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Lt. Gov. Treadwell Welcomes Alaska Missile Defense Upgrade

March 15, 2013, Anchorage, AK – Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell responded to today’s announcement by U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel that the U.S. will advance its missile defense capability by adding 14 ground-based interceptors at Fort Greely, AK by 2017.

“This announcement is good news for America’s security and good news for Alaska jobs,” Treadwell said. “We used to have to explain the value of Alaska-based missile defense infrastructure for the purpose of defending all 50 states. I’m glad the nation has come to recognize our strategic location for national security.”

Treadwell serves as chair of the Aerospace States Association, an organization of lieutenant governors who promote aerospace industry, education and workforce development. He is also a member of the Independent Working Group on Missile Defense, and prior to becoming lieutenant governor, he served as director of the Institute of the North’s Defense and Security Program.

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