Blogs by Rep Bob Lynn

Blog site of Representative Bob Lynn, Alaska House of Representatives,District 31 Anchorage, Alaska. Blogs consist of public comments during legislative sessions, speeches, political commentary, as well as personal observations, and some journal type entries. Comments are invited.

Location: Anchorage, Alaska, United States

Member of the Alaska State House of Represeentatives since 2003. US Air Force, Retired; military bandsman; F94C interceptor pilot; Vietnam service as radar controller (Monkey Mountain), radar site commander(Pleiku); Government Contract Management; Public school Teacher, Retired. Married 55 years to Marlene Wagner Lynn, 6 children, 20 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild. Member St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Church. Former Tucson Arizona policeman, Ambulance Driver and Mortician's Assistant, Realtor (currently on referral status).

Friday, February 23, 2007


Marlene and I were priviledged tonight to attend the 2007 "Salute to the Military" banquet in Anchorage, sponsored by the Armed Forces YMCA. By coincidence, today was also my 74th birthday - and I can't imagine a better way to celebrate it. Young warrors were guests of honor and received special recognition. Active duty and retired military (like myself) wore formal mess dress uniforms or tuxedos with military decorations.

United States Senator Ted Stevens (affectionally known as "Uncle Ted") - a decorated fighter pilot himself - gave the best talk I've ever heard him deliver. Very inspiring.

The principal speaker at the banquest was four star General Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff - meaning he is the principal military advisor to the President, the Secretary of Defense, and the National Security Council. General Pace is the first Marine to hold the top military job in thre United States. The man exudes what the military calls "command presence." In civilian terms, I suppose we could call it the "charisma of leadership."

Also saluting the military tonight was at the banquet was my good friend and constituent Ted Heller, US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Retired, and it was an honor to have my photo taken with him. Several of my legislative collegues were also present, including Speaker of the House John Harris. God Bless our military. They guard America's freedom.


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