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House Supports Cold Weather Warfare Training Facility

HR 12 establishes a relationship between Special Operations Forces and Alaska

Saturday, April 14, 2012, Juneau, Alaska – The Alaska House today unanimously passed a resolution supporting a mutually beneficial training relationship between U.S. Special Forces and communities on Alaska’s North Slope.

HB 12 supports the establishment of a special operations extreme environmental testing and training center in the North Slope region. The partnership would allow the military’s elite Special Forces to conduct training exercises with local populations, simulate unconventional warfare missions, and build Artic operational experience.

House Special Committee on Military and Veterans’ Affairs Co-chair Dan Saddler, who carried the bill on the floor, said military experience gained through the training could build local, regional and national capabilities in the fields of security, search and rescue, incident response and consequence management.

“This resolution demonstrates yet again the tremendous value of Alaska to the U.S. military,” Saddler, R-JBER/Eagle River, said. “It provides our unconventional warriors unmatched opportunities to train in a unique and demanding environment, and offers residents of remote North Slope communities the chance for much-needed jobs.”

The resolution calls on Defense Department officials, top political leaders at the federal and state level, and military leaders in Alaska, and to pursue establishment of such training facilities.

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