Eielson AFB & Ft. Wainwright Colonels join FNSB School Board

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The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District welcomed two new military representatives to the school board Tuesday night.

Colonel Chad BonDurant sits as the Base Representative for Eielson, while Colonel Sean Fisher joins as Post Representative for Fort Wainwright.

While it was the first regular meeting back for the school board, for some, it was also their first time on a school board ever.

For Colonel BonDurant, this is his first time sitting on a school board.
He hopes to represent the uniqueness of military families and continue learning about the school district so he can serve the air force base as best he can.

"I want to be able to communicate as much as I can, the concerns and the things that we want to be able to do for our military children and military families but certainly to be able to participate and provide as much as I can and value added to the school board and just provide some perspective that I have from being in the military and the unique opportunities that we have moving around very frequently. It's a little bit different when you group up in a community and you're a little bit more familiar with everything but everything I've heard is how wonderful the schools here at Eielson and in the district are so I'm excited to be a part of that."

Colonel Fisher says he appreciates the opportunity to be involved with Fairbanks beyond the military community.

"I just say, it's a great pleasure to be here and be part of this team here too. Really excited to be part of the Fairbanks community, the Fairbanks North Star Borough, and again, a privilege to Command the Garrison at Fort Wainwright. It's a pleasure to be with you all this evening."

The school board thanked and welcomed both of the new members to the team during closing comments.

Vice President, Michael O'Brien spoke about his personal experience with the military.

"Not growing up in a military community myself, I didn't really know what it meant to be in a community that embraces the military until you come to Fairbanks and people here really do want you're families, you're leading to become part of our community so thank you for being a part of that."

Both military seats are appointed positions.