Gov. Dunleavy to send 10 Alaska National Guard soldiers to the U.S. southern border

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) — Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced Tuesday that he will be deploying ten Alaska Army National Guard soldiers to the United States' southern border on April 1.

The release says soldiers from the Alaska Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment will assist with air, reconnaissance and surveillance, aviation operations support, and logistics support to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection federal agency.

“Alaska stands ready in support of the President’s mission to secure the southern border," Dunleavy said in a press release. “I thank the numerous guardsman, and their families, for answering the call of duty and volunteering to serve in these important support roles.”

The release says the deployment of the 10 personnel is not expected to impact any scheduled training or deployments, and will be paid for by the federal government.

In February, Dunleavy released a video declaring the state's support for President Trump's declaration of a national emergency.

“While the southern border may seem far away and distant, this crisis is real, and a potential threat to every American, including Alaskans," Dunleavy said of the declaration.

The soldiers will be based out of Arizona for deployments lasting up to six months.

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