Military Appreciation Celebrations

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Military Appreciation Celebrations

Congratulations Military Appreciation Veteran Awards 2023 Winner Lon Rake!

Lon was active duty in the US Airforce from January 1984 until December 1989. He was stationed at Eielson Lon RakeAFB in Fairbanks, Alaska, and Soesterberg AFB in the Netherlands. He traveled extensively throughout Europe during his overseas tours and returned to Alaska shortly after being discharged.

Lon now works for Copper Valley Telecom as their Plant Superintendent since January 2010. He remains involved Valdez community. He is on the involved with the Pioneers of Alaska, Valdez Fly-In, and Copper Valley Electric Association Board of Directors. He is also involved with his church functions, parades, school wrestling and many other community opportunities. He stated that he feels "it's important to give back to the community in which you live". 

Lon has lived in Alaska in multiple locations since 1984 but enjoys Valdez the most. He lives here with his wife, Sandra, and has a son who has moved back to Valdez after college. Lon enjoys hunting, fishing, cooking, barbequing, and making sausages or other types of charcuterie.   

Lon received a myriad of awards during his service:

AF Achievement Award

AF Outstand Award

AF Good Conduct Award

AF Longevity Service Ribbon

AF Overseas Ribbon Long & Short Tours

AF Training Ribbon

Military Appreciation Halibut Fishing Charters and Cruises

Fishing Trips and Sightseeing Cruises CLOSED

We received a large influx of applications and unfortunately must close applications early. We appreciate your participation! If you were not chosen for the trips this year or were unable to submit an application, you will get another chance next year!  

Boat Captains

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Military Appreciation Veteran Award 2022

Retired Chief Operations Specialist (OSC) Destrey Gambol was formally recognized by the City of Valdez and presented the Local Veteran Award during the 2022 Military Appreciation celebration held May 28,2022. The Local Veteran Award honors a local veteran who served our country and continues to serve our community.

Thank you for your service, Chief Gambol!

285638043_382248140605857_6258336974661493263_nPictured: Chief Gambol; Valdez Mayor, Sharon Scheidt; Guest Speaker, Lieutenant Commander Sara M. Ellis-Sanborn and child. PC: Jeremy Talbott



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