A chance to tell your Alaska military story

Mike Dunham

Veterans and current military personnel in Alaska will have a chance to have their stories recorded and placed in the Library of Congress in February. The private non-profit StoryCorps Military Voices Initiative, an oral history project based in Washington, D.C., will conduct a limited number of sessions at Fort Wainwright and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

Participants can be anyone with a past or present military history, from any branch or service, said U.S. Army Alaska Community Relations Chief Mary Rall.

"They sit down with groups of two people who talk about anything of their choice," she said. The topics can be about their military experiences, but are not restricted to that. "It can be anything they want to talk about."

Participants are accompanied in the conversation by a family member or friend who is age 11 or older. The sessions last 40 minutes.

"They get a copy to take home," Rall said. With the permission of the participants, the recorded session is archived at the Library of Congress, "to literally become part of American history."

Rall stressed that the number of slots is limited and participants will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Fort Wainwright sessions will take place Feb. 16-18. Interested parties should contact School Liaison Officer Mike Campbell at 907-353-9377.

JBER sessions will take place 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 19-21 at the Arctic Warrior Events Center. To schedule a session on JBER, call Rall at 384-2019 or email mary.m.rall.civ@mail.mil no later than Feb. 10.

Reach Mike Dunham at mdunham@adn.com or 257-4332.