What is Sarah Palin's Experience?

From the moment she was announced as John McCain's running mate, the question has been, "What is Sarah Palin's Experience?"

Sarah Palin, Alaska governor and CINC Alaska National Guard
She has mentioned her executive experience as governor of Alaska, which includes her role as Commander in Chief of Alaska's National Guard, stressing the importance of Alaska to our national security because of its proximity to Russia. Detractors scoffed, "Oh, she has 'foreign policy experience' because she can 'see Russsia' from Alaska? Right."

A currently circulating e-mail explains the significance of Sarah Palin's experience as governor of Alaska. This information is verified by truthorfiction.com, but we found no mention of it at either Snopes or Urban Legends. So we're asking you, our military audience, to let us know if these "facts" are not accurate.

Question: What is America's first line of missile interceptor defense that protects the entire United States?

Answer: 49th Missile Defense Battalion of Alaska National Guard.

Question: What is the ONLY National Guard unit on permanent active duty?

Answer: 49th Missile Defense Battalion of Alaska National Guard

Question: Who is the Commander in Chief of the 49th Missile Defense Battalion of Alaska National Guard?

Answer: Governor Sarah Palin, Alaska

Question: What U.S. governor is routinely briefed on highly classified military issues, homeland security, and counter terrorism?

Answer: Governor Sarah Palin, Alaska

Question: What U.S. governor has a higher classified security rating than the Presidential candidate of the Democrat Party?

Answer: Governor Sarah Palin, Alaska

Alaska is the first line of defense in our missile interceptor defense system. The 49th Missile Defense Battalion of the Alaska National Guard is the unit that protects the entire nation from ballistic missile attacks. It’s on permanent active duty, unlike other Guard units.

As governor of Alaska, Palin is briefed on highly classified military issues, homeland security, and counterterrorism. Her exposure to classified material may rival even Biden's.

She's also the commander in chief of the Alaska State Defense Force (ASDF), a federally recognized militia incorporated into Homeland Security's counterterrorism plans.

Palin is privy to military and intelligence secrets that are vital to the entire country's defense. Given Alaska's proximity to Russia, she may have security clearances we don't even know about.

According to the Washington Post, she first met with McCain in February, but nobody ever found out. This is a woman used to keeping secrets.

She can be entrusted with our national security, because she already is.

Now there is something else we know about Sarah Palin. We now know that when she was viciously attacked for her lack of Foreign Policy experience she could have used these facts to her advantage but chose not to. And that, my friends, is what is called character.

Governor Sarah Palin is a real American woman...with real American values.

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