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Gov Palin’s Kosovo Trip Photos: Honors Given and Received

Posted by Ron Devito on June 30, 2009


Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin cuts a cake made in the image of the Alaska State flag. She then served the cake to the troops of the Alaska Army National Guard while visiting with her troops currently serving at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, as part of ongoing peacekeeping operations. Photo by Sgt. Adam-David Pepper, 69th Public Affairs Detachment


Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin meets with children Friday, June 26, at the Ferizaj/Urosevac community center, Kosovo where Soldiers of the Alaska Army National Guard volunteer their time to teach local children English. Gov. Palin traveled to Kosovo, to visit with her troops and express thanks to all the Soldiers stationed at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, for their service to the United States. Photo by Sgt. Adam-David Pepper, 69th Public Affairs Detachment


Mirjeta Morina a volunteer who teaches English courses to children at the Ferizaj/Urosevac community center, Kosovo greets Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin Friday, June 26, as she visits the center while on a trip to visit Army National Guard Soldiers currently stationed in Kosovo. While stationed in Kosovo, the Alaska Soldiers volunteer to teach English to students as part of adopt a school program; Gov. Palin took time to visit the students that Soldiers volunteer their time with. Photo by Sgt. Adam-David Pepper, 69th Public Affairs Detachment


Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin poses with children that the Alaska Army National Guard teach English to at the Ferizaj/Urosevac community center, Kosovo. The Alaska troops are currently deployed to Kosovo, as part of the United Nations Kosovo force mission bringing stability to the region. Photo by Sgt. Adam-David Pepper, 69th Public Affairs Detachment


Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was presented an Alaskan flag encased in a plaque; the flag was flown over Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, where Alaska Army National Troops are currently stationed as part of a peacekeeping mission to the region. Photo by Sgt. Adam-David Pepper, 69th Public Affairs Detachment


Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin took time to pose for a photo with Chief Warrant Officer 4, Wayne Solee during a meet and greet with Soldiers of Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, Friday, June 26. The governor traveled to Kosovo to visit members of Alaska’s Army National Guard currently deployed to Kosovo on a NATO peace keeping mission. Photo by Sgt. Adam-David Pepper, 69th Public Affairs Detachment


Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin visits troops at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, Friday, June 26. The governor traveled to Kosovo to visit members of her home state’s Alaska Army National Guard currently deployed to Kosovo in peace keeping operations. The governor took time to speak with all the troops stationed at Camp Bondsteel during a town hall meeting. Photo by Sgt. Adam-David Pepper, 69th Public Affairs Detachment


Alaska Governor Sarah Palin poses for a group shot with California Army National Guard Soldiers deployed to Kosovo on a peacekeeping mission at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo. Palin traveled to Kosovo to visit Alaska Army National Guard troops stationed in the region as part of the Kosovo force peacekeeping mission. Photo by Sgt. Adam-David Pepper, 69th Public Affairs Detachment

Commentary

Transformational Leadership — Honors Given

The first photo speaks volumes. This is Transformational Leadership in action. Governor Palin is cutting cake and serving it to her troops in that photo. Transformational Leaders see themselves as servants. They’re never self-absorbed. They have strong objective egos, and do not fancy themselves as divas, stars, holier than thou, or “more important.” They understand that continuing in their leadership position is contingent upon results — in fact, they go out of their way to ensure such.

This theme continues with the next three photos showing Governor Palin’s meeting with children who learn English as taught by our soldiers volunteering their time, and a meeting with some of those volunteers.

Honors and Awards Receieved

Governor Palin was honored with an Alaska State Flag, encased in a plaque box frame. The awarded flag had flown over Camp Bondsteel in regular service.

“As commander-in-chief, Governor Palin is the one we look to for leadership and inspiration while serving and defending the sovereign boundaries of Alaska,” said Lt. Gen. (AK) Craig E. Campbell, Adjutant General of the Alaska National Guard (Kosovo, 2009, ¶4).

Prior Coverage:

Gov Palin Visits Camp Bondsteel, Promotes Soldiers, Mourns Fallen

Governor Palin in Kosovo with her Troops

References

Governor Palin Visits Alaska National Guard in Kosovo. (2009, June 25). State of Alaska, Governor. Retrieved June 26, 2009 from: http://www.gov.state.ak.us/news.php?id=1937

Governor Palin Visits Alaska National Guard in Kosovo [Photo Gallery]. (2009, June 29). State of Alaska, Governor [Photo Gallery]. Retrieved June 30, 2009 from: http://www.gov.state.ak.us/photos.php

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