Military

The Defense Department announced plans Friday to site a new Long Range Discrimination Radar system to improve targeting for ballistic missile defense at Clear Air Force Station. 

Erica Martinson
The U.S. Army Alaska says a 28-year-old soldier at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks has been charged with raping a child and providing alcohol to a minor.Tegan Hanlon
Golden Valley Electric Association is moving forward with a 2.4-mile high-voltage transmission line to Clear Air Station in response to an Air Force request for saving money. The project is expected to finish by October.Associated Press
A federal judge has granted the state of Alaska's request to dismiss a lawsuit originally filed by the widow of an Alaska Air Guardsman who died in July 2010 during a demonstration for the Arctic Thunder Air Show.Jerzy Shedlock
A military training exercise in the Gulf of Alaska involving about 6,000 active duty and reserve members from all military branches and the Alaska National Guard is planned for June.Associated Press
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
Whiteout conditions, avalanche danger and an extremely ill team member thwarted "our last chance effort to gain the summit,” said Navy SEAL Josh Jespersen, member of a mission to bear flags inscribed with the names of more than 350 fallen veterans to the 20,320-foot summit.Mike Campbell
The Alaska Veterans Affairs Healthcare System has shut down operating rooms in Anchorage amid ventilation concerns and a fix to the problem is likely months away.Tegan Hanlon

Gen. Laurie Hummel took the helm of the Alaska National Guard on Tuesday during a ceremonial change of command in Anchorage. Hundreds of people attended the three-hour afternoon ceremony at the Alaska National Guard Armory on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

Laurel Andrews