Two doors on the aircraft flew open with a bang and the wind pulled and tugged, trying to grab whatever or whoever it could. The jumpmaster yelled “Go! Go! Go!” as the Airmen and paratroopers fell like a hail of arrows. Kodiak Solstice jump week is hosted by the Air Force 3rd Air Support Operations Squadron and combines the Army’s 1st Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division to work together in a joint-training environment.
The Chugiak Mustangs are coming into the end of conference tournament on a roll winning three in row, with victories over South, Dimond and West, reported coach Jim Huber. “We had wanted to finish out our schedule strong, to catapult us into the Cook Inlet Conference (CIC) tournament,” he said.
Bill Martin shouldered an army surplus rucksack, walked out the door of the Brooklyn home he shared with his father, and set out for anywhere. At 16, he’d thumbed the pages of Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” more times than he could remember.
We were lucky, my sister and I. As kids we were inseparable and had that built-in buddy system not all kids have. Still, we had some close calls. Our parents were more reactive than proactive. Had we known the reasoning behind their reactions, we would have been better equipped.
The varsity soccer season ended for Chugiak and Eagle River high schools, with all four teams limited to regular season play this year. Eagle River girls varsity coach Laura Gardner said the season ended with the Wolves facing steep competition in East, Service and South in the final week, giving up 11 goals total.