The changing role of Alaska’s military

Today we’ll be discussing the changing role of the military in Alaska. The state has unique training grounds and conditions, and that’s no small part of why it hosts the kind of large-scale exercises we’ve seen this summer. But recently announced reductions in Army personnel at Joint-Base Elmendorf-Richardson in the years ahead, as well as a growing focus on the Pacific theater are complicating Alaska’s place in the military.

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HOST: Zachariah Hughes


  • Colonel Michael Forsyth, Chief of Staff, Alaskan Command
  • Bill Popp, President and CEO, Anchorage Economic Development Corporation


  • If you want to see the full Mayor’s Roundtable event hosted by the Cook Inlet Historical Society, watch here

KSKA (FM 91.1) BROADCAST: Friday, August 7, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 8 at 6:00 p.m.

Alaska Public Television BROADCAST: Friday, August 7, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 8 at 6:00 p.m.


Zachariah Hughes reports on city & state politics, arts & culture, drugs, and military affairs in Anchorage and South Central Alaska.

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