Posted: Sunday, May 16, 2010

Juneau residents Marissa Paola Capito, Jean Diebels and Bryce D. Mecum graduated from Western Washington University this quarter.

Courtesy Of Helen Anne Hanlon
Courtesy Of Helen Anne Hanlon


Juneau residents Aaron Douglas Badilla, Paige Lynne Pahlke and Kael Marie Wanamaker made the Seattle Pacific University 2010 Winter Quarter dean's list. Students on the dean's list have completed at least 12 credits and attained a 3.50 or higher grade-point average.


Juneau resident Arlo Midgett is attending a NASA TweetUp hosted at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 13 and 14 for the space shuttle launch. NASA has selected about 150 Twitter users out of more than a thousand applicants for this event. NASA has tours and events planned for the first day of the TweetUp and on the second day the Twitter users will get to watch the shuttle launch from the press area.

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Exactly one month after turning 22, former Juneau resident Angela Brooke Fagerstrom was officially sworn in on April 21 as the city clerk of Binghamton, N.Y. She is believed to be the youngest appointed official in the history of the city.

Born and raised in Juneau, Fagerstrom started attending University of Alaska Southeast while in middle school and was a student ambassador to the United Kingdom with People to People. She also was a member of the Alaska Youth Choir for years and sang with Juneau Lyrical Opera and toured with Opera-to-go production of "Magic Flute."

Fagerstrom graduated from Interior Distance Education in Alaska in 2006, was a University of Alaska scholar and worked for the local APOC office. She was a national exchange student through UAS to the University of Binghamton. She started working as the deputy city clerk for the City of Binghamton while just 19 years old.

Fagerstrom is a certified diver and a member of the local Search and Rescue Dive Team in Binghamton. She will be graduating today, May 16, from the University of Binghamton. She plans to attend law school in the near future.

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Amber Starbard, of Juneau, and Tabitha Williams, of Elfin Cove, were among the more than 2,200 graduates in the University of Alaska Anchorage's Class of 2010.

Starbard, the daughter of Howard and Amy Starbard, received a Bachelor of Science in political science during a celebratory ceremony on May 2 at the George M. Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.

Williams, the daughter of Marina and Ken Baxter, received a Bachelor of Arts in political science and graduated with University and Departmental honors.


U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Helen Anne Hanlon, a 2001 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, will graduate with honors from American Military University with a Bachelor of Arts in intelligence studies in May. She is currently a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. Helen is the daughter of John and Alberta Hanlon, of Juneau.

Hanlon was recently awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal for her meritorious service while deployed to Headquarters, International Security Assistance Force, Kabul, Afghanistan. From March 2009 to September 2009, she was the non-commissioned officer in charge of the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Collections Requirements Management Section of the Joint Intelligence Operations Center in Afghanistan. She oversaw a two-fold increase in high-altitude imagery sorties, new improvised explosive device detection capabilities, full-motion video capacity throughout the country of Afghanistan.

Hanlon ensured collection operations were swiftly adjusted to support more than 2,000 troops in contact situations and three personnel recovery operations providing the intelligence necessary to save coalition lives. She is currently assigned to Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas and has served in the Air Force for nine years.


Navy Airman Apprentice Killian N. Skaflestad, son of Edna E. and Clarence K. Skaflestad of Hoonah, and his command, USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) homeported in Norfolk, Va., recently earned the honor to fly the Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist and Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist pennants.

The pennants signify that all eligible sailors have qualified in both the ESWS and the EAWS program. In order to qualify, the sailors must demonstrate advanced knowledge in the warfare capabilities of all of the ship's departments. To do this, the sailors are required to train in many jobs throughout the ship, where they obtain over 400 signatures stating that they understand the workings of that specific job. After these requirements are met, the sailor must then pass a 200-question written exam and pass an oral board chaired by a senior or master chief.Command Master Chief John W. Hick stated that the Bush is qualifying sailors at a rate of more than 100 individuals per month.

"It's a very difficult challenge for a command of this size, " Hick said. "The spirit and motivation from the crew with these programs is awe-inspiring. Because we understand the warfare insignia is the mark of a true professional, we take the programs very seriously."

The warfare programs were created between 1978 and 1980 to help sailors gain a level of qualification and knowledge beyond the normal level required for advancement. Skaflestad is a 2007 graduate of Hoonah High School and joined the Navy in May 2008.

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