All Alaska Airmen must submit to an experimental COVID shot by Dec. 2 or face military discipline and separation. Those seeking a narrow medical or religious exemption have until Oct. 12 to make their requests known.

This information was shared in two communications issued Sept. 16, a letter by Brigadier Gen. Anthony Stratton, commander of the Alaska Air National Guard’s 176th Wing, and an email from Master Sgt. Nina Kolyvanova, 176 Civil Engineer Squadron at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

Included with the vaccine mandate notice was a frequently asked questions form which laid out the consequences for any service member who refuses the jab.

The FAQ notes that since the vaccines are being mandated, “only vaccines with full FDA licensure may be required.”

“At this time, that only includes the COMIRNATY® (Pfizer) vaccine,” the form states. It then notes that if the FDA licensed Comirnaty short is not available, providers can use the emergency use authorized Pfizer shot interchangeably to impose military vaccinations.

“If counseling and informal efforts fail to convince the member to receive the vaccine, a member’s chain of command could, as a last resort, take appropriate administrative or disciplinary action commensurate to the alleged offense, up to and including discharge,” the FAQ letter states.

It also warns that there are no exemptions from the experimental shots for those who are 12 months from retirement or within 180 days of separation. Additionally, there will be no involuntary separation pay for service members who refuse the jab.

The non-vaxed may also be required to repay bonuses and educational expenses.

Pregnant service members “may pursue a temporary medical exemption following vaccine counseling from her healthcare provider,” but no such opportunities are afforded to women who are planning to become pregnant or who are currently breastfeeding, the FAQ notes.

Additionally, it states that prior natural infection from COVID does not exempt service members from having to take the COVID shot.

One question asks: “What will happen to my career if I refuse to take the vaccine when it’s mandatory?” The answer: “Absent an approved medical or administrative exemption (e.g., religious accommodation), any refusal by a service member to receive the COVID-19 vaccine may be punishable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.”

A separate fact sheet was also provided for service members which explains the medical risks of taking the Comirnaty shot. These include the following:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness and weakness
  • Swelling of your face and throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • A fast heartbeat
  • A bad rash all over your body
  • Myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle)
  • Pericarditis (inflammation of the lining outside the heart)
  • Feelings of having a fast-beating, fluttering, or pounding heart
  • Severe allergic reactions
  • Non-severe allergic reactions such as rash, itching, hives, or swelling of the face
  • Injection site pain
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Chills
  • Joint pain
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Swollen lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy)
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting

“These may not be all the possible side effects of the vaccine. Serious and unexpected side effects may occur,” the fact sheet adds. “The possible side effects of the vaccine are still being studied in clinical trials.”

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Alaska Airmen ordered to vax under penalty of punishment and separation

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Burt says:

    So much for the States and their leaderships standing up to Dear Leader!

    • Michael Alam says:

      Little the state cn do. The National Guard must meet DoD mandates.

      Failure to do so means a Guardsman couldn’t attend DoD schools, go on orders or deploy.

      The guard is funded almost entirely by the federal government. The states have a lot less control over the guard than people think

  • NorthernMegaWood says:

    “The possible side effects of the vaccine are still being studied in clinical trials.” Now doesn’t that statement from possible side effects say it’s STILL EXPERIMENTAL!!!!

    • Michael Alam says:

      Once the FDA gave approval it is no longer “experimental”

      You can argue that the approval was rammed through , but it
      was approved.

      • Mariann says:

        They approved a vax that is not available not the one in use

      • Michael Alam says:

        Not true.
        The approved one is available and people are taking it.

        Some People are spreading misinformation that the rename is a completely different vaccine. Its a market name for the same product. Comirnaty IS
        Pfizer biotech.

      • Proud Alaskan says:

        That’s a bunch of Bull it’s the same experimental shot.
        Plus no one is taking the new (name changed) shot.
        There covering there asses. If the label is not on the bottle you will have no recourse against Pfizer.

      • Michael Alan says:

        Assuming you’re responding to me……

        It was simply a market name change.

        The FDA Press release specifically stated the same vaccine would now be marketed as ‘Comarinaty’.. no hiding no ass covering .while both you and I likely agree on the.validity of the FDA’s approval, it was no longer “experiential ” once it was approved

        The marketing name change isn’t uncommon.

  • Jmk says:

    wrong, just wrong, I feel terrible for these people whose livelihoods are being put on the line for something that is unconstitutional, unscientific and just plain wrong. Where are the lawyers to help these people and get our constitution upheld.

  • Sally Pollen says:

    Yes, where is the legal opposition to this gross invasion of our personal established freedoms? Where is the push-back to this fast-moving flood to take control of our nation and our lives? God can give wisdom and boldness and we desperately need both. The fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

  • NP Adam says:

    Are they going to be provided the actual Comirnaty injection? Latest is that is not available and wont be for some time.

    • AKFatBoy says:

      They will not. Military leadership has determined the Pfizer shot is interchangeable with Comirnaty.

      • NP Adam says:

        ” Providers can use doses distributed under the EUA to administer the vaccination
        series as if the doses were the licensed vaccine according to the FDA. Other vaccines may be added to
        this list in the future”
        If this doesn’t give you a reason to GTFO, I don’t know what will. This is plain immoral and illegal.

      • Michael Alan says:

        So can anyone. Anyone can take the EUA vaccines.(assuming older than 12 etc)

        But the military can only mandate the FDA approved one. If someone voluntarily chooses too, they can pick one of the three

  • Joyce says:

    Thank you to all our military service members for your service and your bravery! I heard that when applying for religious or medical exceptions, keep it just that. Give why your medical condition prohibits this (not that the jab has deadly ingredients, and is killing people, etc.); and for religious reasons, keep it purely your belief (you can be an Athiest and have a religious belief).
    Please hold off as long as you can (by December, you never know what will be required/not required), and I will continue to pray for Devine intervention!! This is just madness and so wrong.

  • AKFatBoy says:

    They will not. Military leadership has determined the Pfizer shot is interchangeable with Comirnaty.

  • NP Adam says:

    ” Providers can use doses distributed under the EUA to administer the vaccination
    series as if the doses were the licensed vaccine according to the FDA. Other vaccines may be added to
    this list in the future” That’s illegal

  • NP Adam says:

    This FAQ list is just plain barbaric. Time to GTFO of the military. If you’re ANG or Army NG, just leave, they can’t do anything to you in Alaska.

  • Andy says:

    Horrible. Unbelievable that POTUS would allow this to our men and woman in uniform, I think it’s pretty clear it shows what he thinks of the rest of us and the entire nation. Why isn’t there an impeachment or amendment 25? Each day that goes by is literally drenched with disaster by this idiot in charge.

    • Fred Lee says:

      There is not an impeachment nor an article 25 because, contrary to what the Alaska Watchman reports, the Covid vaccine is not considered “experimental”. It is safe and effective.

      We are well past the time when ignorance and denialism is acceptable here.

      • Evan S Singh says:

        Indeed. Its WAY past time for Alaskans to protect their community and get the vaccine.

      • Dr. Greg Moody says:

        Protect their community? VAERS indicates it’s killing our community. My staff is at home right now feeling like she is dying from her vaccine. If you get the vaccine you can still get Covid and you can still die. How about the other alternative? The virus isn’t killing people anyway, it’s their bodies response to Covid that is killing people. It causes hypoxia, hyperinflammation, and hypercoagulation. Treating those early on during incubation and symptomatic stages seems to increase survival drastically before arriving at the pulmonary stage.

        Besides the fact that natural immunity does work. Doesn’t guarantee safety just like some vaccines, but it does decrease the likelihood of death or other extreme reactions.

      • FLEAGLE says:

        “WE are The BORG.
        ‘Devine’ is, a native Hibernian devoted to imbibing in the “Spirits” at any local Pub in the free Counties of Eireann. It is unlikely she-he- (or) It would intervene/intercede with the ‘goings-on’ resulting from the “duly elected” Lewis Carroll’s American Democratic Party.BTW: …The Official definition: “VACCINE” wuz changed
        /Revised a While ago, by, the W.H.O. to conform! to the desires of the manufacturers for Saleability.

      • Greg says:

        Not that I think you care, but the truth is, many have experienced adverse effects due to this “vaccine.” With such a high survivability rate, why should anyone risk taking the “vaccine”, which has caused injuries – including death. If those that have taken the “vaccine” have such confidence in it, then why are you so worried about others not injecting themselves with it? Also, I hear the talk about it being/not being experimental. Some may say it is not, but the truth is, the long term effects are not known. That is crucial, especially considering the fact that the short term effects have been disastrous for some. Do people not know that the FDA has had to rescind its “approval” of a product before? Why do so many people think what the FDA says is worth a dime? Many medical professionals are speaking out against the vaccine, but the mainstream media ignore it, and the internet warriors want to force everyone else to do what they did not have enough sense to say no to.

  • Nita Young says:

    Alaskans we have got to have one of the worse group of government and medical staff in the USA……
    this vaccine will kill anyone who takes it….it might take 2 or 3 years….but it is a suicide waiting to happen….and I have volumes of medical information, 2 feet high…… from very credible doctors and medical personnel from all over world, printed off……here are our men and women who protect our state and nation….. and we have deranged government officials who are in partnership with CCP and the New World Order to depopulate the world and especially the USA who has been standing in the way of a complete take over by the communist New World Order….my dear fellow Alaskans….come next spring and summer you will start see millions dying from these poison vaccines…….all over the world….especially in America and Israel……and among many other countries……yes, if you don’t die very early on from the vaccines….you may have 2 or 3 yrs. to wait……
    what do people not understand? it kills your DNA and your T-cells….look at the the abnormal blood cells…..both white and red…..that develop inflammation….the blood cannot flow thru the capillaries…it clots off…..morticians all over the country are reporting this from from dead bodies……these clumped cells do not even look human…….these vaccines are crimes against humanity….and these people responsible will be paying a price for this treasonous act of murder against the worlds population….4 out of 5 pregnant women miscarry their babies……another way to depopulate the world…..vaccinated people now have a 20% increase in the cancer over the un-vaccinated population…..these are NOT vaccines!! they are a gene therapy and you cannot turn off or correct the deadly results of taking these vaccines…..and most of ALL…..aborted baby cells have been used in the processing and development of all these vaccines……do you really want to have another sacrificed human being inside your body? Follow the deadly lies and the money trail and the scare tactics of your government and state and establishment medical …..just keep supporting this communist take over…..
    take a stand Alaskans protect your families, and our military who are here to protect us…..

    • Evan S Singh says:

      You embarrass…… Alaska.

    • FLEAGLE says:

      You Are so, IN THE X-RING. Unfortunately (for you) the official Quackers and smilers will malign you for (being an heroic) Clarion Call to the uninformed and current, formal ab-initio indoctrinated Tweeds in positions of legislative,commercial and academic Power.This TRUTH you proclaim is Disturbing to them. Don’t be surprised if you’re scheduled for Re-Hab at some future date.
      See: The FRANKFURT SCHOOL Univ.of Chicago,1930’s. “Cognitive Dissonance”; the definition. Applicable.

  • Nita Young says:

    and when you die….don’t expect your life insurance to payoff……it won’t……they are exempt…
    from this experimental vaccine…..

    • Fred Lee says:

      This is incorrect. Why are you making this demonstrably false claim? Why are you outright lying? What is your agenda?

      • Herman Nelson says:

        Sorry “fred”. This is true. Life insurance companies will not do pay-outs for deaths causes by vaccines that are experimental. Look it up.

      • Fred Lee says:

        Why are we putting names in quotes now? “Herman”, you are incorrect.

        I realize using the internet is challenging, so I “googled” it for you. There are many sources, all of which report the same. Here is just one of many:

        Has the Department of Financial Services seen life insurance companies attempt to deny death benefits covering an insured person who has received a COVID-19 vaccination?

        No. The Life Insurance Council of New York (LICONY), a trade association representing life insurance companies doing business in New York, and the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI), a trade association representing the life insurance industry nationally, have each confirmed that life insurance companies do not use the fact that a policyholder has received a COVID-19 vaccination as a reason for refusing to pay death benefits. In a March 15, 2021 statement, ACLI indicated the following:

        “The fact is that life insurers do not consider whether or not a policyholder has received a COVID vaccine when deciding whether to pay a claim.”

      • Herman Nelson says:

        Quoting New York state government are we..? You’re as believable as randy madcow.

      • Dr. Greg Moody says:

        I don’t believe she is lying. Just possibly misinformed. Her intent may be good, but these days the rumor mill is very strong and it is difficult to verify rumors at times.

        I checked

        And it seems that getting the vaccine won’t jeopardize your life insurance.

    • Michael Alan says:

      There are protection given to big pharma, but that has nothing to do with your life insurance or whether it will pay out from COVID or a vaccine related death.
      It seems reasonable to provide some protections as it is government pushing big pharma to quickly develop these vaccinations.

  • Rebekah says:

    Sounds to me like a recipe for disabling and even destroying our military from within. We thought losing 13 in Afghanistan was treachery?! This is far worse. God help us.

    • Fred Lee says:

      Have you ever served in the military? Have you ever traveled overseas? Our men and women in uniform are accustomed to vaccines. Keeping our fighting force alive and healthy is critical to our national security and their own well-being.

      The military hospitals are overrun with the sick and dying from Covid. Choose life.

      • Herman Nelson says:

        Yes and yes. Yes we are, by vaccines that have been tested 3-5 years or more and known to be safe. Why do you have to lie, fred…? Overrun..? Seriously.. Take off the face diaper and try again.

      • Evan S Singh says:

        How about the hospitals in Idaho and even Prov in Anchorage? They are overrun! Sick members of your community will die because of your stubborn allegiance to Christianity and failed ideology.

      • Dr. Greg Moody says:

        Forget ideology or Christianity. If the vaccine is so good then why are there so many vaccinated getting sick from the vaccine or breakthrough Covid? I don’t believe we should incentivize killing the unborn ever. But even if we weren’t doing that, we have a medical practice for vaccine usage that utilizes longitudinal studies for a reason. This category of medicine has abrogated those safeguards at a large potential cost to humanity.
        I believe that DNA therapies are a gateway to a new Era of medicines that will help mankind, but there are some appalling pitfalls that necessitate careful progress. That is impossible with the speed at which we are using this batch of mRNA medicine.

      • Herman Nelson says:

        Really? You’re going to push that narrative..? I have med friends that say otherwise.

      • Fred Lee says:

        Yes. They are overrun. People are literally dieing because of insufficient ICU capacity because of COVID cases, the vast majority of which are among the unvaccinated.

        We are at the point where choosing to be unvaccinated leads to the death of others. That is unfortunately not hyperbole.

        Choose life.

      • Wisdom Cries in the Streets says:

        Two things can be true at once: a person can be “unvaccinated” against CoVID AND also not sick. Therefore, there is no danger to anyone else. If we begin to mandate preventative actions for potentially dangerous situations then I’m not sure how any of us is going to be able to get out of bed each morning.

      • AB says:

        Fred, your comments are very on point. I don’t understand how so many people on this site (and elsewhere in society) who proclaim their pro-life beliefs from the online rooftop and at the protest outside of Planned Parenthood, and yet are unwilling to get a vaccine or even simply wear a mask when these are very practical steps to LITERALLY SAVE LIVES. I guess the attitude is, to be pro-life until a person is born, then it’s “goodbye and good luck; you’re on your own now.” The lack of logic and hypocrisy are astounding.

        And I’m sure several folks on here will be quick to denounce me as a Marxist, fascist, CNN/NPR propaganda-reading sheeple who drank the Kool-Aid for holding such views. C’est la vie.

      • Herman Nelson says:

        Right. You’re just as bad as Jim Jones.

    • FLEAGLE says:

      Destruction of the Military ‘Class’.
      INCREMENTALISM. Been going on/
      underway since, at least 1967 ( to my undedicated reckoning).

  • Ralph says:

    Loyal to their dictator, negligent towards the human condition, and conscientious objectors.
    -Godless coercion pushing socialists.

    • Evan S Singh says:

      “Loyal to their dictator, negligent towards the human condition”. BAM! Perfect summation of Trump supporters!

  • G Aleution says:

    A hard decision. The United States Corporation I believe is nearly out of funds. Military pensions may have less value under those circumstances. Patriot efforts are never in vain. All their skills are much needed in the private sector from whence they came. The private sector has NO ill-intent to demonstrate and heartily welcomes them and their efforts. Men and women of good will will create a fine inclusive free economy without control of enemy foreign nations, con artists and tyrants. Good health to you!!!

  • Mongo Love Candy says:

    Stolen elections have consequences. You are better off being discharged than serving in a Chinese Communist Puppet Regime.

  • Rich Thorne says:

    First, the headline implies that the story is about the Alaska Airmen’s Association and that they would require all members (mostly civilian) to get vaxxed – not so. Upon reading the story, one sees that it is to the entire military, not just in Alaska, that the requirement applies – no civilian requirement here. Second, the military requires vaccination for a large variety of diseases, for the purpose of readiness, not just COVID. It is not alarming or even unusual for them to make such a requirement. Thirdly, the article fuels conspiracy theories which the other comments reflect. Bravo Sierra.

    • Mongo Love Candy says:

      Rest assured Joe Xiden Loves you, he wouldn’t do anything to hurt an American to think otherwise is a Ministry of Truth recognized “conspiracy theory”.

    • Evan S Singh says:

      Totally agree with your assessment Rich.

    • Elizabeth Henry says:

      Rich I am curious does the military require vaccines that are still unproven and being researched? Is it because of the FDA ‘approval’? Would the military have required vaccination if there was not yet an FDA ‘approved’ vaccine? See my post below regarding the continuing research. I believe the vaccine was an approval of politics. Which I consider criminal hence feel no one should be forced to receive it.

      • JAG says:

        Yes. Each year the military requires the flu shot. Each year a new and different iteration of the flu shot is released to reflect what strains are thought to be predominant in the coming year.

      • Colorado Conservative says:

        And oftentimes the predicted flu strains are inaccurate and the flu shot ends up being useless. Millions of people who get the annual flu shots still get and die from the flu.

    • Dr. Greg Moody says:

      Tuskegee Study.
      Radium Girls.
      American Indian Treaties.
      Project Sunshine.
      Prohibition poisoned booze.
      The Dalai Lama was a CIA agent.
      Tobacco doesn’t cause cancer.
      Operation Paperclip.
      Project MKUltra.

      These are all conspiracy theories that turned out to be true. The one most pertinent here is the Tuskegee Study. It might have bearing on health and medicine in a society that is too trusting of their government.

    • Fred Lee says:

      Thank you for this cogent response.

      Indeed the Alaska Watchman continues to act against the interests of Alaskans with its misleading articles.

      I am grateful that most in our faith community have come down on the side of community responsibility and safety. I look forward to the time when those present in the comments section and on the editorial board choose to participate in society rather than fight against it.

      I am old enough to remember when conservatism involved civic responsibility. Most of those here have either forgotten or perhaps never learned that lesson.

      • Greg says:

        You act as if the people in the medical field agree that the vaccine is something that every citizen should receive. That is simply not true. How are you so sure that you are correct, and the people who refuse this “vaccine” are in the wrong? Because someone told you? Well what about what these people have been told. I hear your pious talk, as if your view is held by all those in the “faith community”, but I beg to differ. Most Christians that I speak to have not and will not receive this “vaccine.” For many, its because of the connection between the “vaccine” and the murder of human lives in the womb. You can spout your mantra “choose life” all day long, yet people on the other side can say the same. As for the adverse effects of the vaccine, why should you or a government official get to decide if my loved ones should take the risk of experiencing blood clots, heart problems, etc., for a virus that has nearly a 100 percent survivability rate? Being a Christian does not mean being gullible and believing the government narrative about such things. Human governments have been the most destructive forces on the face of the earth, and the US government tops them all. I don’t know you, and I won’t pretend to, but reading these posts you sound like the one who is inconsiderate toward others and their sincerely held views.

      • Evan S Singh says:

        “Being a Christian does not mean being gullible”. Oh yes it does. A virgin birth, dead man coming back to life, ghosts – these are impossible beliefs that are central to Christianity.

        And why put the quotation marks around the word vaccine?

      • Buzz Kelley says:

        Dear Evan, sincerely and with all due respect, do you know everything? Do you know half of everything? What if knowledge and understanding of your stated “impossible beliefs” existed in the other half of knowledge that you do not possess? For example, where did all the matter come from that was the “big bang?” and of course you know that theory has been changed at least three times. I think all people are asking for is to throttle back a little bit so we can all make informed decisions.

  • JT says:

    The Comirnaty shot isn’t even available yet in the U.S. It isn’t the same as the Pfizer non-vaccine, so the FDA approval that people keep throwing out there isn’t true. There are a number of articles available that explain the difference. One on The American Thinker and another on The Epoch Times that you can look up. There are large numbers of fully vaccinated recipients who are coming down with the CCP flu. Israel with an 80+% vaccination rate has so many people coming down with the WuFlu that there are countries that have banned travel from there. So much for the phony vax.

  • KT says:

    Is the COMIRNATY® (Pfizer) vaccine even being manufactured? Last that I read Pfizer patented it but had not started manufacture, preferring to continue distributing the lucrative and liability exempt Pfizer-BioNtech.

  • Elizabeth Henry says:

    This is truly criminal and tyrannical. I am vaccinated. And I am vehemently against mandates for this vaccine, which truly is not yet proven at all. It has been accelerated by political force. I had a myriad of effects from the second vaccine and just, today, September 17, filled out my second questionnaire regarding those side effects for Pfizer. I will add I am now fine. I hope . I do want to help with their research, but that is what it is, research. We are all part of the research and we are all test subjects. I know the military has a long history of forcing service members to receive myriads of vaccines, I am unaware of the requirement for vaccines still under trial. I feel for General Stratton having to issue this order as I would guess, as I know him, he is not on board with this but is following orders. He is a man of honor, integrity, and a patriot. What do you do? It is easy to say ‘rebel’ but there is a ton at stake for many people to do so. Please pray for our nation, our leadership, for wisdom and awakening.

  • Andy says:

    Ronapreve is being rolled out in the UK and Japan, touted a success by Trump, yes, Trump. Maybe if Pelosi endorsed it instead it would have traction with the liberal media and their followers here?

  • ML Moore says:

    Their throwing the baby out with bath water! If you signed a contract of service with the National Guard prior to this insanity, you should not have to comply as it was not part of the initial contract. Punitive measures for something not noted in that contract are not punishable. If it is their intent that they want their people vaccinated then make it part of the initial recruitment with the the understanding that you can not apply if you will not get the jab. But those currently serving are not applicable and should be Grandfathered into the service without consequence. The military is shooting themselves in the foot on this move!