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Begich Names New Special Assistant for Military and Veterans Affairs

Sen. Mark Begich named Anchorage resident Robert Doehl as his new special assistant for military and veterans affairs. Doehl is replacing longtime Alaskan C.W. Floyd, who is retiring after more than eight years working for Begich, first in his capacity as mayor and later in the Senate office. 

A 14-year Alaska resident, Doehl recently retired as a colonel after serving as the vice wing commander of the 176th Wing of the Alaska Air National Guard. Doehl originally enlisted in the Army National Guard as an enlisted medic before being commissioned as an armor officer. His military career spanned more than 32 years.

During his career, Doehl completed military pilot training; transferred to the Air Force; served in the active, reserve and National Guard components; and commanded six different units. In 2003, Doehl deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In 2006 and 2007, Doehl played a key role in designing the organizational structure for the consolidation of Elmendorf Air Force Base and Fort Richardson. Since 2008, a substantial portion of his work has involved ensuring care and benefits are available for Airmen injured in the line of duty. 

While serving as a Reservist and Guardsman, Doehl also served as a trial attorney with the United States Department of Justice and an assistant attorney general for the State of Alaska. 

In his new role Doehl will be responsible for dealing directly with the military and veterans community on issues ranging from requests for assistance from veterans, service academy nominations and command-level outreach and planning with active military forces.

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