Alaska Army National Guard Soldiers Volunteer for Southern Border Deployment

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Governor Dunleavy announced Tuesday that beginning April 1st, approximately 10 Alaska Army National Guard soldiers will be deployed to assist U.S. Customs and Border Protection along the southern border.

Last month, Dunleavy offered the assistance of Alaska National Guard troops to aid the federal government's border security mission. Following a request from the National Guard Bureau, Alaska Army National Guard troops volunteered to deploy to support aerial operations on the Arizona/Mexico border. They will fly and maintain aircraft that belong to other state's guard units.

These approximately ten spots will be filled for a commitment of 6-months, but Alaska Army Guard Soldiers may be swapped out to fill that commitment. This deployment will be paid for by the federal government, according to a press release from the Governor's office."Alaska stands ready in support of the President's mission to secure the southern border. While this emergency may be thousands of miles away, we must be vigilant in our shared responsibility to address this crisis," said Dunleavy.

These guard members are from the Alaska Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment in Anchorage.

“The Alaska guardsmen who volunteered for this mission will provide air, reconnaissance and surveillance support, aviation operations support, maintenance of aircraft, and logistical support in partnership with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection,” said Brigadier General Torrence Saxe. “We will do our part to ensure all our guardsman are properly trained to fulfill this mission and that their families are supported in their absence. The Alaska National Guard is Always Ready, Always There, and is proud to support the state and nation when called upon.”