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Army Lt. Gen. Daniel Hokanson to be 29th National Guard Bureau chief

20-067 | July 21, 2020

Hokanson will be promoted to four-star general and take a seat on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He replaces Air Force Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, who has served as the CNGB since August 2016. A change of responsibility ceremony is expected early August.

Before taking the helm of the Army Guard in June 2019, Hokanson served as the NGB’s vice chief from November 2016.

The CNGB is responsible for ensuring more than 450,000 Army and Air National Guard soldiers and airmen are ready and able to conduct their combat and homeland response missions. The CNGB also serves as a military adviser to the president, secretary of defense and National Security Council. He is also the Department of Defense’s official channel of communication to the governors and state adjutants general on all matters pertaining to the National Guard.

A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, Hokanson served on active duty as an Army aviator before joining the Oregon Guard in 1995. His combat deployments include Operations Just Cause, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Hokanson served as Oregon’s adjutant general from 2013 to 2015.