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Join us for Ted Stevens Day this week

Ted Stevens Day


In 2011, the Alaska State Legislature dedicated the fourth Saturday in July as Ted Stevens Day as a tribute to the Senator’s many contributions to our state. The Foundation, in keeping with the Senator’s mantra to “Get Out and Play,” organizes statewide events on Ted Stevens Day to provide opportunities for Alaskans to enjoy the outdoors in honor of Senator Stevens.


2015 Events


Tuesday, July 21

Ted Stevens Day Presentation – 12:00 pm at the Carlson Center

There will be a presentation about Senator Ted Stevens at the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Carlson Center. Stop by and see some historical photos and pick up your “Ted Stevens Day - Get Out and Play” T-shirt.


Friday, July 24

Ted Stevens Day Open House – 2:30-7:00 pm at TSMRI

NOAA Fisheries will be hosting an open house from 2:30 pm- 7:00 pm at the Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute (TSMRI). The open house will feature guided tours of the facility, exhibits on research projects at the lab, and information about other organizations that work to protect Alaska’s fisheries resources. This event will allow Alaskans to observe first hand Senator Stevens’ contributions to managing and protecting Alaska’s vitally important fisheries.


Friday, July 24

Cook Up Some Alaskan Fun – 4:30-7:00 pm at the Parkshore Condos Clubhouse

Join friends and neighbors as they ``Cook Up Some Alaskan Fun for Ted Stevens Day 2015.`` Enjoy barbecue salmon and compare special salmon glazes while sharing stories about Senator Stevens.


Saturday, July 25

Ted Stevens Day celebration – 1:00-3:00 pm at Girdwood Health Clinic

The Girdwood Health Clinic is hosting free food and activities, including a fire truck tour, blood pressure checks, bean bag toss, art activities, music and more to honor Senator Ted Stevens and his legacy to Alaska.

Senator Ted Stevens wanted to insure that residents and visitors of Girdwood and the Turnagain Arm Area had a facility that could provide health care. With his help, the old post office was acquired with a grant from the Denali Commission. It is now the home of the Girdwood Health Clinic.

1:00 Presentation of Ted Stevens Annual Award presented to 2015 Friend of Girdwood Health Clinic.


Saturday, July 25

Catch, Clean and Cook – 11:00 am at Soldotna Creek Park

In memory and celebration of Ted Stevens' legacy and in conjunction with the Soldotna Progress Days event, the Kenai River Sportfishing Association joins in on this family fun day at the Soldotna Creek Park with its annual Catch, Clean and Cook program.

The day also includes a parade, music, family activities and various booths, including raffles, food and beverages.

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The Winners of the Ted Stevens Memorial Award in 2015 are …

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Alaska Defender of the Year

May 18, 2015


Dear Members and Friends,

On top of the world, with a 360 degree view of anything coming over the Northern Hemisphere that would threaten our nation is Alaska, our 49th state. Alaska provides the shortest point for air lift and air power projection from the United States to Asia, Europe and the Middle East. During World War II, the United States sent thousands of aircraft to Russia and China in the Lend-Lease deal that provided the needed airpower for Russia to not be defeated. 

Alaska’s geostrategic location makes it the only state from where one can defend all 50 states from a long range ballistic missile attack coming from the Northern Hemisphere, both east and west, from Hawaii to Florida. The decision to locate the bulk of our nation’s long range interceptors in Alaska was driven during the Clinton Administration by Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) and Senator Daniel Inouye (D-HI). The previous U.S. missile defense system,  1976 Vanguard system, was located in North Dakota. Neither Alaska nor Hawaii could not be defended against from North Dakota and with the demonstration and development of the North Korean ballistic missiles in the 90s, a decision was made to build a defense for the nation against this threat. The first interceptor was put in place in 2004 in the middle of Alaska at Fort Greely. Today, the site has 27 operational interceptors. 

This is not the first time the United States has strategically placed an air defense capability in Alaska designed to counter nuclear threats coming from the northern hemisphere. From 1959 to 1979, the U.S. Army deployed a Nike Hercules interceptor defense on top of the mountains and on the flats around Anchorage to defend against the Russian Bear Bomber squadrons. These rudimentary interceptor missiles were nuclear tipped with a range around 75 miles and used proximity fragmentation to detonate within the center of the flying Russian squadron in the atmosphere. The Site Summit, on top of the mountain overlooking Anchorage, was the showpiece for deterrence with its radars located at the peak and the interceptors located a little bit below. President John F Kennedy visited it, as did Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe at its height. By the 1960s there were 274 Nike Hercules Batteries and 10,000 interceptors across the United States. 

Today there are 30 U.S. Army Ground based interceptors and 2 sites, one in Alaska and one in California. Both are non-nuclear and use hit-to-kill, metal-on-metal kinetic energy for accuracy and confidence. Today we have decoupled the radars from the interceptor site and now leverage all existing early warning and tracking radars at sea, in space, and on land that can see the threat to use for early warning and persistent tracking from birth to death of the threat. Two of the main land-based sensors for tracking the North Korean missile threat are located in Alaska;  at Shemiya on the outer tip of the Aleutians and at Clear Air Force Station in the center of Alaska. Next year, the Early Warning Radar at Clear will finish its BMD upgrade and will directly link into the GBIs further south at Fort Greely, as well as into the main network of sensors giving our national missile defense system more redundancy and direct communication to reduce latency.  

The Alaska National Guard mans and operates the Ground Based Missile Defense sites in Fort Greely and Clear Air Force Station. Each have series of crews that take shifts for the 

24/7 operations. These soldiers and airmen are the vital component of the system and the success of its mission no matter how technologically advanced these systems are. In recognition of their tremendous responsibility to defend and protect the 300 million Americans in all 50 states, we at MDAA, along with their commanding officers and flag officers each year recognize the very best crew from the Ground Based Interceptor system at Fort Greely, and the EWR sensor system at Clear Air Force Base. We also recognize the single best Missile and Air Defenders from both units for the year with the Senator Ted Stevens Memorial Award. 

We held the 2015 Alaska Missile Defender of the Year event over this past weekend in Anchorage, Alaska. We were honored to have U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Missile Defense Agency Director Vice Admiral James Syring; Commander of U.S. Alaska Command, Lieutenant General Russell Handy, Assistant Adjutant General of the Alaska Army National Guard Colonel Joseph Streff, Commander of the 213th Space Warning Squadron Lieutenant Colonel John Oberist, and the publisher of the Anchorage Daily News and Alaska Dispatch, Ms. Alice Rogoff join us to recognize the excellence and leadership of our winners, and the teams they represent. 

The Winners of the Ted Stevens Memorial Award in 2015 are:

Captain Eric L. Vantrease

Chief Standardization and Evaluation Officer, 213th Space Warning Squadron

Alaska Air National Guard


Master Sergeant Thomas E. Wright II

Assistant Operation Superintendent, 13th/23th Space Wing Squadron

Alaska Air National Guard


The Winners of the 2015 Missile Defender of the Year of the Alaska Air National Guard are:

First Lieutenant Micah Hanauer

Crew Commander, Missile Warning Operations Center, 213th SWS 

Technical Sergeant Brian C. Rowbotham

Crew Chief, Missile Warning Operations Center, 213th SWS

The Winners of the 2015 Missile Defender of the Year Award for Best Crew are:

Alpha Crew, 49th Missile Defense Battalion, Alaska Army National Guard

Major Jeremy Shepherd

Senior Tactical Director

Captain Gilberto Ortiz

Battle Analyst/Deputy Director


First Lieutenant Cody J. Hennelly

Sensor Operator

Staff Sergeant Michael Diachenko

Engagement Control Team Leader

Sergeant Josef R. Carstens

Communications Operator




Riki Ellison

Chairman and Founder 

Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance 


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MDAA is a non-profit, non-partisan tax-exempt 501(c) (4) organization. Our mission is to make the world safer by advocating for the development and deployment of missile defense systems to defend the United States and its allies against missile threats. We are a membership-funded organization that does not advocate on behalf of any specific system, technology, architecture or entity. Founded in 2002, MDAA is the only organization in existence whose primary mission is to recruit, organize, and mobilize proponents to advocate for the critical need of missile defense. Visit our website for more information.


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New website being made in the great outdoors


OTC web design in beautiful Girdwood, Alaska has been working hard lately on the new Ted Stevens Foundation website.

As the project comes to a close, we have been blessed with great weather in Alaska. So the office has moved outside.

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The Arctic and Stevens’ stance on the issues (Nov. 2014)

“Resource development is vital to Alaska’s future economy and to the nation, the senator said, and the state is dedicated to keeping development in line with the protection of Alaska’s natural beauty” – taken from a 1974 Stevens press release regarding a proposed consumer protection bill.

Senator Stevens always had an interest in regulations and decisions concerning the arctic because those decisions could deeply affect Alaska. There is much evidence in the Ted Stevens Papers that shows his involvement and concern for the arctic. Stevens was a cosponsor of the Arctic Research and Policy Act of 1984, which created the U.S. Arctic Research Commission. This Commission produces the semiannual journal Arctic Research of the United States, several of which are in the Stevens Papers. Also in the collection are earlier documents that show Stevens’ involvement in Arctic policy, such as those relating to the Prudhoe Bay oil discovery, the Naval Arctic Research Lab and clean up issues, the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission, the International Whaling Commission, and fisheries.

One topic of particular interest to UAF is the beginnings of the International Arctic Research Center (IARC), which was established in 1999. This accomplishment was the result of cooperation between the U.S. and Japanese governments, as shown by the correspondence and documents in the Stevens collection. The first Director of IARC, Dr. Syun-Ichi Akasofu consulted with Stevens regarding IARC, the Geophysical Institute, and other scientific issues and the two became friends.

In 2004 Stevens received the Robert O. Anderson Sustainable Arctic Award from the Institute of the North. Institute founder and former Governor Walter Hickel remarked that Stevens’ work “to provide infrastructure while understanding the uniqueness of the Arctic will be one of his greatest accomplishments” and so it has.

Be sure to visit our document and photo gallery “The Arctic”.

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Fourth Annual Ted Stevens Day July-26-2014


Mark your calendars to get out and play for Ted Stevens Day. Please send photos of your Ted Stevens Day adventures to


Date: Saturday, July 26, 2014
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Activity: Arctic Thunder 2014 Air showLocation: JBER
Get out and support Alaska’s aviation community by attending the 2014 air show! And while you’re there, make sure to stop by the Foundation’s booth!

Kenai Peninsula

Ted Stevens Catch, Clean and Cook
Date: Saturday, July 26, 2014 (Progress Days)
Time: Noon
Location:  Soldotna Little League Field

Hosted by Kenai River Sportfishing Association. You’re invited for lessons on how to catch, clean and cook. Lots of giveaways!

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