Town hall meeting will look at how to increase ranks of Alaska National Guard

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - A town hall meeting is planned Thursday evening aimed at gaining input on how to increase the ranks of the Alaska National Guard in Juneau and Southeast Alaska.

    Retired National Guard Lieutenant Colonel Fred Thorsteinson says following World War II the guard was very strong in Southeast Alaska with the 208th Infantry. It diminished over the years, but grew again in the 1980's and then started to diminish again.  Guard members were deployed to Kuwait, Afghanistan and various places in the world in the '90s and the ranks swelled as a result.   But He says the guard is currently suffering from a lack of personnel in Juneau and Southeast Alaska.

    The meeting is  planned from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the National Guard Armory on Mendenhall Loop Road.

    Thorsteinson says Major General Laurie Hummel, the adjutant general for the State of Alaska, will be in attendance.

    He says they plan to meet Friday morning to go through the input they receive.


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