Im what they call a civilian, I do reccollect when K-Town had Air Force stationed here (last gasp was mid 1990s) the AK National Guard Armory uptown now serves AK State Troopers as office space and as Kotzebue District Court House.
A little K-Town history (goes way back) involving military.
June 1865 the Confederate Commerce Raider
CSS Shenandoah operated in the deeper waters of Escholtz Bay to the south of here. Some the whaling ships botherd by the raider was the whaling sloop Louisiana which ran aground on shoals of Chamisso Island.
Louisiana.*Whaling*ship. 297. 7/10/1865. 1827 1 mi N of Chamisso Island.
On December 18, 1981, two A-10 aircraft arrived at Eielson from the Fairchild-Republic factory in Hagerstown, Md. The aircraft tail numbers were 80-221 and 80-222 ... the first two A-10s assigned to Eielson.
However, not long after arriving, 80-221 was repainted in an arctic camouflage scheme. This was done as an experiment for an upcoming exercise titled Operation Cool Snow Hog.
The exercise was held from March 8 to 16, 1982, at a forward operating location in Kotzebue, Alaska.
Cool Snow Hog represented the Air Force's first test of forward basing A-10s in Alaska. Overall, the plan called for the Air Force to fly 16 close-air-support sorties in support of the 3rd Scout Battalion of the Alaska Army National Guard.
Over the following years, the forward operating location concept was tested through various operational readiness exercises and major joint forces exercises such as BRIM FROST, but they were never again referred to as Cool Snow Hog exercises.
The buildings behind the warthog and snowhog the one to left is no longer around was the Ryan Air Service terminal, the rather largish hanger to the right is still owned by James Rood who used to operate North Western Aviation in 1980's and 1990's and is nou leased by the local Air Ambulance service.(spent way more hours wrenching Cessna's in that thing than I want to remember)
For a time Id aquired a 'my guess' ATG M1917 issued in this area, mine was a Oct 1918 marked Eddystone, sportized stock and a chamber rusty enuf to require a rod to eject the spent casing.
My father in law was in the Eskimo Scouts during the 1950's used to carry a M1918 BAR, related how the guys
could speak Inupaq in the clear on radio during manuvers because only Eskimos speak Eskimo. . . Well.
Clyde was from Barrow AK.