Alaskan Scout & Command ~1954 US Army; The Big Picture TV-252

Alaskan Scout & Command ~1954 US Army; The Big Picture TV-252

‘A century ago, Alaska, our most northern frontier, was popularly called “Seward’s Folly.” The top of the world seemed remote then. Today, the polar concept has changed our ideas of distances and now that which was once considered a wasteland, is of great military importance and a vital link in our preparations to insure security. The mission of our Army in Alaska is to repel any aggressive action, and be prepared to hit back. An important segment of our force which is fulfilling that purpose, are men who were born above the Arctic Circle — the Alaskan Scouts. They, along with the rest of our military establishment, undergo constant training and reevaluation in this land where nature herself is hostile — Alaska.”‘

“The Big Picture” episode TV-252

Originally a public domain film from the US National Archives, slightly cropped to remove uneven edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and one-pass brightness-contrast-color correction & mild video noise reduction applied.
The soundtrack was also processed with volume normalization, noise reduction, clipping reduction, and/or equalization (the resulting sound, though not perfect, is far less noisy than the original).
Wikipedia license:

United States Army Alaska (USARAK or “America’s Arctic Warriors”) is a military command of the United States Army located in the state of Alaska, USA. A subordinate command of the United States Army Pacific, USARAK is the ground element of the Alaskan Command. USARAK is headquartered at Fort Richardson…

The 1950s: USARAL

The Army established the Yukon Command at Ladd Air Force Base as a component of the U.S. Army Alaska (USARAL) with the mission of point defense of U.S. military installations north of the Alaska Range. Consequently, infantry and anti-aircraft units comprised most of the Army presence at Ladd AFB during the 1950s. Elements of the 4th Regimental Combat Team arrived at Ladd AFB in 1950, and the 1st Battle Group, 9th “Manchu” Infantry Regiment took its place in 1956. At some time by December, 1957, the 1st Battle Group, 9th “Manchu” Infantry was split between Ladd AFB and Eilson AFB, with the headquarters being at Eilson AFB and some of the line companies (C Company, for one) remaining at Ladd AFB. That configuration remained until at least December, 1959. The 4th AAA Group was stationed at Ladd until 1958. In 1959, a NIKE battalion equipped with nuclear-capable Nike Hercules surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) took over the interior defense mission…

1993 onwards: USARAK

The command was activated after the Department of the Army’s decision in March 1993 to inactivate the 6th Infantry Division (Light), which was then the principal Army unit in Alaska.

United States Army Alaska commands two brigade combat teams, an Engineer Brigade, an NCO Academy, the US Army’s Northern Warfare Training Center (NWTC), and the United States Army garrisons in Alaska…

Alaska is a U.S. state situated in the northwest extremity of the North American continent. Bordering the state to the east is the Canadian Yukon Territory and the province of British Columbia, the Arctic Ocean to the north, and the Pacific Ocean to the west and south, with Russia (specifically, Siberia) further west across the Bering Strait. Alaska is the largest state in the United States by area, the 4th least populous and the least densely populated of the 50 United States. Approximately half of Alaska’s 731,449 residents live within the Anchorage metropolitan area. Alaska’s economy is dominated by the oil, natural gas, and fishing industries, resources which it has in abundance…

Although it had been occupied for thousands of years by indigenous peoples, from the 18th century onward, European powers considered the territory of Alaska ripe for exploitation. The United States purchased Alaska from Russia on March 30, 1867, for $7.2 million ($121 million adjusted for inflation) at approximately two cents per acre ($4.74/kmĀ²). The area went through several administrative changes before becoming organized as a territory on May 11, 1912. It was admitted as the 49th state of the U.S. on January 3, 1959…

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