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Governor Extends Alaska Military Force Advocacy and Structure Team


August 12, 2010, Juneau, Alaska - Governor Sean Parnell has signed an administrative order extending the Alaska Military Force Advocacy and Structure Team (AMFAST). The current AMFAST has successfully advocated for short-term projects to help strengthen Alaska’s partnership with the active duty military and Guard. 

“The team’s recommendations were a driving force in funding the TananaRiver bridge project, extending rail to Port Mackenzie and securing operational funds for Alaska Aerospace Corporation’s Kodiak Launch Complex,” Governor Parnell said. “The AMFAST strategic plans will positively impact Alaska well into the future.”

The AMFAST team submitted its long-term strategic plan on July 1. The new administrative order extending the AMFAST requires the group to provide the governor with an annual report that includes a progress update on the current AMFAST recommendations, identification of challenges and opportunities facing the state’s military force capability, and recommended actions for the upcoming year.

“The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs is proud to work with other state departments in order to make certain that projects recommended in the AMFAST strategic plan are completed as soon as possible,” said Major General Thomas Katkus, commissioner of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. “This has been an effective collaboration between the State of Alaska and the United States military.”

The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs will take the lead in overseeing AMFAST.  The AMFAST team consists of several current state leaders and retired general officers from the United States Army and Air Force. The commissioner of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs chairs the AMFAST team. All members will continue to serve at the discretion of the governor.

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