SJR 27: Relating to an Alaska National Guard Armory in Juneau.
00 SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 27 01 Relating to an Alaska National Guard Armory in Juneau. 02 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 03 WHEREAS the Alaska National Guard has maintained armories across the state of 04 Alaska since 1959; and 05 WHEREAS the Alaska National Guard protects the people and infrastructure of our 06 state, with 84 armories and readiness centers that provide rapid access to all areas of the state; 07 and 08 WHEREAS the steep mountains, deep waters, open oceans, and inland channels of 09 the southeast area of Alaska create a challenging environment for emergency management, 10 making it essential that emergency workers understand the climate, culture, and coordinates 11 of the area; and 12 WHEREAS the persons serving in the Alaska National Guard in the southeast area of 13 Alaska are neighbors, coworkers, and friends who dedicate many hours of their busy lives to 14 perfecting their military and emergency readiness skills; and 15 WHEREAS Juneau was the first Alaska city to have a National Guard unit, and the 16 Alaska National Guard's main armory in the southeast area of Alaska has been located in
01 Juneau since the current armory was constructed in 1960; and 02 WHEREAS the Alaska National Guard armory in Juneau provides the only battalion 03 headquarters for all of the southeast area of Alaska; and 04 WHEREAS having a Juneau armory greatly improves the Alaska National Guard's 05 ability to recruit and retain personnel in the state's third largest and capital city; and 06 WHEREAS the Alaska National Guard armory in Juneau is now located on property 07 owned by the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, and the City and Borough of Juneau and 08 the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority have worked together to provide a new site for a 09 National Guard readiness center; and 10 WHEREAS the National Guard is also considering constructing a joint facility with 11 the University of Alaska Southeast, and the facility would improve the capacity of both the 12 Alaska National Guard and the University of Alaska Southeast to fulfill their missions in a 13 manner that is cost-efficient for both; 14 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature supports building a new Alaska 15 National Guard Armory in Juneau and calls on the National Guard Bureau to make the project 16 a high priority; and be it 17 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature calls on the United States 18 Congress to make appropriations to fund a new armory in Juneau, in keeping with the national 19 interest. 20 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Donald Rumsfeld, United 21 States Secretary of Defense; General Eric K. Shinseki, U.S. Army Chief of Staff; Lieutenant 22 General Russell C. Davis, Chief, National Guard Bureau; Major General Roger C. Schultz, 23 Director, Army National Guard; and to the Honorable Ted Stevens and the Honorable Frank 24 Murkowski, U.S. Senators, and the Honorable Don Young, U.S. Representative, members of 25 the Alaska delegation in Congress.