Army

Nicholas Vidro/1st SBCT/25th ID public affairs

UPDATED: The return of about 200 Stryker Brigade soldiers who’d been scheduled to arrive today (Fri) at Fairbanks International Airport has been delayed. An Army spokesperson said Thursday night that due to flight delays, the Fort Wainwright-based soldiers will be arriving later this weekend.

The Strykers are returning from nine month of duty in Iraq, Syria and Kuwait. The flight arriving this weekend will be the first of several over the summer that’ll bring back a total of about 2-thousand (2,000) soldiers who’d been deployed as part of what the Pentagon calls Operation Inherent Resolve.


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The Army has launched a program to pay soldiers a bonus to encourage them to transfer to Alaska, and to help them prepare for winter once they get here.


Tim Ellis/KUAC

The Army’s top civilian leader said on a visit to Fort Wainwright Monday that the service is making progress on a suicide-prevention program that includes improving the quality of life for the post’s 4,000 soldiers – and helping them forge stronger ties with their comrades.


US Army Alaska

Changes are in the works at Ft. Wainwright, aimed at reducing an unusually high number of soldier suicides. According to the Army, the deaths of 8 Fairbanks based soldiers in 2019 remain “under investigation”, and another 11 are confirmed to have taken their own lives in the previous 5 years. The suicide deaths drew the attention of Alaska Congressman Don Young last spring, prompting an inquiry and recent report. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, Army leaders held a press conference this week (Nov 5) to address some of the report’s findings, and efforts to address them.

4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team

Army investigators have begun looking into the circumstances surrounding last weekend’s death of a soldier from Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson during a field-training exercise on a range near Fort Greely. But, investigators aren’t saying much about the case.


Tim Ellis/KUAC

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.


Dan Bross / KUAC

Fairbanks leaders are prepping to make the case for preserving local troop levels as the Army pursues a nationwide downsize.  KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

Tim Ellis/KUAC

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.


Brian Schlumbohm, Fort Wainwright public affairs

The Army’s highest-ranking soldier in Alaska says the military trains here so it can operate in the Arctic, which he calls one of the world’s most difficult environments. And Major General Mike Shields says it’s becoming more complex with climate change.


U.S. Army

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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