Efforts to procure another polar icebreaker for the U.S. Coast Guard have foundered because there isn’t a national imperative, a prominent Arctic official told a panel discussing the topic on Tuesday.

Kamala Kelkar
Smoke from the fires -- set to clear out debris -- is expected to be visible across north Anchorage and Eagle River.Sean Doogan
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald held a well-attended town hall meeting Thursday night, where Alaska veterans voiced their complaints about the health care system that many said is failing its service members.Laurel Andrews
At a press meeting in Anchorage Tuesday, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald said some of the recent changes made to the agency have hurt Alaska veterans. But McDonald promised the VA would do better.Sean Doogan
The newly created 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Infantry Division will have a total of 24 AH-64 Apache helicopters and employ about 400 soldiers.Sean Doogan

America’s Far North cherishes its image of wild purity in a landscape so vast it can sometimes seem barely touched by people. But the roughly 600 military installations across Alaska tell a different story.

Kirk Johnson

At Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, the Alaska Air National Guard's 176th Wing is hosting a week-long multinational humanitarian exercise for the first time in North America this week. The biannual Pacific Airlift Rally includes 14 Pacific Rim nations and is intended to sharpen coordination for future humanitarian airlifts.  

Bill Roth
At a U.S. Senate committee field hearing on Veterans Affairs in Eagle River Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan called a federal health care program "nothing less than an unmitigated failure” for Alaska’s veterans.Tegan Hanlon
A 2014 law to reform the Veterans Administration health care system has only made things worse in Alaska, according to veterans testifying Monday at a congressional listening session in Fairbanks.Associated Press
The first female soldiers to complete the Army's rigorous Ranger School pinned on their black-and-gold Ranger tab at a raucous graduation ceremony Friday, capping their history-making week and putting a spotlight on the debate over women in combat.Robert Burns | Associated Press