The new colonel and director of the Alaska State Troopers was honored with a badge-pinning ceremony on Tuesday.

Captain Barry Wilson was promoted to the post last week by Department of Public Safety Commissioner Amanda Price.

At the ceremony, Price said Wilson is going to be a tremendous leader for AST.

"His deep understanding of sexual assault, domestic violence in our small communities is really unsurpassed," she said. "Given the significance of that problem here in our state, I cannot think of a better person to serve as colonel for the Alaska State Troopers."

After receiving his badge, Wilson said troopers have had their challenges, but he's ready to work hard and address them with the support of the governor and Price.

"With the command staff that we have now in the troopers, we've got a real opportunity to make some significant improvements," he said.

Wilson was born in Anchorage and has been with the troopers since 1990.

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