OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
August 17, 2015
I, Bill Walker, Governor of the State of Alaska, under the authority of Article III, Sections 1 and 24 of the
Alaska Constitution, and in accordance with AS 44.19.145(c), revoke Administrative Order No. 273 and reestablish
the Alaska Military Force Advocacy and Structure Team.
ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 276
The mission of the Alaska Military Force Advocacy and Structure Team (AMFAST) is to provide
recommendations to the Governor on how best to retain and grow Alaska’s current military force capability,
to propose strategies to acquire future missions and infrastructure, increase the efficiency and scope of
Department of Defense economic contributions to Alaska, continue the positive relationship between Alaska’s
bases and nearby communities, and advocate for the short-term and long-term strategic plans developed under
Administrative Orders No. 253 and 273.
PURPOSE AND DUTIES OF AMFAST
AMFAST shall consider the following, while creating a strategic plan:
- Create and recommend plans to grow federal funding of current defense missions.
- Create and recommend plans to maintain and increase forces at Alaska bases.
- Recommend infrastructure development in the state that will maximize federal military and
- Investigate and recommend economic development projects that support military and Federal
presence in Alaska, including projects to reduce statewide energy costs and air pollution; additional
retail and health care presence, support military presence; and others.
- Create and recommend plans to expand availability of land, sea, and air for military training.
- Create and recommend improvements to connect existing rail and other transport for military training.
- Recommend improvements to family support programs offered to military families in the state.
- Recommend intergovernmental support agreements (IGSAs) that partner State agencies with
communities that support military activities and bases. The IGSAs will help lower operating costs and
enhance work efficiencies for all participants.
- Recommend ways and means to ensure the educational needs of military family members are met,
and that schools support military installations and families.
- Recommend ways and means to ensure that the State and local communities have properly sized,
focused, and responsive workforce development programs to support the employment needs of current
and projected military missions.
- AMFAST shall meet with the Governor regularly and report progress or issues related to its
purpose and duties.
AMFAST shall be a high-level team working at the direction and discretion of the
Governor. All AMFAST members are appointed by the Governor and serve at the pleasure of the Governor.
GOVERNANCE, COMPOSITION AND CHAIRPERSON OF THE AMFAST
AMFAST shall include the following members:
Members of AMFAST appointed under former Administrative Order No. 273 continue to serve as members of
AMFAST as established under this Order. The Governor may remove members and appoint additional members to AMFAST
as the Governor considers necessary.
- Members representing the general public;
- The Adjutant General of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs; and
- The governor shall appoint a chairperson or co-chairs.
The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) shall supply administrative support to AMFAST.
DMVA shall consult with other State agencies to obtain information on topics within their expertise and work with
AMFAST to determine and assign project and work assignments to other State agencies through the Office of the
AMFAST members do not receive compensation as members of the team. Members of AMFAST are entitled
to per diem and travel expenses in the same manner permitted for members of State boards and commissions.
AMFAST may use teleconferencing and other electronic means, to the extent practicable, in order to gain the
widest public participation at minimum cost.
At times and locations to be determined by the chair, AMFAST may also convene public meetings to present
information and receive comments.
Meetings of AMFAST shall be conducted in accordance with AS 44.62.310 and 44.62.312 (open meetings of
Records of AMFAST are subject to inspection and copying as public records under AS 40.25.110 - 40.25.220.
AMFAST expires on June 30, 2016.
Administrative Order 273 is revoked.
This Order takes effect immediately.
Dated at Anchorage, Alaska, this 17th day of August, 2015