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COLA survey extension

Alaska-based Soldiers now have until Sept. 13 to complete the Living Pattern Survey, which is assessing the Cost of Living Allowance.

Based on the participation and results of the survey, COLA rates may drop.

The survey may be taken by any active-duty Soldier who has been stationed here for at least three months, with the exception of Soldiers living in barracks.

Spouses of deployed Soldiers may take the survey on their behalf. To take the survey, log on. to

MAST rescue

Soldiers from C Company, 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment, conducted two missions last weekend, transporting three injured people to local hospitals.

Alaska State Troopers phoned the medical evacuation unit shortly after 10 p.m. Aug. 24, requesting assistance in evacuating a 22-year-old man from 12-Mile Summit on the Steese Highway, near Montana Creek Camp.

The patient, who suffered a gunshot wound to the leg while disassembling a weapon, was taken to Bassett Army Community Hospital.

The second call, from Fairbanks City Dispatch, came in shortly after 3 p.m. Saturday.

A 5-year-old girl and a 33-year-old woman were injured in an all-terrain vehicle accident in the White Mountains National Recreation Area. Both were taken to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.

C Co., 1-52nd, is charged with Military Assistance to Safety and Traffic in Interior Alaska.

Want to be special?

Special Forces briefings are offered Sept. 24 through 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. at the Fort Wainwright Education Center.

For more information, call Sgt. 1st Class John Wylie at (877) 542-1923.

Toy recall

Mattel’s second toy recall this month affects dozens of toy sets sold at military exchanges.

AAFES has pulled the recalled toys from the shelves. Parents will have to contact Mattel to get a refund for the items as AAFES stores will not provide refunds or exchanges for the items.

Customers can call the company at (888) 597-6597 for information on getting a refund or visit


Last week’s story about new military policemen incorrectly identified their component. They are the 215th Military Police Detachment (Law and Order), an Army Reserve unit from Puerto Rico.

Crime & Punishment

A private first class from Fort Wainwright was punished Aug. 13 for being drunk and disorderly, in violation of Article 134 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. He was ordered to forfeit $350 pay for one month.

A private first class from Fort Wainwright was punished Aug. 17 for being drunk while on duty, in violation of Article 112 of the UCMJ. He was restricted and given extra duty for seven days.

A specialist from Fort Richardson was punished Aug. 24 for driving while under the influence and drinking under the age of 21, in violation of Article 134 of the UCMJ. He was reduced to private first class, ordered to forfeit $403 pay for one month which was suspended; and was given extra duty for 14 days.

A private first class from Fort Richardson was punished Aug. 27 for assault, in violation of Article 128 of the UCMJ; and for giving a false official statement, in violation of Article 107 of the UCMJ. She was reduced to private (E-1).