Thursday, March 1, 2007

TOP STORY >>New adjutant general to assume command March 3

By Maj. Keith Moore
Arkansas Air National Guard Public Affairs

CAMP JOSEPH T. ROBINSON, NORTH LIT-TLE ROCK, Ark. — Maj. Gen. William D. Wofford assumes command of the 10,200-member strong Ark-ansas National Guard at a 1 p.m. ceremony March 3.

The assumption of command ceremony will be held at the Davis Auditorium on the second floor of the Professional Education Center at Camp Joseph T. Robinson in North Little Rock. A reception will follow for the new adjutant general downstairs in the lobby of Patriot Hall right below the auditorium.

A representative group of Soldiers and Airmen will be in formation in the auditorium for the ceremony. The assumption of command ceremony differs somewhat from a change-of-command ceremony in that Maj. Gen. Ronald S. Chastain, the state’s outgoing adjutant general, will not be present to hand off command and exchange the colors. The ceremony will simply involve General Wofford assuming command of the troops from the governor.

Newly elected Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe appointed General Wofford to the post in January. General Chastain took command of the Arkansas National Guard in July 2006 after he was appointed to the position by former Gov. Mike Huckabee. The adjutant general is a state political appointee. Whoever fills the position serves at the pleasure of the governor.

General Wofford will be the state’s 51st TAG since 1836.


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