Yes, Ma'am: California National Guard's New Brass Makes History

Tuesday, Feb 2, 2010  |  Updated 7:45 AM PDT
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Yes, Ma'am: California National Guard's New Brass Makes History

Calif. National Guard

Brigadier General Mary Kight began her military career in 1974 when she enlisted in the Air Force.

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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has appointed the first woman to head the California National Guard, the nation's largest guard unit.

The governor's office made the announcement Monday. Brigadier General Mary Kight also becomes the first black woman to become adjutant general of a state's National Guard. She takes command Tuesday after a swearing-in ceremony.

Kight, who is 59, is a 25-year California guard veteran. She has been assistant adjutant general since 2006 and previously spent seven years in the Air Force.

She replaces General William Wade, who will become a deputy chief of staff with a North Atlantic Treaty Organization force in Italy.

Kight will lead 16,600 Army National Guard and nearly 4,800 Air National Guard members. The post pays $180,201 a year and requires confirmation by the state Senate.
    

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