Adak Alaska, Then & Now

Adak Alaska, Then & Now

Images from the past versus images present. Many Images were sent to me and some images are borrowed from online. The Now images are from April 2022.

*** Warning***. Some may find images very emotional. I gave the deepest respect for Our Memories. Intent of this video is done with nothing but love. Please remember this is no longer a military facility And no one has funding to maintain these facilities while Adak reclaims what’s hers. ***However, the island is still as beautiful as she ever was.

IC1 Steven Skeehan USN (Ret.)


  1. Chris Hansen on November 26, 2022 at 10:48 am

    Great Island was 1988 when I was there. Had everything you needed.

  2. Liberty Chick on November 26, 2022 at 10:48 am

    If ya get back again can ya get some picks of the NavFac? I was an OTASN there 85-86…. Fun times!

  3. Marty Bluhm on November 26, 2022 at 10:48 am

    Thank you. Lots of memories. 1970-1971

  4. Kelly Johnston on November 26, 2022 at 10:50 am

    I really enjoyed this video. I lived in Adak from 87-87 and it was a beautiful, thriving island then, it is hard to it in ruins and abandoned now.

  5. Lisa Hughes on November 26, 2022 at 10:51 am

    I am the young lady in front of the church with the Georgia Bulldog sweatshirt on. I was stationed there from Apri 86 – Jul 87.❤️

  6. TB65 on November 26, 2022 at 10:51 am

    Thank you for all the videos that you have put together. My dad worked in NAVSECGRU and Adak was his final stop. Thanks for the memories 74-76

  7. $ir Vega$ on November 26, 2022 at 10:53 am

    Thank you Steve, breaks my heart seeing this but at same time brings back joy and memories.

  8. Barton Cole on November 26, 2022 at 11:00 am

    Steven I can’t express how much joy your content brings to a lot of people. Thank you for sharing and your time. (NAS Adak 87-90, ADP, Admin Bldg)

  9. Gary Plankenhorn on November 26, 2022 at 11:01 am

    I served my Adak tour May 1971 to June 1972. I worked at the Bearing Maintance shop. Under the Mess Hall.

  10. Anna Makarova on November 26, 2022 at 11:06 am

    Amasing stuff, thank you!

  11. Craig Roberts on November 26, 2022 at 11:11 am

    Thank you Steven. Your video brought back some great memories. I was stationed there in 1976 at the Fire Station. That’s a great pic of it too . Living on Bering Hill was awesome. I had a Cabin close the NSAG that we hung out at on days off. It was the last standing structure from the old Army Airfield. I worked at the old Fire Station at NSAG every 3rd shift. Loved the salmon runs. We had a huge smoker behind the Firehouse that ran 24/7. We smoked fish for everyone on the Island. I loved to fish at Finger Bay. Ah and the midnight escort runs to the 7 Doors of Doom and back to the tarmac. That didn’t exist according to my debrief when I left the Rock. Anyway lots of memories and thanks again.

  12. iDroid on November 26, 2022 at 11:11 am

    Thanks for sharing.

  13. Riley Patterson on November 26, 2022 at 11:12 am

    You should show the radars and the CDAA then and now lol.

  14. Arbonne Lady on November 26, 2022 at 11:12 am

    Very special memories brought up here! Thanks Steve!
    Adak ASWOC ‘87-89

  15. Kenneth Lindmeier on November 26, 2022 at 11:13 am

    stationed there 68-69..lots of fun times, sad to see how fast it has gone down

  16. Driverjoe Longhauler on November 26, 2022 at 11:16 am


  17. mtman69 on November 26, 2022 at 11:17 am

    There 81-84 the tree you see in front of the old administration building used to be at our security cabin out by finger bay.

  18. Idgie Beth on November 26, 2022 at 11:21 am

    Great video, I recognize the buildings and wish I could name them. I was stationed there 1978. Awesome place to find a Soulmate. Thank you for sharing your work.

  19. Bzzzz....bzzzz...... on November 26, 2022 at 11:21 am

    Amazing to see all the places people walked once in the past. Incredible.

  20. KHRIS svela on November 26, 2022 at 11:24 am

    Wow! Dust to dust…Who wudda thought in our lifetime???

  21. CaptainQueue on November 26, 2022 at 11:30 am

    I was there ’54-58 when my dad was a contractor dockhand to the Navy. The photos of the living quarters in the 1950s showed things were pretty spartan compared to 30 years later, but I remember the school and swimming pool, bowling alley, roller rink, and hamburger joint. My mom who is still alive said those were great years living there with kindly neighbors and having lonely young sailors over to fill our small home for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. My dad had his own car, a ’38 Ford I think, and we have a family photo of him trying to dig it out of an Adak mud road where he got stuck.

  22. Bob Paulsen on November 26, 2022 at 11:33 am

    Thank you for this video & many others. So many memories flooding back. I was a Seabee at NavSta June 1974 to June 1975. Worked on the Power Line Crew in Public Works. I retired in 1993 as a CE1. I wish there were some videos of the inside of Bering Building & each floor of Bering Barracks where I lived & the galley. Probably unsafe to be in because of the built up mold & unsafe walking. Did a lot of hiking & a few of us did make a drive to NSGA & Loran Sta one Sunday.. Thanks for all the videos. Keep up the great work. 👍

  23. Leonard Blush on November 26, 2022 at 11:36 am

    Thanks for doing this, my dad was stationed there from 44 through45. I think he was in a signal Corps but I’m not sure. He talked of staying in a quonset hut and the winds being crazy. Wished I knew what unit he was in, but I do not

  24. David Carruthers on November 26, 2022 at 11:36 am

    Was there in 1974 , 13 months . An adventure to say the least !

  25. Jeni Kaybee on November 26, 2022 at 11:39 am

    Wow! Only the metal roofs look the same then and now. (and I was hoping the Adak National Forest would by now cover the whole island….!)

  26. LauraGayle Phillips on November 26, 2022 at 11:42 am

    My dad & all of us stationed on Adak 1978-80. I was 8-10 years old during the period-my most fond memories are of Adak. Fished Kuluk bay, and always fished for Dolly Varden at the broken down bridge ( what us kids called it) I still can’t believe I didn’t fall in! I speak often of my time on Adak- my dad passed 4 years ago and I regret not learning more from him about his experience too.
    I hope to visit Adak soon!
    Perhaps a reunion of the NAVY brats of Adak? We could tag that on to this Pirate Gold of Adak!

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