Alaska Military Media Staple Retires After Decades of Service

Chuck Canterbury Takes on a New Chapter in Life


by Reporter: Natalie Travis
by Photographer: Matt Alkire

JBER---- Friday (12/28) was the official last day for the U.S. Army Alaska Media Relations Officer and Deputy Public Affairs Officer, Charles Canterbury, after nearly 49-years of service.

Canterbury is known for his dedication to his work, including archiving and documenting important information on fallen soldiers to ensure family members weren't left empty handed.

"I took copies of all the press clippings I could find, and copies of some radio, a lot of T.V. and a lot of print coverage, on every deceased soldier," said Canterbury. "I made copies of those, enough for the father, the mother and the spouse."

In his next chapter, one of the things Canterbury hopes to do is reconnect with his Alaskan hobbies, something that appealed to him even before he made the move from New York.

 "Well you know, I always wanted to come to Alaska, even as a kid," Canterbury said. "I've always been a kind of outdoorsy type, with the hunting and fishing and camping, and all that kind of stuff," He continued. "And gosh, if the civil system service didn't actually work, I got a call saying, 'Hey your on a roster of 10 names of possible candidates on a job in Alaska, do you want to go?' Sign me up!"

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