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.
Purpose and Duties of AMFAST
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.
AMFAST shall consider the following, while creating a strategic plan:
Investment and Economy
- 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 defense-related investment.
- 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.
Governance, Composition and Chairperson of the AMFAST
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.
AMFAST shall include the following members:
- 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.
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.
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 Governor.
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 governmental bodies).
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