Ft. Wainwright

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.

Alaska Veterans Foundation

Dramatic readings of Sophocles’ Greek tragedy Ajax are being used to bolster suicide prevention training at Ft. Wainwright, as thousands of post soldiers prepare to deloy to Iraq later this month. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

A drinking water sample at Ft. Wainwright has tested positive for perfluorinated compound contamination. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, it’s the first positive test on post, and it’s unclear if it’s indicative of groundwater contamination already effecting three other locations in the Fairbanks-North Pole area.


General Atomics

Yesterday’s announcement by Alaska’s Congressional delegation that an Army drone unit will be stationed at Ft. Wainwright, has yet to be confirmed by Ft. Wainwright officials, but as KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the Fairbanks post is ready for the new assignment.

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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.

JPARC Plan Signed

Aug 21, 2013
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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.

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A Ft. Wainwright based soldier implicated in a hazing case is being discharged from the Army.  Lieutenant Daniel L. Schwartz is the last of 8 Stryker Brigade members charged related to physical and verbal abuse that resulted in the suicide of an army private last year in Afghanistan.  KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.