• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
News Alert: Latest updates on McHugh Fire - Read More
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

  • News

    Hiker missing in Denali National Park found after search

    by Associated Press on Jul 25, 7:29

    A missing hiker has been found in good condition after a two-day search at Denali National Park and Preserve. A helicopter crew spotted the 42-year-old hiker Sunday night about six miles from where he was last seen Friday. Park officials identified him as Mukunda Egen from California, who is seasonally employed in the area. No […]

  • Weather

    Officials warn ‘imminent’ flooding may occur after steady rain along Matanuska River

    by KTVA 11 News on Jul 25, 6:14

    After three days of rainfall along the Matanuska River, emergency officials are preparing for “imminent” flooding. Portions of the bank began to show signs of breeching Sunday between the Maude Road Extension and Mile 15 and Mile 13 of the Old Glenn Highway, according to a release from the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Department of Emergency Services. There is no […]

  • Crime

    Caught on video: Driver rams SUV with toddler inside

    by Eric Ruble on Jul 24, 23:07

    An Anchorage couple is asking for help identifying the driver of a blue Ford F-150 after being chased and rammed repeatedly by the unknown vehicle Friday evening. Cell phone video making rounds on social media this weekend shows couple’s view from inside their sport utility vehicle as it was hit repeatedly by the pickup truck. Grace […]

  • News

    Aussies won’t move to Rio village yet; power, plumbing fears

    by Stephen Wade / AP Sports Writer on Jul 24, 17:52

    RIO DE JANEIRO — Australia’s Olympic team leader is keeping the delegation’s 700 athletes or staff out of the Athletes Village for at least two days, citing electrical and plumbing problems in the sprawling complex less than two weeks before the start of the games in Rio de Janeiro. “Electricity and water is not a […]

  • News

    AST: Man’s body found floating near Ketchikan

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 24, 16:44

    An unidentified man’s body was found floating in the Tongass Narrows near Ketchikan Saturday evening, according to Alaska State Troopers. Troopers responded to the 4700 block of the North Tongass Highway around 6:45 p.m. after receiving a report of a body. The man’s body was brought to shore shortly after that, according to an online trooper […]

  • News

    Police: Man, likely attacker, dies in explosion in Germany

    by Associated Press on Jul 24, 16:31

    Police in the southern German city of Ansbach say a man was killed when an explosive device he was believed to be carrying went off near an open-air music festival, injuring 10 people. Ansbach police said in a statement early Monday that just after 10 p.m. Sunday they were alerted to an explosion in the […]

  • Crime

    Woman wanted on felony warrant following early morning fight involving multiple people

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 24, 14:53

    The Anchorage Police Department is actively searching for a woman for whom they’ve obtained a felony warrant following a fight involving multiple suspects on Russian Jack Drive. Multiple people called APD around 4:19 a.m. to report a fight on the 1600 block of Russian Jack Drive. When police arrived, they spoke with a woman who […]

  • News

    Search underway for California man missing in Denali National Park

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 24, 14:44

    About 40 people are helping the search for Mukunda Egen, a 42-year-old California man who was last seen on Friday night while hiking in Denali National Park and Preserve. Egen and a friend set up a campsite at the Teklanika Campground and decided to hike from that area Friday afternoon, according to a statement from […]