Beebe Taps New Adjutant General for Guard

JANUARY 26, 2007 - Posted at 3:38 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Governor Beebe has picked a Desert Storm veteran and 32-year-member of the Arkansas National Guard as the state's new adjutant general.

Major General Bill Wofford of Conway will replace Major General Ron Chastain, who took over as leader of the Arkansas National Guard in July.  Chastain commanded the Arkansas 39th Infantry Brigade in Iraq.

The 57-year-old Wofford is a graduate of Arkansas Tech University.  He served four years on active duty with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and the First Armored Division in Germany.  He then served 17 years in troop units, including leading the Second Battalion, 142nd Field Artillery, VII Corps Artillery during Operation Desert Storm.

As a civilian, Wofford worked as a director of operations in the attorney general's office when Beebe occupied that post.

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