Military In Alaska: Strategic Importance Then And Now

Alaska’s position in the far north makes it a strategic location for U.S. military operations. At a luncheon hosted by the Alaska World Affairs Council, former Alaskan Command head Gen. Joe Ralston and current Alaskan Command head Lt. Gen. Russell Handy talk about the strategic importance of Alaska since World War II.

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Alaskan Command commander Lt. Gen. Russ Handy (inset) was aboard the USS New Mexico about a hundred miles north of Alaska’s land border this spring during a military exercise. Handy spoke at an Alaska World Affairs Council luncheon Nov. 21. Photo courtesy Lt. Gen. Handy / shared via Alaska World Affairs Council.


  • Gen. Joseph Ralston, retired, former NATO commander, former head of Alaskan Command
  • Lt. Gen. Russell Handy, commander, Alaskan Command, U.S. Pacific Command

BROADCAST ON KSKA: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. (Alaska time)

REPEAT BROADCAST: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. (Alaska time)

RECORDED: Friday, November 21, at the Anchorage Hilton

HOST: Alaska World Affairs Council, with the Alaska Veterans Museum and Institute of the North


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