Hokanson Becomes Army National Guard Director

Hokanson Becomes Army National Guard Director

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The Army National Guard has a new director. Lt. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, formerly the National Guard Bureau vice chief, became Army National Guard director on June 21. He succeeds Lt. Gen. Timothy Kadavy, who is nominated to take Hokanson’s former job.

Hokanson is a 1986 U.S. Military Academy graduate and former Oregon National Guard adjutant general whose combat deployments include Operations Just Cause, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. More recently, he was U.S. Northern Command deputy director and vice commander of the U.S. element at North American Aerospace Defense Command.

A native of Happy Camp, California, Hokanson is an Army aviator who had been the Guard Bureau’s vice chief since November 2016. He is now the 21st person to serve as Army National Guard director.

Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel, the National Guard Bureau chief, said, "Dan has trained his whole life to be here and to know everything about the Army National Guard, to know everything about the joint force, to know everything about the National Defense Strategy, to come here and make the biggest contribution we can as the operational combat reserve of the United States Army."

Kadavy, a former Nebraska National Guard adjutant general, had been Army National Guard director since 2015. His nomination to serve as Guard Bureau vice director is pending before the U.S. Senate.