The Army medical helicopter system operating out of Fort Wainwright is a vital component of remote medevac services in Alaska. The news today is that the Army is planning on discontinuing this service effective July 1, 2008. The given reason is that the resources are needed in Iraq.
Without the MAST program, if you need emergency medical attention in the Interior region of Alaska, you will no longer have a public service available to come save you. It sounds like the Army has already made the decision on this and now it is up to the state to try and fill in the gaps. If you value having this service available, now would be a good time to let the Governor know. Maybe they can work out something with the Army or private industry to keep a helicopter medevac option available.
Also, note that our understaffed remote AST police services are getting national media attention at the same time. If you go out in the woods, you are truly on your own it seems. Even with a Sat Phone... there will be no one left to call (except your buddies). Plan accordingly.