Murkowski Responds to U.S. Army Force Structure Changes

Senator: Pentagon’s Light Alaskan Impact Reflects Alaska’s Key Strategic Role

Senator Lisa Murkowski today responded to the overall Alaskan U.S. Army reductions reflected in the nationwide “sweeping reorganization” and personnel overhaul announced by U.S. Army Alaska (USARAK):

“Though Alaska is disappointed to lose any U.S. Army personnel, these numbers show that the Last Frontier remains a premier location for the nation’s defense.  With the United States Army responsibly conducting a regular evaluation of their positioning worldwide to boost efficiency, many states are seeing far larger reductions compared to Alaska’s 3 percent.

“As the Pentagon shifts from a post-war status, Alaska’s two Brigade Combat Teams will continue to operate at full strength following this reorganization – proving again the strategic role that Alaska plays in the protection of critical US interests in the Pacific and around the world.”