West Virginia National Guard Leadership

Governor Jim Justice

Governor Jim Justice serves as the 36th governor of the Mountain State. He attended Raleigh County public schools before entering the Greenbrier Military Academy, then Marshall University, earning his undergraduate degree and a Masters in Business Administration.

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Secretary Jeff Sandy

Secretary Sandy is a 1976 graduate of Parkersburg High School, a 1979 graduate of Marshall University with a BBA specializing in accounting, and a 1980 graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

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Major General
James A. Hoyer

The Adjutant General

As the Adjutant General, State of West Virginia, he provides command guidance and vision to the West Virginia Army and Air National Guard of more than 6,000 Citizen Soldiers and Airmen.

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Brigadier General
Harrison "H.B."Gilliam

Director, Joint Staff

As Director of the Joint Staff, Brig. Gen. Gilliam is responsible for managing programs and operations for the Joint Staff and overseeing issues that impact West Virginia National Guard.

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Brigadier General
Russell A. Crane

Commander/Assistant Adjutant General - Army

Brigadier General Crane assumed duties as Assistant Adjutant General and Joint Task Force Commander, West Virginia National Guard, on 1 July 2013.

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Brigadier General
Paige P. Hunter

Commander/Assistant Adjutant General - Air

Brigadier General Hunter assumed duties as Assistant Adjutant General and Joint Task Force Commander, West Virginia National Guard, on 1 July 2013.

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Chief Warrant Officer 5
Steven P. Owens

State Command Chief

As the Adjutant General, State of West Virginia, he provides command guidance and vision to the West Virginia Army and Air National Guard of more than 6,000 Citizen Soldiers and Airmen.

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Command Sergeant Major
James L. Allen

Senior Enlisted Leader

As the Senior Enlisted Leader of West Virginia National, CSM Allen advises the Adjutant General on enlisted issues for more than 6,400 citizen Soldiers and Airmen.

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Command Sergeant Major
Phillip R. Cantrell

State Command Sergeant Major - Army

As the State CSM, CSM Cantrell advises the Assistant Adjutant General-Army on all matters pertaining to the nearly 4000 enlisted Soldiers of the West Virginia Army National Guard.

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Chief Master Sergerant
James M. Dixon

State Command Chief - Air

CMSgt.Dixon is the principal advisor to the Adjutant General on enlisted issues for the more than 2100 Airmen of the WVANG. He serves as the Adjutant General’s critical link to the enlisted force on matters influencing health, morale, welfare and effectiveness.

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WEST VIRGINIA NATIONAL GUARD

The West Virginia National Guard is authorized and governed by Article 1, Chapter 15 of the West Virginia Code and is constituted as both a State and Federal force by authority of the National Defense Act approved June 3, 1916. The National Guard is a reserve component of the Army of the United States and the United States Air Force. In time of peace, the National Guard is a State force, controlled by the Adjutant General as the principal military representative of the Commander-in-Chief, the Governor. The Governor has the power to order the West Virginia National Guard into the active service of the State and to cause them to perform duty such as he shall deem proper. The National Guard is equipped and paid by the Federal Government and must meet organizational and training standards to qualify for Federal recognition. When Congress declares a National emergency and authorizes the use of armed force requiring troops in excess of those in the Active Forces, the President of the United States may order the National Guard into the active military service of the United States.


Command Messages

  As many of you know I am a huge fan of history. I feel that by looking at the past we can make sure we repeat successes and not failures. We all go to work every day to ensure we are providing for our family and for hopes that they have a better life because of it. Recently, I had the privilege of talking to several of our retirees across both the West Virginia Army and Air National Guard. These men and women are the ones I thank for all of the opportunities they have given me and the WV National Guard. Whether it was chewing me out when I messed up, mentoring me on how to be a leader, or making sure I didn’t kill myself jumping out of an aircraft, these folks were there for me, and investing in my future.

  That is the power that lies behind Joint Base West Virginia. Creating opportunities for men and women to raise their families in West Virginia and serve the National mission. By investing in these endeavors, we are providing members of the WVNG full-time employment opportunities to build their families’ future and the future of the WVNG.
One example of a veteran that continues to give back to America is Hershel “Woody” Williams. I will end with a quote he gave to the WV Veteran’s Legacy Project talking about the men and women from W.Va. who serve in the military.

  “I want to say West Virginia has been my home. I’ve worked in other states. But I’m always drawn back to West Virginia. I think we’re unique people in many, many ways. One of the most outstanding ways is, per capita, we have had more people serve our armed forces than any other state. We have had more prisoners of war. We have had more people killed, per capita, than any other state. So, there is a patriotism in the state of West Virginia that I don’t think you find in other places. And if America ever got into trouble, West Virginians would be there. I have no doubt of that.

  I want to start by stating what a great honor it is to represent the NCO Corps and enlisted members of the best National Guard in the nation as your Senior Enlisted Leader. The West Virginia National Guard continues to fill our ranks with great Americans that want to serve our state and nation with pride and distinction.

  Since being appointed to this position in April, I have witnessed your dedication and hard work during West Virginia’s 150th Birthday Celebration and the National Scout Jamboree held in Mount Hope, W.Va. Your professionalism continues to reinforce the confidence that the citizens of West Virginia have in our military. Keep up the good work! It is easy to take pride in this great organization and your individual accomplishments. I ask that everyone continue to challenge yourself and each other to continue to strive for greatness, as individuals and an organization.

  We must continue to reinforce the Vision of Joint Base West Virginia and the high standards we maintain to continue being a world class organization. The Adjutant General’s three guiding principles are: Manage challenges and turn them into opportunities; Citizen Soldiers/Airmen at their best; Treat each other like Family. Let’s do our part to keep the West Virginia National Guard the best in the nation.

  As we approach the Holiday season, take time to appreciate everyone that has special meaning in your life. The daily hustle can quickly overshadow our commitment to spend time with family and friends. The Holiday season is usually extremely joyous for most people but many are dealing with personal struggles and would welcome seeing a friendly face. Taking time to visit with these special people will bring cheer to their life and yours.
Take care and God Bless.
SGM Kevin Harry

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