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House Approves Making July 30 "AK National Guard Day"

Lynn’s HB247 recognizes Guard’s service to Alaskans and others

Monday, January 30, 2012, Juneau, Alaska – The men and women of the Alaska National Guard will have an annual day of recognition under a bill passed by the Alaska House of Representatives today.

State Affairs Committee Chair Bob Lynn’s House Bill 247, which passed unanimously, establishes July 30 of every year as “Alaska National Guard Day.” Lynn said the Guard has a record of service and achievement stretching from Barrow to Ketchikan, and around the world that should be celebrated, even with a symbolic gesture like setting aside one day a year.

“The National Guard honors Alaska, and we should honor the Alaska National Guard with a special day of recognition. That’s what this bill is all about,” Lynn said. “The Guard can’t be mentioned in the same sentence without the words ‘assist’, ‘deploy’, ‘help’, ‘perform’, ‘rescue’, ‘save’ or ‘serve’.”

The Alaska Guard was first authorized on July 30, 1948. More than 4,000 Alaskans serve in the Alaska Army and Air National Guard.

“It can’t really be a coincidence that the legislation establishing Alaska National Guard Day is House Bill 247,” Joint Armed Services Committee Co-Chair Dan Saddler, R-Eagle River/ JBER, said. “Because the men and women of the Alaska National Guard are on duty two-four-seven – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – fulfilling their mission to keep us safe and protected.”

The bill now moves to the Alaska Senate for consideration.

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