Salem, Ore. – The 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the Oregon National Guard honored its outgoing commander, Col. Dan Hokanson, and incoming commander, Col. Eric Bush, during a change of command ceremony at the Salem Armory, July 10.
The ceremony was attended by dignitaries, family members, former brigade commanders, Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, the Adjutant General, Oregon, and Gov. Ted Kulongoski.
"This event embodies all the values of citizen soldiers and their professionalism. There is a lot pride and history here and I just like being a part of it," said Kulongoski.
The brigade has a long history including the longest deployment of any division during WWII, and recently returned from a year-long deployment to Iraq.
When adressing the members of 41st IBCT, Maj. Gen. Rees stated, "Everyday in every way, you make us proud to be members of the Oregon National Guard."
In addition to taking command of the 41st IBCT, Bush is also the Prineville Chief of Police.
Hokanson is scheduled to be promoted to Brigadier General, where he will be assigned as the Deputy J5, Plans and Policy, for the U.S. Northern Command