Alaskan National Guard in Iraq

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    The Alaska National Guard, which Republicans are pointing to as an important national-security credential for vice presidential choice Sarah Palin, has personnel shortages that make its aviation units the most poorly staffed in the nation.

    Just six months ago, Air Force Maj. Gen. Craig Campbell, the Alaska Guard’s top officer, warned in an internal memo that “missions are at risk.” The lack of qualified airmen, Campbell said, “has reached a crisis level.”

    The situation has improved since the March 1 memo was written, Campbell said Wednesday in a telephone interview with The Associated Press — but not enough to eliminate his concern that shortages will result in the “burnout” of troops the Guard already has. That could result in missions and equipment being moved out of Alaska.

    Campbell installed a new policy that could stop officers from advancing unless they show success at bringing in new members and retaining existing troops.

    Campbell is due to receive a third star on Sunday — a promotion approved by Palin, who has authority over the Alaska National Guard. He described Palin as very supportive of the Guard, but said she gives him latitude to manage the force. Governors typically do not have a direct role in day-to-day operations.

    In a Wednesday interview with ABC News, Republican presidential candidate John McCain said Palin “has been in charge and she has had national security as one of her primary responsibilities.”

    Overall, the Alaska National Guard has about 3,800 troops in its air and ground units.

    The Air Guard’s problems, while important in Alaska, aren’t a major national defense issue. The Alaska Air Guard’s 176th Wing is about 300 members short of the 1,598 airmen it is authorized to have, according to Campbell’s office. Its other primary wing, the 168th, has 641 airmen, about 70 fewer than it needs.

    Yet the relatively small numbers are also reminders that Republicans may be stretching their claims that Palin is qualified to be a heartbeat away from running the world’s most powerful military. Indeed, Palin’s lack of stature in national and international circles is sure to be a recurring theme for Democrats as the presidential campaigns ove forward.

    http://www.armytimes.com/news/2008/09/ap_palinguard_090408/
     
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    Mr. President BOARD PRESIDENT..carry on

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    Yeah Im sure Alaska is just overflowing with qualified airmen waiting to serve their country
     

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