Alaska supports Army kids, NCOs
June 18, 2009
FORT RICHARDSON, Alaska Aca,!" Army schoolchildren received a special visit from Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin who ceremonially signed Alaska House Bill 137 at U.S. Army Alaska headquarters here, June 18.
The measure allows the state to join the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunities for Military Children, which was created last year to ease the educational transitions of military children and their families as they move between states and public school systems.
The governor sat down with the children and asked about their school experiences in Alaska. A special connection was made when the governor discovered that one child attended the same school as her youngest daughter, Piper.
Although Alaska public schools already work hard to help military students make good transitions, the interstate compact serves to ease student anxiety and standardize enrollment requirements, portability, records transfer, student class placement, exit testing, extra-curricular activity exclusions, and on-time graduation. So far, 21 states have joined the compact.
Gov. Palin had previously signed the bill into law at Aurora Elementary School on Elmendorf Air Force Base on May 15, after it unanimously passed the Alaska Senate.
During her visit, the governor also signed Senate Joint Resolution 17, proclaiming 2009 as the Year of the Noncommissioned Officer Corps of the United States Army in Alaska.
Aca,!A"Today Alaska joins only a handful of states that officially proclaim 2009 as the Year of the Noncommissioned Officer,Aca,!A? said U.S. Army Alaska Command Sgt. Maj. David O. Turnbull. Aca,!A"This is truly a great state to serve in.Aca,!A?
The resolution was passed in large part through the efforts of the Joint Legislative Veterans Caucus in support of Secretary of the Army Pete GerenAca,!a,,cs Oct. 6, 2008, announcement that 2009 would be the Year of the Noncommissioned Officer Army-wide. Representing the caucus at the ceremony were state Reps. Wes Keller and Nancy Dahlstom.
Aca,!A"This resolution is a result of AlaskaAca,!a,,cs legislators coming together in support of AlaskaAca,!a,,cs military and declaring 2009 as the Year of the NCO in Alaska; and it is with great pleasure and humble appreciation for our excellent NCOs and all of our military personnel that IAca,!a,,cll add my signature to theirs,Aca,!A? Palin said.