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Senate Confirms 11 General Officer Moves

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U.S. Army National Guard/Spc. Michael Hunnisett
Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Eleven Army general officer appointments were confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 20, including elevating the three-star director of the Army National Guard to become the four-star National Guard Bureau chief with a seat on the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Lt. Gen. Daniel Hokanson will succeed Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel, who has served as the 28th National Guard Bureau chief since August 2016.

On the first day back from a two-week break, the Senate also approved five three-star nominations.

Maj. Gen. Jody Daniels is confirmed for the three-star position of Army Reserve chief, succeeding Lt. Gen. Charles Luckey, who has led the Army Reserve since June 2016. 

Army National Guard Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, currently Minnesota’s adjutant general, was approved for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and assignment as Army National Guard director, succeeding Hokanson.

Maj. Gen. Willard Burleson was confirmed for the three-star assignment as 8th Army commanding general and chief of staff of Combined Forces Command, Republic of Korea. 

Maj. Gen. Michael Howard was approved for the three-star assignment as U.S. European Command deputy commander. He is currently serving as director, J-3, at the command headquartered in Germany. 

Maj. Gen. Scott Spellmon was confirmed to lead the Army Corps of Engineers, a three-star position, where he’ll succeed Lt. Gen Todd Semonite as chief of engineers.

Brig. Gen. Alex Fink, the Army Enterprise Marketing chief in Chicago, was approved for promotion to major general.

Also confirmed by the Senate for promotion to brigadier general were Col. Edward Bailey, Army Forces Command’s command surgeon; Col. Mary Krueger, Army Medical Command’s deputy chief of staff, G-1/4/6; Col. Anthony McQueen, Army Medical Command’s deputy chief of staff, G-3/5/7; and Col. Jed Schaertl, a 98th Training Division assistant division commander.