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The Alaska Chapter Board of Directors is appreciative of the efforts of the National Office’s John Kennedy, Director of Education and Training and Joe Collins, Co-chair of the Officer Safety and Wellness Committee for working diligently with us to bring the Comprehensive Officer Resiliency Train-the-Trainer program to Alaska. Eighteen trainers from around the state from various agencies came together at the Anchorage Police Department Training Center to receive the team teaching from instructors Buddy Johnson, NA Session 244, (Georgia), Ron Winegar, NA Session 264, (Idaho), Joe Collins, NA Session 236, (Wisconsin) and Vinny Greany, NA Session 240, (New York). The two and a half days of training has prepared our trainers to incorporate officer resiliency into the values of their departments, families, and communities. Two of our members, Tom Dunn, NA Session 253, and Joe Gamache, NA Session 272, joined 16 other troopers, officers, supervisors and commanders in preparing to share the vital knowledge toward improving the quality of life in Alaska. Joe set up a group email and several trainers are already reporting using the lessons learned.

Thank you to Motorola, Acadia Healthcare, Alaska Police Standards Council, Department of Public Safety, Alaska Association of Chiefs of Police, Anchorage Police Department and our Alaska Chapter for the financial assistance in making this happen. A special thanks to our Vice President of the Southcentral Region and Training Committee Chair, Barry Wilson, NA Session 244, for helping me to spearhead and host this valuable training.

Now that the officer resiliency training is wrapped up, our focus has turned fully to organizing the Executive Development Conference to be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Anchorage December 5-7, 2019. Our general membership meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 4th at 3:00 p.m. Go to our website for a schedule of events and presentations. 

Although our space is limited we welcome members from outside Alaska to join us in our excellent training and networking. The theme for our annual Christmas party to be held on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at the Hilton Garden Inn is “Space: The Final Frontier in the Last Frontier.” Wear your space clothes for a good time in between the serious and important training that will be delivered. 

Elections will be held this year with Barry Wilson, Session 244, running for the two-year term of President and Sean McGee, Session 202, running as the incumbent for his two-year term of Vice President of the Northern Region. Sean will also be the Alaska Chapter’s Youth Leadership Program Coordinator for 2019. 

After being in Alaska for 42 years I am wrapping up and moving to Colorado, hopefully next summer. I could not have asked for a more successful law enforcement career than what I experienced in the great state of Alaska. I have enjoyed my many years of involvement in the Alaska Chapter, and I look forward to joining the Rocky Mountain Chapter. 



Earlier this year, Chapter member Bert Seymour, NA Session 80, our oldest member at 94 years old, was invited to the WWII Museum in New Orleans by the Gary Sinise Foundation, to give an account of his war experience.  Bert was stationed in Norwich, England during the war and was attached to the 96th Bombardment Group.  Bert was one of the first Deputies hired by Ventura Sheriff’s Office after WWII.


In August, our 2nd VP Eric Sonstegard, NA Session 246, and some members from the LA Division had the good fortune to meet with FBI Director Chris Wray.
(Photo: 2nd VP Eric Sonstegard and members from LA Division)

Not to be outdone, a few members of the Chapter Board also got to meet with Director Wray. (Photo: L – R: Eric Thunberg, Janis Trulsson, Ken Tanaka, Director Wray, Gina Haynes, Daman Christensen and Cris Trulsson.)

In August, 1st VP Christensen held the Sacramento Division Training luncheon at Foster Farms, where a chicken lunch was enjoyed by all.  The training was extremely informative and part of it was given by special guests from the police department in El Salvador.  (Photo: 1st VP Daman Christensen with police from El Salvador)

Many congratulations to the following:
Scott Fairfield, NA Session 250, on his appointment to Police Chief for the Bell Gardens Police Department.  Scott was previously a Captain with the Dept.
Jorge Cisneros, NA Session 220, on his appointment to Police Chief for the Anaheim Police Dept. 
Dino Lawson, NA Session 231, who was promoted to Chief of Police with the Madera Police Dept.
Ed Varso, NA Session 267, with the Escondido Police Department, on his promotion to Captain.

Retirement wishes go out to Brad Kaylor, NA Session 252, who recently retired from the Ontario Police Department

Congratulations to our latest California graduates of NA Session 273.  

(Photo: Session 273. L-R  George Calderon (San Diego SD), Joey Fender (Los Angeles SD), Scott Smallwood (Gridley-Briggs PD), Pete Brindley (Redding PD), Cary Goldberg (San Ramon PD), Alma Zamora (San Mateo SO), and Oscar Ortiz (Napa SO) at International Night.)



Orlando Rolon, 
NA Session 263, was named Police Chief of the Orlando Police Department

Arnold Brown, NA Session 248 was promoted to Chief Deputy of the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office

Carmine Marceno, NA Session 267 was appointed Undersheriff in Lee County FL on September 21, 2018.

Donna Lusczynski, NA Session 231 was appointed as Chief Deputy of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Mike Scott, NA Session 241, retired as Sheriff of Lee County FL.

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



As of October 22, 2018, Chief Jeff Hooper, NA Session 213, took the helm as the Hutchinson Police Chief after the retirement of Chief Heitschmidt.  Chief Hooper was a Captain with the Riley County/Manhattan, KS Police Department with 27 years of law enforcement experience.  He has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Sociology/Criminal Justice.  We wish him the best in his new position!!  


Dick Heitschmidt
, NA Session 119, retired on October 1, 2018 with 45 total years of law enforcement service!  He started his career with the Reno County, KS Sheriff’s Office and then
served for the past 26 years with the Hutchinson, KS Police Department.  Chief Heitschmidt started as a jailer in 1973 and worked his way up through the ranks.  He is truly retiring and
we wish him well and thank him for his many years of service to the Hutchinson, KS community!! 



Montana members gather at the October Montana-Idaho National Academy Refresher in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.  
(Photo L – R; Butch (Rhonda) Huseby, NA Session 242, Brad Gremaux, NA Session 271, Bryan (Shannon) Lockerby, NA Session 200, Ellen Stinar, Rob Moccasin, NA Session  261, Glen Stinar, NA Session 266, John (Wendy) Schaffer, NA Session 258, Jeff Newton, NA Session 255.