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FReeper Canteen ~ Road Trip: Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska ~ 23 OCT 2012
Serving The Best Troops And Veterans In The World!! | The Canteen Crew

Posted on 10/22/2012 5:25:32 PM PDT by laurenmarlowe

 
 

~The FReeper Canteen Presents~

Road Trip: Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska

Eielson AFB, Alaska, is located about 25 miles southeast of Fairbanks in the interior of Alaska, and is the home to the 354th Fighter Wing, assigned to the 11th Air Force in the major command of the Pacific Air Forces.

The host unit at Eielson is the 354th Fighter Wing (354 FW) assigned to the Pacific Air Forces Eleventh Air Force. The 354 FW primary mission is to support Red Flag – Alaska, a series of Pacific Air Forces commander–directed field training exercises for U.S. Forces, provides joint offensive counter-air, interdiction, close-air support, and large force employment training in a simulated combat environment.

The Army completed construction of the original base in October 1944. The base consisted of approximately 600 acres with housing for 108 officers and 330 enlisted. It eventually featured two parallel runways 6,625 feet long by 150 feet wide and Birchwood Hangar, long a fixture on base.

 The base was dubbed "Satellite" or "Mile 26" by some workers and "26-Mile Strip" by the brass. One story had it the base was named 26-Mile Strip because of its proximity to one of the 13 Army telegraph stations that linked Fairbanks with Valdez as part of the Army's WAMCAT, or Washington-Alaska Military Communications and Telegraph, system.

However the reason for the naming was even simpler. Once built, the gate to the base was constructed at the south end of the runway, so people traveling from Fairbanks would have to go to the south end. That drive measured out to be exactly 26 miles, so the base was then known as 26-Mile Strip.

About 3,000 military people work at Eielson. The base has 1,476 houses, and 522 dormitory rooms for approximately 3,200 active duty and family members who live on base. An additional 1,800 active duty, Reserve and Guard servicemembers and their families live off-base. More than 500 retirees from all branches of the military reside inthe area. Rounding out the total military-related population are about 950 civilian employees and more than 600 traditional and full-time Air National Guard members.

The 354th Operations Group directs operations, training, and standardization of F-16CG weapons systems providing realistic combat training. The group provides training and support for expeditionary combat employment of wing assigned assets across a full spectrum of aerospace operations. The group functions as primary liaison between the FAA, Army, and Air Force on all airpower applications.

The Air Force has seen many changes at Eielson, and many missions and aircraft have come and gone. Since its early days, Eielson has also been home to weather reconnaissance aircraft, tactical units from Alaskan Air Command, aerial tankers and, most recently, F-16s, A-10s and OA-10s as part of the 354th Fighter Wing, flying close air support and forward air control missions for nearby ground units.

Strategically, Eielson's location allows units based here to respond to hot spots in Europe faster than units at bases on the East Coast. The same is true for Korea and the Far East. Eielson units can respond quicker than many of the units based in California.

Learn More About Eielson Air Force Base Here!

Alaska's air history is rich and exciting. The Great Land's frontiers were being explored just as the early pilots and explorers were testing the frontiers of flight. It was an inspiring time.

Located in Fairbanks, and housed in the beautiful gold dome designed by Buckminster Fuller, the Pioneer Air Museum's rare & unique collection of over 500 photographs chronicle early flight and the brave men and women who ventured into the unknown.

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Visit The Alaskaland Pioneer Air Museum Here!

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We pray for your continued strength, to be strong in the face of adversity.

We pray for your safety, that you will return to your families and friends soon.

We pray that your hope, courage, and dignity remain unbroken, so that you may show others the way.

God Bless You All ~ Today, Tomorrow and Always

 

 



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Free Republic
KEYWORDS: canteen; troopsupport

1 posted on 10/22/2012 5:25:33 PM PDT by laurenmarlowe
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To: All

Good evening everyone!

Posting a bit early this evening, wanted to say “Howdy” to all before FR gets bogged down with debate chat.

Hope everyone has a good week!


2 posted on 10/22/2012 5:27:38 PM PDT by laurenmarlowe
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To: All

3 posted on 10/22/2012 5:28:31 PM PDT by laurenmarlowe
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To: laurenmarlowe
Good morning Troops, Veterans and Canteeners.

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Our Flag Flying Proudly One Nation Under God

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Lord, Please Bless Our Troops, They're fighting for our Freedom.

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God Bless Our Republic

I pledge allegiance to the Flag
of the United States of America,
and to the Republic, for which it stands;
one nation UNDER GOD,
indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all.

Prayers going up


4 posted on 10/22/2012 5:40:03 PM PDT by HopeandGlory (Hey, Liberals . . . PC died on 9/11 . . . GET USED TO IT!!!)
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To: All

Good evening all.


5 posted on 10/22/2012 5:44:53 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: All

Good evening all.


6 posted on 10/22/2012 5:47:06 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: laurenmarlowe








REQUEST PERMISSION TO COME ABOARD



GOD BLESS AND PROTECT OUR TROOPS AND OUR BELOVED NATION!!!





Boston, Oct. 21, 2009 - Boatswains Mate 2nd Class Philip Gagnon pipes as USS Constitution performs an underway demonstration in honor of the three-masted wooden frigate's 212th birthday. (U.S. Navy photo by Airman Mark Alexander/Released).
(Click for Bosun’s Whistle)




USS Constitution's 1812 Marine Guard fire vintage Springfield flintlock muskets during the ship's underway. "Old Ironsides" was underway for the "Constitution Day Cruise," which is conducted to thank the family and supporters of Constitution. U.S. Navy photo by Airman Nick Lyman (Released)

OUR TROOPS ROCK!!!!!!!








Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

7 posted on 10/22/2012 6:09:39 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: laurenmarlowe

Freep mail me to be on or off the Daily Bread ping list


Love We Can Trust

October 23, 2012

Perhaps the most painful statement a person can hear is, “I don’t love you anymore.” Those words end relationships, break hearts, and shatter dreams. Often, people who have been betrayed guard themselves against future pain by deciding not to trust anyone’s love again. That settled conviction may even include the love of God.

The remarkable thing about God’s love for us is His promise that it will never end. The prophet Jeremiah experienced devastating circumstances that left him emotionally depleted (Lam. 3:13-20). His own people rejected his repeated calls to respond to God’s love and follow Him. At a low point, Jeremiah said, “My strength and my hope have perished from the Lord” (v.18).

Yet, in his darkest hour Jeremiah considered God’s unfailing love and wrote, “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I hope in Him!’” (Lam. 3:22-24). A person may vow to love us forever yet fail to keep that promise, but God’s love remains steadfast and sure. “He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you” (Deut. 31:6). That’s a love we can trust.

O Love that wilt not let me go
I rest my weary soul in Thee;
I give Thee back the life I owe,
That in Thine ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be. —Matheson
God’s love never fails.

Read: Lamentations 3:13-26

Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. —Lamentations 3:22
Bible in a Year:
Mark 7-10


8 posted on 10/22/2012 6:12:14 PM PDT by The Mayor ("If you can't make them see the light, let them feel the heat" — Ronald Reagan)
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To: laurenmarlowe
Aloha Lauren! ((HUGS))

Thanks for tonight's trip Lauren but posting early didn't really help things much....maybe I can get a word in later.
9 posted on 10/22/2012 6:16:22 PM PDT by BIGLOOK (14 days, a hook and a wake up.)
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To: laurenmarlowe; MoJo2001; 007; 1 FELLOW FREEPER; 11B3; 1FreeAmerican; 1stbn27; 2111USMC; ...

Thanks, unique, for the road trippers!

Finally....I can get on FR!

~ Road Trip: Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska ~

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10 posted on 10/22/2012 10:22:06 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: laurenmarlowe; Kathy in Alaska

11 posted on 10/22/2012 10:34:21 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (The pundits have forgotten the 2010 elections.)
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To: laurenmarlowe
Only 5 hours late, but thanks, lauren, for today's Road Trip: Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska.


12 posted on 10/22/2012 10:53:03 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Jet Jaguar; BIGLOOK; All

15F at my house....BRRRR COLD at yours!!


13 posted on 10/22/2012 11:53:15 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: All

Hello Veterans, wherever you are!!


14 posted on 10/23/2012 1:18:32 AM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska; laurenmarlowe
A very pleasant good morning to everyone at the Canteen and to all our military at home and abroad. Thanks for your service to our country.

((HUGS))Good morning, Ladies. Thanks for this morning's thread, Lauren. How's it going?

15 posted on 10/23/2012 1:20:56 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: ConorMacNessa

Good morning, Mac...*HUGS*...get some sleep? Feeling better today? Have a good Tuesday.

It’s 14F as I am off to bed.


16 posted on 10/23/2012 1:25:33 AM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: E.G.C.

Good morning, E...((HUGS))...FR did its usual slow to a crawl for the debate. GRRR!

I couldn’t get on for hours.

You and Bo have a good Tuesday.


17 posted on 10/23/2012 1:33:05 AM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: blackie; E.G.C.; Arrowhead1952; ConorMacNessa; Allegra; Mrs.Nooseman; beachn4fun; Jet Jaguar; ...



18 posted on 10/23/2012 1:34:22 AM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: All
Good morning/afternoon/evening/night Troops, wherever you are.

Thank you for doing your part to help keep all of us free and safe.

Thanks, unique, for the pastries.

Coffee is always on........

How about a donut?

Cookies?

Veggies?

Sandwich?


19 posted on 10/23/2012 1:37:34 AM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Tuesday Morning Coffee Bump.


20 posted on 10/23/2012 3:07:00 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: laurenmarlowe; Kathy in Alaska; SevenofNine; StarCMC; MeekMom; MEG33; HiJinx; acad1228; ...
 

 

 
 

 Good morning,

EVERYBODY!

GOOD

MORNING

TROOPS!

 

 

SAVE BIG BIRD!

 

 

Don 't judge folks by their relatives.  
 

 



21 posted on 10/23/2012 3:52:00 AM PDT by tomkow6 (...................TOMKOW6 ! The ONLY voice of reason & sanity in a chaotic Canteen!...............)
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To: laurenmarlowe; Kathy in Alaska; E.G.C.; GodBlessUSA; LUV W; Arrowhead1952; HiJinx; AZamericonnie; ..

Good morning, Everyone.

Good morning to our

military, our allies, and their families

Thank you, Lauren, for preparing the Canteen for today’s activities.
Hey, I think I see Ma's house from here?

DC Metroland Weather

~ Today...A mix of clouds and sun. High 79F.
Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

~ Tonight...Cloudy early, becoming mostly clear after midnight. Low 57F.
Winds light and variable.

Drive-by post. Lurker mode today.
FR is slow going this morning
and I can't wait on it as I have a meeting this morning.

I apologize to FReeper FRiends if I missed you yesterday.
Work takes over and I can't wait around for FR to stop spinning wheels.
Please stay.
Grab a cup of joe or tasty tea.

The FR Canteen is ALWAYS

Come on in and sit for a while.
There's always plenty of coffee, tea,
pancakes,
conversation,
silliness,
and plain old BS

REMEMBER THEM ~ DEFENDERS OF FREEDOM


AMOS, THOMAS HUGH
4/20/1972
Laos
Negotiated Remains Returned

FR CANTEEN MISSION STATEMENT

Showing support and boosting the morale of our military and our allied military and the family members of the above Honoring those who have served before.


22 posted on 10/23/2012 4:01:12 AM PDT by beachn4fun (How long will the world allow terrorism to be the answer to the problem? ~ pH)
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To: beachn4fun
Good morning, Beachy!

*HUGS*

How are you doing this morning?



Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

23 posted on 10/23/2012 4:11:50 AM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska; laurenmarlowe; BIGLOOK; alfa6; EsmeraldaA; SandRat; mylife; TMSuchman; PROCON; ...




Good Morning To Our Valiant Troops, To Our Vets, To Our Families, Our FRiends, Our Allies And To All Canteen Denizens!

Godspeed our Troops around the Globe, especially those in combat!

Reveille
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May The Lord Protect And Uphold Our Troops In Their Vital Mission!

May He Keep Safe Their Families During Their Time Of Separation!

May He Preserve And Uphold The American Nation In This Time Of Adversity!





Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

24 posted on 10/23/2012 4:13:56 AM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: tomkow6
Good morning, Tomkow6.

((HUGS))Good morning, Beach.

How's it going?

25 posted on 10/23/2012 4:27:37 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: E.G.C.

Happy 222222sday, Edward!


26 posted on 10/23/2012 4:29:12 AM PDT by tomkow6 (...................TOMKOW6 ! The ONLY voice of reason & sanity in a chaotic Canteen!...............)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Good morning CMN ((HUGS))

Doing ok so far. Been busy checking emails and pings andetc.

Howz it with you?


27 posted on 10/23/2012 4:38:58 AM PDT by beachn4fun (How long will the world allow terrorism to be the answer to the problem? ~ pH)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Hi Everybody!

(((HUGS)))


28 posted on 10/23/2012 5:20:25 AM PDT by left that other site (Worry is the Darkroom that Develops Negatives.)
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To: Kathy in Alaska; txradioguy; beachn4fun; StarCMC; Lady Jag; laurenmarlowe; tomkow6; GodBlessUSA; ...











Good morning to everyone at the Canteen. We have 87º forecast as the high until Friday.





29 posted on 10/23/2012 5:21:26 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 ("It's better to vote for a Republican you don't know than wind up with a dim you don't like".)
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To: beachn4fun

Good morning beachy and (((HUGS))).


30 posted on 10/23/2012 5:29:13 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 ("It's better to vote for a Republican you don't know than wind up with a dim you don't like".)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Good morning dear ((HUGS))

Happy Tuesday


31 posted on 10/23/2012 5:40:40 AM PDT by beachn4fun (How long will the world allow terrorism to be the answer to the problem? ~ pH)
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To: StarCMC
Hey, Star!

How 'bout them red parakeets!

....snicker...giggle...snicker...

32 posted on 10/23/2012 6:37:40 AM PDT by tomkow6 (...................TOMKOW6 ! The ONLY voice of reason & sanity in a chaotic Canteen!...............)
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To: y'all; Arrowhead1952; beachn4fun; E.G.C.; GodBlessUSA; ConorMacNessa; Kathy in Alaska; HiJinx; ...

Good mornin', Early Birds!
It's time for tea/coffee!
One lump or two?
Hope you all have a TERRIFIC Tuesday!
....and don't work TOO hard!
It's a beautiful fall morning..
....but will warm up by afternoon. Bummer!
((((hugs))))

33 posted on 10/23/2012 8:11:08 AM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: LUV W

Good morninf LUV and (((HUGS))). FR sure is sloooooow this morning.


34 posted on 10/23/2012 8:41:23 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 ("It's better to vote for a Republican you don't know than wind up with a dim you don't like".)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Howdy,Arrow! (((hugs)))

Yes, it is slow...but not as bad as it was last night. I
sure hope they get those new servers installed soon! Preferably
before election night! :)


35 posted on 10/23/2012 8:48:50 AM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: LUV W

I tried to post last night and finally gave up. I noticed I had a spelling error on the previous reply, just after the preview came up. I had waited long enough so left it.


36 posted on 10/23/2012 8:58:30 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 ("It's better to vote for a Republican you don't know than wind up with a dim you don't like".)
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To: LUV W

((HUGS))Good morning, LUV W. How’s it going?


37 posted on 10/23/2012 9:26:54 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: Arrowhead1952

No worries! I do that all the time! LOL! I finally gave up and
posted on the Official FR Page on Facebook. We had fun! :)


38 posted on 10/23/2012 9:41:33 AM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: E.G.C.

Howdy, EGC! (((hugs)))

It’s going pretty well. Beautiful day here! Hope you and Bo are enjoying this nice fall-ish weather!...and get to walk along the lakeshore!


39 posted on 10/23/2012 10:31:06 AM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: LUV W

No facebook for me. I don’t need to add to my net profile.


40 posted on 10/23/2012 10:35:46 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 ("It's better to vote for a Republican you don't know than wind up with a dim you don't like".)
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To: Arrowhead1952

I visit with a lot of friends there. I have my settings very high...hopefully that will help.

There are a lot of FReepers there on the Official Page...and it’s got a like button! LOL! (Which we need here!)


41 posted on 10/23/2012 11:08:52 AM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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