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Joe Redington Jr., seen here, was enlisted specifically by the Army to race dogs in Alaska. Redington Jr. won the coveted Fur Rondy trophy in 1966, bringing it back to Alaska after many years of being won by Dr. Roland Lombard of Wayland, Mass. (U.S. Army photo) Alaskan war dogs: Bridging past to future
Editor's note: This is the third and final part of a series featuring the history of the military's use of sled dogs in Alaska. For the first part, click here. For the second part, click here.It was not long after World War II that organizations such as the Alaska Dog Mushers Association and Alaskan Sled Dog and Racing Association were established.
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2014
Women's Army Corps members pose for a photo at the Ladd Field kennels circa 1945. (Photo courtesy of Fort Wainwright archives) Alaskan war dogs: Heroism defined
Editor's note: This is the second part of a series featuring the history of the military's use of sled dogs in Alaska. For the first part, click here.During World War I, the French government asked Alaska's Darling Kennels and Alaskan Scotty Allan, All Alaska Sweepstakes winner of the 1909, 1911 and 1912 races, to provide and train Alaskan sled
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2014
A team of military working dogs rests outside a Douglas C-47 Skytrain circa 1945 at Ladd Field, Fairbanks, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of University of Alaska, Fairbanks, archives) Alaskan war dogs: Not forgotten
Editor's note: This is part of a series featuring the history of the military's use of sled dogs in Alaska.On Oct. 28, 2013, at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, a monument was dedicated to military working dog teams, specifically recognizing the sacrifices of dogs in combat, a tribute to the military working dog and their handlers.The military dog
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2014
U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Elias Zani, 354th Fighter Wing Public Affairs deputy public affairs officer, prepares to build a thermalized A-frame shelter during Artic Survival School training Feb. 6, 2014, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. A portion of the training required Zani to construct a shelter to sleep in through the night. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Turner/Released) Cool School keeps Iceman ready to go at 50 below
I think of myself as a relatively fit and adventurous person. I was raised near Cincinnati, Ohio, where I have raced every distance I could find up to a full marathon. I went to school at the University of Tennessee, hiking parts of the Appalachian Trail, backpacking through the Smokies and rock climbing by the Obed River. I graduated from the
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2014
Default Air Force Logo Permanent Fund Dividend: Benefits of Alaskan Life
The Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD), or Alaska Dividend, is a unique yearly dividend for Alaska residents. In 1959, Alaska's largest oil reserve was discovered and it became clear as the pipeline was constructed that Alaska would accrue a great deal of wealth from its oil reserves. So in 1976, Alaska amended its constitution to dedicate approximately
0 12/16
2013
Default Air Force Logo Priorities and intent
First, I want to say what an incredible privilege it is for JoAnn and me to continue our service here where our homeland joins the Pacific, among many friends and in a place so important to our nation's future. While the current fiscal environment makes traveling to the unique locales you call home difficult, the jobs each of you do every day are
0 11/21
2013
Default Air Force Logo Remember the value of your service
To the men and women of Pacific Air Forces and to our veterans from all services, please accept my very sincere "thank you." You have answered our Nation's call and I'm humbled by your service. This Monday marks the 95th anniversary of the signing of the armistice which brought an end to World War I. That was the first year we commemorated what
0 11/07
2013
Default Air Force Logo Hope in the darkest hour
I recently heard a story of a young man who woke up every day and asked himself what he had to live for. Most would think that was a fairly common question. For this young man however, the difference was the number of reasons he could come up with to live for determined the number of bullets he would put into the clip of his handgun. If he could
0 10/08
2013
U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jeremy Davis, 354th Operations Group first sergeant, Senior Airman James Porter, 354th Force Support Squadron career development technician, and Staff Sgt. Daniel Klinger, 354th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuel service center controller, speak about their experiences with the Air Force Assistance Fund at the base chapel March 11, 2013, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska.  Davis recollected how AFAF helped evacuate his family during the Hurricane Katrina crisis.  Eielson’s campaign runs through April 19. For more information, contact your unit AFAF Key Worker.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Peter Reft) AFAF: Eielson's Commitment to Caring
It is that time of year again, when Airmen pull together to make a contribution for the greater good, enriching the lives of our fellow wingmen. Eielson's Air Force Assistance Fund campaign runs March 11 through April 19, continuing the tradition of giving back to our fellow Airmen.AFAF was established to provide for an annual effort to raise funds
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2013
Default Air Force Logo COMPACAF sends Veterans Day message
The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month marks a monumental time in the history of mankind. On that day, November 11, 1918, an armistice went into effect between the Allied Forces and Germany, effectively marking an end of hostilities in the First World War.President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11, 1919, as the first
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2012
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