“Gov. Bill Walker issues a proclamation designating 2017 as a “Year of History and Heritage” in recognition of Alaska’s sesquicentennial – the 150th year since Russia ceded its possessions and inters in Alaska to the United States. Gov. Walker’s proclamation encourages all Alaskans “to study, teach, reflect upon our past, and apply its lessons to a brighter, more inclusive further.” Alaska Dispatch News December 2016 Issue
In the spirit of the proclamation I would like to share some important dates in Eielson’s history for the month of September.
September 20, 1943 Eielson was occupied.
September 18, 1948 Eielson Air Force Base was formally dedicated.
September 7, 1951 Eielson had its first fatal accident involving an aircraft assigned to Eielson.
September 30, 1965 Eielson helicopter crew rescued 2 Baptist ministers after their light plane crashed between Nome and Moses Point. Throughout the 60’s crews averaged several rescues a year.
September 4, 1974 Eielson began receiving mail through regular US Mail and not APOs.
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I also want to take a moment to thank our families on Polar Wind, Sundog, and Misty Fjord for their patience and cooperation during the infrastructure project this summer. It was an inconvenience that will have a positive impact on future families.
On September 18, the United States Air Force will turn 70 years old! The Air Force was officially created in 1947, but the Air Force’s legacy goes back to the military’s first purchase of aircraft in the early 20th century! Since its purchase of the Wright Flyer in 1909, the Air Force has continually accomplished its mission of air and space superiority across the world. Way to go and Happy Birthday Airmen!
A sense of community is one of the most important factors in building ready and resilient service members and families. In the military community, support from others is the best resource in helping to face daily stressors, including feelings of isolation caused by being away from friends and family, long duty hours, financial stress and other challenges.
It is important for members of the military community to recognize when someone they care for is distancing themselves from their community, their loved ones, their unit, or when their behavior is source of concern. A sense of isolation can decrease one’s resiliency and increase their risk for suicide.
If you or someone you know is in need of help there are several resources to assist. The Military Crisis Line (MCL), dial 800-273-8255, and then press one, also called the Veterans Crisis Line, is a joint Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs initiative. The MCL is staffed with caring, qualified VA responders who understand the challenges of military life. The MCL is a free, confidential service available 24/7 to all active duty, National Guard and reserve service members, their families and their friends. Those in crisis can also text (838255) or chat online at www.veteranscrisisline.net with a crisis line responder. Persons can also reach out to their local Chaplain’s office or Social Work Services via the installation’s medical clinics and/or hospital.
Stone Soup café on the 3rd Saturday of each month is having a FREE family event where you learn prepare meals for the upcoming guest, the whole family gets a chance to learn about cooking, write notes to the guests, and experience that your family will never forget. Have a great time while giving back to the community. If you want to partake in this event you can must go online to https://breadlineak.org/ and click on Kids Café.
Starting September 1st, Eielson AFB Residents can start putting up their holiday decorations. With the cold weather coming we want to make sure you can hang your lights before the snow falls! Please remember no decorations of any kind can be placed on the roof of the homes and lights should only be used 30 days before the holiday and 15 days after. For more information regarding holiday lights, please refer here to our Resident Responsibility Guide.
Residents must provide at least 30 days written notice using the Notice to Vacate form available at our Corvias office. When you put in your 30 day notice we will arrange a date for your Pre-Inspection briefing held at the office (We ONLY do in home if you think you have a good amount of damage or concerns) Residents are encouraged to provide notice as soon as they begin planning to move. As soon as you anticipate a move, even if you don’t yet have your orders! If you are unable to attend your final Inspection a spouse or designated individual of legal age must provide a special power of attorney that allows them to start and/or stop an allotment. If you miss your briefing they are held every Tuesday at 10 a.m. and Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. unless there is a holiday. If you have any questions concerning this feel free to give us a call at 907-302-2170!
Don’t let the faucet run while you clean vegetables. Rinse them in a filled sink or pan. This can save 150 to 250 gallons a month
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Sept 1st – Hanging holiday lights began
Sept 4th – Corvias Office will be closed
Sept 16th – Kids Café at Stone Soup Café