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      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.

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