SALEM — Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson will leave as adjutant general and leader of the Oregon National Guard to take a military assignment in Colorado.
Gov. Kate Brown, who serves as commander-in-chief of the guard, will appoint a successor.
Hokanson, a veteran of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, was promoted to lieutenant general. The Senate confirmed the appointment Tuesday.
His new assignments are as deputy commander of the U.S. Northern Command and vice commander of the U.S. element of the North American Aerospace Defense Command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. He did a previous tour of duty there from August 2010 to August 2012.
Hokanson has led the Oregon National Guard for about two years, since Raymond “Fred” Rees retired after 17 years in separate stints in the job between 1987 and 2013. Hokanson was appointed by then-Gov. John Kitzhaber in 2013.
“Our loss is the country’s gain,” Brown said in a statement. “I am proud to see Maj. Gen. Hokanson’s dedicated service recognized with this promotion. We will miss his steady, thoughtful leadership.”
It is the third departure of an agency leader that Brown has announced in the past week, following Erinn Kelley-Siel at Human Services and Sean Robbins at Business Development. Their departures were linked to family reasons.
The National Guard provides combat-ready units when the president calls them into federal service, and assistance in natural disasters and civil unrest when ordered by the governor.
The Oregon Military Department contains the Army National Guard, Air National Guard, Oregon Emergency Management and Youth Challenge Program. Of its current two-year state budget of $380.4 million, most comes from federal funds; only $25 million is from the tax-supported general fund. The agency also gets federal funds not subject to the state budget.
Since graduation from the U.S. Military Academy in 1986, Hokanson has had numerous military assignments. They first brought him to Oregon in 1995, when he was aide-de-camp to Rees, then in a second stint as Oregon adjutant general.
Hokanson was chief of staff to the joint task force in Afghanistan between August 2006 and July 2007. From March 2008 to July 2010, he commanded the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, which spent 2009-10 on deployment in Iraq. The unit is based in Oregon.