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Fifteen-thousand servicemembers will begin a large-scale military training exercise on Monday in and around Alaska. Northern Edge 2021 will involve all four branches of the armed services, along with some 250 warplanes and multiple naval vessels. The exercise will be staged out of military and civilian airfields around the state, as well as an aircraft carrier and other ships offshore.

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The Tanana Chiefs Conference has administered more than 14,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine since the pandemic began to protect Native and non-native Alaskans around the Interior from the disease. And on Monday, the Fairbanks-based organization donated 800 surplus doses to Eielson Air Force Base, to help protect servicemembers and their families, and the civilian employees who work there.

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The Alaska Air National Guard unit at Eielson Air Force Base will be getting four more aerial-refueling tankers over the next couple of years and about 200 active-duty servicemembers to help maintain them.

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Air Force officials say the mechanical problem that forced the pilot of an Eielson-based F-16 to land at the Bethel Airport last September was a malfunction of the engine’s oil system.


The Commander of Alaska’s largest military installation announced today that it’s easing-up on some of its COVID-19 precautions, effective at 5 p.m. Friday.

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Fort Greely reduced its level of COVID-19 precautions today, because of fewer cases of COVID there and in the surrounding community and the ramping-up of vaccinations. Greely follows Eielson Air Force Base, which lowered its health-protection condition level on Monday. Fort Wainwright plans to do the same later this week.

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An air tanker and crew based at Eielson Air Force Base flew out Sunday with 47 members of the Alaska National Guard who’ve volunteered to support Wednesday’s presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C.

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Two military installations in the Interior have begun administering COVID-19 vaccinations to personnel who need it most, because of the importance of their job.

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The buildup of advanced F-35 fighter jets continued this week at Eielson Air Force Base, with the arrival of five more of the advanced warplanes.


Students in Fairbanks will be allowed to return to classroom buildings in January.
By a narrow 4-3 vote, the Fairbanks North Star Borough school board last night passed a motion to return students to school buildings after a two-week prep and quarantine period.