PA-001-20 | Aug. 6, 2019
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Aug. 6, 2019
Contact: Maj. W. B. Phillips, II
State Public Affairs Officer
Arkansas National Guard
501-212-5020 / 501-590-0318
Ark Nat’l Guard Change of Command ceremony; Maj. Gen. Mark Berry retirement
~ Army Maj. Gen. Kendall W. Penn assumes command
WHO: Gov. Asa Hutchinson officiates
WHAT: Arkansas National Guard Change of Command ceremony and retirement ceremony
WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, 1 p.m.; interested media should contact the Camp Robinson Public Affairs office by 3 p.m. Aug. 9.
WHERE: Militia Hall, Robinson Maneuver Training Center, North Little Rock, Ark.
WHY: Governor Hutchinson appointed Army Maj. Gen. Kendall W. Penn, July 3, as the state’s 53rd Adjutant General to succeed retiring Air Force Maj. Gen. Mark H. Berry. Penn will ceremonially assume his role in a time-honored tradition when the Governor accepts the military colors from Berry and passes them to Penn. Immediately following the change of command, the Governor will officiate the retirement ceremony of Berry.
The Arkansas National Guard has 10,700 Soldiers and Airmen in uniform ready to support state missions or federal mission when called upon. The Arkansas National Guard has an annual budget of $452 million in federal funds, and $9.5 million in state funds, with an annual economic impact of $747 million.
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