Eklund was a distinguished graduate of the course. He graduated in the top 10 percent of a 447-student class.
The captain is the executive officer to the Director of Air, Space and Information Operations at Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio.
He is the son of Larry G. and Celia A. Eklund of Forest Park Drive, Ketchikan, Alaska.
His wife, Janette, is the daughter of Rosa Back of Marriott St., Portland, Texas.
In 1996, Eklund graduated from Yakutat High School, Alaska, and in 2000 received a bachelor's degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
He is the son of Paula Phillips of Hoonah. Mills is a 2007 graduate of Hoonah Junior-Senior High School.