Alaska State Defense Force Defined By BG Brown


On December 13th, 1636, in Salem Massachusetts, the tradition of the American militia was born. Since that time, the brave men and woman of the militias have continued to serve and protect this great nation throughout the centuries. Following in this great tradition, during World War II, the Alaska Territorial Guard (ATG) formed. Known as the "Eskimo Scouts," the Alaska Territorial Guard worked with the U.S. Army, to defend Alaska. In 1947, at the conclusion of World War II, the Alaska Territorial Guard was disbanded. In 1984, Governor Bill Sheffield and the Alaska legislature established the Alaska State Guard. The Alaska State Guard was renamed in 1987, as the Alaska State Defense Force (ASDF). Today the men and women of the Alaska State Defense Force continue the honorable tradition, set forth by the Alaska Territorial Guard, to defend and serve the citizens and the great state of Alaska.

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The United States Constitution Article I Section 8 and 32 USC 109 provides the authority for states to establish militias. The Constitution of Alaska, Article III, Section 19 Alaska Statute 26.05.100 further establish the authority of the Alaska State Defense Force (ASDF). The Governor is the Commander-in-Chief and exercises that authority through the Adjutant General (TAG).


The 49th Brigade, Alaska State Defense Force is a volunteer organization. Established to provide a trained and organized state military reserve supportive of homeland security, Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA), and other civil support operations.

Our soldiers are equipped and trained for various missions including:


Emergency Management

Military Police

Domain Awareness


Medical Support

Logistical Support

Shelter Management





The Alaska State Defense Force is for students, people with part-time and full-time jobs, those with or without prior military service experience, or any other citizen who has the desire to serve and protect their state, community, and families. When you enlist in the ASDF, you join a long honored tradition of citizen-soldiers, ready to help friends and families, communities, state and nation, in their time of need.


Benefits of enlisting

  • Serve your community and state
  • Enjoy the camaraderie and fellowship of other volunteers
  • Develop and enhance your leadership skills and Professional Military Education
  • Drill and train locally
  • Wear a similar uniform to the U.S. Army
  • ASDF Soldiers are paid when on state Active Duty
  • Life insurance through the Alaska National Guard Association
  • Tuition Assistance through the State of Alaska

What is my Commitment

ASDF soldiers train a minimum of one weekend a month with an annual field training exercise (FTX) of 3-5 days, so you will be ready when your state and it's citizens call upon you. If you have never served in the military, you will be required to complete your initial intake training.