Story last updated at 8/8/2012 - 1:12 pm
The Alaska National Guard has a proud history in Southeast Alaska. Decades ago, even as Hitler undertook the invasion of Poland, the Alpha Company, 297th Infantry was established in the Capital City under the direction of Territorial Governor Ernest Gruening, with Ketchikan the site of Company B.
When World War II moved into the Pacific, the importance of having a Guard presence in Alaska became clearer than ever. From that time to today, Alaska's citizen soldiers have performed in stellar fashion. Just this past winter, Guard personnel came to the aid of Alaskans by helping the community of Cordova dig out from a record snowfall. Whether assisting Alaskans and other Americans in time of disaster, or being deployed overseas in defense of freedom, we are proud of and profoundly grateful for the Alaska National Guard and their family members.
I would like to offer a heartfelt thank you to all of our Guard men and women, past and present, with a special thanks to the dozens of Juneauites who organized and participated in the picnic at Sandy Beach on July 30 to celebrate the inaugural Alaska National Guard Day.
Governor Sean Parnell