Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09) made the following statement after Gov. Chris Gregoire announced Brigadier General Bret D. Daugherty as Adjutant General of the State of Washington. General Daugherty will replace Major General Timothy J. Lowenberg who is retiring after 44 years of military service:
"General Daugherty is a respected leader whose lifetime of service and background in military issues will allow him to serve the soldiers and airmen within the Washington National Guard well. He has proven his commitment to the training and development of our troops and will now use his skills to maintain the high quality of our state's emergency preparedness.
"I congratulate General Daugherty on his appointment and thank General Lowenberg for four decades of outstanding service to our state. I also look forward to working closely with General Daugherty within the coming months."