JUNEAU (AP) -- Col. Craig Campbell was named head of state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs on Monday by Gov. Frank Murkowski.
As adjutant general and commissioner, Campbell will head the Army National Guard and Air National Guard and oversee the state's emergency services and homeland security efforts.
''As the department steps up to fulfill its new missions of homeland security and missile defense, we need a leader there who can inspire the confidence of those he leads,'' Murkowski said. ''Craig has demonstrated solid leadership abilities over a lengthy and dedicated career in service to the nation and Alaska.''
Campbell, 50, joined the Alaska Air National Guard in 1991 and is currently vice commander of the 168th Refueling Wing at Eielson Air Force Base.
Campbell served nine years in the U.S. Air Force as an air traffic controller before joining the California Air National Guard.
As a civilian, Campbell is a former member of the Anchorage Assembly and was employed full-time as executive director for the Anchorage Office of Planning, Development and Public Works since 2000.
Campbell will begin his duties as commissioner and adjutant general on Friday, the governor's office said.
Murkowski also appointed Roger Schnell as deputy commissioner to the department. Schnell is a retired colonel who formerly served as chief of staff for the Alaska Army National Guard and deputy commissioner for the department under Govs. Walter Hickel and Tony Knowles.
Gen. Tim Scott was appointed assistant adjutant general commanding the Alaska Air National Guard. Scott is the commander of the 168th Refueling Wing. Scott is on special assignment as commander of the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing at Al Udeid Air Base in Quatar.
Gen. Craig Christensen was appointed assistant adjutant general commanding the Alaska Army National Guard. Christensen is commanding officer for the 207th Infantry Group based in Anchorage and is a former chief of staff to the state Army Guard. Christensen grew up in Alaska and is a graduate of Alaska Methodist University.
One of the immediate goals of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs will be to increase recruitment efforts in rural Alaska, Murkowski said.
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