W.Va. Air National Guard names first African-American General

Staff Sgt. Jodie Witmer
Staff Sgt. Jodie Witmer(WSAZ)
Published: Oct. 19, 2017 at 1:00 PM EDT
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The West Virginia Air National Guard has announced the promotion of the first African-American man to the rank of brigadier general within in the Air National Guard.

According to a release, Col. Christopher S. Walker was promoted to brigadier general during a ceremony on Oct. 14.

“Chris was selected to be our next general officer because of experience and leadership capability,” said Maj. Gen. James Hoyer. “The Governor and I have great confidence that he will take care of our Guardsmen and women and lead by example."

Walker has served in various operations and contingencies as well as serving as a special assistant to the Director of Mobility Forces at the 609th Combined Air Operations Center at Al Udied AB, Qatar, and also served as a civil aviation advisor to the Iraqi Ministry of Transportation with the Coalition Provisional Authority.

During the ceremony, Walker was presented with the Defense Meritorious Service Medal by Hoyer for his service as the Division Chief, Property and Fiscal Operations Division at the National Guard Bureau, in Arlington, Virginia, from April 2014 through Dec. 2016.

In closing, Hoyer challenged the newly promoted general to focus on providing Airmen with the tools needed to be capable and ready to go at any time.