• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 19s

National Guard responds to criticism

By Bonney Bowman 9:00 PM May 2, 2014
ANCHORAGE –

Alaska National Guard leaders are responding to criticism they’re not doing enough to assist the victims of sexual assault.

In the last five years, there have been 37 reported sexual assaults where the victims were National Guard soldiers.

Eleven of those were solider-on-solider violence. It’s a much smaller percentage than the number of assaults in the civilian population.

But Sen. Mark Begich says he’s been hearing complaints for years, ranging from abuse of power to assault and sexual assault.

He’s asked the National Guard Bureau, an independent third party, to investigate the issues.

The commander of the Alaska National Guard, Brig. Gen. Mike Bridges, says they’ve put numerous tools in place over the last couple years to ensure victims have protection and support.

The Guard has added three sexual assault response coordinators and 42 victim advocates.

But Begich says he still hears problems.

“There hasn’t been an aggressive approach to look at these individuals, look at the systematic problem within the Guard as I hear it on a regular basis. So if my staff is hearing it, I’m hearing it, then it’s worthwhile for our staff to look at it and investigate it,” Begich said.

Bridges says unlike the Army, the National Guard doesn’t have the power to prosecute crimes.

They rely on local law enforcement to bring charges and arrests.

“If they don’t find something to prosecute, we’re going to look at it using military good order and discipline standards anyway and we may apply discipline through those processes,” Bridges said.

The Guard can pursue administrative action, including discharging soldiers who commit crimes.

Latest Stories

  • Former HS coach accused of indecent exposure

    by KTVA Web Staff on Jun 28, 17:09

    A former assistant coach at Palmer High School is facing charges of indecent exposure. Shane Southwick resigned his position as assistant basketball coach at the end of the season, according to a spokesperson for the Mat-Su School District. School officials also said the incident he’s accused of happened after he resigned and did not involve any district […]

  • APD investigating fatal downtown stabbing

    by KTVA Web Staff on Jun 28, 17:01

    Anchorage Police are investigating a homicide downtown. Around 4:15, officers were called to the scene of a stabbing at 4th and Karluk. APD confirms the victim in the stabbing succumbed to their injuries. The victim has not been identified. Police are searching for the suspect. While the search is underway, APD is asking motorists to […]

  • News

    Video of Florida cop’s encounter with man over jaywalking goes viral

    by CBS News on Jun 28, 16:45

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Moments after being stopped by Jacksonville Sheriff’s Deputy Jack Bolen for allegedly jaywalking, 21-year-old Devonte Shipman started to record the incident. The interaction happened a week ago, and Shipman believes it was about more than a jaywalking citation. I was just stopped for being black and walking, that’s how I feel,” Shipman […]

  • Lifestyle

    New mom’s health scare shines light on blood clot condition

    by CBS News on Jun 28, 16:31

    One new mom wants to warn others about the risk of blood clots after a health scare landed her in the hospital this past weekend. Kate Bilo, a meteorologist with CBS3 in Philadelphia, shared a post on Facebook this week letting friends and viewers know that doctors had found numerous life-threatening blood clots in her […]

  • Pregnant mom says she fatally shot boyfriend in YouTube stunt gone wrong

    by CBS News/Associated Press on Jun 28, 16:23

    HALSTAD, Minn. — A Minnesota woman charged in the fatal shooting of her boyfriend told authorities it was a video stunt gone wrong. Monalisa Perez, of Halstad, was charged Wednesday with second-degree manslaughter in the death of Pedro Ruiz III. The family told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune the couple has a young child and that Perez […]

  • Weather

    ‘Big Bang Theory’ star’s home burns down in California wildfire

    by CBS News/Associated Press on Jun 28, 16:20

    SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The home of “Big Bang Theory” star Johnny Galecki has been destroyed in a wildfire in California. Nicole Perna, a spokeswoman for the 42-year-old actor, says his home on a ranch in the San Luis Obispo area was destroyed by the wildfire on the state’s central coast. “My heart goes […]

  • News

    DHS announces new enhanced security measures for commercial flights into U.S.

    by CBS News on Jun 28, 16:17

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced it is implementing new enhanced security measures for all commercial flights coming into the United States, according to a senior DHS official. DHS Secretary John Kelly made the formal announcement at an event Wednesday afternoon. “It is time we raise the global baseline of global aviation security. We […]

  • Lifestyle

    Air pollution levels considered safe can still shorten lifespans, study shows

    by CBS News on Jun 28, 16:15

    ATLANTA — A study released Wednesday shows that levels of air pollution considered safe can still shorten lifespans. The study also found that the air in Atlanta is among the worst in the country. Even on days when he can play outside, 4-year-old Reco Lovett is never far from his inhaler. At age 2, he […]