Alaska's Air Force Band of the Pacific to be deactivated

Matt Sullivan
Erik Hill

The Air Force's USAF Band of the Pacific-Alaska will be deactivated in September, and the band will be honored by the state legislature at a ceremony at JBER Wednesday for its more than 70 years of service. The ceremony takes place 2 p.m. at the Elmendorf Air Force Base 11th Wing Headquarters building.

The band's last major public performance was in December, and the group will be at the Fort Richardson National Cemetery on Monday for a Memorial Day ceremony. 

A press release from the band said that the deactivation represented a sign of the times. "Today’s fiscally constrained environment has led to some painful but necessary decisions in virtually every corner of the Department of Defense," Col. Daniel Price, chief of Music, Air Force Public Affairs is quoted in the release.

The band becomes non-operational on June 1 and will be completely closed by Sept. 30, according to the press release, adding that the Air Force Band of the Pacific's Hawaii and Japan units will assume musical support in Alaska.

By Matt Sullivan