Murkowski Flying to Indiana for “Special Delivery” to Alaska National Guard Unit

Senator Visiting 143rd Infantry Unit Preparing for Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Lisa Murkowski is visiting 118 Alaska National Guardsmen of Company B, 1st battalion (Airborne) of the 143rd Infantry Regiment tomorrow at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center in Edinburgh, Indiana.  During the course of her tour of training activities, Senator Murkowski will visit with the soldiers, express her appreciation and hand-deliver Alaskan silver salmon to the troops.

“These brave Alaskans are getting ready to move to the other side of the planet – from Fairbanks to Kongiganak to Port Graham – and I wanted to personally thank them for their service to our nation,” said Murkowski.  “But before they shipped out and left American soil, I wanted to give them a special delivery and a taste of home – some coho salmon.”

The Alaskan members of the 143rd Infantry regiment are currently undergoing training to support three Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs) in Afghanistan. Upon arrival in Afghanistan they will become part of the PRT command structure.  PRTs use diplomatic, informational, military and economic means to improve the nation’s stability. The 143rd is scheduled for a yearlong deployment.