Army Lt. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, former deputy commander of the U.S. Northern Command, was approved by the Senate on Thursday to serve as the new vice chief of the National Guard Bureau.
He helped spearhead Northcom’s efforts to prepare for and address threats within North America and the command’s area of responsibility as well as managed the military organization’s defense support to civil authorities, the National Guard said Monday.
Hokanson also previously served as vice commander of the North American Aerospace Command’s U.S. element, adjutant general of the Oregon National Guard, commander of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team based in Iraq and chief of staff at Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix in Afghanistan.
He has completed more than 2,600 flight hours as a command pilot in the AH-64 Apache, OH-58 Kiowa and UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters.
He also supported the Operations Just Cause, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom missions.
His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit and Combat Action Badge.