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HIANG Senior Command Changes

April 24, 2020

Please join me in congratulating Colonel Joseph R. Harris on his promotion to Brigadier General effective April 24, 2020. Brig Gen Harris will be serving as Assistant Adjutant General – Air (ATAG-Air) for the Hawaii Air National Guard (HIANG) upon his promotion and assume duties as HIANG Commander on 1 May 2020.  He previously served as the Commander, 154 Maintenance Group and most recently as HIANG Director of Plans & Programs. 

Please also join me in thanking Brigadier General Ryan Okahara for his outstanding service as HIANG Commander and Chief of Staff for nearly six years. Brig Gen Okahara was recently selected as the ANG Assistant to the Commander, Space Operations Command under the newly formed U.S. Space Force and will assume that position effective May 1, 2020. He will relinquish command of the HIANG and his Dual Hat role as ANG Assistant to the Commander, 14AF & Combined Force Space Component Command and fly between Hawaii and Peterson AFB, Colorado to perform his newly assigned M-day duties.   

Please also join me in welcoming back Colonel Duke Ota to the HIANG.  Col Ota spent the last several years as 1st Air Force Director of Logistics (1AF/A4) and is returning to Hawaii to assume the HIANG Chief of Staff position as a Brigadier General once he retires from the Technician program in the coming month or so. Until that time, Col Ota will serve as the HIANG Director of Staff from May 13, 2020 until his promotion.  

Unfortunately, we will not be able to celebrate en masse because of COVID-19 and the current stay-at-home and other social distancing restrictions. Let’s stay focused on the mission of keeping the people of Hawaii safe and someday in the future I look forward to appropriately recognizing these three superb leaders.

Mahalo for what you do for our country and our state.


MG Hara

Major General Kenneth S. Hara
Adjutant General
State of Hawaii, Department of Defense

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