Kitzhaber appoints new head of Ore. National Guard

SALEM, Ore. (AP) Gov. John Kitzhaber has appointed a new head of the Oregon National Guard.

Kitzhaber said Wednesday that Brigadier General Daniel Hokanson we be the next adjutant general.

Hokanson is a 1986 graduate from the U.S. Military Academy and served on active duty before joining the Oregon National Guard. He has served in Iraq and Afghanistan and commanded nearly 100 air-rescue and firefighting missions throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Hokanson is currently the director of strategic plans and policy for the National Guard Bureau at the Pentagon.