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First woman commander of Alaska National Guard: 'no old boys network'
First woman commander of Alaska National Guard: 'no old boys network'

Four months after a federal investigation found that some members of the Alaska National Guard were ostracized and abused after reporting sexual assaults, Gov. Bill Walker on Friday named a new leader to "turn the page" on the Guard's damaged culture. Ret. U.S. Army Col. Laurel Hummel was appointed adjutant general, the first woman to lead the state's National Guard. She will also serve as the commissioner of the state department of military and veterans affairs. "Changing culture is a slow process, but it starts with making sure there's one set of standards, one set of rules that everyone obeys, no matter where they are in the chain of command,"...

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