Thank You for Your Service: The Effort Behind the Words

“Thank you for your service.” We’ve all heard the words, we might have even said them ourselves. While thanking a Service member for his or her service to our country is a nice gesture, many individuals and organizations do not understand or know how to provide meaningful thanks beyond kind words or a Military discount.

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Remembering Pearl Harbor attack Dec. 7, 1941

Seventy-six years ago Americans learned that United States forces had been attacked that Sunday morning by Japan. Aircraft from the Japanese carrier fleet flew over the Hawaiian Island of Oahu, dropping bombs and torpedoes on ships peacefully tied up at Pearl Harbor. Eight battleships and several other vessels were either sunk or heavily damaged. More than 2,400 military personnel and many civilians lost their lives in the attack. Timed to hit at 8 a.m. on Sunday morning, the attack caught many of the sailors still asleep or relaxing in their quarters. The action came as diplomatic negotiations between our two countries were ongoing.

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Alaska State Defense Force Soldiers make history and deploy out of state

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – After their historical first-time activation for duty outside of Alaska, four Alaska State Defense Force Soldiers are expected to return next week from a Puerto Rico deployment where they assisted with relief efforts on the hurricane-ravaged island.

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Alaska National Guard members conclude humanitarian relief mission in Puerto Rico

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – It has been more than six weeks since 155 mph winds from Hurricane Maria savaged Puerto Rico, and almost one month since Soldiers and Airmen of the Alaska National Guard arrived to assist with much-needed humanitarian relief. Guard members from the Alaska Air National Guard’s 168th and 176th Wings and the Alaska Army National Guard’s 38th Troop Command and 297th Regional Support Group arrived in Puerto Rico on October 6 for a 45-day rotation, joining more than four thousand Guard members from approximately 20 states who are helping to rebuild and resupply the territory.

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New Way for Local Veterans to Serve

Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions Invites Local Veterans to join the Alaska Veterans Centennial Lions Club. Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions is offering local U.S. veterans a special opportunity to serve their community. The Involve a U.S. Veteran program is a nationwide initiative sponsored by Lions Clubs International that offers qualified U.S. veterans an entrance fee waiver of up to $30 when joining a local Lions club. The waiver is available to the first 5,000 U.S. veterans, and the program runs through June 30, 2018.

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Alaska Army National Guard deploys to U.S. Virgin Islands in humanitarian aid mission

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – Alaska Army National Guard members are deploying to St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, in order to provide operational and sustainment support in the aftermath of Hurricanes Maria and Irma.

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Anchorage Veterans Stand Down: Friday, October 20, 2017

Come join local Lions and various organizations at Stand Down on Friday, October 20, 2017. Anchorage airport north terminal 8:30 to 2. It is an event for homeless and at-risk Veterans to come together and receive support from their community. Veterans are provided with a multitude of services. The goal is to treat all Veterans participants with dignity. To honor our veterans and families of Veterans. Our veterans have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, which is why we want to make the Anchorage Veterans Stand Down “All about the Veteran.”

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Alaska Guardsmen depart for Puerto Rico with communications equipment and personnel

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – Alaska Air and Army National Guard members deploy tomorrow to assist Puerto Rico during the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. A C-17 Globemaster III and aircrew

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Alaska Guardsmen assist with hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – Alaska Air and Army National Guard members are assisting Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. A C-17 Globemaster

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Alaska, California rescue squadrons unite to save lives in Southeast Texas

Vidor, Texas—Air National Guardsmen from Alaska’s Chugach Mountains and the heart of California’s Silicon Valley spent last week in the flooded cities of Southeast Texas, with one mission—to save lives. Aircrews, combat rescue officers, pararescuemen and support personnel from the Alaska Air National Guard’s 176th Wing and members of the California Air National Guard’s 129th Rescue Wing joined more than 18,000 National Guard personnel who responded to the call to assist with Hurricane Harvey humanitarian disaster relief operations. The Airmen left home Aug. 28 to help their neighbors in Texas still needing relief and evacuation.

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