Fort Wainwright

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Hundreds of Fairbanks-area residents and a platoon of elected officials turned out Tuesday to tell a delegation of Army officials why they shouldn’t reduce the number of soldiers stationed in Alaska. Many of those who spoke emphasized that Alaska has something that no other state can offer – its location.


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U.S. military experts got a chance last week to check out new Arctic-rated outdoor gear that was on display at Fort Wainwright. U.S. Army-Alaska hosted a symposium to show equipment that’s being tested as possible replacements for gear in the Army inventory. That may include such venerable standbyes as the bunny boot.


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One of the best moose-hunting areas in the Interior can be found on a military training range near Fort Greely. But a busy Army and Air Force training schedule is limiting hunters’ ability to get back into the area.


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State and Army officials have agreed on a procedure that will allow hunters to use the new Tanana River bridge in Salcha to get to military lands on the other side of the river. The agencies established the process in time for hunters to get access to military training areas in September.


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Fairbanks, AK - More than 300 firefighters from across are Alaska are in California battling wildfires for at least the next two weeks.  Most of them traveled from Interior Alaska villages for the Alaska Fire Service and the Alaska Division of Forestry.  The crews came through Fairbanks before they left for the lower 48.  For some, it’s a respite from village life. For others it will be the first time they’ve left the state.

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Army and Air Force personnel and equipment will be out in force over the next couple of weeks throughout the Interior as they engage in two major field training exercises. Soldiers with Fort Wainwright’s Stryker brigade begin a live-fire exercise today, and the Air Force launches its next Red Flag training round Thursday.


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Army officials have agreed to pay nearly $160,000 in fines to the Environmental Protect Agency for Fort Wainwright’s failure to manage underground storage tanks as required by a federal law designed to protect groundwater.


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Fairbanks, AK - The U.S. Army is looking at greater cutbacks than previously considered, and there could be Alaska impacts.  Ft. Wainwright and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson are among posts nationwide being considered for reductions as part of the Army’s “2020 Force Structure Realignment”.  
 

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Environmental officials are reviewing cleanup work that’s been done at a military test site south of Delta Junction. The Army tested chemical- and biological-warfare agents at the site during the height of the Cold War. The state and military want to round up all available information on cleanups that’ve been done at the Gerstle River Test Site and surrounding area to ensure it doesn’t pose a threat to human health.


Anchorage, AK - As firefighters continue to battle the Stuart Creek two fire, U.S. Army Alaska officials are now saying they are not sure they are responsible for starting the blaze. Fort Wainwright Garrison commander Colonel Ron Johnson told residents of Pleasant Valley and Two Rivers last Saturday night, that artillery training exercises had started the blaze. But on Tuesday, US Army Alaska public affairs chief Major Alan Brown was not as definitive. "Right now, our position is we can’t make an official determination on exactly what caused it.

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