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  • A gift that can’t be wrapped

    It’s the time of year when people flood shopping centers, emptying their wallets in search of that perfect last-minute gift to give. One Iceman decided to give a gift that required no money and which couldn’t be wrapped. Putting a twist on service before self, Senior Airman Harleigh Wilcox, a 354th Operations Group administration journeyman, donated her vehicle, which gave a struggling community member the opportunity to get his freedom back.
  • Alaskan dog mushing creates community partnership

    When traveling in below-freezing temperatures, most people drive in a heated vehicle with luxuries such as a Global Positioning System and heated seats, “fueled” by lots of horsepower. Exposed to the elements, Alaskan mushers choose a more economical option: a sled without GPS or heat, and propelled by “puppy power.” On Dec. 17, Eielson Air Force Base hosted the opening race for the junior mushing season at the 338 Pond across from the installation.
  • 'One team one fight:' active duty and guardsmen team up for active shooter training

    Between 2014 and 2015 there were more than 35 active shooter incidents in the United States with over 230 casualties according to the FBI. On Dec. 14, the 354th Fighter Wing and 168th Wing combined forces to execute active shooter training during Arctic Gold 17-2.
  • Iceman in Action: Senior Airman Sadie Lambert

    When Senior Airman Sadie Lambert shipped off to basic military training in August 2013, she had no idea what the Air Force would have in store for her. Leaving with an open general position, she said she was happy when she got put into contracting during training.
  • Becoming the one percent

    Amongst the hustle and bustle of pre-graduation jitters, SATs and ACTs, final exams and meeting graduation requirements, high school seniors have major life decisions to make. Most decide between starting their career and going to college; but some make the decision to join the United States military. Senior Master Sgt. Joey Meininger, now the 354th Civil Engineer Squadron deputy fire chief, then a 17-year-old boy straight out of high school, decided academics weren’t going to be in his future. He decided, after growing up with his dad in the military, the Air Force would be a good place to start.
  • Iceman in Action: Senior Airman Jonathan Sikora

    Just like building a house, when constructing a better life you must start with a quality foundation. Unlike building a house, a toolset needed for life cannot be bought. Senior Airman Jonathan Sikora, a 354th Civil Engineer Squadron structural journeyman, is a builder by trade, but does much more than construction.
  • Icemen build ice bridge for mission efficiency

    Ice crystals build up on eyelashes and face masks and ice chunks drag from the bottoms of pants as Airmen from the 354th Civil Engineer Squadron brave the frozen tundra to construct an ice bridge to the Blair Lakes Range Maintenance Complex. With temperatures reaching 40 degrees below zero, these Airmen will spend more than four weeks building up an ice bridge to reach the isolated range complex.
  • Icemen combat the snow and ice

    Once the snow begins to fall, most people scurry indoors to avoid the freezing temperatures and harsh elements of Alaska. However, Icemen from the 354th Civil Engineer Squadron rush to put on their gloves and face the winter to clear the base’s flightline and essential roadways.
  • 354th MXS civilian AGE mechanics demonstrate skills

    Department of the Air Force Robert Wurster, a 354th Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment technician, inspects a MJ-1 bomb lift Dec. 5, 2016, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Wurster found and replaced a broken fuse which allowed the lift to continue operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Eric M. Fisher)
  • Winter Festival brings in holiday spirit

    U.S. Air Force Col. David Mineau, the 354th Fighter Wing commander, speaks to the audience before lighting the Christmas tree Dec. 2, 2016, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Mineau later picked children to flip the master switch and light the tree. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Eric M. Fisher)