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Posts Tagged ‘Alaska National Guard’

Sarah Palin Honors U.S. Military: A Video Tribute

Posted by Gary P Jackson on November 11, 2009

As Commander-in-Chief of the only National Guard that is on permanent deployment, Sarah Palin’s role as Governor was unique. Sarah is a strong leader and supporter of our United States fighting forces. She commands respect from her troops and in return shows great devotion.

As we wrote earlier, Sarah has a wonderful Veterans Day message.

We thank Missy4SarahPalin for the nice video tribute above. We’d also like to include this video from Sarah’s trip this summer to visit her troops on Kosovo:

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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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The ‘Cuda Goes To Kosovo

Posted by Gary P Jackson on June 27, 2009

In a week that saw Sarah Palin’s youngest child attacked by Alaska’s official Democrat National Committee blogger in an attempt to raise money to fund more personal attacks on the Governor, Palin finds herself pretty busy.

She was on a “secret trip” to a foreign land.

First stop was visiting the troops participating in Northern Edge 2009, Alaska’s largest military training exercise. Governor Palin and her husband first met with Lt. Gen. Dana T. Atkins, Alaskan Command Commander, 11th Air Force; and Rear Admiral Mark A. Vance, USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Strike Group Commander, before heading out to the USS John C. Stennis.

From there it was a short trip over to the USS Stennis to observe the exercises.

Next stop Camp Bondsteel; Ferizaj, Kosovo

The troops Governor Palin is visiting are members of the Alaska National Guard.

There is some cool raw video of the Governor landing and making some comments. One notes she carries her own gear.

During this stop she quoted Ronald Reagan:

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

Given the current situation in America, I’m not sure the Governor could have picked a better Reagan quote to use.

Here is a full version of her speech. At the end she gets a little shot in at Senator John Kerry, who served in Vietnam, much to the delight of the troops. This was a bit of payback for Kerry’s poor attempt of a joke made earlier in the week. Kerry has made a habit out of this sort of thing over the years.

I’m sure detractors will have something to say about all of this, but the fact is, Governor Palin takes her job as Commander-In-Chief of the Alaska National Guard and the Alaska Defense Force very seriously. The Governor made her first trip overseas to visit her troops in 2007, not long after her election. Being a lifelong hunter, she even took time to get in a little weapons training while in Kuwait.

As longtime Guard commander Major General Craig E Campbell pointed out in a September 2008 interview with Fox New’s Greta Van Susteren, Palin is one on the ball C-I-C. Saying that she was one of the best he had served under. That she actually cares about her responsibilities to the Guard.

In addition to the normal duties, Palin makes a point of attending every overseas deployment ceremony, and is at the airport to greet every single returning serviceman and servicewoman.

Alaska’s National Guard is unique, as it is the only state force that is on permanent deployment.

The 176th Wing, of the Alaska Air National Guard trains with and is part of the United States Air Force. They are vital to our air defenses, and are the first line of defense should Russia, North Korea, or China decide they want to become aggressive.

Governor Palin has has shared strategic command of the 49th Missile Defense Battalion.. And also commands the Alaska Defense Force, a federally recognized militia that is part of Homeland Security’s strategic plans. Palin also enjoys a top level of security clearance and receives regular security briefings.

Alaska is home to much of our missile defense systems. Governor Palin has been one of President Barack Obama’s strongest critics as he seeks to make major cuts in our missile defense dollars at the same time North Korea is fueling up long range ICBM’s and threatening nuclear war. North Korea is threatening a missile launch on the 4th of July with Hawaii as the target.

The Governor’s next stop will be Germany.

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