Governor taps lawmaker for military affairs post

Posted: Monday, May 10, 2010

JUNEAU - State Rep. Nancy Dahlstrom is leaving her seat in the Alaska House to join Gov. Sean Parnell's administration as a senior military affairs adviser.

The Eagle River Republican, who lists her occupation as a mother and grandmother, announced her resignation Friday. She begins the new job June 1.

Dahlstrom has represented the district that covers the recently merged Fort Richardson and Elmendorf Air Force Base since former Gov. Frank Murkowski appointed her in 2003. She's had committee roles dealing with military and veterans' affairs.

Under state law, the timing of the change means the District 18 vacancy will be filled through regular elections this fall.

The state elections website lists no candidates besides Dahlstrom. The deadline to file is June 1.

The military affairs adviser is a new position. Governor's spokeswoman Sharon Leighow says Dahlstrom's salary will be $96,000 and she will work out of Anchorage.

In a press release, Dahlstrom warns of upcoming federal base realignment and closure reviews.

"It is critical that we are positioned to not only maintain our bases, but have the capability for additional missions," Dahlstrom said.

Dahlstrom's duties will include working with a military advocacy panel that Parnell created in December to retain and build Alaska's military for security and economic reasons. The team has a comprehensive, long-term plan due July 1.

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