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News, Events, and Activities in the Alaska Department of Corrections

SHARE Campaign on Target to Reach Fundraising Goals

With just under three weeks to go State of Alaska employees have pledged or contributed $217,270 —  about 52% of the campaign goal of $415,000. You can keep an eye on the campaign by going to: http://www.alaskashare.org/_root/index.php?content_id=5187. Last year, the SHARE Campaign raised  $402,292.85. If you are having trouble deciding what organization should receive a donation please look at: http://www.alaskashare.org/pdf/2013%20SHARE%20charity%20list%20for%20website.pdf. Charitable organizations must meet specific criteria to ensure they are financially responsible and using a majority of donated money for services. Not only are you giving from the heart to help fellow Alaskans you also can qualify for recognition awards, such as a Todd Salat limited edition print for a contribution of $1,000 or more. Go here to see the items:  http://www.alaskashare.org/_root/index.php?content_id=5202. To qualify for the free random drawing at the end of the 2013 campaign, state employees need only update an existing online account or create a new account (if they don’t have one). If you have not had time to give yet, please consider making your contribution online by going to www.alaskashare.org  and click the pledge online button. Paper pledge forms are also available by contacting your department coordinator (Richard Schmitz).

Wildwood Correctional Officer in Strongman Competition at Fitness Expo

Danny Autrey

Officer Autrey presses the “axle” weighing 250 pounds in an overhead lift. Photo courtesy Danny Autrey.

Wildwood Correctional Officer Danny Autrey placed second in the heavyweight category of the Alaska’s Strongest Man competition held during Alaska Fitness Expo IV late last month at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage. Autrey successfully pressed a 250-pound “axle” in an overhead lift. He has qualified for the North American Strongman Nationals 2014.

Department of Corrections Color Guard Debuts at Academy Graduation

DOC Color Guard 11-8-13

Sgt. Rodney Ramirez, Color/Honor Guard Coordinator; Commissioner Joe Schmidt; Sgt. Jacob Wyckoff; Sgt. Troy Eberline; Officer Jeffrey Reichel; Sgt. Jarod Pyle; Deputy Commissioner Leslie Houston, Director Bryan Brandenburg

Correctional Officer Academy #122 saw the debut of the Department of Corrections Color Guard at its graduation ceremony November 8th in Palmer. Months of training paid off as the guard performed with precision at the ceremony. The DOC Color Guard includes Sgt. Jacob Wyckoff, Sgt. Troy Eberline, Officer Jeffrey Reichel and Sgt. Jarod Pyle, coordinated by Sgt Rodney Ramirez. A Color Guard presents the flag at a ceremony; an Honor Guard, which includes a Color Guard, represents the department at a formal event such as a building dedication or memorial service.

Corrections Academy #122 Graduates Class of 45

CO Academy 122

Corrections Academy #122

A class of 45 Correctional Officers – seven women and 38 men — representing eight institutions graduated from Alaska Department of Corrections Academy #122 on November 8th. The students spent six weeks learning the Policies and Procedures of the department, Effective Communication, Shotgun training, Taser training, One-On-One Control Techniques, Cultural Awareness and various other curriculums. Officers attending this Academy include 20 military veterans and five officers who have relatives currently working for Alaska DOC. Congratulations to the Correctional Officers of Class #122.

— Scott Dial