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The Adak sun. : (Adak, Alaska) 1955-1976
Place of publication:
Adak, Alaska
Geographic coverage:
  • Adak, Alaska  |  View more titles from this: City State
U.S. Naval Station
Dates of publication:
  • -v. 11, no. 17 (Apr. 30, 1976).
  • Began in 1955?
  • English
  • Adak (Alaska)--Newspapers.
  • Alaska.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01204480
  • Military bases--Alaska--Newspapers.
  • Military bases.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01020986
  • Description based on: Vol. 2, no. 7 (Feb. 13, 1956).
sn 96060044
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The Adak Daily Sun and The Adak Sun

The Adak Daily Sun was a military newspaper published at the U.S. Naval Air Facility Adak on Adak Island in the Aleutians. Its start date is unknown, and it probably ended sometime in 1954. A successor paper, the Adak Sun was a weekly that began publication in 1955. It featured a variety of illustrated mastheads that it rotated.

The publication reported primarily on local news and developments at the military facility as well as sports news. It frequently gave significant coverage to local sports results, in particular the standings for local bowling and basketball leagues. In later years, it featured more coverage of national and international news stories, although there was often still an emphasis on news related to the U.S. military.

The publication functioned as a calendar and event bulletin for the military facility and surrounding community, publishing weekly schedules for radio, television, and movie theater. It listed arrivals and departures of personnel, editorials by the facility's chaplain, and military-themed comics. Later years included coverage of the top songs on the radio and the facility's cafeteria menu. The paper also reported items of community interest, including gatherings, classified ads, and school news.

The Adak Sun saw the growth of the military base over several decades. On January 20, 1963, it reported that to many servicemen previously stationed at Adak, the place was "a memory of weather-worn Quonset huts, rotted wooden buildings and an airstrip," but that the island was slowly being turned into a "permanent fortress at the border of the Soviet continent." The article admitted that many officers were still housed in World War II era buildings, but they were being replaced and updated with newer permanent housing and facilities.

The Adak Sun ended on May 7, 1976, when it merged with the Tundra Times to form the Adak Eagle's Call, shortened to the Eagle's Call on June 15, 1979. Publication ceased January 24, 1997, just two months before the official closure of the Naval Air Facility Adak.

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