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March 06, 2008
Hokanson to assume command of Oregon Army National Guard's 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team
 
The former commander of the Oregon Army National Guard's aviation unit, Col. Daniel Hokanson, will assume command of the 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team, during a ceremony at the Salem Armory Auditorium, on March 8, 2008.

The ceremony is set to begin at 11:00 a.m. Members of the media and the public are encouraged to attend.

Hokanson served in various command positions within the Oregon Army National Guard since 1995, after almost 10 years in the Active Duty Army.

He replaces Col. David B. Enyeart, who will be assigned as the Assistant Adjutant General for the Oregon Army National Guard. Enyeart enlisted in the Active Duty Army in 1978, serving in various command positions after graduating from Officer Candidate School in 1985.

Hokanson, a native of Happy Camp, Calif., who now resides in Keizer, Ore., holds a BS Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY; Masters Degrees in International Security and Civil-Military Relations from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., and National Security and Strategic Decision-making from the Naval War College in Newport, RI. He is also a graduate of the National Security Fellowship Program at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Mass.

While commanding Oregon's Army Aviation Support Facility (AASF) in Salem, he founded the first National Guard MAST (Military Assistance to Safety and Traffic) / MART (Military Air Rescue Team). Under his command, the unit flew close to 100 air rescue and firefighting missions throughout the Pacific Northwest and California.

In July 2005, Hokanson attended the National Security Fellowship Program at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., for his Senior Service War College. In July 2006 he returned to Oregon and deployed with the 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team to Afghanistan as the Chief of Staff for Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix V.  In June 2007 when the Task Force demobilized, Hokanson became the Deputy Brigade Commander of the 41 IBCT.

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HOKANSON-FINAL.JPG: Col. Daniel Hokanson, 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team Commander, Oregon Army National Guard.
 
 
Contact Info:
 
Kay Fristad
Oregon National Guard Public Affairs Office
503-584-3917