HJR 8: Expressing support of Alaska Army National Guard soldiers deployed worldwide.
00 HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 8 01 Expressing support of Alaska Army National Guard soldiers deployed worldwide. 02 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 03 WHEREAS Alaska has more than 250 Alaska Army National Guard soldiers on 04 active duty, and approximately 170 of those soldiers are currently deployed overseas, many of 05 them involved in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom; and 06 WHEREAS 67 Aviation Battalion soldiers recently returned from nearly a year in 07 Kosovo; and 08 WHEREAS additional deployments of soldiers to Operation Iraqi Freedom and 09 Operation Enduring Freedom are planned; and 10 WHEREAS approximately 80 National Guard soldiers are on duty in Alaska working 11 with the National Missile Defense security mission at Fort Greely, and another 36 soldiers 12 have just completed two years of duty securing Kulis Air National Guard Base; and 13 WHEREAS active duty for these National Guard soldiers involves spending a great 14 deal of time away from their homes and families; for example, Alaska Army National Guard 15 soldiers involved in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom generally 16 spend an entire year overseas, with an additional six months of mobilization, training, and
01 demobilization time; and 02 WHEREAS each of these National Guard soldiers has a civilian life, a family, and a 03 role in the community as well, and service overseas requires considerable personal sacrifice as 04 well as support from families, friends, employers, and the community; and 05 WHEREAS National Guard soldiers are employed in all sectors of Alaska's economy; 06 as civilians, they are mechanics, truck drivers, cooks, business managers, small business 07 owners, pilots, fishermen, accountants, police officers, fire fighters, mill workers, salespeople, 08 and public employees; and 09 WHEREAS National Guard soldiers live in all areas of the state, from Metlakatla to 10 Barrow, from Kotzebue to Togiak, and in Kodiak, Kenai, and Kake; 11 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature commends the bravery, 12 dedication, and willingness to serve of each individual in the Alaska Army National Guard, 13 particularly those who have been, are, or will soon be deployed overseas; and be it 14 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature recognizes and 15 appreciates the personal sacrifices made by these soldiers in order to serve, as well as those of 16 their families, employers, and communities; and be it 17 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature commends the families 18 and friends of these soldiers and recognizes their unwavering support; and be it 19 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature expresses its heartfelt 20 support of these soldiers as they carry out their missions, and wishes each of them success in 21 these important endeavors and a safe return home. 22 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to Major General Craig E. Campbell, 23 Adjutant General, Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs and Commander of the 24 Alaska Army National Guard; Lieutenant General H. Steven Blum, Chief, National Guard 25 Bureau, United States Department of Defense; and the Honorable Ted Stevens and the 26 Honorable Lisa Murkowski, U.S. Senators, and the Honorable Don Young, U.S. 27 Representative, members of the Alaska delegation in Congress.