Governor’s Cabinet Military and Veterans' Affairs Maj. Gen. Laurie Hummel Commissioner https://dmva.alaska.gov/ Brig. Gen. (Alaska) Laurie Hummel is the Adjutant General of the Alaska National Guard, and the Commissioner, Alaska Department of Military & Veterans Affairs. In 2012, she retired from a 30 year active duty Army career at the rank of colonel. Daughter of a career Army sergeant and a third generation Soldier, she graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1982, the third class to contain women. For over 20 years she worked in the fields of tactical, operational, and strategic intelligence: 6 years in the 18th Airborne Corps, as operations officer for the intelligence battalion closest to Korea’s Demilitarized Zone, and as Chief of Operations Intelligence, Alaskan Command, at Elmendorf Air Force Base. With the opportunity to study toward a doctorate degree, she returned to Alaska to research the effects of the huge military investment made throughout Alaska during the Cold War era. This project allowed her to travel around the State, measuring the economic, demographic, and cultural changes during that time. As a tenured professor by the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, she then taught cadets, led faculty, and developed curriculum at West Point. As a geographer with expertise in political demography and the geographical roots of terrorism, she was also a policy consultant to government agencies and other organizations. She was fortunate to join several missions in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom: first as an advisor for a program using social and environmental science to help commanders in the field better understand cultural conditions and make smarter decision; then twice she served as an advisor to the leaders of the new National Military Academy of Afghanistan. Upon her retirement from active duty, she and her husband returned to Alaska. They have two grown children and two grandchildren. Boards and Commmissions Appointments Aerospace Corporation Board of Directors, Alaska Back to the Governor's Cabinet page.