South Dakota’s National Guard changes tempo

South Dakota’s top military officer said the National Guard will benefit from one of the governor’s new plans.

In Tuesday’s state of the state address, Governor Dennis Daugaard said he will split the military and veterans affairs departments into two separate divisions.

Under the new plan, the adjutant general will lead the military and oversee the National Guard. The split will allow an already active National Guard to increase its activity.

Adjutant General Steven Doohen said 2010 was a busy year, including the return of a unit stationed in Afghanistan.

“They had a very dangerous mission,” said Adjutant General Steven Doohen. “It was a route clearance. They did a tremendous job over there”

Doohen said South Dakotans can also be proud of the international fighter wing, which is supporting the U.S. army in Iraq.

According to the General, newer equipment and highly experienced personnel have been beneficial.

Doohen will meet with the legislature on Friday to discuss the guard’s tasks for the next two years.

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