Maj. Gen. Raymond Rees will retire from his command of the Oregon Military Department later this month after more than five decades in the Army and the National Guard. Since 2005, Rees has served as the adjutant general of Oregon’s National Guard, which meant he was in charge of all of Oregon’s soldiers and air force personnel during deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq. Brig. Gen Daniel Hokanson will replace him.
This is not the first time Rees has served as adjutant general. He took on the role in the late 1980s and mid-1990s but with stints in between as the acting chief of the National Guard Bureau and the director of Army National Guard, the two highest positions in the citizen-soldier military.
In his career, he’s seen armies made up of drafted soldiers, professional volunteers, and citizen-soldiers who used to be simply weekend warriors but now expect to enter combat.
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