Honoring our Troops and Veterans

Friendly rivals: British and U.S. military personnel pose with the St George's Cross and the Stars and Stripes at the field hospital in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan today (June, 2010, Dailymail.co.uk) ........ FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010 Official Theme Song - Knaan, Waving Flag — "Flags only of the 32 countries participating in the World Cup South Africa 2010." ........ Weezer - "Represent" — Tribute to the USA National Team. WoRLd CuP 2010~!! ........ FIFA.com official site


Soccer Star David Beckham visits Afghanistan rallies the Brits, Nato Allies and our Troops.

14 US troops receive German medals for bravery (AP, May 2010) — " We've had a strong partnership with the German soldiers," said Sgt. Antonio Gattis. "These guys are like family to us, so we took it personally when they got injured and just went out there and did what we had to do." ........ NATO soldiers bid farewell to slain Canadian (AP) — Canada has won praise from NATO partners for its dogged role in combat and reconstruction efforts in southern Afghanistan ........ First Georgian troops back from Afghanistan without loss (AP) — The Georgian troops took part in ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) operation under the French Command in Kabul. Anther 750 Georgians on the way to Afghanistan war front ........ Royal Australian Air Force Health Services personnel honoured by Netherlands — They were recognised for their deployment to Tarin Kowt in southern Afghanistan in which, alongside their Dutch counterparts, they provided combat health support for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force and to the local Afghan communities ........ Obama thanks Italian leader for alliance efforts (AFP) — US President Barack Obama thanked Italy for its troop contributions to efforts in Afghanistan and elsewhere as he welcomed President Giorgio Napolitano at the White House Tuesday ........ AP source: US seeks Pakistan crackdown on Taliban ........ Afghanistan: Emerging US-India-Australia Alliance (The Moderate Voice) ........ NATO in Afghanistan: World War in One Country -— Nations with a presence in Afghanistan now include the United States, Norway and Sweden. With recent announcements that Montenegro, Mongolia and South Korea have become the 44th, 45th and 46th official troop contributing nations - Bahrain, Colombia, Egypt and Jordan have already supplied or pledged troops but have not yet been given that designation - there will be military units from 50 nations on all six populated continents serving under the North Atlantic military alliance in a war in South Asia that will enter its tenth year on October 7.

Barack Obama rallies troops on visit to Afghanistan. Includes Video (BBC, Sunday, 28 March 2010) ... Obama Afghanistan Visit: President Makes Surprise Trip (Huffington Post)

Bailey Johnson update (Middle Picture) - War Veteran Bailey Johnson part of the team that helped Angoon win their first B Bracket title in 32 years. Bailey continues to serve with the Alaska National Guard ... Angoon wins first B Bracket title in 32 years over Haines - Tournament MVP Jordan Jamestown led Angoon in scoring with 33 points on the evening, while Curtis Lane pitched in 25 Saturday night. John Croasmum contributed 15 points, while Ozelle Jamestown pitched in 11. But his value was not seen in the scoring department. While there are no official statistics for rebounding, Ozelle Jamestown was clearly a force down low by Matthew Tynan (Juneau Empire 3/28/10) (Photos by Klas Stolpe and David Sheakley Photography - Gold Medal Basketball 2010

Harry hopes to join wounded on trek to North Pole. (19 Mar 2010, Telegraph) Prince Harry has said he hopes to join injured servicemen on a North Pole expedition. The team hopes to enter the record books by becoming the first amputees to reach the remote destination. Harry, 25, is patron of the expedition campaign, which was set up this year to raise a target of £1 million to rehabilitate injured service personnel back into employment ... Walking with The Wounded Web site

Paratroopers Homecoming photos by BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News (Slide Show) ... Paratroopers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, were welcomed home to Fort Richardson from Afghanistan on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010

US Marines End Role In Iraq, Biden Holds Talks In Baghdad
By Adam Schreck (Huffington,1/23/10)

Army Guard Welcome home Photos by BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News, Jan 5, 2010.

A welcome home ceremony for F Company, 1/207th Aviation at Camp Denali on Tuesday January 5, 2009. The 30 soldiers from the Army National Guard returned from their third deployment in Iraq where they transported cargo and personnel across Iraq and Kuwait, using C-23 aircraft (ADN, Jan 5, 2010)

207th Aviation regiment returns from Iraq (Photos by ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News, 12/29/09)

Funeral for Marine Cpl. Gregory Fleury, 1986-2009, (ADN, Nov 6th 2009) ... Sign and view the Guest Book for Cpl. Gregory Fleury ... Cpl. Fleury was born in Sitka and lived in Anchorage. He was the son of Sealaska tribal member shareholder Chris Flygare - In Memory of Marine Corps Corporal Fleury By Chris E. McNeil, Jr. (Sealaska eNews, Oct 30, 2009) ... Alaska's Fallen Soldiers (ADN)

Obama offers thanks to airmen, soldiers at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska By Richaed Mauer (ADN, Nov 12, 2009) - President Barack Obama addressed a cheering hangar full of airmen, soldiers and their families. Alaska Senator Mark Begich and Former State Rep. Ethan Berkowitz were also at Elmendorf Air Force Base to welcome President Obama. The President said he met with the family of Marine Cpl. Gregory M.W. Fleury, a Service High graduate who died Oct. 26 while serving in Afghanistan. "Raised in Anchorage, he joined the Marines and served two tours in Iraq. He loved the Corps, he loved Alaska, so much so that he carried the state flag with him everywhere," Obama said. "It was with him last month when he was killed in those helicopter crashes in Afghanistan."

The Southeast Alaska Native Veterans Color Guard leads Native veterans Wednesday along Willoughby Street from Centennial Hall to the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall on Veterans Day. (Photo by Klas Stolpe / Juneau Empire, Nov 12, 2009)

Tlingit Dance Group performs Wednesday for veterans and guests at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall Veterans Day on Veterans Day. (Photo by Klas Stolpe / Juneau Empire, Nov 12, 2009)

Obama Visits Dover Air Force Base To Honor Fallen Soldiers (Huffington Post 10/29/09)


Royal Scots Dragoon Guards win best album at Classical Brit Awards (Times Online)

"Operation Iraqi Stephen: Going Commando" The Colbert Report will present a week of shows from Iraq starting Monday -- June 8 - 11, 2009. Stephen Colbert - Some News is so Big it needs its own page - Huffington Post

 Britain’s Prince Harry bowed his head after dedicating a wreath of flowers at ground zero on Friday

Britain’s Prince Harry bowed his head after dedicating a wreath of flowers at ground zero on Friday (Stephen Chernin/Associated Press)

Solemn trip for Prince Harry as he meets firefighters at Ground Zero (Daily Mail) ... Harry lays wreath at Ground Zero (BBC Video, May 29, 2009) - Prince Harry has laid a wreath at the site of the World Trade Center in New York, After observing a two minutes' silence, he was taken on a tour of the site before meeting firefighters who were involved in the rescue attempt. He will also visit a memorial to those Britons who died in the 2001 attacks. During his two-day trip, the prince will meet wounded Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans at a medical centre. Harry’s team won the Polo match 6-5 in New York City (Huffington Post Pictures) for Sentebale - A charity supporting orphans and vulnerable children in Lesotho, founded by Prince Harry and his friend Prince Seeiso of Lesotho. After the match Lieutenant Wales of the Household Cavalry returned home via commerical airlines.

3rd Battalion, 297th Infantry, Army National Guard Bailey Johnson update - Gold Medal Basketball Star wins Boxing Title ...

Showtime at Southeast Showdown - 22-year-old Bailey Johnson wins title belt from Aaron "Red Baron" Tucker ...."I think this was the best fight of the night," said promoter Bob Haag .... also Shaun Guthrie and Tongan Toni Talamai all grabbed respective title belts at the 2009 Roughhouse Boxing Southeast Showdown Friday at Marlintini's Lounge by Courtney Nelson (May 15, 2009)


 Reigning champ falls in Friday night fights - Angoon's Bailey Johnson surprises Juneau's "Red Baron" Tucker By Courtney Nelson | For the Juneau Empire. Twenty-two-year-old Bailey Johnson, of Angoon, shocked the packed crowd at Marlintini's Lounge Friday for the monthly Roughhouse fights. Johnson picked up an electrifying victory over 2008 Roughhouse Southeast Showdown Champion 19-year-old Aaron "The Red Baron" Tucker, of Juneau. Bailey Johnson served a 15 month deployment tour in Kuwait and Iraq with the Alaska Army National Guard. The Alaska Army National Guard also provided "around the clock" highway security for convoys driving in southern Iraq. Bailey is also a Gold Medal Basketball MVP in 2007 leading Angoon to the Intermediate Bracket Championship while he was on leave from the middle east. Bailey Johnson is one of the Gold Medal Basketball stars in the B Bracket playing for Angoon today. For Fans of Aaron "The Red Baron" Tucker - Aaron has successfully made the transition to extreme boxing and is a considered a future champ in this sport which combines martial arts and boxing.

Memorial Ceremony for PFC Patrick Allen DeVoe II at the Fort Richarson chapel (ADN -Video by Bob Hallinen) ... Hundreds gather for fallen soldier's send-off in New York. Patrick Devoe: Fort Richardson soldier was slained on patrol in Afganistan (ADN - March 16th, 2009)

Operation Arctic Care, Military medical outreach coming to Western Alaska (Tundra Drums - February 05, 2009)

Alaska Spartan Brigade returning to War Front - Next stop -- Afghanistan - By Gina Cavallaro (ArmyTimes.com - Jan 18th, 2009)


Alaska Guardsmen Save 167 Lives in 2008 (Army.com - Jan 16th, 2009)


Recognitions - Juneau Empire -Private Bethany R. Onibokun, of Juneau, 101st Airborne , 2nd tour in Afghanistan.The daughter of Vilda Cooday a Vietnam Era Veteran (September 12, 2008)

Soldiers celebrate family
the greatest gifts were soldiers returned safely. (Shawn Wilson/KTUU-TV)
Spc. Joshua Young and Sgt. 1st Class James Young (Shawn Wilson/KTUU-TV)

Soldiers celebrate family - FORT RICHARDSON, Alaska -- It took more than training and teamwork to help the Alaska National Guard's 297th Support Battalion return home safely from its mission overseas. It took support from loved ones back home. During a freedom salute ceremony Sunday at Fort Richardson, the troops said thank you to the ones they left behind. by Leyla Santiago Sunday, July 27, 2008 (KTUU.com)

Update July 9th, 2008 for Alaska National Guard Maj. Joel Gilbert - The Gilberts (l.-r., Laura, Kayleigh, Angus and Alaska National Guard Maj. Joel Gilbert) at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., one of the families featured in Nickelodeon "Nick News" special, "Coming Home: When Parents Return from War," by Richard Huff, New York Daily News TV Editor.

Update July 8th, 2008 - Prince Harry makes Mom and all of us proud (Huffington Report) - Lieutenant Wales and his regiment, the Household Cavalry, are revamping a school for disabled children in the impoverished African kingdom of Lesotho.

Sentebale - A charity supporting orphans and vulnerable children in Lesotho, founded by Prince Harry.

Shout out to all our Troops on this Fourth of July!

Southeast Alaska Native Veterans Memorial Day Program Web Album from Tlingit and Haida web site (May26, 2008)

Medic in Alaska Guard earns Bronze Star. Spc. Veronica Alfaro stands next to the light medium tactical vehicle gun truck she was driving on Jan. 15 in Iraq when her convoy was ambushed. Spc. Veronica Alfaro rushed through a blitz of gunfire as she tried to save the lives of two civilian convoy drivers injured in Iraq received the military's fourth-highest combat award this week, according to the Alaska Army National Guard. She is deployed with the Alaska Army National Guard's Bravo Company, 297th Support Battalion, Alaska Army National Guard. (3/26/08)

In Memoriam: 4,000 (3/23/08) ... Forces: U.S. & Coalition/Casualties - Special Reports from CNN.com

Over 29,314 U.S. Wounded (3/24/08) - Wounded Warrior Project ... Bob Woodruff Family Fund ...Operation Band Aid supports wounded soldiers ... Daily Show's Stewart 'Quietly Visiting' Ailing Iraq Soldiers - The Huffington Post.

Sealaska Shareholder Honored by Alaska Territorial Guard - Sealaska shareholder and World War II veteran, Sigurd H. Edwards, 81, was formally honored and discharged from the Alaska Territorial Guard (ATG). Approximately 100 friends, family, civic officials, Tlingit dancers, and military personnel, who arrived in a special military plane, attended the ceremony ... More Alaska Territorial Guard Members serving Since WW2 Receive Official Discharge

Prince Harry returns Home ... Prince Harry in Afghanistan fighting (BBC) ... In Pictures: Prince Harry in Afghanistan (2-28-2008)

Prince Harry with the legendary Ghurkhas who were coming under attack on a daily basis. Indeed, on one occasion when Harry was present five members of a Taleban unit were spotted in "no-man's land" and were attacked - including by Harry using a heavy machine gun. Prince Harry has praised Gurkhas soldiers he has been fighting alongside in Afghanistan. Prince Harry receives Afghan medal - Telegraph (5-6-2008)

Lieutenant Wales and his comrades paraded through Windsor - Telegraph( 5-6-2008)

Prince Harry was also on operations in the Helmand desert with his troop of Household Cavalry and was a Battlefield Air Controller known to all Pilots as Widow Six Seven.

Prince Harry

Prince Andrew

Royal warriors with a service tradition - Telegraph
Prince Harry's favorite Band Towers of London (Video)

USA Cares Reaches to Alaska - (CSRwire) BARROWS, AK - January 22, 2008 - SPC Sanchez, of the Alaska National Guard, returned home to Barrow Alaska from Iraq in November of 2007 where the temperatures, at times, had soared above 120o . His hope was that he, his wife, and his five children would return to a normal life. While he survived Iraq, the Alaskan winter was waiting. Resources - Military One Source ... USA Cares ... VFW Unmet Needs Program

Welcome home to Alaska Col. Michael Garrett and the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division. A welcome home Photos and audio by Bill Roth of ADN - 3500 paratroopers and their families were honored at a welcome home redeployment ceremony at the Sullivan Arena Wednesday December 19, 2007.

Alaskan's generosity earns national honor - An Anchorage man who every year serves hundreds of ice cream sundaes in rural villages as part of the Alaska National Guard's Operation Santa.

Latseen Benson update. - Latseen hand-cycled the 2007 New York City Marathon. Latseen finished first for his Achilles Team, and 18th overall in a field of six dozen cyclists.

ADN Photo Gallery Guard homecoming - Alaska Army National Guardsmen return after a 16-month deployment to Mississippi, Kuwait and Southern Iraq

Staff Sgt. Betty Kaeo said she wants to see something green. Photo courtesy U.S. Army.

Guard unit on way back to Alaska - Since the 3rd Battalion's arrival in Kuwait, however, its central mission there -- to protect coalition forces -- has expanded in April to providing "around the clock" highway security for convoys driving in southern Iraq. ADN Published: Oct 6, 2007

Alaska Guard troops coming home - Anchorage Daily News Published: October 5, 2007

Gilbert Daney, right, closes a talking circle with a song at the Southcentral Foundation Traditional Healing Clinic in Anchorage, Alaska, Photo Associated Press

Ancient methods supplement health care for Alaska Native veterans - Alaska Native communities are preparing for the return of Alaska Native veterans from service in the Middle East in Oct. The soldiers, who are part of the largest Alaska National Guard deployment since World War II, have been gone for almost a year. The unit represents 81 different communities and more than a half dozen cultures, including Eskimos, Tlingits, Haidas, Aleuts and Athabascans. Some of our Alaska Native veterans returning have already served their first tour in Bagdad, but returned to the Middle East to support family, inlaws and friends on thier first tour.

The Cooday family welcomes back home Black Hawk Crew Chief Erin J. Smith. Erin serviced 2 tours in Iraq and 1 tour in Afghanistan. He returned August 2007 from Afghanistan. Erin's new assignment is New Orleans. Evin and his wife drove down there from Ft. Drum, NY. When they got to Georgia, they ran into a tornado and had to outrun it. Erin's wife is Yemi Rose, his daughter is Maria Ann and son is Camryn Alexander and mother-in-law U.S. Army veteran Val Cooday, Vietnam era veteran from Petersburg (Seet Kah), Alaska. To Contact Erin and Yemisi Rose Smith mrsyemisirose@yahoo.com

Staff Sergeant James C.Haddox, Air Borne division, returned home from Iraq. He was awarded the Purple Heart in March 2006. He was honorably discharged from the Army March 2007. He served 16 monthes in Iraq. He survived two roadside bombing in Mosul & Bagdad. Haddox and his wife live in North Pole, Alaska. His Morther, Martha Ann Saenz, said Haddox's family"is very proud of him for seving his country, and we are very thankful he has returned home in safety."

Click on photos for larger images

Photo Left - Kick save: Juneau University of Alaska Southeast player Larry Cooper takes a leap while guarding Angoon's Stephen Johnson in Wednesday's Intermediate Bracket game. Juneau UAS' Ian Schmitz is on the right. Photo by Michael Penn / Juneau Empire ... .Photo 2nd from left Left - Welcome back: Angoon player Bailey Johnson enters the gym midway through the second half of his team's Intermediate Bracket game against Juneau UAS in the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament. Johnson flew in Wednesday after serving nine months in Kuwait with the Army National Guard. Photo by Michael Penn / Juneau Empire ... Photo 2nd fom right - Rising to the challenge: Bailey Johnson of Angoon scores two of his game-high 30 points against Kake on Thursday during the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament. Photo by Brian Wallace / Juneau Empire. ... Photo Right - Bailey Johnson leads a fast break Thursday against Kake in I-Bracket in Gold Medal Baskeball Tournment action. Photo by Brian Wallace / Juneau Empire. Bailey Johnson scores 23 for Angoon 79 in finals win over Juneau UAS 69 for the Intermediate Bracket Championship on Saturday.

Article - From one sacrifice to the next ... Angoon soldier goes straight from Kuwait to the hardwood. By EMIL WEST. FOR Juneau Empire.

Master Sergeant Patrick Meegan of the 207th Infantry Unit of the Alaska National Guard awarded the bronze star with valor and the French defense nationale medal. This is his 5th bronze star.

Air Force Staff Sergeant Hallie Coleman Wins Joint Service Achievement Medal ... From Shareholder News

Photo by RICHARD MAUER / Anchorage Daily News
Click on photo to enlarge

Members of the Military Transition Team from Fort Richardson's 4th Brigade who were involved in the Najaf battle include, from left: Capt. Richard Fenner; Master Sgt. Christopher Crawford; Capt. Joe Denning; Lt. Col. Stephen Hughes; Maj. John Reed; Master Sgt. Thomas Ballard; Sgt. 1st Class David Lawson; Sgt. 1st Class Joe Brummell; Sgt. 1st Class Cary Wallum; Capt. Pace Duckenfield; and Master Sgt. Jarrod McNabb. ( February 18, 2007)

Statue honors Territorial Guard - Local Native artist James Grant was among friends Friday night as he presented his latest work to board members of the Alaska Native Veteran’s Association Chapter 1. The foot-tall, brown wax statue depicts a World War II Alaska Native soldier, rifle in hand, parka and mukluk clad, and body in motion, leaning forward, as if the soldier was plowing through a fierce wind or storm. It passed muster with a crowd who had personal experience as Alaska Native veterans. For more information on the Alaska Native Veterans Association or on how to donate to the project, contact the ANVA, 1006 22nd Ave., Fairbanks AK 99701 or call 452-3344. February 3, 2007

Deaths reinforce resolve of troops said Col. Michael Garrett, The commander of Fort Richardson's airborne brigade serving in Iraq. January 26, 2007 ... Col. Michael Garret and the soldiers thanked all Alaskans for thier support.

One deadly day for Alaskans in Iraq - Eight soldiers from Fort Richardson division died Saturday in bloody fighting across Iraq ... MySpace accounts become online memorials ... January 24, 2007 ... Twenty-one members of the brigade now have died since arriving in Iraq last fall.


Alaska Army National Guard celebrates soldiers - The Alaska Army National Guard recognized soldiers and their spouses today at a ceremony to honor those who have served their country. Anchorage, Alaska. Jan. 21, 2007


Matt Uelese kissed and held his daughter, 4-month-old Caydence, yesterday as 58 Hawaii Army National Guard soldiers gathered with family and friends before boarding buses to get on planes headed for Afghanistan

Isle guardsmen deploy to Afghanistan ... The infantryman with the Hawaii Army National Guard's C Troop, 1st Squadron, 299th Cavalry, was one of 58 soldiers who left the islands to fight in Afghanistan. January 19, 2007

Hawaii Guardsmen posed for a group photo yesterday before heading out on buses. They will be assigned to the 29th Brigade's subordinate unit -- the 1st Battalion, 158th Infantry, belonging to the Arizona Army National Guard -- and will spend the next three months at Fort Bragg in North Carolina training for an Afghan deployment

Lt. Commander Gerald Ford being piped aboard one last time by US Navy Senior Chief Boatswain Mate Carlos Ribott at WW 2 memorial in Washington DC ... (Video 1) ... (Video 2) (MSNBC)

Veterans' totem ascends

'Warrior Pole' carved by Sitka veteran, George Bennett Sr, a Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient. He served as a radio operator in the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam (1967-1968). Bennett's 6-foot-tall "Warrior Pole," in salute to veterans, was raised Thursday during a noon cultural celebration outside the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall in Juneau, Alaska. A dance group performed and speakers from the Raven and Eagle moieties shared their thoughts.


Click Photo below to enlarge

Photos by Michael Penn / Juneau Empire

On the rise: Ozzie Sheakley, commander of the Southeast Alaska Native Veterans, lower right, receives help setting a totem, "Warrior Pole," at the Southeast Alaska Native Veterans Memorial.

Adam Beach praised for portrayal of Ira Hayes in "Flags of Our Fathers." Colleagues Praised Native actor Adam Beach portrayal of Ira Hayes, the Pima man who helped raise the American flag. Adam was in the running for an Ocar for Supporting Actor. Alan Arkin, Eddie Murphy, Jackie Earle Haley, Djimon Hounsou and Mark Wahlberg heading into the Ocars for Supporting Actor.

The new veterans among us: women ... The Women Behind the Soldiers (Video) also for the Men behind the Women in the miltary from SaxPlaya86.

AIROS Native Network ... Special Dedications for the Holidays. Send out a special shout out to your loved ones this holiday season. Get us your seasons greetings by December 21st and we'll play them within our live stream during the appropriate holiday (Christmas, Winter Solstice, New Year's Day.). You can e-mail your shout out in mp3 or wav format to airos@unl.edu. You can also call in your message to 402.472.3287 and we'll record it for broadcast.

Oct 2nd, 2006 ... Over 600 of Alaska's 3rd Battalion, 297th Infantry heading for Iraq ... Gen. Craig E. Campbell, adjutant general of the Alaska National Guard, said the nearly 600 soldiers in the 3rd Battalion, 297th Infantry come from 81 different communities in the state, representing more than a half dozen cultures - Eskimos, Tlingits, Haidas, Tsimshians, Aleuts, Athabascans, Alaskans.

Duff W. Mitchell commander of the 3rd Battalion, 297th Infantry, said "Many of our soldiers are descendants of men who served with Muktuk Marston during World War II, and they are very proud of their heritage and roots in Alaska. We are the largest deployment of Alaska guardsman since World War II and one of the largest percentages of Native Americans serving in Iraq. Our unit crest is distinctive in that it is the only Native American crest in the Army today. "

Officials said The 297th is the only activated Army unit with a Native American language motto. The battalion's Southeast Alaska Tlingit motto, Yuh Yek, means: "Be on watch. Ready to fire."

Photo by BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
Click on photo to enlarge

Latseen Benson returned to Alaska for the 26th National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Anchorage, Alaska. He was greeted by relatives and friends along with Tlingit and Haida dancers at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. Latseen is attending College.

"I am excited to be able to be a part of the National Veterans Wheelchair Games and compete against other veterans in my home state," said Benson, who skied the Rocky Mountains at the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic earlier this year.

Anchorage, Alaska. -- July 5,2006 -- Latseen Benson, a disabled Army veteran from Washington, D.C., is competing in the 26th National Veterans Wheelchair Games, being held through July 8 in Anchorage, Alaska. With more than 550 athletes from 46 states, Puerto Rico and Great Britain, this is the largest annual wheelchair sports event in the world. Latseen Placed Gold in the following events Archery Para with Recurve Bow, Track - 400 Meters (II, III, IV, V) and Basketball ... NVWG_2006_Gallery

Latseen Benson marches in the 4th of July Parade with his wife, Jessica. and mother Diane Benson. Latseen's Dad Tony Vita is holding the American Flag and leading the parade. Over 550 athletes marched with Latseen in Anchorage for the 26th Annual Veterans Wheelchair Games. Photos from NVWG_2006_Gallery ... Honoring Our Troops and Veterans

Flanked by a Native Veterans Honor Guard from Southeast Alaska, Diane Benson, the Democratic nominee for the Alaska's lone U.S. House seat, addresses the delegates at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention in Anchorage on Oct 27th. Photo by Latseen's Dad Tony Vita.

Click Photo below to enlarge

Childhood photo of Latseen Benson with his mother Diane who worked on the on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. "Latseen" means "strength of mind, body and spirit" in Tlingit.

U.S. Army Specialist Latseen Benson, center on the hand trike, and his wife Jessica Benson, left, both from Fort Campbell, Ky., bike during the two-day 2006 Face of America Bike Ride in Gettysburg, Pa., Saturday, April 29, 2006. Benson was struck by a roadside bomb in Tikrit, north of Baghdad loosing both legs. World T.E.A.M. Sports (The Exceptional Athlete Matters), working with the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and The National Navy Medical Center hosts the ride from Gettysburg to the Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington to honor and assist disabled servicemen and women returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.



April 5th, Latseen Benson, a former 101st Airborne Division soldier who lost his legs to an improvised explosive device in Kirkuk, Iraq, last November, said the Winter Sports Clinic gives him an opportunity to live, not just exist. Here he poses with his wife, Jessica Pena. Photo by Donna Miles. ... Wounded Troops, Disabled Vets Conquer Mountains at Sports Clinic ...Latseen Benson blasting down Snowmass Mountain on skis. "It kind of feels like I'm flying," he said. "You become one with nature, but at a much faster rate. It's fabulous."

The day began when Spc. Latseen Benson, Spc. Crystal Davis, Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Schilling and Navy Seaman Elmer Dinglasanmer laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, on March 31, 2006

Photo courtesy of Sylvia M. Carlsson

Military Order of the Purple Heart U. S. Army Specialist Latseen Benson, Support Group, 101st Airborne Division, center, was awarded the Purple Heart by General Richard A. Cody, vice chief of staff of the U.S. Army during a ceremony Tuesday at Walter Reed Military Hospital in Washington, D.C. Benson is recovering from wounds suffered in the Iraq war. Attending the ceremony were, from left, his mother, Diane Benson; his wife, Jessica Pena; stepfather Tony Bit; and Gen. Cody. "He's doing very well. Eventually (Latseen) is going to come home because Alaska is his home. Benson is spending time visiting other injured soldiers at the military hospital. His wife, Jessica, and his mother and stepfather are with him."said his aunt, Sylvia Carlsson of Anchorage. From Juneau Empire article 12/28/05

Southeast Alaska's Tlingit, Haida, Tsimpsian rally behind Army infantry specialist Latseen Benson, who was critically injured in Tikrit, Iraq by a land mine, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2005. He is recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Fundraisers are being held for Latseen Benson in Southeast Alaska, Sitka, Ketchikan, Juneau, as well as Anchorage and Fairbanks. The family has established the Latseen Benson Family Assistance Fund at the Alaska Pacific Bank in Sitka. Benson's aunt, Marta Ryman, can be contacted at (907) 747-3513 for more information.

Photo Brian Wallace / Juneau Empire

Praying: Southeast Alaska Native veterans, from left, Alex Fadaoff Jr., Ozzie Sheakley, Harvey Marvin, Charlie Williams, Edward John, Roy Aceveda and James Lindoff Jr. pray for Latseen Benson and his family Monday during a luncheon fundraiser at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall in Juneau. During the event, the Southeast Alaska Native Veterans, the local camp of Veterans for Peace, the Tlingit-Haida Central Council, the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Sisterhood Grand Camp and other contributors committed more than $4,000 to assist with Latseen Benson's recovery.

Photo Michael Penn / Juneau Empire

Paul Demmert is reunited with his 7-and-a-half-month-old son, Esteban; the baby's mother, Davina Cole; and Paul's father, Reggie Demmert.

Crowd of 300 greets Alaska's Army National Guard Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion, of the 297th Infantry - from Junerau Empire Jan 23, 2006

Alaska's Army National Guard Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion, of the 297th Infantry returned home on Saturday, Jan 21, 2006. “It feels good to have everyone home. It was a major goal of mine and, thankfully, we did it. It was team work. Everybody did it to get everybody home. We had two IAd attacks on us, two RPG attacks. We had four or five other IADs that went off near us, but didn't hit us,” said Maj. Joel Gilbert, the commander of Alpha Company. Alpha Company conducted over 1,000 combat patrols in Baghdad, Iraq.

Honoring our troops: Tlingit, Haida, Tsimpsian, family members, inlaws, friends, all veterans

Honoring Sammie Mae Osborne / Baxter Is a US NavyVeteran/ stationed Over seas in Japan Served on the USS Kitty Hawk Deployed to Iraq
Honoring Marine Cpl. Gregory Fleury, 1983-2009, (ADN) two tours in Iraq, was on 3rd tour in Afghanistan.
Honoring Major Russell Price, 4th Brigade 25th Infantry Division (Airborne), in Afghanistan
Honoring Staff Sergeant Hallie Colemam , Air Force
Honoring Medic Spc. Veronica Alfaro, Bravo Company, 297th Support Battalion, Alaska Army National Guard, In Iraq
Honoring Bailey Johnson, Alaska National Guard, home from Iraq 2008
Honoring Benjamin Losee in Iraq, second term
Honoring Aaron W. McClusky, C Comppany, 3rd Battalion 297 Infantry
Honoring Privite Edward Horton, Alaska National Guard
Honoring U. S. Army Specialist Latseen Benson, Support Group, 101st Airborne Division returned Stateside 2006. Latseen is attending College.
Honoring Caleb Elias Irwin, Alaska National Guard, A Company, Third Battalion (Scout), 297th Infantry of the 207th Infantry Group (Scout), Returned home Jan 2006 from Iraq
Honoring SPC Paul Robert Demmert, Alaska Army National Guard, A Company, Third Battalion, 297th Infantry, Returned home Jan 2006 from Iraq
Honoring Sergeant Carlos R. Huff, 3rd Battalion 297th Infantry, Returned home Jan 2006 from Iraq
Honoring Specialist Mike Mercer, Alaska Amry National Guard, A Company, Third Battalion, 297th Infantry, 1st Platoon, Returned home Jan 2006 from Iraq
Honoring Sergeant Benjamen James Miyasato, Alaska Army National Guard Unit, Returned home Jan 2006 from Iraq
Honoring Kalei Andrew Curbow, Alaska Army National Guard, A Company, Third Battalion, 297th Infantry, Returned home Jan 2006
Honoring Ray Boyd Bernhardt, Infantry
Honoring Tech Sergeant Christoper "Chris" David Goins,
Honoring Staff Sergeant James C.Haddox, Air Borne division returned home 2007 from Iraq
Honoring Lieutenant William E. Seward, US Coast Guard
Honoring Corporal Richard William Summers
Honoring Ira Schaefer, Navy Medical Corpsman
Honoring Specialist Gerald John Mayeda, 10th Mountain division,
Honoring Lance Corporal Aaron Dermott Howard, in Iraq
Honoring (E5) 2nd Class Petty Officer, Donald Hotch Jr., Information Systems Specialist, 2nd Class USN Reserve
Honoring PFC Vanessa Williams
Honoring USMC Lance Corporal Nathan Thomas Moran, Marine Corps
Honoring Sergeant Ryan Walker
Honoring Private First Class, Cory Even Stewart, in the 82nd Airborne Division in Iraq
Honoring Army Staff Sergeant, Karen Michelle Youngblood, in Iraq
Honoring Black Hawk Crew Chief, Erin J Smith , Alpha Co. 2-10 AVN. Two tours in Iraq and 1 Tour in Afghanistan. Erin has returned stateside and continues to serve.
Honoring PVT Bethany Onibokun, 101st Airborne , 2nd tour in Afghanistan.  
Honoring Matt Kunkle, 101st Airborne , in Afghanistan.  
Honoring David Brian Loveday, 101st Airborne , in Afghanistan.  
Honoring Larry Ray Boles Jr, United States Navy
Honoring Private, First Class, Jamie Archibald
Honoring Private William (Bill) Donald Dalton
Honoring Cavalry Scout Calvin Lee Emerson in Iraq
Honoring Captain Ward V. Halverson in Afghanistan
Honoring Combat Engineer Jean-Paul Roulet II, US Army, in Iraq
Honoring Knute August Klotz, Petty Officer in U.S. Coast Guard in Bahrain
Honoring Matt Borgen, Corporal, Medic Unit, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, GA. Leaving for a 15 month tour to Iraq Oct 2008
Honoring Curtis Peratrovich, Specialist, BCO 601st Aviation Support, In Iraq until Dec 2008.

Support Our American Indian and Alaska Native Troops - The American Indian Chamber of Commerce urges you to support the men and women in the armed forces.

Click on image to enlarge

Juneau Empire. July 4, 2007 in Juneau, Alaska. Southeast Alaska Native Veterans color guard in foreground with float in background. Left to right is Rick Willard, Val Cooday, Bob Ridley and Fred Jackson. lst place 'Most Patriotic' and 'Best of Parade. Photo by Spotted.

More than 12,000 Natives in military - There are more than 12,000 American Indians, Alaska Natives, Canadian Aboriginals serving in the U.S. military, according to data published in the Wall Street Journal.

U.S. Army veterans Val Cooday, left, and Crow Smith raise a POW/MIA flag at Alaska Native Memorial Day observances at the Alaska Native Veterans Memorial next to Sealaska Plaza. "I want to remember all of those that fight for our country and our freedom. We give thanks for those who returned home. We send a pray Isaiah 40:31 for our sons, daughters and family members somewhere out there you are not forgotten." U.S. Army veteran Val Cooday, Vietnam era veteran from Petersburg.

Taps - In memoriam

Alaska's Fallen Soldiers - Here is a tribute to the soldiers from, or stationed in, Alaska who died at war. Leave your thoughts and memories with each individual profile, and send your pictures of Alaska's fallen soldiers to content@adn.com and help create a tribute to their lives.

Funeral for Marine Cpl. Gregory Fleury, 1986-2009, (ADN, Nov 6th 2009) ... Sign and view the Guest Book for Cpl. Gregory Fleury (From In Remembrance Site - Online Guest Book by The Anchorage Daily News and Legacy.com)

Alaska Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class William Brown (Inupiaq) ... Photo by Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News

Elmendorf mourns fallen commander the 3rd Wing commander, Brig. Gen. Thomas L Tinsley. 7/31/08

Memorial Ceremony for PFC Patrick Allen DeVoe II at the Fort Richarson chapel (ADN -Video by Bob Hallinen) ... Hundreds gather for fallen soldier's send-off in New York. Patrick Devoe: Fort Richardson soldier was slained on patrol in Afganistan (ADN - March 16th, 2009)

.All American Indians, Canadian First Nations, Native Hawaiians, Alaska Natives, All Alaskans, Twenty-six members of 172nd Stryker Brigade, and U.S. & Coalition who have fallen

Lori Piestewa Memorial Fund - The Hopi Tribe of Arizona has created a fund for the two young children of Lori Piestewa.

Cpl. Brett L. Lundstrom (Lakota) - Video ...

Historically, Alaska Natives, American Indians, Native Hawaiians have the highest record of military service per capita of all ethnic groups in America. There are over 383,000 military veterans who identify themselves as American Indians ... Alaska Natives ... Native Hawaiians

The Tlingit warrior’s code is to be humble, to help his fellow man, and to fight to his last breath in battle.

The largest demographic group serving in Iraq are Native Americans, in the ratio of their percentage of the population to the percentage of the armed services (Native Americans make up less than 1% of the population, yet comprise 1.6% of the armed forces).

Honoring our Troops and Veterans site has the support of Tlingit Democrats, Republicans and Independents. We are supporting our family members, Clans, inlaws, friends and allies. We may disagree and debate about this war, but we stand with our Family, Clans, inlaws, friends and allies serving.


Web Page Designed by Jesse Cooday

Copyright Oct 1996-2010 Jesse Cooday (Shoowee Ka')

back to home page