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The Alaska Chapter held their annual meeting on December 4, 2018 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Anchorage. The meeting was well-attended and we were honored to have our National Executive Director, Howard Cook in attendance. Howard gave an excellent report on what is happening at the National level with the NAA. Our Youth Leadership Program participant, Rivers Rogers gave a great report, along with photos of her experience at Quantico in June. It was moving when Howard presented Rivers with National’s commemorative coin. Rivers’ parents were in attendance and it was a very proud moment. Thank you to Rivers for representing Alaska’s youth so well, and thank you Howard for recognizing her. When Director Christopher Wray was in Anchorage in August he told us that he agreed that the NA is the crown jewel of the FBI. We believe the Youth Leadership Program is the Alaska Chapter’s (with our comparatively small contribution to National’s).  

As of January 1, 2019 I will become the Past President with Alaska State Troopers Captain
Barry Wilson, NA Session 244, stepping in as President. Northern Region Vice President Sean McGee, NA Session 202, won his second two-year term and Anchorage Police Department Deputy Chief Ken McCoy, NA Session 265, was unanimously voted in by the board to serve Barry’s last year as Vice President of the Southcentral Region. We were pleased that Special Agent in Charge Jeff Peterson, recently assigned to Alaska, attended the meeting and gave updates on the FBI activities. He honored us by swearing in the new board.

Our annual Executive Development Conference was also held at the Hilton Garden Inn -  December 5
th through December 7th. Incoming President Barry Wilson had to be at a different conference, however, he helped a great deal beforehand and solicited the help from his wife, Elizabeth and granddaughter, Sahara to put the attendee amenities together. Shirley’s daughter, Morgan Warner has helped her Mom with conferences since she was little. This year we chose 4-pistol gun cases for something different from the traditional notebooks and attaché cases. Thanks to 5.11 for some of the contents that are always a hit – socks and knives.

We were able to provide to our 90 registrants and members some excellent presenters. Our very own board members, Alaska State Trooper Captain Andrew Merrill,Secretary/Treasurer, NA Session 257, and Alaska State Trooper Chad Goeden, Vice President Southeast Region, NA Session 266, presented along with their Lt. Moose Sims and Sgt. Eric Spitzer on updates to the Use of Force. One of our newer graduates, Anchorage Police Department Captain Sean Case, NA Session 272, spoke on the Net Generation. John Campanella, NA Session 239, presented on Mitigating Police Fatigue, and Dr. Mitch Javidi, Chancellor of the National Command & Staff College spoke for a day and a half on MAGNUS Leadership. As gifts of appreciation, the speakers received the very nice hand-engraved Yeti mugs with the NA seal.

National President Johnnie Adams had a delay with his flight, however, he made it to Anchorage in time for our annual Christmas party and the last day of Dr. Javidi’s class. President Adams was recognized by Dr. Javidi for being a MAGNUS leader for the efforts he made in coming to Alaska and supporting the Alaska Chapter. Sitting next to Johnnie, he said that he felt his face was red, but Dr. Javidi was spot on. Johnnie is our humble leader.

We had excellent financial partners with the Alaska Association of Chiefs of Police, the Alaska Police Standards Council, 5.11 Tactical, and the Hilton Garden Inn.

After a lunch break on Friday, I was recognized by the members of the board of directors for my service as President for the past two years.

The Chapter held their annual Christmas party on December 6
th. We usually do a white elephant type of gift exchange, but opted for something different by rolling great big dice to see if we keep the gift or pass it on. Many thanks to Leonard (Skip) Coile, NA Session 163, and his wife, Patty for handling the party games. Skip was given a Yeti mug in recognition of being our emcee for so many years. We usually have a theme for our party and this year it was “Space: The Final Frontier in the Last Frontier.” Costumes were not required, but comfort was strongly recommended.

Thanks again to Howard and Johnnie for traveling to Alaska and spending so much quality time with the members of our Chapter. We were truly honored as this was a first for us, and although we are a small chapter they made us feel very important. Thank you, as well to all the staff at the
National Academy who always give us immediate, friendly, and competent assistance whenever we have the need.

I have enjoyed my time as a member of the chapter and serving intermittently over a long span of time as the Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President of the Southcentral Region, Training Committee Chair and other committees appointed by then President Terry Vrabec, NA Session 186, who very appreciatively served as President for 16 years, and finally President. It was a lot of work, but our boards of directors and our members made every minute worth the effort.

On a different note, I would like to recognize and thank the FBI NAA Charitable Foundation for helping me to recover from the destruction to my home from the November 30th earthquake. When Johnnie called to see how we were doing in the aftermath I told him what had happened to my house. I had seen Doug Muldoon’s email to the members offering support from the Foundation for any members suffering from the effects of the earthquake, but I didn’t think that it might mean me. When Johnnie said, “Don’t forget the Foundation,” I decided to contact Doug. Within a couple of days I received confirmation from Doug that the Foundation would help. I will never forget the emotional and financial assistance I received, and during the time when I was trying to put on a conference. There are no words to convey the level of my gratitude.


Chapter Historian, Gina Haynes has been meeting with long time members from near and far.  Earlier this year while at a FBINAA BBQ and shoot, Gina met with Chapter members, one in particular from the 94th Session was Jerry Baker.  Jerry retired as a Captain with the Santa Clara PD and was one of the first to attend the FBINA from his department.  

In October Gina got to meet up with European Chapter member, Olivier Jude in Monaco.  Olivier graduated from the 196th Session and the FBINAA memorabilia in his office clearly showed his affection for the Association, which was fun to see.  After seeing Olivier at work, Gina was fortunate to see him later that evening playing and singing in a German Band (yes, he’s French), which is one of his hobbies along with underwater photography.   

A month later, back on the West Coast, Gina had the good fortune to meet two long-time California Chapter members, Bert Seymour, retired Ventura Under Sheriff from the 80th Session and Hal Barker, retired El Dorado Co. Sheriff, from the 86th Session.  Talking to these long-time members was a treat and listening to their experiences was captivating.  Thank you all for your service and commitment to the FBINAA.



Many congratulations to the following:

Gina Anderson,
 NA Session 219, on her promotion to Deputy Chief of the Citrus Heights Police Department.

Jason Russo,
 NA Session 272, on his promotion to Commander of the Citrus Heights Police Dept. 

Rick Sung,
 NA Session 265, with the Santa Clara Sheriff’s Office on his promotion to Under Sheriff.  
Armando Corpuz, NA Session 257, on his appointment to Chief of Police with the Milpitas Police Department.
Congratulations go out to Ryan Kinnon, NA Session 268, with Citrus Heights PD who it was just announced will take the position as Chief of the City of Auburn Police Department effective November 30th, 2018.

Not to be forgotten, belated congratulations to Chief Manuel “Manny” Martinez Jr., NA Session 198, who left the Daly City Police Department and started in a new position as Assistant Chief with the City of Salinas PD. 

Retirement wishes go out to Scott Savage, NA Session 237, Assistant Chief of Investigations, who recently retired from the Santa Clara D.A.’s Office.

Congratulations to NAA CA Chapter member Lawrence Ryan, NA Session 240, who recently celebrated his 50th B-day and retirement from the San Jose PD by climbing Half Dome in Yosemite National Park.  He wanted to share both his birthday and the fact that he "represented the NA" while climbing and making an accomplishment to be proud of, "Half Dome is Yosemite’s most iconic attraction in all of Yosemite Valley. The trail to Half Dome from Yosemite Valley is an extremely strenuous hike covering over 17 miles. Hikers gain 4,800 feet of elevation along the trail."  Lawrence will be taking the position of Assistant Chief of Investigations at the Santa Clara D.A.’s Office.



We are sad to report the passing of a San Francisco Division member, who resided in Arvada, Colorado.  JAMES DURAN was a graduate of NA Session 104 and had retired from the Daly City Police Department.

Sad news of another member who passed, GARY CRAFT, who was a graduate of NA Session 266 and passed on July 4th of this year.




Ciro M. Dominguez, NA Session 218, was promoted to Colonel on Dec 1, 2018, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Chief Craig Capri, NA Session 248 , Daytona Beach PD/Area Representative, was recognized recently Read More


Captain Bryan Waugh, NA Session 263, 21 years with La Vista Police Department, newly appointed Chief of Police, Kearney Nebraska. 

Captain Ken Kanger, NA Session 262, Omaha Police Department, appointed Deputy Chief Omaha Police Department. 

Recent Retirements:
Chief Dan Lynch, NA Session 141, Kearney Police Department, 43 years of service. 
Sergeant Jerry Atwell, NA Session 237, Grand Island Police Department, 38 years of service. 
Sheriff Vernon Hjorth, NA Session 109, Madison County Sheriff’s Department.
Chief Deputy Sheriff Michael Prather, NA Session 164, Madison County Sheriff’s Department. 

Recent Graduates:
Session 272
Lt. Matt Martin, Douglas NA , County Sheriff’s Department.
Lieutenant Orin Orchard, NA Papillion Police Department,

Lt. Dan Shukis, Sarpy County Sheriff’s Department.

Session 273

Captain Ryan Crick, Plattsmouth Police Department, 

Session 274

Captain Jeremy Kinsey, La Vista Police Department,
Captain Laurie Scott, Omaha Police Department,

Pamela Ojeda, NA Session 238, was appointed as the first female Police Chief for the North Las Vegas Police Department. Read More


Lt. John Kilbride, NA Session 244, from the Falmouth Police Department, ME has been selected as the new Police Chief replacing retiring Chief Edward Tolan, NA Session 174.  Lt. Kilbride has over twenty years of service in Falmouth while progressing through the ranks and attending the FBINA in 2011.  Chief Kilbride will assume his duties December 17, 2018. 


Ptl Jesse Abbott, senator James Seward; NYPD Deputy Chief Theresa Tobin, NA Session 189 & Beccaccio Award Winner; Paul Sandy, NA Session 220 & NYSEC Chapter President 2013, Deputy Chief-Cortland Police, on September 11, 2018  after dedication of the 9/11 Memorial in Cortland, NY

Paul Sandy, NA Session 220 has been selected by Baden Powell (Boys Scouts of America) as “Outstanding Citizen of the Year” for Cortland County, along with Officer Abbott. This is primarily based on our work in getting the 9/11 Memorial built.


Chris Scott, NA Session 229, has been named Deputy Chief of Kingston Police in Ontario, Canada effective January 1, 2019. Read More


Winter training and luncheon December 6, 2018. Our keynote speaker was Redmond Ramos (picture in the middle). Redmond spoke about Success Through Struggle.  Redmond lost his leg after stepping on an IED in Afghanistan and has dedication himself to motivating others.  He stared on the CBS show Amazing Race in 2017.  Also pictured is chapter president Scott Behrbaum (right) and Chris Wilson left.