Mr. Governor and Madam Commissioner/BG Hummel:
ISIS is recruiting in Alaska?
And, the 32 USC Sec. 109(c) Alaska State Defense Force is still disarmed?
Given the fact of the presence of ISIS in Alaska, Is there any real question regarding the need to restore the ASDF as an armed State Military Police Constabulary?
What is the delay in reversing the policies of the Parnell Administration where arming the ASDF is concerned?
Money is not the issue in restoring the ASDF.
Failing to Exercise the political will to remove the asinine and politically motivated policies that
are keeping the ASDF “diminished” and unarmed is the problem.
Certainly looks as if maintaining failed policies given the continuing reluctance to arm the ASDF
are more important than our safety and security.
I would remind that it was Governor Tony Knowles who authorized the arming of the ASDF
immediately after 9-11. However, Gov. Knowles was an infantry officer who served in the RVN.
He understood that unarmed troops are just more victims waiting to happen, useless and
irrelevant in the face of an armed enemy.
Given the number of articles this year regarding ISIS recruiting in all 50 states—all 50 states—
one could think those who have achieved lofty office would use logic, knowledge and
understanding in their assessments and that the priority would be to utilize every available
resource to maintain the safety and security of Alaskans.
Instead, we are seeing that our state military forces are still disarmed in the face of civil law that
allows every Alaskan citizen to carry for self-defense.
Why are ASDF personnel still disallowed the use of personal weapons in the performance of
The ASDF had good policies regarding training, ROE, and standarization of type and caliber of
firearm authorized for duty. The State Military Constabulary mission discontinued in 2008 required each qualified ASDF State Military Police Constable (SMPC) to provide a semi-automatic magazine fed rifle in 7.62mm X 51mm or 5.56mmX45mm, a semi-automatic pistol in .45 ACP or 9mm, and optionally, a 12ga riot gun. All of which had to be of good quality.
The militiaman of the Great American Revolution was the pattern for the ASDF Soldier.
ASDF personnel provide their own weapons, gear, ammo, and provide for their own training and
transportation at no expense to the State. Each SMPC was required to qualify and to train with their weapons. They were educated in Alaska arrest law, Alaska criminal law, physical restraint, and chemical restraint (pepper spray) in a 150 hour course—at no cost to the State.
ASDF personnel are mature adults, most of whom are prior military, prior police, and
professionals and journeymen representing a myrial of vocations and professions—a resource
that should be valued and honored, not diminished and humiliated by disallowing basic self-
defense with weapons accorded any police officer and civilian under Alaska law.
Rearming the ASDF is not a money issue that requires legislative support.
The ASDF soldiers already have their own weapons for military use, they just need to have the ability to use them in the performance of their duties and to train with them restored.
Why the hesitation to do what’s right?
I would think that utilizing all available resources in a time of fiscal constraint would be the
priority, instead . . . former MG Katkus’s polices are still in place.
I support the idea of a Rural Guard, but what about the threat to TAPS, our cities and other
Rearming the ASDF is responsible and would provide support to the AST and local law
enforcement and the ARNG.
ISIS was not in Alaska when the ASDF was dimiinished and suffered the disgraceful treatment
by the Palin, then Parnell Administrations.
According to the FBI Director, ISIS came into Alaska during the Walker Administration.
What is the problem, BG Hummel and Mr. Governor?
Time to allow the ASDF to be restored to a State Military Police Constabulary.
If not under the DMVA, then how about under DPS?
ISIS is here.
The first action, the first shot, the first casualty is on you all.
Reversing the policies of the Parnell Administration where the ASDF is concerned is your call,
Mr. Governor, doesn’t cost a dime.