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Monday, March 05, 2007

TOP STORY >>Adjutant general installed

Arkansas Air National Guard

Maj. Gen. William D. Wofford assumes command of the 10,200-member strong Arkansas National Guard at a 1 p.m. ceremony today at Camp Robinson.

The ceremony will be held at the Davis Auditorium on the second floor of the Professional Education Center.

A reception will follow for the new adjutant general downstairs in the lobby of Patriot Hall right below the auditorium.

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 Wofford assuming command of the troops from the governor.

Newly elected Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe appointed Wofford to the post in January.

Chastain took command of the Arkansas National Guard last July 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 state’s 51st TAG since 1836.