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October 20, 2003
Major General Alexander Burgin, Adjutant General of Oregon National Guard Announces his Retirement
 
Salem, Ore. - Maj. Gen. Alexander H. Burgin, The Adjutant General, Oregon National Guard announced his retirement today after meeting with Governor Ted Kulongoski.
 
Burgin has served as The Adjutant General of the Oregon National Guard since March 8, 1999. Maj. Gen. Burgin has devoted more than 38 years to the military. His service includes five years as an enlisted soldier with the 3rd Battalion, 16th Artillery, Republic of South Vietnam. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant from the State of Oregon Officer Candidate School in June 1974. He worked his way up through the ranks to become commander of the 41st Infantry Brigade, Assistant Adjutant General and then Adjutant General for Oregon.
 
Burgin and the Governor had first discussed his potential reassignment in March of this year, but had forgone making any changes during the highest level of operational deployment in the history of the Oregon National Guard.
 
During his tenure as The Adjutant General, the Oregon National Guard has been recognized repeatedly for the excellence and professionalism of its soldiers and airmen. Under Burgin’s leadership and direction, Oregon has deployed more soldiers per capita than any state in the nation in support of the global war on terrorism. Soldiers and airmen from the Oregon National Guard continue to be recognized for outstanding mission performance and professionalism.
 
In announcing his retirement, Burgin informed the employees of the Oregon Military Department that Brigadier General Ray Byrne has been named as the Interim Adjutant General by Governor Ted Kulongoski. Byrne, who relinquished command of the 41st Enhanced Infantry Brigade on Saturday, will serve as the Acting Adjutant General while the Governor conducts a survey of candidates eligible for appointment.
 
Please refer all media inquiries to Maj. Arnold V. Strong, Public Affairs Officer, Oregon National Guard, at 503.932.2832.
 
For more information contact:
 
Maj. Arnold V. Strong
503-932-2832