- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Applicants are being sought to fill a vacancy resulting from last week’s resignation of Alaska National Guard Adjutant Gen. Maj. Thomas Katkus.

Gov. Sean Parnell forced the resignation following the release of a scathing report detailing allegations of fraud and sexual assaults in the Alaska National Guard.

Parnell’s office said Friday that applicants will be vetted through a Parnell-appointed panel whose members include Maj. Gen. Michael McGuire, the adjutant general for Arizona.

Parnell’s office says McGuire was recommended by the National Guard Bureau because of his efforts in improving the Arizona National Guard.

The bureau’s Office of Complex Investigations led to the Alaska National Guard report.

Parnell spokeswoman Sharon Leighow says there is no hard deadline for applicants, but they are encouraged to apply within 30 days.

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