Knowles appoints state space and missile defense officer

Posted: Sunday, March 03, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Army National Guard colonel has been appointed the first assistant adjutant general for space and missile defense.

Gov. Tony Knowles said Col. Jim Welch will assist with directing the development of the missile defense program in Alaska and look for natural connections to commercial space operations and scientific developments within the University of Alaska.

The position was created last year in legislation sponsored by Knowles.

''The primary responsibilities of the job are to ensure smooth planning, development, and subsequent operation of the national missile defense program in Alaska by the Alaska Army National Guard,'' said Phillip Oates, commissioner of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

Welch will report to Oates.

Welch currently works as a team leader for British Petroleum at the Milne Point field.

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