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Salem, OR—Today, Governor Kate Brown announced she appointed Brigadier General Michael E. Stencel to succeed Lieutenant General Daniel R. Hokanson as Adjutant General, Oregon.

Brigadier General Stencel began serving as Acting Adjutant General on August 16, following Hokanson's promotion to Deputy Commander, United States Northern Command (NORTHCOM), Vice Commander, United States Element, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.

“Michael Stencel is a proven and accomplished leader. He will make an excellent Adjutant General, and I thank him for his continued contributions to the state and nation,” said Governor Brown.

Prior to his selection as Adjutant General, Stencel served as Acting Adjutant General, in a dual position as the Oregon National Guard's Air Component Commander as well as the Air National Guard Assistant to the Commander of 11th Air Force.

Brigadier General Stencel received his commission in 1984 from the Air National Guard Academy of Military Science. Upon completion of Undergraduate Pilot Training in 1985, he completed F-4 upgrade training and was assigned to the 123rd Fighter Interceptor Squadron, Portland Air National Guard Base. In 1989 he completed F-15 transition training as part of the 142nd Fighter Wing's conversion to the F-15. His many assignments consist of Maintenance Officer and State Plans and Programs Officer at Oregon Air National Guard Headquarters.

Brigadier General Stencel has served as Commander of the Oregon Air National Guard and Chief of Staff to the Oregon Air National Guard in Salem. He has commanded the 142nd Fighter Wing with an interim assignment as Battle Director in Air Force Central's 609th Air and Space Operations Center, Al Udeid Air Force Base, Qatar. He also commanded the 142nd Civil Engineering Squadron and the 142nd Mission Support Group prior to serving as the State Director of Operations/A-3 Joint Force Headquarters for the Oregon Air National Guard where he was the principal advisor to the Commander of the Oregon Air National Guard on operational readiness and strategic planning for state and federal tasking.

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