Tackett To Retire As W.Va. National Guard Leader

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Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- The West Virginia National Guard's longest-serving adjutant general is retiring.

Maj. Gen. Allen Tackett said Thursday that he would step down as commander of more than 6,000 West Virginia citizen soldiers and airmen on Jan. 20. He began his military career in 1963 as a private in the West Virginia Army National Guard's 16Th Special Forces Group.

The Charleston Gazette reports that Tackett made his retirement announcement during a ceremony dedicating new additions to the Gassaway Army National Guard Armory.

Tackett said both Gov. Joe Manchin and soon-to-be acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin have approved Brig. Gen. James Hoyer as his choice for his replacement. Hoyer currently serves as director of the West Virginia National Guard's Joint Staff.

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