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Independent school offers military youth scholarships

Mark Niedermier, the Pacific Northern Academy head of school, has announced the launch of a new scholarship program that will reach out to Alaska’s military community. The Military Scholarship Program for middle school children of active-duty personnel provides scholarships worth $6,250 each, covering more than half of the school’s annual tuition.

Niedermier said the board of trustees decided to offer exceptional students in military families improved access to a PNA education. Additional funding through the school’s need-based financial aid program may also be available.

The Military Scholarship Program is available for students in grades six through eight. To be eligible, students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 and/or perform at or above the 90th percentile in a standardized achievement test. Submission of a student essay is also required.

PNA is located at 550 Bragaw Road in Anchorage and is an independent school with a program characterized by an intellectually challenging environment with an emphasis on visual arts, performing arts, community service and cultural diversity.

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Legal notification

Anyone having claims against or who is indebted to the estate of Pfc. Edward M. Byrnes, of C Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, may contact 1st Lt. Desmond R. Linney at 17th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, Fort Richardson, AK 99505 or at 384-0461.

Parents get more time with newborns, adopted children

Military mothers of newborns and certain Army parents adopting a child will be able to stay home longer before deploying or serving overseas starting Aug. 1.

The new policy will lengthen deferments from four to six months for new mothers before being deployed, assigned to a dependent-restricted overseas tour, an accompanied overseas tour where concurrent travel is denied or temporary duty away from their home station.

The expanded program also applies to military couples – either the mother or the father – who adopt a child  following the date the child is placed in their home as part of the formal adoption process. It is up to the couple which of them takes advantage of the new policy change, officials said. They said single mothers or single fathers adopting a child are also eligible for the program.

Soldiers with deferments ending prior to Aug. 1 will complete their four-month deferment, but commanders are encouraged to give Soldiers six months if operationally feasible.

Soldiers who are under deferments as of Aug. 1 will be eligible for the extended six-month policy, unless waived by the individual Soldier concerned.

Soldier punishments

A private (E-2) from Fort Richardson was punished July 10 at a Field Grade Article 15 for failure to obey a lawful general regulation. The Soldier was carrying a concealed weapon in violation of the U.S. Army Alaska Privately Owned Weapons Policy. His battalion commander reduced him to private (E-1), ordered him to perform 30 days of extra duty and restricted him for 30 days.

A private (E-2) from Fort Richardson was punished July 11 at a Summarized Article 15 for being drunk and disorderly. He was ordered to be restricted and to perform extra duty for 14 days.

A specialist from Fort Richardson was punished July 18 at a Field Grade Article 15 for using marijuana. His battalion commander ordered the Soldier to be reduced to private first class, to forfeit $894 pay per month for two months and to perform 45 days of extra duty.