Suellyn Wright Novak



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On Jan. 4, Gov. Sean Parnell reappointed Eagle River’s Suellyn Wright Novak to the Alaska Veterans Advisory Council. Parnell also appointed James Hastings and Hank Bartos to the council, and reappointed Terrance Pardee. The council advises the Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, and through the governor, other departments and agencies of the state on matters concerning state veterans, their dependents, and their survivors.

Novak retired from the U.S. Air Force as a colonel after 32 years of service, which included command of a medical support squadron and a medical diagnostics and therapeutic squadron. She is active in service to Alaska veterans, serving as president of the Alaska Veterans Museum, executive officer of the Alaska Wing of the Commemorative Air Force, a director of the Alaska chapter of the Association of the U.S Army, and director of the U.S. Air Force Association.

Novak earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Grove City College in Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in public administration from the University of North Dakota, and a master’s degree in military studies from the American Military University in Virginia. She was reappointed to a public seat on the council.

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