November 05, 2017 05:15 PM
(KSTP) -- Gov. Mark Dayton gave the oath of office to the new Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard, Maj. Gen. Jon A. Jensen, Saturday afternoon.
The ceremony coincided with the retirement of Maj. Gen. Richard Nash, who led the national guard in the state for the last seven years.
"It's an honor and a privilege to stand before you as the 31st Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard," Jensen told a large crowd at the armory in St. Paul after he took the oath.
Jensen previously served as Nash's chief of staff and as Commanding General of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Divison. During his military service, he was deployed to Kuwait and Iraq and assisted in natural disaster areas.
Jensen said he assumes the post with the hope of continuing Nash's work.
"His successes have been our successes and he really put us on what I described is a six-lane highway toward success," Jensen said.
He explained recruiting and retaining top talent will be big priorities, especially as deployments are on the horizon.
"We have for example the 34th Infantry Division headquarters we know is deploying in about 10 months and are going to go to Kuwait and Jordan to conduct that operation," Jensen said. "We simultaneously have to prepare for the unannounced missions."
The new adjutant general chosen by a committee, appointed by Dayton. The appointment was announced in August. Jensen will serve a seven-year term.
Updated: November 05, 2017 05:15 PM
Created: November 05, 2017 05:07 PM
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