Rivers, lakes and ponds present another human exposure avenue to PFAS chemicals. It’s a concern in the Fairbanks North Pole area, where there are several known areas of PFAS groundwater contamination, which when spread to surface waters, can bioaccumulate in fish. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

Alaska posts are among dozens nationwide being considered for force reductions by the Army, but the Air Force is looking at beefing up its presence at an interior Alaska base. A plan to station the Pacific region’s first F-35 squadrons at Eielson Air Force base near North Pole is under review, and as KUAC Dan Bross reports, a member of Alaska Congressional delegation who visited Fairbanks yesterday (Thurs) is optimistic about the prospect.   


Updated: The Air Force is jamming Global Positioning System signals periodically around military airfields in Alaska during Red Flag training exercises now under way in and around Eielson Air Force Base. Officials say the GPS interference testing could affect other devices that rely on GPS.


UPDATED: Air Force officials say they chose Eielson Air Force Base as the preferred Pacific-region location to station the service’s next-generation warplane mainly because of the training opportunities in this area.


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.

F-35 Could Be Eielson's Future

Oct 3, 2013

Fairbanks, AK - Amid the announcement that the Air Force will not relocate Eielson’s 18th Aggressor Squadron, Senator Mark Begich added that the delegation is also awaiting an announcement from the Air force outlining criteria for basing the new F-35 fighter jet outside the continental United States. “It’s basically all the pieces of the puzzle to make sure a squadron can be placed in a location so everything from does Eielson have the right capacity to grow, does it have airfield capacity, does it have the right capacity for training?” explains the Senator.

Alaska's Congressional Delegation Reacts to Shutdown

Oct 2, 2013

Fairbanks, AK - Amid Wednesday’s announcement regarding Eielson’s F-16s, Senator Lisa Murkowski expressed frustration over the current government shut down.  “Well, if it were up to the three of us, we would have it figured out.  We would have the government back to work tomorrow morning,” she said. 

Eielson's F-16s Will Stay Put

Oct 2, 2013

Fairbanks, AK - The Air Force’s proposal to relocate a squadron of F-16s from Eielson Air Force base south to Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson has been scrapped.  Members of Alaska’s congressional delegation received the news midday Wednesday. 

Eielson Air Force Base

The military’s Red Flag Training exercise wraps up today.  Representatives of branches of U.S. and several foreign forces participated in the 2 week training, which included jet fighters and bombers engaged in mock battle using live ordinance.  As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, some interior residents are glad it’s over.

JPARC Plan Signed

Aug 21, 2013

The military has signed off on an expansion plan for Alaska training operations and areas. The Alaskan Command, representing the Army and Air Force, published its formal record of decision Tuesday on changes to the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, or “J-PARC”.  KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.