Indiana’s First Black Army National Guard General Takes Command In Ceremony With Gov. Pence

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Governor Pence leads the pinning ceremony for Brigadier General Wayne Black, who has almost 30 years of military experience and is the first African-American to be promoted to the rank of brigadier general in Indiana. Brigadier General Black’s wife, Symea Black, assists in the pinning process.

Governor Pence leads the pinning ceremony for Brigadier General Wayne Black, the first African-American to be promoted to the rank of brigadier general in Indiana. Brigadier General Black’s wife, Symea Black, assists in the pinning process.

Governor Mike Pence, Commander-in-Chief of the Indiana National Guard, led the “pinning” ceremony for the first African-American to hold the rank of General in Indiana’s National Guard. Brigadier General Wayne Black is the new Assistant Adjutant General of Indiana’s Guard, the nation’s fourth largest. In a pinning ceremony, the new insignia of rank is “pinned” on the individual being promoted. Indiana’s new Assistant Adjutant General Wayne Black has thirty years of overall military service, including seventeen years with our National Guard. General Wayne Black comes from a military family. He’s a graduate of The Citadel, with Masters Degrees from the Army War College and from Indiana Wesleyan University. General Black joined the National Guard in 1996 and has moved through the leadership ranks ever since.  He served in Afghanistan in 2009 as the commander of an embedded training team that provided training, mentorship and oversight to the Afghan National Police and the Border Police. Brigadier General is the initial “flag rank” of a General in the Army, Air Force or Marines.  And it’s the second highest rank in the National Guard. Major General is the highest. General Black is one of only eight individuals to hold this rank in the history of the Indiana National Guard. Right after General Wayne Black’s promotion was announced, Amos was one of the first media outlets to interview him on this historic accomplishment. Click the Arrow to Hear Amos’ Interview With Indiana Guard’s first Black General Wayne Black. Runs 6 Minutes ©2013 WTLC/Radio One.

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