I, Sean Parnell, Governor of the State of Alaska, under the authority of Art. III, Secs. 1 and 24 of the Alaska Constitution, and in accordance with AS 44.19.145(c), establish the Alaska Military Force Advocacy and Structure Team (AMFAST).
Purpose and Duties of AMFAST
The mission of AMFAST is to provide recommendations to the Governor on how best to retain and build on the State’s current military force capability, to propose strategies for acquiring future missions and infrastructure that will benefit the United States’ national security, and provide state residents with economic opportunity.
AMFAST shall propose a strategic plan that identifies and recommends the following:
- Strategies for maintaining existing military missions in the state. Examples include identifying:
- viable means to promote continued federal funding of current military missions;
- fuel sources for heat and aircraft fuel at Eielson Air Force Base;
- opportunities to increase access to land in the state for military training;
- systems to improve logistic options for military transport in the state;
- methods to improve and maintain the positive relationship between communities in the state and active duty military members who live in the state; and
- solutions to help improve family support programs currently offered to military families in the state.
- Strategies for acquiring expanded or new military missions in the state. Examples include recommending opportunities to:
- advocate for adequate federal funding of the Red Flag Alaska combat training exercises at Eielson Air Force Base;
- advocate for bringing new aircraft, such as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, to Eielson Air Force Base;
- demonstrate utility and relevance to Bryant Airfield; and
- promote military service investment in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex.
- Strategies to better coordinate infrastructure development in the state to maximize federal military investment. These strategies shall include recommending timelines for potential investment that align with existing federal timelines or opportunities for infrastructure development.
AMFAST shall submit an initial strategic plan, providing a short-term course of action, to the Governor on or before March 1, 2010.
AMFAST shall submit a comprehensive strategic plan, with recommendations to accomplish its mission, to the Governor on or before July 1, 2010.
Composition and Chairperson of the AMFAST
AMFAST shall be a high-level team working at the direction and discretion of the Governor. AMFAST shall include the following members:
- members representing the general public; and
- the adjutant general of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, or the adjutant general’s designee.
The adjutant general shall serve as chairperson of AMFAST.
All AMFAST members are appointed by the Governor and serve at the pleasure of the Governor.
AMFAST Advisory Committee
AMFAST shall create the AMFAST advisory committee to provide counsel and recommendations for AMFAST’s strategic plan.
The AMFAST advisory committee (advisory committee) shall include the following members:
- the executive director of the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce, or the executive director’s designee;
- designees from local chambers of commerce, including the Anchorage, Fairbanks, Eagle River, Wasilla, Palmer, Delta Junction, Kodiak, Sitka, and North Pole Chambers of Commerce;
- mayors or their designees from the Fairbanks North Star Borough, City of Fairbanks, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Municipality of Anchorage, City of North Pole, and Kodiak Island Borough;
- the commissioner of the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development, or the commissioner’s designee;
- the commissioner of the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, or the commissioner’s designee;
- the commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources, or the commissioner’s designee;
- the director of the Office of the Governor in Washington, DC, or the director’s designee; and
- the director of the Office of the Governor, Office of Management and Budget, or the director’s designee.
The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs shall supply administrative support to AMFAST. The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs shall consult with other State agencies to obtain information on topics within their expertise. The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs shall work with AMFAST to determine assignments to other State agencies to the extent allowed by law and consistent with this Order.
AMFAST and advisory committee members do not receive compensation as members of the team. Members of AMFAST and the advisory committee are entitled to per diem and travel expenses in the same manner permitted for members of State boards and commissions.
AMFAST and the advisory committee 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 and the advisory committee shall be conducted in accordance with AS 44.62.310 and 44.62.312 (open meetings of governmental bodies).
Records of AMFAST and the advisory committee are subject to inspection and copying as public records under AS 40.25.110 – 40.25.220.
AMFAST expires on November 1, 2010.
This Order takes effect immediately.
DATED at Juneau, Alaska this 30th day of December, 2009.