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National Guard Grants Governor’s Request for Independent Assessment

March 26, 2014, Juneau, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell today announced the National Guard Bureau has granted his request for an independent review and assessment of open and closed investigations related to reports of sexual assault, rape and fraud among members of the Alaska National Guard. The governor has asked for a detailed report from the Office of Complex Administrative Investigations.

“I am extremely proud of our Alaska National Guard members and their professionalism in carrying out their duties,” Governor Parnell said. “However, I remain deeply concerned by reports of sexual assault and other behaviors creating a hostile environment and culture within portions of the Alaska National Guard. Not only are individuals victimized and traumatized in these circumstances, but collectively our National Guard is harmed – from morale to mission damage.”

Governor Parnell has requested the review to include the National Guard’s command structure and its responses to cases. A report identifying institutional strengths, shortcomings, if any, and recommended improvements is due later this year to Governor Parnell.

A copy of Governor Parnell’s letter to General Frank Grass, chief of the National Guard Bureau, is available at:

http://gov.alaska.gov/parnell_media/resources_files/letter_022814.pdf

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