We have long relied on the Oregon National Guard here at home during floods, fires and winter storms. Over the last decade, that role has expanded overseas, with the Guard playing a critical role in our nation’s safety as an operational force in Iraq and Afghanistan.
I’m proud to report that the Oregon National Guard has never been a more prepared and professional force thanks to the leadership of General Rees, the support of the National Guard Bureau and Pentagon, and of course the unparalleled dedication of our citizen-soldiers and airmen.
Today we continue that record of excellence by welcoming Major General Daniel R. Hokanson to succeed Major General Raymond F. Rees as the Adjutant General of the Oregon National Guard.
To General Rees, as a friend and as a Governor, I thank for your honorable service and for everything you have done for our state and for our nation. Throughout your remarkable career, you have served our country well, and on behalf of a grateful Oregon, I thank you.
I am honored that Major General Hokanson has accepted this new assignment and am confident that, under his direction, the Oregon National Guard will solidify its reputation as one of the most highly qualified and skilled corps of citizen-soldiers in our country. General Hokanson brings the experience and leadership – as both a soldier and as a commander – that we have come to expect from our Guard’s leadership.
From his time with the Oregon National Guard, to commanding the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team in Iraq, to serving as Chief of Staff for Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix in Afghanistan – General Hokanson brings a keen understanding of the Guard’s dual mission to respond to emergencies here at home and serve the nation when called to active duty. I know that General Hokanson will continue to be a strong advocate for our Guardsmen and their families.
And I am sure that your wife Kelly, as well as Tori, Danny Jr, and McKinnon, are all very happy to be back in the great state of Oregon.
I will now administer the oath of office.