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Historic Leadership at the Nebraska National Guard

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Dear Fellow Nebraskans:

In the 159 years of the Nebraska National Guards history, the summer of 2013 is one to remember. Since its creation in 1854, the Nebraska National Guard has only had 32 Adjutant Generals. As the 39th Governor of our great State, I have had the unique opportunity to select the past three Nebraska Adjutant Generals, including the most recent just last month.

Many of our State's previous Governors did not have the occasion to appoint even one Adjutant General, let alone two or three. As a graduate of the United States Military Academy and U.S. Army VETERAN, it was a special honor and great responsibility that I took very seriously because I understand the crucial leadership role that a senior commander plays in ensuring that Soldiers and airmen are trained and equipped, and that they and their families are taken care of in times of peace and conflict.

It is a distinct honor to report that Nebraska's first two Adjutant Generals of recent years, Major General Tim Kadavy and Major General Judd Lyons, have successively been selected to serve as the Deputy Director of the U.S. Army National Guard in Washington, D.C. This is the first time in the history of our great nation that the Deputy Director of the U.S. Army National Guard has been from the same state twice in a row. This selection demonstrates the high level of leadership development that is ongoing within the Nebraska National Guard.

On July 8, just days after our Nation celebrated its 237rd birthday, I announced that Brigadier General Daryl Bohac was my selection to succeed Major General Judd Lyons as our state's 33rd Adjutant General. Six days later, I had the pleasure of promoting General Bohac to the rank of Major General and presiding over his change of command ceremony before our Nebraska National Guard soldiers and airmen in Lincoln.

General Bohac is a veteran of more than 35 years of military service, including 31 in the Nebraska National Guard. He is a veteran of deployments to the Middle East and Europe. Recently he served as the Deputy Adjutant General of the Nebraska National Guard and Assistant Adjutant General, Air, of the Nebraska Air National Guard. He has served the State in these positions during the historic flooding on the Platte and Missouri Rivers in 2011, and during last summer's widespread outbreak of wild fires.

As I stood on the reviewing stand at the Nebraska National Guard air base on July 14, I listened to Major General Daryl Bohac speak about his personal motto: "Excellence is Never an Accident." Those five words speak volumes. General Bohac understands the work that must be done to ensure that our State's National Guard forces and our emergency management personnel continue to receive the training, equipment and resources they need to prepare for an unpredictable future that will undoubtedly challenge our abilities. General Bohac knows how to get things done and is the right person to lead our Nebraska Military Department into the future.

Additionally, I had the pleasure of dedicating two Nebraska National Guard readiness centers during the week that followed: one at the Nebraska National Guard's Mead Training Site and another near the University of Nebraska's East Campus.

These two readiness centers are designed to provide the infrastructure that's needed to allow our Nebraska National Guard to conduct more of their important training closer to home, primarily during their monthly drill assemblies.

I am very proud of the men and women serving in the Nebraska National Guard, and what this organization has accomplished on behalf of our State and Nation.

- Dave Heineman
Governor of Nebraska


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