Katkus named adjutant general and Alaska DMVA commissioner

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Governor Sean Parnell today named Brig. Gen. Thomas Katkus as adjutant general of the Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA). The adjutant general serves as commander of the Alaska National Guard and oversees the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

"General Katkus will continue his outstanding service to Alaska and our 75,000 veterans," Governor Parnell said. "He has the leadership skills, training and experience to ensure that the Alaska National Guard will perform at the highest level whenever duty calls."

Katkus most recently served as acting commissioner of DMVA. He worked for more than 20 years with the Anchorage Police Department and, concurrently, nearly 32 years with the Alaska Army National Guard. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science from St. Michael's College in Vermont and a master's degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College.

Katkus has received many awards for his military service, including the Army Legion of Merit, Army Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal.

Katkus fills the vacancy that was created by the resignation of Lt. Gen. Craig E. Campbell, who was sworn in as lieutenant governor Aug. 10.