Gov. Michael J. Dunleavy tours JBER on New Year's Eve. (Photo courtesy Jeff Turner)
Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) - Governor Michael J. Dunleavy visited Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on New Year's Eve for a series of events beginning with a visit to the State Emergency Operations Center.
Governor Dunleavy visited the center to personally thank SEOC staff for their service to Alaska during and after the Nov. 30 earthquake. The SEOC executed the state’s emergency operations plan and oversaw earthquake response and recovery efforts in partnership with federal agencies.
“Within hours after the earthquake hit, I spent the rest of that day at the center and was so thoroughly impressed with how well the center and its staff functioned during an emergency,” Gov. Dunleavy said. “It absolutely solidified my confidence in the state’s emergency response capabilities and the exemplary capabilities of our state employees.”
The governor also participated in the change of command ceremony for Col. Torrence Saxe, the new commissioner of the Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. Commissioner Saxe will oversee the department’s divisions, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Veterans Affairs, Alaska Military Youth Academy, Air and Army National Guard, Naval Militia, State Defense Force and Administrative Services.
The visit was capped off with a tour of the Alaska Military Youth Academy and lunch with the cadets. The Governor urged them to look at the new year as an opportunity for positive change and to stick with the program that has helped turn around the lives of so many young Alaskans.
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