Alaska Army National Guard hosts picnics Saturday in Homer, Ninilchik, elsewhere

It’s the season for picnics. On the heels of today’s governor’s picnic at Karen Hornaday Park, the Alaska Army National Guard will be serving hot dogs in Homer, Ninilchik and other peninsula locations on Saturday and the public is invited.

“We really just wanted to put the word out that the National Guard is on the Kenai Peninsula and that we wanted to introduce a lot of the people to what we have to offer,” said Staff Sgt. Joe Coonse, state marketing director and mobile event team leader.

With the National Guard participating in the annual “Progress Days” celebration in Soldotna, it seemed like the perfect time to visit neighboring communities, according to Coonse.

The Homer picnic will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the parking lot of American Legion Post 16 on East End Road.

“They’re going to have a tent set up and serve hot dogs, chips and refreshments,” said Tim Clark of Post 16.

In Ninilchik, the National Guard picnic will be held at American Legion Post 18 on the Sterling Highway, also from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Other picnics will be held at the same time at the Old Carr’s Mall in Kenai and at Safeway in Seward.

Each location offers opportunities to talk to recruiters about opportunities the Alaska Army National Guard offers for service, job experience and education benefits.

“And there’s food available for anyone that wants to stop by,” said Coonse.

The Alaska Army National Guard’s dual mission includes federal and state responsibilities. In peacetime, the Guard’s forces are commanded by the governor through the state adjutant general and can be called into action during local and state emergencies. The U.S. president can activate the guard to participate in federal missions, such as deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia and Egypt.

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National Guard picnics


11-a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday


American Legion Post 16, Homer

American Legion Post 18, Ninilchik

Old Carr’s Mall, Kenai

Safeway, Seward


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