HIARNG welcomes new commander

| October 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

Retired Maj. Gen. Robert G. F. Lee passes the guidon to Brig. Gen. Kenneth S. Hara during the Hawaii Army National Guard change of command ceremony at Wheeler Army Airfield October 15, 2017. During the ceremony, Brig. Gen. Keith Y. Tamashiro relinquished command of the Hawaii Army National Guard to Hara. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Amanda H. Gerlach)

Department of Defense
News Release

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — The Hawaii Army National Guard (HIARNG) conducted a change of command ceremony at Wheeler Army Airfield, Sunday, as Brig. Gen. Keith Y. Tamashiro relinquished command to Brig. Gen. Kenneth S. Hara.

Hara will serve as HIARNG commander, militarily, and will continue in his full-time capacity as deputy adjutant general for the State of Hawaii.

“I have followed Gen. Tamashiro throughout my career – this being the second command I have the honor to take over after him,” said Hara.  “We set high standards and expect the Soldiers to follow the standards and always follow through. I want to thank everyone who came out today and everyone who has supported Gen. Tamashiro and myself through this transition.”

Hara’s previous assignments include chief of joint staff, Joint Forces Headquarters, and commander of the 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. He is a veteran of military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Previous assignments for Tamashiro include assistant adjutant general for the Hawaii Army National Guard, director of the Joint Staff, Hawaii National Guard, and commander of Headquarters, 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. Tamashiro deployed with the 29th IBCT to Iraq in 2005.

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