A Bald Mountain Air Service plane taking off from an Arctic ice airstrip March 20, 2018, during a Navy training exercise injured a man by hitting him in the head, causing visible damage to the plane. Now federal investigators say the pilot was at fault. (National Transportation Safety Board photo)

Travis Major thought he had an understanding with the pilot about to take off from an ice airstrip near Deadhorse during a U.S. Navy submarine training exercise last year.

Major told federal investigators he figured he'd be safe along the floating runway while taking a picture of the plane's departure framed by Lego figures on a snow berm — a souvenir for his children.

The Bald Mountain Air Service plane took off for Deadhorse with two pilots and three passengers — researchers involved in the military exercise — around 7:45 that March evening.

But instead of providing a photo opportunity, witnesses told the National Transportation Safety Board, the plane made a low turn and struck Major on the head, nearly ripping off his scalp, according to the agency's final report on the incident released recently.

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An Alaska-based soldier will most likely have a few bucks taken out of next month's paycheck.

Just after midnight on Sunday, the off-duty soldier drove his truck straight into the welcome sign of Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, Fort Wainwright spokeswoman Eve Baker said in a press release.

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Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WMSL 755) underway from the shipyards in Pascagoula, Mississippi, in 2016. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A Michigan native in the U.S. Coast Guard has been charged with the murder of a fellow shipmate.

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U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 1st Class Bradley Pigage

A U.S. Coast Guard member who had recently served on a Great Lakes cutter died in Kodiak, Alaska last week after falling from the top of a cliff overlooking the ocean while hiking with a friend.

Ricky Reese Jr., 25, was taken to the Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center, where he died, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

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Photo: Alexei Danichev / Sputnik via AP

Editor's Note: This article by Oriana Pawlyk originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.

Two Russian anti-submarine surveillance aircraft flew off the coast of Alaska this week, according to the command overseeing aerospace and maritime warning for North America.

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A U.S. Army soldier from Fresno, California was found dead in his barracks room in Alaska, according to the Army Times.

He was identified as Spc. Charles Michael Bodey, 20.

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