due to range, size, location, fleeting nature or visibility. (Photo by Justin Connaher, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Public Affairs)

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“The Best Warrior competition is an event that brings your unit’s best warriors together to compete to see who is the most mentally fit and physically tough,” said Wachtendorf. “A Department of the Army-sponsored event is something you will want to attend to progress your career, and to show yourself exactly what you are made of.”

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https://www.dvidshub.net/publication/issues/40748

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Month of the Military Child - April 2018

The Month of the Military Child (MOMC) was established to underscore the important role children play in the Armed Forces community.
To underscore the importance of this month, Col. Sean Fisher, U.S. Army Garrison Alaska commander stopped by Fort Wainwright's Child Development Center 1 to sign the Month of the Military Child's Proclamation with CDC staff and children, Friday, April 13. Just the first of many stops he made at each Child and Youth Services centers around post.
The Army recognizes Month of the Military Child as an opportunity to honor the commitment, contributions and sacrifices of our military children. Multiple MOMC events will be hosted by CYS throughout the month of April.

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Happy Friday, Fort Wainwright!
This week's Alaska Post includes stories include “Lethality Task Force leaders: US ground fighters must ‘overmatch’ enemies”, “SMDC names Pacific Region Best Warriors 2018”, “Child Abuse Prevention Month”, “Paratroopers Sharpen Sniper Skills in Alaska”, “FNSB Community Electronics Recycling” and more.

Read more at the link below:

https://www.dvidshub.net/publication/issues/40748

Happy Friday Fort Wainwright
Feels like Spring!

...doesn't it?

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“The Air Force Assistance Fund consists of four different charities,” said Senior Master Sgt. Franklin Perez, an installation project officer for this year’s campaign. “This campaign is different from others because all donations go toward helping Airmen and their Families.”

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https://www.dvidshub.net/publication/issues/40099

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USO opening remarks by Tara Mogan, USO Alaska St. Center Director.
National Anthem sung by Spc. Sevon Tinsley.
Remarks will be given by Maj. Gen. Laurie Hummel, Adjutant General if the Alaska National Guard and Commissioner Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.
Col. Sean Fisher, U.S. Army Garrison Alaska commander, and by Mrs. Julie Fate Sullivan, wife of U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK). Mrs. Sullivan is also the Director of Communications and Advocacy for Covenant House Alaska, and a native of Fairbanks.

The newly opened center is designed to support more than 14,000 service members and military Families at Fort Wainwright to include National Guard and Reservists throughout Interior Alaska. The celebration will also mark the launch of a new USO PathfinderSM program in the region designed to help active-duty service members transition into thriving veterans.

Watch opening remarks here live via Fort Wainwright Facebook, starting at noon.

USO opening remarks by Tara Mogan, USO Alaska St. Center Director.National Anthem sung by Spc. Sevon Tinsley.Remarks will be given by Maj. Gen. Laurie Hummel, Adjutant General if the Alaska National Guard and Commissioner Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.Col. Sean Fisher, U.S. Army Garrison Alaska commander, and by Mrs. Julie Fate Sullivan, wife of U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK). Mrs. Sullivan is also the Director of Communications and Advocacy for Covenant House Alaska, and a native of Fairbanks.The newly opened center is designed to support more than 14,000 service members and military Families at Fort Wainwright to include National Guard and Reservists throughout Interior Alaska. The celebration will also mark the launch of a new USO PathfinderSM program in the region designed to help active-duty service members transition into thriving veterans.Watch opening remarks here live via Fort Wainwright Facebook, starting at noon.

Posted by Fort Wainwright on Thursday, April 12, 2018

Today, April 12, Alaska USO celebrates the grand opening of the Fort Wainwright Center, the third Alaska USO center to date.
Ceremonies start at noon, as remarks will be given by Maj. Gen. Laurie Hummel, Adjutant General if the Alaska National Guard and Commissioner Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.
Col. Sean Fisher, U.S. Army Garrison Alaska commander, and by Mrs. Julie Fate Sullivan, wife of U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK). Mrs. Sullivan is also the Director of Communications and Advocacy for Covenant House Alaska, and a native of Fairbanks.

The newly opened center is designed to support more than 14,000 service members and military Families at Fort Wainwright to include National Guard and Reservists throughout Interior Alaska. The celebration will also mark the launch of a new USO PathfinderSM program in the region designed to help active-duty service members transition into thriving veterans.

Watch opening remarks here live via Fort Wainwright Facebook, starting at noon.

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