Military

The anniversary of the 1964 Alaska earthquake will be observed in perpetuity, thanks in part to the efforts of a former air guardsman whose friends were among the casualties.

Mike Dunham
Local residents and contractors removed a few thousand Rommel stakes, installed during World War II to thwart potential invaders, from the north side of Beaver Inlet.Jim Paulin
Anchorage residents can expect to see and hear fighter jets taking off from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and conducting low-altitude intercepts above the city on Thursday and possibly Friday.Sean Doogan
Alaska Aerospace Corp. officials say the cleanup of hazardous materials from last year's rocket explosion last year at the Kodiak Launch Complex is finished and they expect damaged facilities to be back in operation by the end of the year.Associated Press
Troops will be firing the Army's largest mortar round -- the 120mm high-explosive round -- beginning at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday and continuing through 10 p.m. Friday.Alaska Dispatch News
Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson rescue squadrons supported the rescue of two Saudi F-15 pilots from the Gulf of Aden on Friday, according to an Alaska Air National Guard official. Jerzy Shedlock
For decades, the Army served people across Interior Alaska with medical evacuations and search-and-rescue flights, a practice that ended in 2008 because of the Iraq War. Starting April 1, Army helicopter crews recently back from Afghanistan will once again be making life-saving flights across the Interior.Dermot Cole
The chief communications officer for U.S. Army Alaska said the investigation into "racial Thursdays" was upgraded from "informal" to "formal" the same day the story broke. Megan Edge
The Army Times reports that an informal complaint was filed last week, after "racial Thursdays" became a tradition in a battalion of the 25th Infantry Division's 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team.Megan Edge


U.S. Army soldiers with B Company, 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment from Fort Wainwright prepare sling loads at the Kahiltna Glacier base camp on Monday, April 27, 2015, to be flown to the National Park Service climber camp at 14,200 feet.