Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer appointed the next adjutant general of the Arizona Army National Guard Tuesday, announced a press release from the governor's office.
Col. Michael T. McGuire is taking over the role, and will simultaneously serve as the director of the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs as well. McGuire will be replacing current adjutant general Maj. Gen. Hugo Salazar, whose retirement is effective on Sept. 9.
"Col. McGuire brings to this position three decades of active military experience, including more than ten years with the Arizona National Guard," said Brewer in the press release. "He has served his country in wartime...led by example. I'm confident he will be a tremendous asset to the people of Arizona as...adjutant general and DEMA director."
Among McGuire's responsibilities are administering and supervising the state's army and air national guards, the southwest border operations, and federal emergency response planning.
"I thank Gov. Brewer for entrusting me with the opportunity and honor of a lifetime," said McGuire, who has been commander of the 162 Fighter Wing for the Arizona Air National Guard since 2011, in the press release. "...I pledge to the governor...people of Arizona...and the fine men and women of the Arizona National Guard that I will continue to serve with passion and integrity."