Alaska Natural Resources commissioner Dan Sullivan is on his way to Afghanistan. Sullivan was recalled to active duty with the US military, according to DNR spokesperson Elizabeth Bluemink. His deployment began on Sunday.
Sullivan will be on leave from his state duties for six weeks. During that time, deputy DNR commissioner Joe Balash will act in Sullivan’s place.
Sullivan has served the state as DNR commissioner for the past three years. According to his military bio, he currently serves as the executive officer of the 4th Marine Division’s Anti-Terrorism Battalion, described as the largest battalion in the Marine Corps Reserve.
He has previously been recalled to duty, including from December 2004 to April 2006, and in early 2009.