Capt. Todd R. Perkins, son of Tom Perkins and Billie Wilson, of Juneau, is retiring after serving 20 years in the U.S. Air Force.
Born in Juneau, he graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School in 1984. He attended Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore., and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1988. He joined the Air Force and earned his commission from officers training school in 1989.
He served in the Strategic Air Command and Air Mobility Command as a navigator on the KC-135R Stratotanker, performing strategic alert, traditional air refueling as well as special operations air refueling at McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas. Additionally, he served as the chief of Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Requirements for PACAF at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii. Prior to assuming his current position, he served as the Operations Group Plans officer of McConnell AFB.
He presently is the government flight representative for the Defense Contract Management Agency in Wichita, Kan., at Boeing IDS. He acts as the approval authority for contractor flights at Boeing IDS and for ARINC in Oklahoma City. As a member of DCMA, he functions as chief of flight operations and is an aviation safety official for the Wichita area.
His major awards and decorations include Air Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Aerial Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters and an Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters.
He will retire at his home in Wichita, Kan., and possibly pursue a career in teaching and/or the aircraft business.
Kids coming into any of the three Juneau Public Libraries this summer may enter a weekly drawing for prizes donated by local businesses. They may enter the drawing by writing a book review on forms available at the library. This is open to all ages through teens.
The winners for the week of June 18 were: Leah Neyhart, 8, a gift from Invisible World; Yosef Monsef, 9, a gift from Del Sol; Laura Barnhill, 10, a gift certificate from the Alaska Fudge Co.; Lucas Erickson, 6, a gift certificate from the Amazing Bookstore; Hayden Loggy Smith, 3, a gift certificate from Imagination Station; and Dunya Hermann, 11, two passes from Mount Roberts Tramway.
Army Reserve Spec. Kanani K. Pavitt graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.
Pavitt is the daughter of Corey Pavitt of Trappers Lane, Juneau, Alaska, and Jurene Manuia-Malakaua of Haleolono Place, Kailua Kona, Hawaii.
The specialist graduated in the year 2000 from Juneau-Douglas High School, Juneau, Alaska, and received a bachelor's degree in 2007 from the University of Alaska-Southeast.
Congratulations to Juneau-Douglas High School Class of 2009 and the students who earned honors for their academic achievement.
Students earning 4.0 grade-point average: Briana Donahue, Hannah Dyar, Nethia Lavering, Cailey Neary, Nicholas Waldo, Benjamin Weyhrauch and Talitha Wilson.
Students earning 3.5 to 3.99 grade-point average: Jasmine Araki, Steffan Wilcox, Philip Derbesy, Kyra Jones, Amanda Moser, Eric Gross, Merijke Coenraad, Shaun Nesheim, Stephen Kubota, Tasha Malalang, Kelly Lenhart, Shelby Oelklaus, Molly Emerson, Hannah Massey, Kayla Harrison, Lauren Peters, Tanya Malalang, Kevin Craig, David Holmes, Kathleen Busch, Daniel Stoops, Jessica Eriksen, Hannah Stauffer, Chelsey Welch, Samin Peirovi, Aaron Badilla, Monica Mondich, Jordan Reese, Vicente Alinson, Kelly Fernandez, Joseph Funk, Evan Anderson, Jerrad Alcock, Randi Chernikoff, Wendy Calderwood, Kaya Haffner, Ky Clark, Thomas Eggers, Lauren Thompson, Alejandro Botelho-Alvarez, Mark Enriquez, Winneth Ramirez, Shannon Smith, Amy Bergmann, Anne Bartholomew, Paige Cameron, Eli Olson, William Strehler, Karljn Moe, Kendra Buerger, Katelyn Calvin, Morgan Fisher, Alex Gendron, Alondra Munoz, Miranda Barril, Darby Brown, Miranda Hayes, Christopher Wetherell, Linzie Norman, Westin Dollmont, Olivia Pitesa, Aldyn Brudie, Anthony James, Sarah Thrower, Connor Chaney, Leah Gregg and Joshua Mayer.