Senator Berta Gardner

September 4, 2014

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Parnell Released National Guard Investigation Reports

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

         Governor Parnell has just released the National Guard Bureau Office of Complex Investigation’s (OCI) report on the state of the Alaska National Guard. The report, requested following multiple allegations and growing concern about a culture permissive of sexual assault and harassment in the Guard, shows that over several years, members have lacked confidence in their chain of command, victims were not provided the proper resources, there were several instances of fraud, actual and perceived favoritism, ethical misconduct and fear of reprisal and that the Alaska National Guard is not properly administering justice through investigations or adjudications. General Thomas Katkus has resigned as the head of the Alaska National Guard.

         I find these findings extremely worrisome and disrespectful to the members of the Alaska National Guard. If victims do not trust the chain of command and fear reprisal, how does replacing only one of many in the Guard’s command solve the problem?  The allegations were not specific to General Katkus although as leader he is ultimately responsible.  Should there not be a shakeup in the command structure?

         The report had a number of recommendations that I am going to look into further.  Primary among them is a different way of investigating complaints abuse complaints so that leadership is not investigating itself.

         We owe this, at the very least, to the Alaskans serving in the National Guard.

         If you would like to review the report yourself, you can see it here.

         I’m Berta and I’m still listening,

         If you have any questions, please feel free to contact my office

signed: Berta


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