As governor of one of the the two non-contiguous states in the union, Gov. Palin, frequently met with Asian countries' leaders to promote trade and tourism
Also, Alaska as a neighbor to Russia, has the additional federal and state military presence compared to other states. She is intimately involved with military and other national agencies in coordinating the resources of Alaska and the federal government.
It means that Alaska's governor has add importance for for being the commander in chief of the Alaskan National Guard.