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U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan wants to increase Arctic security infrastructure throughout Alaska. During a short visit to Unalaska last week, he said the island and its port will play a role in that vision. Still, he stopped short of giving any specifics.

As Russia and China work to expand their influence in the Arctic, Sullivan said federal officials in the U.S. are finally starting to recognize the strategic importance of the region — a recognition that may result in a greater military presence in the Aleutian Islands.

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U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan is visiting Unalaska Wednesday as part of a trip dedicated to Arctic security.

According to his staff, Alaska's junior senator is touring several communities that house U.S. Coast Guard units to discuss the "commerce and security challenges" facing areas in and near the Arctic.

Sullivan, a Republican, is traveling with Coast Guard Vice Commandant Charles Ray, as well as U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, a Mississippi Republican who chairs the Senate commerce committee.

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A major player at the Federal Communications Commission is due in Unalaska.  

Brendan Carr will arrive Monday night and spend about 24 hours on the island to learn about the broadband challenges facing rural Alaska.

The FCC regulates communications across the country — from radio and satellite to television and internet.

Brendan Carr joined the agency as a commissioner last summer, after the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed his appointment by President Donald Trump.

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U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan visited Unalaska for the first time last week. 

KUCB's Laura Kraegel sat down with the Republican and discussed everything from local fisheries to the national economy.

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U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan is coming to Unalaska.

Mayor Shirley Marquardt made the announcement at Tuesday night's City Council meeting.

She said Sullivan's three-day visit later this month will be the Republican senator's first time on the island.

"He's visiting August 22-24, so that's a really good chunk of time," she said. 

Marquardt said the city is planning a public reception where Sullivan can meet with the community as well as private dinner between the senator and the City Council.