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Hokanson Takes Over as National Guard Bureau Chief
By Jennifer-Leigh Oprihory
Army Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson received his fourth star and formally took charge of the National Guard Bureau during an Aug. 3 change of responsibility ceremony led by Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va. Hokanson, who was confirmed by the Senate on July 20, most recently served as Army National Guard director. In his new role, he succeeds Air Force Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, who is retiring after nearly four decades of service. Esper expressed trust in Lengyel’s successor, telling Hokanson he has his “full faith and confidence,” and that his “vision and acumen” will help him in his new role. “Today, Gen. Dan Hokanson takes charge during unprecedented and challenging times for our great nation, yet I know that he possesses the character, competence, and wealth of experience needed to excel in this role,” he said.