Legislature(2005 - 2006)CAPITOL 124

04/07/2005 01:00 PM MILITARY & VETERANS' AFFAIRS


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01:11:03 PM Start
01:16:32 PM Alaska Air National Guard, Commander
01:23:35 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+ Confirmation Hearing:Colonel Tony A. Hart TELECONFERENCED
*+ HB 245 VETERANS' & POW'S VEHICLE FEES/TAXES TELECONFERENCED
<Bill Hearing Postponed>
Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
   HOUSE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON MILITARY AND VETERANS' AFFAIRS                                                                  
                         April 7, 2005                                                                                          
                           1:03 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative Bob Lynn, Chair                                                                                                  
Representative Jim Elkins                                                                                                       
Representative Lesil McGuire                                                                                                    
Representative Bill Thomas                                                                                                      
Representative Sharon Cissna                                                                                                    
Representative Max Gruenberg                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative Nancy Dahlstrom                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CONFIRMATION HEARING(S):                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Alaska Air National Guard, Commander                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Tony A. Hart, Colonel - Kulis Air National Guard Base                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATION(S) ADVANCED                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 245                                                                                                              
"An Act relating to registration and license plate fees for                                                                     
Purple Heart recipients, prisoners of war, Congressional Medal                                                                  
of Honor recipients, and spouses of current prisoners of war."                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     - BILL HEARING POSTPONED                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
No previous action to record                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
TONY A HART, Colonel, Appointee                                                                                                 
as Commander                                                                                                                    
176th Wing at Kulis Air National Guard Base                                                                                     
Air National Guard                                                                                                              
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:   As appointee  to the position  of Commander                                                               
of the  176th Wing  at Kulis Air  National Guard  Base, discussed                                                               
his new position and answered questions.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR BOB  LYNN called  the House  Special Committee  on Military                                                             
and   Veterans'  Affairs   meeting  to   order  at   1:11:03  PM.                                                             
Representatives  Lynn,   Elkins,  McGuire,  and   Gruenberg  were                                                               
present at the call to  order.  Representatives Thomas and Cissna                                                               
arrived as the meeting was in progress.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
^CONFIRMATION HEARING(S):                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
^Alaska Air National Guard, Commander                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR LYNN  announced that  the only order  of business  would be                                                               
the  confirmation of  Colonel  Tony  A Hart  to  the position  of                                                               
Commander of the 176th Wing at Kulis Air National Guard Base.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
TONY  A HART,  Colonel,  Appointee as  Commander,  176th Wing  at                                                               
Kulis Air  National Guard  Base, informed  the committee  that he                                                               
has been in the National Guard  since 1988.  He explained that he                                                               
came into the Active Duty Air  Force as an officer in 1982, prior                                                               
to that  he was an  enlisted member in  the Air Force  from 1973-                                                               
1977.  After attending college he  returned to the Air Force.  He                                                               
noted that he joined the Air  National Guard in his home state of                                                               
Tennessee, and  was in that  unit for approximately  seven years.                                                               
In 1994,  he related, that he  moved to St. Louis  and joined the                                                               
guard unit  there and became  an advisor at Air  Mobility Command                                                               
in three  different capacities.   As  the advisor,  he explained,                                                               
his job was  to be the liaison between the  National Guard Bureau                                                               
and Air  Mobility Command  concerning any  of the  mobility force                                                               
requirements and  commitments that  the Air National  Guard might                                                               
fulfill.  He recalled  meeting General  Campbell at  a conference                                                               
about two-and-a-half years ago and  worked a short period of time                                                               
with General  Scott.   Colonel Hart  informed the  committee that                                                               
when   he   was   contacted    regarding   this   position,   the                                                               
aforementioned  generals came  to  the Air  Mobility Command  and                                                               
briefed  him  on the  Alaska  Air  National Guard  Transformation                                                               
plan.   From General  Campbell's perspective,  the aforementioned                                                               
plan  is very  important to  keep the  Alaska Air  National Guard                                                               
relative to  the national defense  posture as well as  within the                                                               
Air  National Guard  and the  active duty  Air Force.   Not  long                                                               
afterwards, he  was offered  the position  at Kulis  Air National                                                               
Guard Base  in Anchorage.   He noted  that the change  of command                                                               
occurred on September 22nd.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:16:32 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
COLONEL HART related that since  being in this position the focus                                                               
has  been to  involve "the  Wing" in  all the  missions required.                                                               
Because of  the location and  command situation in Alaska,  it is                                                               
difficult to  get the  unit involved  in necessary  operations in                                                               
which the rest  of the guard is involved.   Therefore, one of the                                                               
primary  focuses of  this position  is  to ensure  that the  unit                                                               
stays relevant across the spectrum of operations.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
1:18:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE GRUENBERG  inquired as  to the  difference between                                                               
navigation today as compared to the past.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:19:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
COLONEL HART said that navigation is  nothing like the way it was                                                               
20  years  ago.   At  this  point, [navigators]  are  practically                                                               
weapons system operators.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE GRUENBERG related  that he was in  a Blackhawk two                                                               
weeks ago.   He  then expressed interest  in learning  more about                                                               
what is going on in the military.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
1:21:26 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  LYNN, upon  determining there  were no  further questions,                                                               
thanked Colonel Hart for his attendance.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE McGUIRE moved to forward  the name of Colonel Tony                                                               
A.  Hart  to the  joint  session  of  the  House and  Senate  for                                                               
confirmation.    There  being no  objection,  the  nomination  of                                                               
Colonel Tony  A Hart to  the position  of Commander of  the 176th                                                               
Wing at Kulis Air National Guard Base was advanced.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
COLONEL  HART  said  he  looked   forward  to  working  with  the                                                               
legislature.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There being no  further business before the  committee, the House                                                               
Special Committee  on Military and Veterans'  Affairs meeting was                                                               
adjourned at 1:23:35 PM.                                                                                                      

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